So that's how it all began.
We enjoyed working together so much that we decided we couldn't wait until Christmas 2018 to do it again! So we're planning to hold events and to visit fairs throughout this year, as a collective enterprise. First up is a proper planning meeting, so long as the snow doesn't scupper the plans! There are already some dates in place, where one or other of us are already booked to attend events and some tentative dates and venues pencilled in.
Exciting (& busy!) times ahead!
Our last Christmas Collective event was for two night at the Marmalade Deli in Lochgilphead. Everett & Jenn Jaime had kindly invited us all to be part of their late night opening Christmas shopping event.
Where for two nights only, some of the 'meat products' were stuffed and not for human consumption! Lampshades and glass tealights jostled for position over the cheese counter.
Cushions piled up atop the fridge, and a display of seasonal branches decorated the front windows adorned with glass decorations.
Catherine's colourful stuffed animal heads popped all over the shop and looked beautifully rustic alongside Gill's countryside wreaths.
We had a lovely time chatting to all the customers who might have come in for a packet of spices, but then left with a tea cosy too!
This was the last event for the 'Christmas Collective' until next year when we hope to do it all over again as we've had so much fun working together.
Where we took over the restaurant area for the evening!
Planned for just Thursday evening, but we stayed for Friday night too -
Due To Popular Demand!
Arriving on a cold but sunny afternoon during the evening it started to snow. Visitors to the pub commented on just how Christmassy it all felt, especially as everyone was welcomed with a glass of warming mulled wine.
Local artists, Susan Berry and Caroline Plummer, also had work on display.
Shoppers nipped in to see what was on offer between courses from the bar area, and Kathryn shared samples of the planned Christmas menu as canapes to go with the mulled wine ~ the sticky toffee Christmas pudding was divine!
For our first event, under the banner the 'Christmas Collective Argyll', we borrowed a cottage and using the entire ground floor we styled all our wares together. A delicious miscellany of homewares, food and toiletries.
With mulled wine simmering away and tasty treats on the tables, the moment our visitors walked through the doors they entered a Christmassy Emporium.
We opened with a preview evening to our invited guests and were full to capacity. We were so delighted with the unexpectedly positive response. The rest of the weekend went in a blur of chat and mulled wine sipping!
People that were there on Friday night, came back to shop on Saturday, then brought their friends along on Sunday!
We had such fun working together, that we'll be doing it again next year and are already looking forward to the next events.