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Autumn comes to West Cumbria

Standouts from my last blog were Workshops, Pottery, Halloween and Harvest Festival.

I held another workshop at the amazing venue that is The Beacon Museum overlooking the beautiful marina in Whitehaven.

This workshop was in the morning, but it didn’t stop the prosecco from flowing and the cupcakes from @keeklecakes from being scoffed.

The day was all about making autumnal wreaths. We were fortunate enough to have a professional photographer with us @Emilycaitlinmedia these are her fantastic photos.

The ladies were taken step by step on how to make the wreaths, learning tips on drying flowers and foliage as we went.

We had so much fun, the banter was good whilst we got creative and Emily was so professional you never noticed she was there snapping away. Sarah who works at the Beacon was an amazing host as usual, topping up glasses and making sure everyone had everything they needed. Thanks Sarah x

It really was a lovely morning.

Once all the foliage was in place, the final finishes were added orange slices, pinecones, lotus seeds, pheasant feathers, mini pumpkins and finally a velvet ribbon.

The final results were amazing, the talent is evident from the photos, well done ladies x

A lovely professional photo, with our venue un the background.

Then of course is the standard group photo where they make me lie down in front🤣

I took delivery of some amazing handmade pottery from a lovely young lady potter from Southern England. I love each piece; they are so lovely, tactile and of course practical as that is what you want. They have been selling well, yes, some people may say they are expensive, but these are items to be cherished and kept for years to come. Each one is a work of art to be admired but also used. I for one am now using the best pottery I can afford, no longer am I keeping the best for special occasions, you never know what life will throw at you.

Halloween was nearly upon us, so I made mini pumpkins, some sleeping, some with dried flowers, some with witches’ hats on and a Halloween tree, that’s right a Halloween tree 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

This is actually the display in Little Whims in Whitehaven, the loveliest gift shop.

The last thing I want to note down in my diary is the Harvest Festival at the historical walled garden at Distington.

I got involved with helping promote Distington Walled Garden early on in the year and this was our second fete. Again, it was an amazing success. This time we were so lucky in that we had students from West Lakes College and their amazing teachers helping out in the café. Hot dogs, soup, tea, coffee and cakes were all available. There was a good variety of stalls, some old faces and some new. The weather was absolutely horrendous, but it didn’t stop approx. four hundred people from visiting the covered market. A massive thankyou to all involved, the volunteers and staff are all amazing, the work that goes on behind the scenes is unbelievable.

Again, it was good fun catching up with people, the children took part in snatch apple, the stall holders got dressed up, entertainment was provided and lots of shopping was to be had.

What have I learned, you always need lots of foliage for a workshop, people love a cute pumpkin, organising an event takes a lot of behind the scenes work and no matter what the weather if people are given a warm welcome an event can be a success x


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