I had the complete honour of being invited to attend the Mollie Makes Awards again this year to represent the Just A Card campaign. I joined Sarah Hamilton and our new JAC team member Emily Quinton at the event at The Dead Dolls House in Islington on Monday. Despite the heatwave we all had a great time chatting about Just A Card and handmade and independent businesses generally. It was also a wonderful opportunity to meet more people I've only previously known online in real life!
I'll let Mollie Makes themselves announce the winners, but here's a little rundown of my day at the awards...
We started out with a really fun photowalk - I haven't wandered around in Islington for years, so this made a nice change. Also a chance to catch up and get chatting to some new people!
Then back to the venue for a great talk about self doubt from Sas Petherick. My main takeaway being that if David Attenborough has self doubt, I'm in a pretty good club!
Lunch was gargantuon and very nice - an almost bottomless banquet - I heard people making reference to meals at Hogwarts...
I also had a chance for a really good catch up with Sarah and Emily.
In the afternoon I jonined a macrame workshop with Peas & Needles - had a good time but discovered that macrame is not something I'm naturally skilled at!!
Following that we had a panel discussion led by Yvette Streeter of Mollie Makes, in which Sara Tasker, Elisalex de Castro Peake and Katie Leamon chatted about working smarter not harder - something that resonated with a lot of us in the room!
Then following a closing speach from the wonderful Keith Brymer Jones it was time for the winners to be announced (and for a glass of fizz!).