Well it's been a few days since my last post but to be honest I feel I should be posting cards and crafty things, I can't make any cards right now as my studio is still in progress. I will pop a few WIP photo's tomorrow though. The studio is now up but there is so much left to do. I am not complaining though as it is so huge and I can't wait to get crafting. A whole fourteen foot by nine foot to myself will be awesome.
I thought I would tell you a little about my day at create and craft. We got there late due to the sat nav loosing us lol but Anna assured me it would be ok. We signed in and after a short wait (while waiting Dave Bradford walked past us and winked at me),Jo the production manager came to collect me, we went right in to watch a show live with Dave and a wonderful lady with an art nouveau CD ROM she had drawn, it was so beautiful. We watched for half and hour then went to a conference room for tea biccy's and to play with the four day deal as we needed cards made for the first live show. The door opened and in walked Stephanie Weightman, she is just as funny and nice as she appears on the shows. We had a great chat and she put us at ease.
I went out with Jo for a "breath of fresh air" and bumped into Dave again, we had a great chat.
When we got back in it was time to prepare for the show, by now I was dying from fright lol. Into the studio we went and sat at a table got our mic's sorted, had a chat with Steph and Nancy Watt. She is also just as lovely and fun as she is on TV.
We crafted while the show was going live and occasionally chatted to Steph. I was approached by the sound man and asked could I count to five to check my mic, I thought I had spilled water on it as he didn't ask any one else to do a sound check. I was soon to discover why he did the check......
Steph said she was going to read some emails, she read one or two then said "we have an email from a young lady" then she looked directly at me, who was by now dying in case I had to talk. The camera focused directly on me and as you may guess it was from my daughter and Steph asked me a few things about her etc. How I got through those minutes without hiding under the table I don't know. I was proud of her email though as it was well written for a girl with her head in pixie land lol.
When the show was over we went to the counter and had a great chat with Steph and Nancy about crafting. It was by now time for lunch which Steph joined us for. While we were eating Nigel May walked in, I was so thrilled as Anna had said he was coming in on his day off just to meet me as I am a friend on facebook of his. What a truely nice guy. Jo asked if I wanted to go for more "fresh air" and Nigel joined us so where as the other ladies shared Steph I got one on one time chatting to Nigel and other presenters that shared mine and Jo's addiction for fresh air.
Time for the next show seemed to come very quickly while we were chatting but it was less nerve racking. Nigel hugged us and gave us a kiss on the cheek to say goodbye and it was back on air. After the second show was over we were given a little more time to chat then it was over, we were all given the kits to bring home and a goody bag, we all had photo's taken and Steph,Nancy and Jo gave us all a hug and a peck on the cheek to say bye.
It took six plus hours to get there and was exhausting but boy was it worth it. We were asked if we would be interested in going back and as you can imagine we all said yes please. I thought that what we see on the shows was just for the cameras but please believe me the whole building is full of such lovely friendly people, the presenters were all amazing and just as great off air as they are on air. My only regret about the whole day is that it is over. I have put tow pictures on here but the quality is bad as they were taken on my mobile as someone left the camera at home.....oops