Wednesday, 25 February 2009
A Peek in at Hugglets
Who's that through the door in to Hall 4 , slurping a drink before opening time - good grief it's me ! Yes , I really did attend my first ever Hugglets as an exhibitor , and what a day I had !
There is a very special atmosphere at Hugglets , although it's difficult to sum up ; " busy expectation " or "vibrant warmth" both sound inadequate but come close . The show's organisers Irene and Glenn do the most amazing job of making everybody feel welcome and at home , whether exhibitor or visitor . Despite my rather nervous start to setting up we glided smoothly to 11am when the doors opened for the enormous queue of excited collectors , and the halls remained bustling until closing time at 4.30pm .
It's always a great pleasure to meet up with fellow bear makers , and I managed to speak to quite a few ( and tease All Bear's Paula with my teeny little bag of supplies !! ) I was also very honoured to have 6 pieces sell to a very distinguished venue overseas ... not sure if I should mention it so I'll keep it under my hat for now , and I made contact with a most prestigious bear shop which may lead to something interesting . Without trowelling on the hyperbole I can honestly say I had an amazing time !
I met some wonderful new people who had great enthusiasm for my little creations - it really does boost the confidence to hear compliments on your work , which after all comes in to being in a somewhat isolated and intently focused environment . I must thank each and every person who decided that a Flutter-By Bear would be welcome in their Hug :0)
My stand ; with my BBAA award in the centre which I couldn't resist showing off !
I've got a few snaps of Kensington to share in my next post - 'til then -
T.T.F.N Ruth x