Monday, 8 July 2013

The day has arrived ... it's time for Sue Wilson!

Wow!  

What a busy week it has been at The Papeterie. We have been cleaning, rearranging, merchandising new stock (and there was lots of new stock), filling our shelves with lots of card/paper from our mill, oh and there was takeaway!  Yes, we needed fed while we worked late into the evening! It all culminated in a fantastic day of crafting demonstrations from the wonderfully talented, Queen of Spellbinders, Sue Wilson!

We were delighted and very grateful to have Sue visit our store and help us raise lots of money for a very worthy charity, Archway (a charity close to our hearts), more of how much was raised later!


Archway is an independent Aberdeen charity that provides a service to both children and adults who have learning difficulties.  Sue and her husband Colin, popped along with Charlotte and Pearl on Friday evening to the branch of Archway in Dyce and met some of the staff and service users.  We were joined by some of them again on Saturday morning to greet Sue at our store.

photo copyright of Kath Stewart 
And joined now with Charlotte, Pearl and Darren.

photo copyright of Paula Stronach  
 As you will see, Sue was also greeted by a rather smart, and very warm piper (but I'm sure he's used to wearing all his regalia on sunny days).  A lovely surprise for Sue and all the wonderful crafters who came along, we are very grateful to him for giving up his time.  (Would you believe, when I went home at night, I was entertained with some live piping and drumming from my next door neighbours garden, I never tire from listening to piping, very emotive!)

 photo copyright of Kath Stewart 
photo copyright of Kath Stewart 

Looks like Sue, Colin and our crafters were loving our pipers arrival.

Sue set herself the challenge of making 20, lavishly adorned, stunning cards!  I had the enviable job of Sue's assistant for the day, I was a tad nervous I have to say, I had to get what was needed for each card as Sue needed them, but I needn't have worried, Sue was so organised, I knew just what to lay my hands on.  I was totally engrossed in her demonstrations and had a great vantage point, I could tell by all the faces in the crowd that everyone was just as engrossed, in deep concentration!  Luckily for me, Sue has asked for me to be her helper next time!  (Oops, did I say next time?  I think I may have let the cat out the bag, watch this space!)  The wonderful thing is we can watch Sue do it all again when it comes out on DVD!  All the profits from the sale of the DVD will also go to Archway, and we have orders for several hundred! WOW!  We must thank our adopted Papeterie staff member for the day, Ryan from IT, for setting up and filming this event!  The projected screen also ensured everyone, even those at the back, could get a good view of Sue!

 photo copyright of Kath Stewart 

It was warm in there, (I should know, LOL)  but we opened as much windows as possible (unfortunately the painters have painted the back ones stuck) and we had a couple of fans going, but it's an old building and doesn't have air conditioning!  However, us crafters are made of strong stuff, and anyway, what other craft shop would have the space to have so many people attend a free demonstration, and by such a talented person too, but Scotland's best craft shop, The Papeterie!! 

 photo copyright of Debbi Glennie
 photo copyright of Debbi Glennie
We must also thank our two helpers in charge of refreshments, Morgan and Eve, for keeping everyone hydrated and fed!  We must also thank Charlotte's Grandma for making those delicious cupcakes, what a star!

Of course, while I was being entertained by Sue, Charlotte, Pearl and Debbi were manning the tills along with another adopted staff member for the day, our very own, and very talented Kath Stewart, who also took the photos from the day!  I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Kath for taking the photos and giving us permission to use them in our blog!

If you are wondering where Sue's husband, Colin, spent his day, well Colin spent the afternoon on Stonehaven's golf course with Steve and Bill from Accounts, and I believe they also visited the very popular Aunt Betty's, just wish they'd brought some ice-cream back!

We shall be displaying the cards that Sue brought with her, in the shop, you can still pick up a sheet with everything needed to make these cards, from our shop (and there is still time to order a DVD, just call 01224 802337).

Here are just a few of the cards Sue made.

 photo copyright of Debbi Glennie
 photo copyright of Debbi Glennie
 photo copyright of Paula Stronach
(I won this card, above, in the raffle)
photo copyright of Paula Stronach 
Did I mention raffle??  We raised over £400 from the sale of raffle tickets, all 20 of Sue's cards were given away in the raffle and also Archway mugs, keyfobs and teddy, kindly donated by one of our regular customers, Joyce, who also made the t-shirts that we wore on the day, thank you Joyce for your donations!  The top prize of course was the Grand Calibur, signed by Sue, here's our very lucky winner, Tina.
 photo copyright of Kath Stewart 
The monies raised from the raffle and from the sale of refreshments pushed our total raised so far this year for Archway to over £3,000, and we still have the profit from the sale of the DVDs to be added to this!
And, at the end of a very long day, Sue stayed on to personally sign the raffled cards and get some photographs taken! 
Here's Sue's lovely message to myself, isn't she lovely!
  
photo copyright of Paula Stronach  

So what's next? 

Well, we've got another fabulous visitor this week, Barbara Gray is coming to town!  Yes, this Friday, the 12th July, Barbara will be back at The Papeterie demonstrating.  I was at Barbara's demonstration last year and it was brilliant, a very talented and very entertaining lady!  Why not come along between 11am and 4pm and watch this uber talented lady!

Well, that was a long one!  I'll be back blogging after Barbara's visit!

1 comment:

Hazel said...


So glad you all had a great day with Sue, she is such a lovely lady and I was so pleased to see that she is wearing one of our pendants, through Sue we have raised a lot of money for Ninewells Chemo Unit, Maggies and other charities.

Due to Canadian visitors being here Patricia and I couldn't make it on Saturday - disappointed or what.

Hazel