Firstly, I had a meeting with a Countess yesterday and she has placed an order with me. She's the most humble of lady's and someone I've known for 3 years now and her family is very ' big ' in France.
Yesterday she told me that when she met me I was Lucy with 4 children ( I now have another two, twins ) and now I'm Lucy who she's discovered has an extraordinary talent and one that she herself would like to promote which is the most amazing thing because we are all aware that word of mouth is one of the biggest publicity factors and this lady has a very high standing in France.
So, 3 days ago I was doing my own thing and having such fun with Button Fayre and now, suddenly, I'm about to be thrown into the limelight, throughout the Creuse department of France and also Paris where this lady lives most of the year!
I was also told that a meeting will be set up with the lady who owns the tapestry enterprise in my local town of Aubusson, 10kms from me. Aubusson and Felletin tapestries are known around the world and are a massive part of the history of the Creuse and so I'm already very lucky to live here. It's also the heart of the wool and felt industries and you would be amazed at the things I've seen, it's all so cultural.
Anyway, this meeting will be to discuss whether my work can go into this lady's museum and I know that the Countess is going to say extremely good things about my work and so if this actually happens it will be a massive foot forward for Button Fayre....finger's crossed. If it doesn't happen then nevermind, I still have the Countess singing my praises in circles throughout France that I can only imagine of.
I also made some bunting, for the first time, this week and have been putting it off simply because I don't enjoy it so much as it's quite repetitive work. So, I've spent months trying to think of ways I can do it slightly differently that would still be attractive to the eye but have Button Fayre's mark on it.
Et voila! I came up with this last week after a few evenings of designing, preparing and cutting and then 4 hours of sewing and I think it's beautiful. However, I can not, for the life of me, manage to take any decent photos of it which is upsetting. My father is coming to me for a holiday in two weeks time and is bringing me one of his rather good cameras to try so I'm crossing everything because the whole subject is really starting to upset me now.....it's not much fun spending months, weeks, days and hours on designs, only for them to look awful in photos!
This photo was taken indoors and isn't even hung up because there isn't the room but it's nicer and shows the colours and work in a much better light.