The VW Show

This was a show I was looking forward to – and I wasn’t disappointed.

blue wedding campervan

blue wedding campervan

OK, then – I was a little bit . . . when I woke up the morning of the show and saw heavy rain.  Britain is probably the only country in the world where you can take boots, fur lined wellies and flip flops out with you in the morning – and use them all!

Yep,  the rain had cleared up by the time we arrived, the sun shone through the clouds for most of the day, sales were brisk, enthusiastic customers were plentiful, and I had even persuaded my Other Half to spend his day off with me at the show.

I was really lucky to have a corner spot, meaning I had two sides of the stall open to the public

stall

stall

with one side like this

stall with display stands

stall with display stands

and the other like this

stall

stall

It gives you a lot more chance to grab people’s attention, as well as more space for them to browse.  Close followers of this blog may have noticed the gridwall on the floor

gridwall

gridwall on the floor

and not the table – I decided to get a floor stand for it following the fiasco that will be forever known as the Great Gazebo Disaster.

We were so lucky with the weather!  After the early morning downpour, it was a calm, dry day.  It was pouring again by the time we packed up, but hey, I can live with that.  The following day, it was blowing a gale! My, was I glad I wasn’t putting my gazebo up in that!

OK, so here’s a few piccies to give you a flavour of the day.  The first few were taken by Himself – so of course there’s the blokey engine shot

Beetle engine

Beetle engine

the funky beach buggies

beach buggies

beach buggies

the VW trucks (oh how good would this be for carting stock to shows?)

vw truck

vw truck

and he even spotted the oh so gorgeous ice cream van

vw ice cream van

vw ice cream van

where there were queues when I went back later

vw ice cream van

vw ice cream van

And, look – a VW campervan bouncy castle!

vw bouncy campervan

giant bouncy campervan

Lots of people (and look at those threatening clouds!)

people

lots of people

and lots of beautifully restored campervans

shiny camper

shiny camper

lots and lots of them

shiny campervans

shiny campervans

and it wasn’t just the ice cream van that was decked with bunting

van and bunting

van and bunting

I was rushed off my feet at times.  I completely sold out of pink campervan door plaques, and I’d made more than I expected to sell.

campervan door plaques

campervan door plaques

I got a few orders for Beetle images on clocks and plaques, so they’ll be making an appearance on the blog in a couple of weeks.  I got some snaps of Beetles today – of course – for inspiration (and inspection of the finer details)!  There were plenty to choose from.

vw beetles

vw beetles

The only drawback to the day?  Well, now I really, really want a campervan to call my very own.  It feels a bit wrong to feel ever so slightly jealous of the little girl who told me: We have a pink bay.  She’s in the workshop at the moment, being done up.  I love her.

How lovely though – what fabulous memories that little girl will have.

make mine pink

make mine pink

Handmade Monday 27 (from the Campervan Factory!)

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campervan drawing

I draw the campervans onto each plaque first

My studio is a bit of a campervan factory just now because I’ve booked to have a stall at the VW Show at Tatton Park on August 7th – a week today!  I’ve been painting up to 40 (yes 40!!) campervans a day!  Phew!  I think I may now have campervan burnout!

campervan factory

then I paint them all different colours

The VW show is bit of a departure from the usual for me, and while I’ll still have my usual range of plaques on display, I want to make a feature of the campervan designs and have lots for campervan enthusiasts to pick from.  I’ve also put together a campervan gifts page on my website which I’m hoping might posssibly attract attention after the show too.

lilac campervan clock

I decided to add some new colours to the range

I hope I’ll also have time to look round while I’m there!  Although, if I don’t have time to look round that means I’m busy – and that’s good too :-) .  I’d love to see some of the vans though and maybe get some more inspiration (and photos!).

Of course, I will be offering to add a personalised numberplate to any campervan purchased on the day.  I offer the same online too – if you can’t come to the show but you’d like a campervan with a personalised number plate, then you might like a virtual stroll round my online shop.

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PS: I’ve been round to read all the blogs up to now but Blogger won’t let me comment at the moment.  I’ll try and get back to you if I haven’t left a comment yet!

PPS: All sorted, hopefully!