I've spent the past week anxiously awaiting news of the parcel containing my NAQGCON competition entries that I sent to the USA. This anxiety has not been helped by the fact that our UK Royal Mail service is STILL listing the package as being "prepared for shipment". What a farce! Using the excellent United States Postal Service (USPS) tracking facility, however, I have been able to chart the parcel's progress over the past few days from New York to Long Island and then south-westwards to Lancaster in Pennsylvania ... and, after making a quick call to the NAQGCON organiser last evening, I now know that it's finally arrived at its destination in good shape. What a relief ... thank you, USPS!
Meanwhile, I made an interesting new contact this week on a visit to a local art gallery. Gallery Fiftyfive in Hartley Wintney describes itself as "a new lifestyle concept store which houses a constantly changing collection of exceptional arts and crafts, alongside gifts that are hip, unique and hard to find." The gallery has been staging a series of workshops for customers interested in trying their hands at different crafts, so I went along to enquire whether the owner would be interested in a quilling workshop. She said yes! So I have been booked to do my beginners' quilling workshop on 30th June, which I am delighted about. (I'll publish more details just as soon as I know exactly what the charge for participants is going to be.) And the gallery owner also expressed an interest in some of my more elaborate quilled pin brooches and earrings, suggesting that I might like to try offering some of them for sale in the gallery. So my focus is going to be firmly on jewellery for the next few weeks!
JJ Quilling Design. I've mounted the whole thing on some blue textured paper. Now all I need to do is get it framed. I'm wondering whether the gallery might be interested in this piece too? Watch this space!