Well it's the School Holidays again, don't they come around quickly?! This is my last....as my Daughter is now off to do a Foundation Year at college, followed by a Fine Art Degree at Uni (and my Son is also away at Uni). So no more having to book holidays in the school holidays! Yay!
For those of you following my rollercoaster ride of 2018, there was another dip in April when I got diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully the removal operation went well in May and I'm currently on a course of radiotherapy. I'm so so lucky not to have needed chemo. So, onwards and upwards.
So now I'm concentrating on selling my house and lovely studio :( so that I can begin the next phase of my life. 2019 will bring me lots of happiness hopefully - I'll be single, healthy and in a new little house.
On the work front I'm afraid it hasn't been as fast paced. Extreme tiredness, stress, whatever, hit in June and July so I've been doing a few little events, but not as many as normal. Sadly I had to cancel my stall at the Patchings Festival in July, the first year I haven't done it in 12 years! But I did pop along as a customer to say Hi to all my lovely stallholder friends.
August brings my daughter's 18th birthday and another Artisan Market at Strelley Hall, which I co-organise. I know it's the holidays but I'm hoping we can get some really great footfall. We had over 950 visitors to our one day Market in April, so here's hoping...
Have a fantastic Summer. Remember to use that suncream!! Lis x
Boy did I have a rollercoaster of a year in 2017! I had an exciting start with being live on Hochanda TV twice, then a lovely busy Summer season and an even busier (and best ever) Christmas season! Sadly in between all that my marriage came to an end, but 2018 is the start of a new chapter in my life. Best buckle my seatbelt and get ready for the ride!!!
I know it seems ages ago now but Christmas was so busy! I did four events, Southwell Minster, The Derby Roundhouse, The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields and the Artisan Market at Strelley Hall. Here are a few photos of my stalls at those events:
In January I've already held some fabulous workshops - it never ceases to amaze me how many ideas my students come up with. The same tray base, the same tiles, but such difference designs every single time. My workshops will continue all throughout 2018, but I may have to move studios at some point when I move house. I'm trying not to think about the stress involved in that! Wish me luck! Have a fantastic 2018, full of good health and happiness. Lis, Lily Mosaics x
What a beautiful venue, I'm so lucky to have it on my doorstep.
So another Summer Artisan Market has been and gone. We had over 40 designer/makers and food producers this time, in our biggest marquee yet. And to top it off we ran our own Pimms and Prosecco marquee too. These events are organised by myself and Dave Humphreys, the Owner of the Created By Hand gallery & shop at Strelley Hall, 3 times a year. Our next one is a 2-day one again, on the last weekend in November 2017. We hope you can visit!
Here are some photos from last weekend:-
Hello there, wow it's July already!
Well, I've had a great first 6 months of the year. I was in the lovely Crafts Beautiful magazine back in Feb and then I was asked to be in the WI Life magazine in May, on the Tutor Profile page. How lovely is that?
I had a stand at the beautiful Fabulous Places Spring Market in March, as usual. But this time I opted for a lovely round table and I think my stand looked the best it ever has. What do you think?
In April, my business partner, Dave Humphreys, and I put on our 3rd Artisan Market at the beautiful Strelley Hall in Strelley Village, Nottingham. Strelley Hall is where Dave's gallery is, and I live 2 mins away, so it's an ideal and convenient venue for us. If you haven't ventured to Strelley Village, near junction 26 of the M1, you really should. It is so quaint, and as you drive down the little lane, you are in glorious lush countryside. I always imagine Mr Darcy riding by on his horse (wishful thinking!). Colin Firth, is you're listening..... ;)
Then I was live on Hochanda TV (Sky channel 663) for an hour in April and for another hour in June. It was great fun. I had designed some exclusive DIY kits for them, so with the help of a Presenter, I demonstrated them to the audience to drive sales. Matt was my Presenter for Show 1 and he was great fun, Fiona presented with me for Show 2. It was a great experience, and a huge step outside my comfort zone, I would do it again, but I've had to put it on hold for now, as there was so much work behind the scenes and I have (dare I say it...) Christmas coming up and big fair commitments, huge amounts of stock to make, etc! I'll attach some photos...
Busy busy busy. As soon as the TV orders were all packaged and dispatched, I had to start preparing for the beautiful Summer Market at the Roundhouse. I again had the round table (don't think I'll ever go back to a rectangular one there again now!) and I had a hugely busy day. Thanks to all my customers old and new.
