The Homes & Interiors Scotland Show at the SECC in Glasgow was amazing. A non stop whirlwind of activity and so many amazing things to see.
But firstly I have to thank my lovely friend Nick Priestly of Mood Flowers for all his help throughout the show. Nick and his fabulous team of girls were amazing, even tho they were snowed under with their own work, and Nick was madly rushing around doing talks and demos as I was, they helped me sell books, cart them around and just be perfect stars.
Thanks again and again.
The show had everything from flowers to furniture, wall coverings to carpets and anything homey in between.
Including rocking horses.
Now these amazing beauties are the work of an old friend of mine, Mark Stevenson of Stevenson Brothers. They make the most beautiful old fashioned rocking horses that sell worldwide. Just looking at them throws you into another world, gentler times, childhood dreams, happy adventures and sheer joy.
There were cooking demos and chefs popping up everywhere showing off their skills and the latest in kitchen equipment and style.
Beautiful little bits and pieces. I was good, I didn’t go on a spending spree. In fact my only purchase was one of these gorgeous hand painted Moroccan Christmas tree baubles. I just loved the black and white designs and the simplicity of the coloured beads on the hanging ribbon. My treat for my tree this year.
I was doing talks in two areas, the big Design Theatre that seats 150 and the smaller Christmas Demo area. This is the Design Theatre as I’m doing my talk. Camera rolling to catch the action for the plasma screen on the wall beside me.
I was talking about making Festive Foody Gifts. I love this talk, it’s all my videos, books and DVDs rolled into one. It’s me chatting about what I love and showing people hands-on how to do it. Of course nothing is ever perfect, there were moments when I didn’t quite get it right. Ho hum, the bowls that got stuck together and had me heaving them apart in a very unladylike manner and then sending the freed bowl skittering across the stage and clattering into a corner, the fact that I forgot to add chili to the Basil and Chilli oil and then found myself looking completely blankly at a chili and wondering why the damn thing was still on the table. Surely I had brought it for something, didn’t I have a use for it?
Ah the dreaded senior moments……..
It’s great to actually have people in front of you when you do these things. While I love doing demos in a TV studio or in HQ with a camera running, it is when you’re doing it live in front of an audience that it really comes to life. Seeing people really get it in real time and having them ask questions and be involved. That’s the fun for me.
At the end of each talk there was the book signings. Scribbling notes and good wishes and handing over something that is destined to be a gift for someone else. It really makes the writing come alive, makes spreading the word into a reality. Unfortunately as I’d been cutting and mixing garlic during the talks everyone’s nice new book ended up with that certain eau de garlic about it, oh well adding a touch of nature to the project I guess!
Now just to show you that this was indeed Scotland, yes ladies there were men in kilts. Really they ought to make a TV series, forget ‘Men in Black’, think ‘Men in Kilts’, could be a winner. Anyway this chap in his fuzzy and out of focus way is here to demonstrate one thing for you.
Wearing a kilt should carry a health and safety warning, it is obviously a dangerous pursuit and can cause injury……
So that was The Homes & Interiors Show, 3 days, so much talking, lots of signing and a great time had by all.
I think this pillow sums it up really.