Oh, one last thing. If you are ever in Haddington Peter Potter’s is well worth a visit. I’m probably quite biased of course. Not only do they like my work but it was always one of my favourite places to visit when I was little. It is near the river in a lovely old building which, I think, used to be a coach house. I remember going there once or twice for afternoon tea. As a little girl that was a very big treat. And on another handful of occasions I went there to choose books when I had been given book tokens. I still have those special hardback books that I chose so carefully. They don’t stock books any more. But they do have the most wonderful exhibitions, events for adults and children, lovely hand-crafted goodness and a peaceful cafe which overlooks the river. The home-baking is delicious – I have probably sampled it more often than I should!
Earlier in the summer I think I hinted at some exciting news (no I don’t expect you to remember whether I did or didn’t since I can’t either……..I could check back, I suppose, but am far too lazy busy to do that!).
Over the summer whenever I had 5 or 10 minutes here and there – and it rarely was more except for a couple of wonderfully peaceful half-days when John took the children off somewhere – I cut up and sewed back together lots and lots of pieces of beautiful fabric. Some of them were transformed into baby blankets (small quilts really, I suppose) and the others became bibs.
I had a lot of fun using favourite fabrics – in the lovely fresh and bright colours that make me happy. Many of the bibs are partly, or entirely, flannel – Anna Maria Horner and Cloud 9 too. And everything is backed in snuggly soft unbleached cotton flannel.
The reason for all this sewing? I had eventually plucked up enough courage to ask Peter Potter Gallery if they would be interested in stocking my work. I had steeled myself for a polite ‘no’ (I find it really hard to do that kind of thing)……..but they said yes!
A couple of weeks ago I took my blankets, bibs and a quilt along to the Gallery (all nervous again and worrying that they might have had a change of heart – I think I need to work on toughening myself up a bit) and handed over my carefully made goodies.
I made myself wait, not something I’m much good at, and after a few days, popped in to see how they looked on display. I was delighted to see how beautifully they’d set out my work and how pretty the blankets and bibs looked in a basket alongside all the other wonderful hand-crafted work that Peter Potter stocks.
Then last Friday I walked past, on my way to the river to look at the ducks with Katie, and I nearly collapsed in shock. My work was displayed in the front of the Gallery in the main exhibition area – visible to everyone passing by.
Very flustered I went in to say thankyou (and take some shaky photos on my phone). The Gallery is between exhibitions just now and so Forest Poppy, and other people’s work too I should add, is in the space. Wow!
I’m not sure how long they’ll be there but I couldn’t be happier or more chuffed. Thankyou Peter Potter Gallery and all the lovely staff. And now……….after all that rambling, I’ll leave you with even more photos.
Sorry, but I’m quite pleased!