I think I need to start by saying that this has been the week from hell. I’ve spent half of it in hospitals and clinics (Don’t worry, not seizure related – still good on that front, touch wood – but I’m not ready to talk about it. This isn’t one for the internet just yet.), arguing with my family, sending my day job managers into a spin and cancelling my card thanks to a lovely fraudster who managed to get a hold of my card details. It’s been a LOT.
A couple of weeks back, I received an email from the ever so lovely Dayz from the IDEAS Birmingham team, saying that I had been selected from a long list of bloggers that had asked to be involved this year to actually be officially involved. I was over the moon. As a little blogger who’s only been writing for six months and someone who adores crafts, markets and fayres of any kind, I was honoured to even be considered. Of course, I replied with a resounding YES PLEASE but translated into more acceptable business speak.
Some of you may have seen my Instagram stories (they’re saved in the IDEAS B’ham folder if you want to check them out) that earlier this week, I was sent a lovely tote bag of goodies from the IDEAS team and also some amazing business owners, all to share with you guys, which I had some great feedback from too! Definitely go and follow me on Instagram if you don’t already – it’s where I’m most active and my followers there are generally the first ones to hear about anything!
When Friday morning finally rolled around, I had a last minute appointment to go to and afterwards, due to waiting for a call back with care decisions as to whether I needed to go to the hospital again, I wasn’t even sure whether I’d be able to make the event. But I took a chance and decided that I was going to go for it! I really wanted to go to this event and I really didn’t want to let these lovely people down either. Luckily, I had a call whilst I was at the event to say that I won’t need to go for another week or so, thank goodness.
So, I took the train into Moor Street rail station, met up with my sister and headed to an independent coffee shop to wait for her to finish her hour of sixth form. I shall not name said coffee shop but the once amazing feel has gone and my experience there left me with a bitter taste in my mouth, only half a cup of coffee and only crumbs of red velvet cake where a slice should have been, oh and coffee stains on my tote and my new handbag. I’m sure that you can all imagine.
I decided to take a walk, a slow walk, full of thought and meditation (I hate that word but I can’t think of a better one). It took me over half an hour to get from Jennens Road meets the James Watt Queensway to the Custard Factory in Gibbs Street. But once I got there, I was taking a gazillion pictures! From the main road, you wouldn’t expect it in that area but Gibbs Street is absolutely gorgeous, an Instagrammer’s dream.
^Spot the Flamingos!
The nook back from the street that contains the Custard Factory is also lovely, housing The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, a huge Christmas Tree, great seating and a Tardis – as you do.
Everyone was so friendly as well, once I got myself together and got myself in there! I bought some gorgeous pieces from different businesses and got EVERYONE’s business cards. Because, have no doubts, I will be sharing all of the businesses and their wares with you. I was kindly gifted £15 worth of vouchers to spend as I wished at the event, but even with that, due to my card cancelling issue, I didn’t have a lot of money to play with but you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be straight on Etsy when everything is back to normal which really is the beauty of this event, all of the sellers are online so you know you can always seek them out when the regret of not buying that necklace creeps in. But because every one of the sellers there were so lovely and deserve the world, even if I’m not in a position to buy all of their products, I want to share with you guys their fabulous work so that you can head on over to their online shops and show them some love! I will be doing all this in my next blog, coming very very soon! So stay tuned!
I very much enjoyed my afternoon, even if I was VERY nervous and had no idea what to say to any of the sellers! I was made to feel very welcome and at ease and I am very thankful to all involved for being so lovely and warm! And of course thanks to the IDEAS Birmingham team for the opportunity to be involved and of course making it all happen in the first place.
I followed up the afternoon with Sushi at Wasabi in Grand Central with my Sister, a mooch round Selfridges (who have a huge inflatable Santa this year, I would love to have been in the meeting where that idea was put forward) and a walk around the German Christmas Market with both Maria and Ash, who came to join us. I thought you’d enjoy those pics too because I know that I’m nosey and love those kind of things.
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