I was delighted to be invited to display my wares at the Queen Bea headquarters today as part of the Courtyard Collective’s Christmas Market. It was held in Julie’s house and attracted lots of people who are actually interested in and value crafts, and were warmed up by festive mince pies and mulled wine.

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Again it was a fantastic opportunity to meet people including Katie Cooke, Sarah-Jane at Sunflower Arts, Hannah Ayr, Suzanne at Suzanne Smith Design and Carla at Madame Plastique – as well as make a couple of purchases (a coptic bound sketch book) and a swap of a knitted bowl for a gorgeous daisy chain necklace.

I also found out about the Glasgow Craft Mafia which has been set up to promote craft and creativity in Glasgow. It was inspired by a model originally set up in Austin, Texas as part of the Austin Craft Mafia. This includes selling events and workshops, with every member contributing the skills that they are best able to offer – marketing, web site design, time, teaching etc etc.

Definitely time for something similar to be set up on the east coast of Scotland….

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