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.
The Christmas Collective came about when, during a business women's network meeting (called WRENS) a couple of us got to discussing the Christmas fairs we were going to be doing. And, as happens when a group of creative minded women get together to chat, we very quickly dreamt up a plan where we and do something a little bit different.
We would borrow a holiday cottage for a weekend, style all of our work together, so that it wasn't 'just another craft fair' but a whole new shopping experience a Christmas Emporium of lovely things.
Christmassy food from the Marmalade Deli; colourful cushions and quirky stuffed animal heads from Highland Homewares; sparkling fused glass decorations by A Touch of Glass Studio; Needlesmiths' painted lampshades and tealight lanterns; gift vouchers for delicious food at the Tayvallich Inn and beautiful table centres and door wreaths from Love Dove Cottage Studio, handmade soaps and bath treats by Handmade on the Hill and some of the amaZing products from Zing Organics.