Good evening all, I know I have written several posts about the Country Living Spring Fair now, but I felt that this one deserved an extra special little mention. As most of you know, I applied to several fairs this year, but this fair was one I had my heart set on participating in. I was so thrilled to be accepted, after having launched only a few months earlier, I rallied together to get everything finished and in place in order to exhibit back in April. It was whilst I was preparing for the show, around 3 weeks before, that my mum mentioned to me that Country Living give out awards during their fairs, and that's when I knew I had to step up my game. As you can tell, I love everything floral, and to me, there is nothing better than seeing a beautiful floral installation. I knew I wanted to make my work pop with something special, but it took a lot of deliberation and planning until the final idea came to me. (Click here to see my 'Setting Up' blog post to see how it all went together!)
It was Antonia, one of the amazing people involved in the organisation of such a wonderful event, who came round to find me and tell me how much she loved the stand, and that she wanted to put me on the shortlist for an award. I was so excited by this point, because even being shortlisted would have been an amazing achievement, what with this being my first show, but when Catherine came around to my stand on the Friday with my plaque and a bottle of prosecco I was completely overwhelmed. This photo does not do justice to the fact that I was happy dancing like a crazy fool inside!! (Play it cool, Rosie, play it cool!!)
I'm so pleased that the judges loved my floral fireplace, along with the whole ambience of my stand, and I am so unbelievably grateful for the recognition. The winners of the awards were announced at the exhibitor drinks on Saturday night, and Catherine said some lovely things that made me blush, and Jai caught it all on film (forever the BTS camera man!).
The amazing thing about the awards that Country Living hold is not only the plaque and the prosecco, but also the fact that the winners get a FREE stand next year! I mean, what more could you ask for? So, for those of you thinking of attending, I will see you at the Spring Fair next year, and yes, I have already started planning next years stand, and yes, it is going to be floral and fabulous!
This one is a huge thank you to Catherine, and all at Country Living!