And then from the 13-16 July I had the lovely Summer Arts Festival at Patchings Art Centre in Calverton. Four days of chatting to lovely lovely people, and seeing my lovely stallholder friends. Only managed to buy one Pimms in the entire 4 days, shocking I know, haha! My 16 year old daughter Edie was helping me on the Wednesday to the Friday, as it was her Work Experience week at College. She's a smily and chatty little thing so she did very well with the customers.
So you ask, what am I doing now? Well, I have the Summer Artisan Market at Strelley Hall to host, next weekend, the 29th and 30th July 2017. We have some lovely stallholders, 46 to be exact, and lovely food producers and Langwith Brewery selling their artisan beer. And my sisters and I will be running a Pimms and Prosecco stall, hic! I do hope you can visit.
Take care and have a fantastic Summer. Lis (Lily Mosaics) x
Wow, it's January 2017 already! Where did 2016 go? Does anyone else feel like time is flying by too quickly! My last blog post was April 2016, that sounds AGES ago (yes I know, it is, shh!).
Ok, I'm going to briefly sum up the rest of 2016 from April onwards. Events-wise, I had a a lovely selling day at the Walled Garden at Beeston Fields in May and I took part in the WI Show at Newark Showground in May too. Then there was another great Summer Festival at Patchings Art Centre in Calverton in June and a fantastic Summer Market at the Roundhouse in July to finish off my Summer events. Here are some photos:-
As well as all the Summer Fairs, I did lots of workshops - I ran days at Created By Hand, Straightcurves in Chesterfield, The Faff Rooms in Mansfield Woodhouse and Denman College in Oxfordshire, Beginners often think they won't be very good, but are stunned with their finished pieces when the workshop has finished. I'll attach some example of students' work here:-
After my Son finished his A'Levels and my Daughter her GCSEs, we had a fantastic 2-week break in Florida to recharge all our batteries, and then on the 31st July it was the first event I have ever organised....The Strelley Hall Summer Artisan Market. Dave Humphreys (the Owner of the Created By Hand gallery at Strelley Hall) and I organised approximately 30 stalls both inside a huge marquee on the lawns and inside the two main front rooms of Strelley Hall itself. The sun shone, the handmade ice cream flowed and it was a very successful day for all. Let's see if I can find some photos:-
And then it was the mad Christmas planning and fair season.... I had Southwell Minster fair the first weekend of November, then the Roundhouse the following weekend. I did Derby High School on the 3rd Saturday and Beeston Fields Walled Garden the following day! The last weekend of November saw me at Kelham Hall in Newark and then the 3rd and 4th December I was back at my own event at Strelley Hall. It didn't snow or rain, we were very lucky as we had the majority of stallholders in a large marquee again. We had it heated but ooh there was a draught around the entrance and exit - and poor Yohann with his French wine stall was a bit cold to say the least (I did buy him a heated handwarmer!).
The finishing highlight to the year was another residential workshop at Denman College in Oxfordshire. It was the "New Wave Weekend" for WI ladies across the country - and the ladies were in fine form (and good voice, as I had them singing along to my Christmas cd as we mosaiced!). Such fun. The weekend consisted of 3 workshops with different ladies on each one - and they were all making fab little Christmas shapes....see the pics:-
And there you have my 2016!
2017 has some exciting new developments....but I can't say too much yet as they may not come to fruition! I hope you've all had a wonderful year too and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017.
Well hello again. I've just been running a residential workshop down in Oxfordshire, at the lovely and very stately Denman College, home of the WI. What a glorious few days, weather-wise and fun-wise! I had 5 lovely ladies making mosaic trays, in amongst the fabulous breaks Denman puts on - breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and a 3-course dinner! All totally luxurious. I'm now back at home, and have put all the stock and equipment back in their places and the dream has ended. Back now to the washing up, washing and ironing and cooking, haha.
I'm back at Denman in September to run a mosaic mirror workshop, and I can't wait ;)
Hello everyone and a very very belated Happy New Year to you!
