Tutor Blog: Mosaic Madness & Festive Fairs

Date: 24th October 2016
Author: Roz

Lis Greensmith is the lovely lady behind Lily Mosaics. She runs all of the Mosaic Workshops at StraightCurves and we also stock some of her DIY Kit range. In the first of our Tutor Blog series, she tells us about her crazy Christmas preparations:

Well it’s the mad season here at the Lily Mosaics’ studio in Nuthall! As well as my workshops, I’m trying to get new Christmas stock to all my stockists, and physically make stock for my 6 Christmas fairs which start in two weeks’ time. Panic, me?! Ha ha.

I’ve bribed enlisted the help of my two sisters who are coming to help me on the DIY Kit assembly line, and we’re aiming to put around 200 kits together! Lily Mosaics currently has 19 designs in the DIY kit range, and so I need at least 10 of each design making up ready to sell, plus in this last week alone I have sent out 3 orders – one for 18 kits, another for 20, and a big one to Denman College in Oxfordshire for 28! Who needs sleep?!

My Son started at Uni a few weeks ago and mentioned that he wanted to come home this weekend… Fabulous news of course, but his bed is ceiling high with stock and boxes at the moment, so he may well have to sleep on the sofa. Poor boy! Lily Mosaics’ stock has literally taken over his bedroom, the dining room, the conservatory, the ensuite shower cubicle (we have another, please don’t worry!!), the garage, the attic – oh and I’ve hidden yet more stock behind the sofa in the lounge (don’t tell the husband).  So you see, it really is a little bit crazy here at Lily Mosaics HQ!

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So, as I say, my fairs start in less than two weeks’ time. November kicks off with the Handmade Christmas Fair inside the stunning Southwell Minster on Saturday 5th November. That is THE most beautiful candle-lit setting and when the Minster choir starts singing it really is Heaven. The following weekend (12th & 13th November) is the 2-day Fabulous Places Christmas Market at the Roundhouse in Derby which involves setting up my stall at 6am on the Saturday morning and then selling til 6pm, eek!  The Roundhouse is another stunning venue, of huge architectural interest, and I love doing the events there. I then have Christmas fairs at the Derby High School on the 19th November and the Walled Garden in Beeston on Sunday 20th.  The 26th and 27th November sees me at the Kelham Hall Christmas Fair in Newark, and then my final event, and the one I am actually organising with a friend, is the Christmas Artisan Market at Strelley Hall on December the 3rd and 4th.  We have the most yummy local food producers selling their wares – artisan breads, cheese, fudge, wines, locally produced beers – and of course many stalls will be displaying the talents of local artists and designer/makers (like myself)!  The mulled wine and mince pies will be flowing…

I hope I survive the season.  And I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas (yes, the dreaded “C” word in October – well I’ve been planning for it since July, so think yourself lucky, haha!).

Here’s to a very happy and healthy Christmas for all of us!

Lis xx

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