I'm so tired! I've been working 7 days a week and all hours to try to make sure I have enough stock for my stalls. My eyelid keeps twitching, which is a sure sign for me that I'm overtired.
After our initial outing to the Britten Centre, my sales calmed down a lot. People make lovely comments about my work but they just aren't buying it in as much abundance as I'd hoped they would! I think with the current recession, they are a bit worried about buying what they see as luxury goods. My feeling however, is that seeing as the banks aren't paying any interest worth a hoot, you might as well spend! You won't gain much by saving.
One item that did prove popular was Christmas tealight holders. I made two sets that spelt out "Noel" and two that spelt out "Joy" and they all sold. So this last week I've made some more; I'm just hoping I can find the time to actually get them glazed and fired etc, what with all the events I'm committed to attending.
I'll be at the Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre this week, from Wednesday to Sunday. I'm trying not to hope for too much in the way of sales, but you never know.
On my return from Scotland earlier this month, a couple of my good friends and colleagues told me they'd managed to secure us a prime trading position in The Britten Centre in Lowestoft. This is an undercover shopping mall right in the middle of the shopping centre, a very busy place.
We had our first outing there a couple of weeks ago and we went along trying not to expect too much - after all, it was still only October and many of the regular shoppers wouldn't have seen us before.
But it was great! Lots of interest and quite good sales. We're hoping for even better in the run-up to Christmas.
As well as The Britten Centre, we are all going to be at the Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre from 1st to 5th December, a very big event.
So now, of course, we're all working like mad to ensure we have plenty of stock, especially as once all these events start, we'll be too busy there to be at home making stuff.
This week my little sister Jane came to see us. She only stayed 3 days but it was lovely to see her. She lives in Lincolnshire and is a very talented Head Gardener.
She, Dad and I had a day out together yesterday. I drove us to Pakefield and we walked along the beach to Lowestoft, where we had coffee. Then we walked back again. I hadn't been on the beach for nearly a year, which is a shame as it's lovely and we only live a couple of miles away! We were inundated when off the beach by tiny pollen beetles, flying around and getting into everyone's hair and covering anything they could. But the breeze on the beach kept them off whilst there.
After that, we drove to Gorleston with the idea of having lunch, but it was a nightmare. We couldn't find the seafront and ended up driving in circles around the busy town centre. There was nowhere to park, so in the end we just left and drove on to Great Yarmouth, where we had a very pleasant lunch. Then Jane went on the Snails ride at Joyland (she loves snails) and I bought some candy floss to take home (I love candy floss).
When we got back to the car though, we noticed quite a lot of water had dripped out from underneath and the coolant bottle was way below minimum. Back home, I phoned my garage and have booked the car back in for them to check it out next week.