Country Living Scotland Fair

I’ve just returned from a week up in Glasgow working at the Country Living Fair.  My first couple of days were spent dressing the stand.  I was also asked by the magazine to dress the Winter Cabin

Naturally being a Christmas show, I wanted to add plenty of sparkle and decided to create a festive wrapping room complete with a dressed Christmas tree and plenty of decorations.

With only 3 hours to do the feature we decided to fill the area with handpicked items from exhibitors at the fair, and a selection of my own ribbons and trimmings.

We also added rich coloured gift boxes, tied with pretty ribbon and baubles.  Some of them we stacked in piles under the tree to give an eye catching effect.

Our little stand was full of ribbons and trimmings.  We spent hours decorating it in to a creative and quirky feature, and were delighted when the press popped by to take some photos.

I was also involved with the Country Living Craft Theatre where I did daily gift wrapping workshops

The step by step masterclasses were really popular and were often full way before the start time, so it was a race against time to make extra packs up so more people could join in!

I always enjoy my visits to Scotland, and it was lovely to see my regular clients and meet new customers.  I also stayed on an extra day to run a fully booked gift wrapping course at the prestigious One Devonshire Hotel Du Vin.

Despite a nightmare train journey on the way back due to the floods, it was a great week and I’ve already booked my stand for next year.  See you there!

 

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Wrapping at the Country Living Fair

13 years ago I decided to take the huge plunge and book a small stand at the Country Living Spring Fair.  At the time I had a small business working from the kitchen table and my first fair not only cost a months work, but terrified me as I was only used to exhibiting my work at local craft fairs in Lincolnshire, and taking on small jobs

Suddenly I was thrust in to the London arena with my first experience of national press.  Country Living Magazine spotted me and asked if I would do the gift wrapping service at their shows.  I hadn’t done it before but was willing to give it a go.  I trained friends up for the first Christmas Fair, and was fine until I saw the crowd control barriers being erected by my wrapping desk!

The gift wrapping service was a great success with some of the exhibitors and organisers bringing their gifts too.  It was a great feature where the public could watch their gifts being wrapped and learn the odd trick.

Several years later I was asked to do Gift Wrapping Demonstrations which were extremely popular and would often cover how to wrap really awkward shapes that I found at the show

As well as the wrapping desk, we have thousands of ribbons for sale and I love to handpick unusual decorations and accessories from around the world.  One of my favourite events is the Country Living Christmas Fair where I have got to know the staff at the Business Design Centre and love that first impression (usually wow) when I walk in to the show, and see such beautiful stands.

The team really know how to put on a good show, year after year crowds flock in and we welcome back our regulars and speak to new press who are looking for a good storyline. At this show I was interviewed for Gulf radio based in Qatar!

 

As exhibitors we also are able to mingle with fellow standholders and organisers over a glass or two at the exhibitors party which always goes down a storm.

Since then I have pretty much done every show, and it’s once of the first things to go in the diary.  Over the years Country Living Magazine have featured me many times and I’m forever grateful that the show helped me get to where I am today. It has also been a great platform to promote my Gift Wrapping DVD

 

My next stop is the Country Living Fair in Glasgow, where I will also be dressing the Winter Cabin which is a show feature.  With only a 3 hour window to do this, I am being tested to the limit but know it will be fine (and will feature this in my next post).

If you haven’t ever visited the Country Living Fairs, it’s a shopping experience that shouldn’t be missed.  Just make sure that you have comfy shoes, and book early for Saturdays as they are usually sold out weeks beforehand!

 

 

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