I am going to lie down in a dark room and drink gin. I am going to lie down in a dark room and drink amaretto.
These are the words from both us as we stagger to the end of our Christmas markets and workshops. We have one more market tomorrow and. of course, our online shop is still open but we feel we are almost done. We have worked so hard but it has been so rewarding. Our wee family of crafters is growing all the time and at our recent Christmas Crafts Day we raised £80 for the RNLI.
There is much to look forward to in 2017 and much planning already in place. The focus is to link the crafting world with the wellbeing world believing that they are connected in lots of meaningful ways. We are currently planning a workshop programme that will reflect that as well as new products to encourage this connection. We hope to offer a slow stitching project, run a virtual sharing hub and offer a whole day of crafts and wellbeing activities on Easter Sunday. We would love to hear from anyone on or off island who would like to get involved. You may already work in this area and we would love to promote what you do. You may want to join the virtual sharing hub where we can swap ideas and projects. You may live on the island and want to be on the Crafts & Company distribution lists so that you can keep up with latest plans for our workshop programme and our special day. We have a form at the end of this post – just fill it in with your message and we will be in touch as soon as we emerge from our dark rooms.
Today was a perfect example of craft meeting wellbeing at our Craft Club where we learnt about Kantha embroidery and used the technique as surface design on our felt Christmas robin make. The group feel silent for periods as we focused on the embroidery and all agreed that the repetitive nature of the activity was very relaxing.
Our online shop will stay open right through Christmas but the last posting day for arrival in time for Christmas is Monday 19th December – remember we live on a Scottish island and the ferries don’t sail in bad weather.
May we just take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped make the first 6 months of Crafts & Company so much fun and so rewarding. We both wish you and your families the very best Christmas and a truly wonderful 2017.
Fiona & Coral
Crafts & Company