What a fabulous year 2015 was. After my Spring and Summer Markets at the gorgeous Roundhouse at Derby, I also took part in the Summer Patchings Arts Festival before my big leap into the unknown in September - a stall at the WI's Centennial Fair in Harrogate. It was one of the most lovely friendly events I've ever been part of. Here are some photos of my stand. Such a lot to fit into such a tiny space! :-
As well as meeting thousands of lovely WI-ers from all over the country, I also met Jane, the MD of Denman College in Oxfordshire (the WI's home of residential courses, if you like). And she asked me to run workshops for her, which is very exciting, and my first one is in April! I must start planning :)
After Harrogate, came the mad rush to make stock for all my Christmas fairs. My lovely Southwell Minster Christmas Fair and the Winter Market at the Derby Roundhouse were first, which by the way ran on the same day (so a huge thank you to my Sisters who ran my Southwell stand for me). Then I had my second Fabulous Places Christmas event at the Walled Garden in Beeston and a couple of new events - Goosedale Christmas Fair and Kelham Hall Christmas fairs, both of which were really well organised and attended and thoroughly festive, with choir, Santa and live reindeer!!!
In January and February I have been kept incredibly busy with private commissions, orders from my galleries and of course my Beginners' Workshops. I am very lucky that my workshops attract the loveliest friendliest ladies (ooh and some men, might I add!) and we always have a good giggle as they work hard to create their masterpieces! Here are some photos from some of my recent workshops:-
So, now February is nearly ending, I have to prepare for my first event for 2016 - the lovely Spring Market at the Roundhouse in Derby on Sunday 20th March. I have to really crack on and make stock, no excuses! And then in April I have my first residential workshop at Denman College. It looks fabulous....have a look for yourself:-
I cannot wait!
Hope to see you at one of my events in 2016. I'll add them to my Events page just as soon as they are confirmed.
It's taken me 5 months but Happy New Year everyone, haha! Private orders, shop orders, workshops...goodness it's been busy...and there was the gorgeous Fabulous Places Spring Market at the (even more gorgeous) Roundhouse on Pride Park in Derby on Sunday 8th March 2015. If you haven't been to an event here, you should, it's stunning. My Lily Mosaics stand was very Spring-like, bursting with daffodils. The next event I'm doing at this lovely venue is on Sunday 5th July, so keep the day free! http://derbyshiresummermarket.co.uk/
So, what am I doing now? I'm frantically making stock for my Summer fairs.
My first event is the Summer Arts Festival at Patchings Art & Craft Centre (4th-7th June), http://www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk/patchingsfestival/patchings_festival.php
Then, as mentioned above, it's the Summer Market at the Roundhouse in Derby on Sunday 5th July. After that it's a new event for me, the WI Centennial Fair at the Harrogate International Centre, 3rd-6th September. Ooh how exciting!
Hope to see you at one of the events. Thanks for your support.
I say it every time, but where is the time going? Suddenly it's February and I have written my blog since September. Shocking! Ha ha. Well you can't say I haven't been busy....
In October I started the mad pre-Christmas period off with a short trip to Barcelona to see Gaudi in all his beauty. Honestly, I've seen Parc Guell so many times now, but it never ceases to amaze me at how brilliant an artist Gaudi was. And the Le Sagrada Familia, well, still not finished, but utterly mind-blowing. So I have to attach a few photos:-
After that, October was busy with lots of workshops, both adult ones and children's Halloween ones, with some great results:-
The the Christmas events started in earnest, on 23rd October at the lovely Horsley Lodge Golf Club, followed by the beautiful Southwell Minster on 1st November. And I sold so much at Southwell Minster that it left me struggling for stock at my next four events! Argh, haha, I never get it right!! This is what my stall looked like at these two events:-
November was a blur of events and supplying Christmas stock to my galleries and shops. Oh and the internet orders. Honestly, a blur is the right word! The Walled Garden event in Beeston was gorgeous on the 9th November, followed by Holme Pierrepont Hall on Thursday 13th, then The Roundhouse in Derby on the 15th and 16th, Swarkestone Nursery in Derby on 22nd and 23rd, McArthur Glen 29th and 30th.....phew, exhausted just typing it. And here are some pics of my stalls at these events (note the declining handmade stock, lol!)...
And then it was December!!! Just the one fair in December, but a few workshops making all things Christmassey too, and then it was all-steam-ahead to finish the private Christmas orders. And somehow I managed to make 50 Millefiori brooches for my galleries. I can't believe A Room Full of Butterflies Gallery in Sherwood sold SO many! Amazing.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Love from me (Lis) at Lily Mosaics xx