That's it - it's officially Christmas now at Little Paper Vee HQ. My shop will be closed until February 2016, as I am taking a (rather large) extended break this year. Before I put my feet up properly though, I thought I'd sit back and reflect on all the fun, wonderful things I've been up to in this crazy whirlwind month of December. What a busy month it has been..
First up, on Friday 4th of December I took part in the London Illustration Fair 2015 for the first time, doing a free paper Christmas tree making workshop for shoppers in the Crafty Fox Market. This was the first time I'd ever done a craft workshop with members of the public, and I have to say I completely loved it! It was so much fun chatting to different people whilst we crafted our trees and totally put me in the Christmas spirit. It's something I'd love to do more of in 2016, so watch this space!
On Saturday 5th of December and 17th I participated in two Crafty Fox Markets in Brixton and at The Geffrye Museum respectively. The Brixton Markets ended up being record-breakingly busy for the Crafty Fox crew, with people queueing to get in the doors of the Dogstar for the Market vibes! This was so much fun to be a part of, and it is great that so many people are appreciating the value in unique, hand made products by designer makers. I am always in awe of some of the people around me at these events - there is so much talent around, and I find the hardest decision is always what to buy for the array of amazing gifts on offer.
The other Crafty Fox market I participated in was a night market in the ultra-christmassy setting of the Geffrye Museum. This was the perfect setting for me as I have a particular affinity with this museum and even designed a print of it specifically last year (see below). It really is amazing place - with a fabulous history and an absolutely amazing garden. I highly recommend a visit any time of year.
Lastly I spent the weekend of the 18th-20th of December at The Barbican, participating in the last weekend of their Christmas Markets for 2015. This was also a fabulous setting to be in and a new experience for me with a different crowd of shoppers and a more spacious venue with lots of shows and performances going on around the market.
It has been busy, fun and, at times, very tiring! but I have throughly enjoyed this year's build up to Christmas. I think it is important to look back and reflect on your achievements at this time of year, and I am so thrilled with the progress my little business has made. It's such a learning curve but every part of the journey has been so much fun, so I like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me along the way, I couldn't have done it without you!
Now I'm off to relax with some mulled wine and mince pies! Merry Christmas!