I had such a lovely day today at an Inspiration Day organised by the lovely ladies at Photocraft. You might remember that I’ve mentioned Photocraft before; I first met Lyndsey at the Handmade Fair and she has really inspired me to take better photos, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a whole day of inspiration!
The venue that had been chosen to host us was absolutely stunning. Beechenhill Farm is nestled right in the Peak District, with beautiful views. I’ve never been to the Peak District before, and the drive through was just lovely; there were cows and sheep right up close! I’m more used to somewhere like the Spaghetti Junction, so this was a bit new to me. I really should have stopped to take some photos on the way, but I didn’t want to be late, so I only have this one I took from inside the barn:
The inside of the barn looked so pretty; fairy lights, bunting… well just look:
Now I do love a day out that includes a goody bag, and this day didn’t disappoint! Unfortunately the photo I took didn’t turn out so well, but inside there was ribbon, chalk paint, a biscuit, a tea bag, stickers and probably something else I’ve forgotten:
So what did we do all day? We got to know each other and did a bit of networking – which was great as I got to use my new business cards! What do you think? I love them!
Aside from swapping business cards, we were also able to have a look at each other’s makes. I just have to share this bunting with you, it was my absolute favourite thing. Victoria makes the most gorgeous bunting I’ve ever seen, all with the most detailed pictures on; she had horses, sharks, octopuses (is that even the plural of octopus? I don’t know!), and lots more. I was very taken by this autumnal bunting and I’m definitely keeping an eye on her facebook page, Strictly Bunting, for when she starts selling these!
A major part of today was talking about styling our businesses and how to promote ourselves. I think that I’m already doing a lot of what was covered but it was still nice to have that validation that I’m going in the right direction. For me, the most useful thing about today was just having that time and space to immerse myself in my business and really think about the direction I want to go in. I also found it very useful to create a timetable looking at how much time I really have to devote to work, it was a bit of an eye opener.
I’ve come away from today feeling very inspired. I’ve got some new ideas about branding and style, I’ve met some lovely people and I’ve had a day to myself. Win all round! I’d definitely recommend one of these Inspiration Days if you have a crafty business! Photocraft also run a 5 week online course, which I think would be amazing, so my aim for 2015 is to save up enough to do that.
We even had a bit of bubbly before going home (non-alcoholic, of course). Cheers!
So what have you been doing this weekend? Any adventures to share?