BCTF 2016

Milomade at BCTF 2016 - Stand 184

What a blast this years BCTF was and such a mix of stress, emotions and fun! There were a lot of firsts along the way but these all added to the general trade show mayhem.

Number one first was that I had to hire a van! I’ve never driven a van in my life and I’ve never hired a vehicle either. The night before my departure my partner turned up on the doorstep with a graven face exclaiming he’d had an accident. I assumed the worst but when I got to the car I found my son sound asleep and unharmed and the car looked fine too… until I saw the rear window was completely missing!

I would’ve taken a photo of the shattered windscreen but I was overcome by shock and stress and was too busy holding back the tears – I didn’t need this. But it all turned out OK in the end and I hired and drove my first Postman Pat van – it’s always been a dream of mine to have a Postman Pat van but I’ve now revised that aspiration.

Not my vehicle of choice!

With no rear windows and no rear view mirror and the fact the vehicle was so wide, I found it almost impossible to reverse park the van. So I drove down to Harrogate and continued in a forward direction throughout my stay and believe it or not managed to avoid reversing the van almost entirely – quite an achievement I thought!

My next first was Airbnb – I stayed with a lovely family in Knaresborough – it’s very different to the standard B&B type affair as I was staying in the family home, but it was a great experience and they had a really lovely dog. So I’d definitely use Airbnb again.

Set up was relatively straightforward this year but the wallpapering was very time consuming – it looked great when it was finished.

 

BCTF 2016 - stand 184 Milomade

I started at aB 10am and finished around 7.30pm and mostly because I had to make a load of decorations to hang…

BCTF 2016 - stand 184 Milomade

The finsihed stand…

Milomade at BCTF 2016 - Stand 184

A close up of my jewellery display showing the three collections I make from antique spoons…

Milomade at BCTF 2016 - Stand 184

Me looking rather chilled on the final day of the show…

Milomade at BCTF 2016 - Stand 184

All in all a good time was had by all. Check out my Stockist page for new places to buy Milomade.