Planned Cruise for 2018
Well! The sun is shinning at last and we are looking forward to the start of our cruising season. In a couple of weeks we will be off in The Glass Barge to Droitwich for the St Richards Festival over the first May bank holiday. Let's hope the good weather is really here to stay.
After this first event we are coming back to the basin for the Arts and Crafts Festival at Quinton Methodist Church and then will be heading off for the summer. Foxton Locks, Leamington, Linslade, Blisworth and Saltisford are the booked stops, but we are hoping to get down to Berkhamsted and possible beyond before making our way back up the Grand Union canal again.
The very exciting news is that we have been accepted for the Winchester Christmas Market! So we will be spending all summer making as much stock as we can, to last the 17 days of the market, which we hope will be very busy and also that the customers like our products. For the event we will be on land, in a chalet stall. Our chalet will be number 34 in the Craft Village. Do come and visit if you are in the area.
One of the designs that I will be concertrating on this year is the bracelets that we started producing during last year and have been prooving very popular. We ahve also been doing a multi cloured version of this bracelet (which I included int he last blog).
Another design I have been working on is a combination of opal glass and transparent frit.
Bookings for 2018
Many apologies for the lack of blogs in 2017. We had a disturbed year from a personal and health point of view, but managed to attend all the planned events and festivals, although we did not get as far south as we had originally intended.
Those of you that are on Facebook would have keep up to date with our movements and seen some of our new designs during the year. We added a couple of new lines to our range - Giant paperclip bookmarks have been selling well and also Rainbow bracelets.
Plans for the coming year and in progress, but due to waiting for hospital dates we have to remain flexible for the beggining of the season.
Our first (land based) event is this coming weekend ( Sunday 4th March) at The MAC in Birmingham, where they hold monthly Arts and Crafts fairs during the year. We are doing the March and April events, before taking the boats out at the end of April and heading for Droitwich Spa for the first May bank holiday.
At the moment it is snowing heavily here and very cold! I, for one, am looking forward to the spring and some warm weather. I wil try to post more regularly this year to keep you all up to date with our progress.
Course dates for this year will be advertised shortly both on the website (what's On) and on Facebook.
Have a good year.
2017 Season Starting Soon
We are on the move for the year, but only in Enchanted Moon! This trip is down to Calcutt for painting the outside of the boat. So we are looking at 4 weeks of hard labour!!
Once finished we will be hot footing it back, by road, to Hawn Basin to take The Glas Barge down to Droitwich for the St Richards festival over the May Day bank holiday weekend. This will be the first trading event of the season, but after that it will be all go for the rest of the summer.
The Open weekend at Hawne Basin is 13th and 14th May and for this we need to get both boats back to the basin, in time to get things ready for a busy weekend. If sales are good we will then be busy making new stock for the following weekend when we are taking part in the Arts and Crafts Festival at Quinton Methodist Church. This event is 'land based' so we will be setting up our stall rather then selling from the boat.
I have been looking around me for new ideas to put into our jewelllery for the new season and these are some of the things I have been considering.
The Glass Barge returning to Birmingham
Our summer season is gradually drawing to a close and we are heading back to Birmingham for a Floating Market on 23rd to 25th September. Hopefully the weather will be nice to us that weekend and bring lots of people onto the canal.
Today we are in Braunston and have been trading yesterday and today. We had the last 2 weekends off as we needed to make a visit to Eastbourne and then go on to a family party in Bishop Waltham, Hampshire. It was a lovely get together and a nice break away from the boat life for a few days.
It has been really nice to have people coming onto the boat who have read the recent article in Tillergraph and we have also heard from other boaters we have met in the past who are pleased to hear about our progress.
We are now thinking about booking land based Craft fares in the run up to Christmas! Yes Christmas will soon be here!!
These hangings started being made as Christmas tree decorations, but we have been making them all year round for window hangings, Christmas tree ornaments or even pendants!
Production will now turn back to the green and red ones that we started with, although other colours will be available.
This leaf pendant was made for a commission.
We used a textures irridescent glass to get the leaf vane effect and were really please with the effect it created.
We had mounted this as a brooch and have been asked to repeat the design and mount as a pendant.
While thinking about this we also came up with a better way of making this type a pendand/brooch by using a shaded forma cut our of fibre paper.
Fused Glass on the move
Since leaving the market at Paddington we have been making our way slowly back up the Grand Union Canal. We have stopped to trade on the way at Rickmansworth, Apsley, Berkhamsted, Marsworth, Linslade, Milton Keynes, Stoke Bruerne and Blisworth.
We have had all sorts of weather, from scortching hot to torrential rain and high winds, but we are still enjoying the life afloat.
There have been articles about us in 'Yours' magazine and 'The Tillergraph' recently and we have been surprised by contact from old friends as a result of these publications.
We often get asked to make specific designs for people when they can not find just what they want in our stock and these are a few examples of what we ahve done recently.