Tonight I get the sleeper down to London for the Top Drawer Trade Show at Earls Court. I have packed all my product ranges into a wheelie case and tomorrow morning I shall unpack it all and stick it to the walls of my stand (G49 if you are visiting).
Though the actual sample making and packing up has been a horrible rush this year - 4 days between the schools going back and leaving for the show! - we began thinking about how we wanted to do things for this show back in June.
So we have become much more focussed, and with the help of some new packaging, now have 3 very different looks - our meadow range which is monochrome, really works of art, completely unique; our "party girl" which is pink and purple, sugar and spice and full of cakes, hearts, flowers and all things girly; and finally our classic range which is where we started, mainly clear blues and greens with rainbow brights in campervans, animals, caravans and all things that make life joyful.
Laying it all out on the table this morning while packing it into my tight squeeze of a suitcase I knew we have done the right thing. I am so proud of how it has come together for it has been a real team effort both here in the workshop (Isobel was in this morning to finish sewing samples) and in our wider network of Kate the graphic designer and Nick the printer, both of whom have pulled the stops out for some ridiculous deadlines.
Hopefully all the visitors to Top Drawer will be just as keen . . .