This week has been all about polishing, setting gemstones and refining the set-up for the British Craft Trade Fair that starts this Sunday.
With this being my first trade fair, I have no idea what to expect when I get there, which is pretty scary for someone who likes to know exactly what is going to happen and when - I like an itinerary, I like plans!
Designing and making jewellery is the easy part, so is talking to people about my jewellery and my love of textures and gemstones (be prepared for a good chat if you're coming to see me!). I love what I do and really hope that comes across. The one thing I didn't really think would take so much time is the price lists, press releases, planning advertisements etc. This is so different to designing and making and I don't find it the easiest thing in the world.
Working towards BCTF has been a very steep learning curve, my lovely friend and photographer Alex (www.alexsharp.co.uk) has done some amazing product images and I've met some wonderfully supportive Designer/Makers (Thank you everyone on Twitter, you know who you are!) and I'm looking forward to meeting them in person.