While Liz was away…

The Autumn Home & Gift Fair took place in the City West Hotel mid- August. Liz was off gallivanting around Europe for 5 weeks so the job fell to Veronica and me to attend the show and represent Liz Christy, Hand-Woven in Ireland & LizzyC Sheep Gifts. Veronica was excited about heading off for a few days to the big smoke. I was rather nervous as I had never done the show before and was not sure what to expect.

Liz and Pat gallivanting in       Slovenia

The Journey

Liz had gone through the ‘spiel’ with me a few times and had left me plenty of notes. In hindsight, I need not have worried as Veronica is a dab hand at the trade shows. She is a natural and as the man would say, ‘she could sell sand to the Arabs’. The two of us packed up Liz’s van on the Friday evening and set off on Saturday morning. Myself and Veronica negotiated our way well around the M50, having Google maps and a good co- pilot always helps.

We landed to the City West hotel and checked out the Convention Centre. Our stand was located at Y64, and got set up in about 2 hours. Happy with our stand, we headed to the hotel and got checked in. Once we got settled in the room we headed down to the bar for a well deserved pint. There was a good buzz around the hotel as Limerick and Galway were playing in the All Ireland Hurling Final the following day.

Liz Christy Hand-Woven Scarves on display at the Autumn Home and Gift Fair 2018

The Trade Show

Sunday was slow to start I have to admit, we talked to a few current customers and it was nice to put a face to the names of people we have been dealing with for years. As soon as 3pm hit, the crowd really emptied out as the hurling match was on. We finished up at 6pm and got word that Limerick had won the All Ireland hurling final and the team were coming back to the City West for their winner’s gala dinner. Fierce excitement in the hotel and we joined the craic in the bar and had a lovely dinner in the restaurant in the hotel.

Congrats to the Limerick hurlers and here is a nod from LizzyC sheep crafted by hand in the Limerick colours
19 August 2018; Declan Hannon of Limerick lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Limerick at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Monday was definitely a busier day for us. We wrote a big order for scarves from an existing customer based in Belfast. The lady had spotted our new Lunalae scarves and had fallen in love! Veronica and I left in good form that evening and delighted about the huge order of scarves that had been placed.

In full flight

Liz Christy signature Yeats scarf on display at stand Y64

Tuesday was a good day for us too. We wrote a nice sheep order with a new customer based in Temple Bar in Dublin. A really interesting shop in the heart of the tourist area in Dublin and we are very excited about that. We had a good chat with a lady from a prominent university who was interested in the LizzyC Sheep as a corporate gift. This is an area that we are keen to grow in the business.

Our LizzyC sheep and Christy Crios belts on display

Wednesday we were finishing up at 3pm so there were less people around. Veronica and I waved goodbye to the City West Hotel. Both wrecked tired but contented that the fair had gone well for both the Liz Christy and the LizzyC brands. Soon we found ourselves back on the M1 heading north and homeward bound. We were looking forward to a day off and then, to getting stuck into order planning and show follow up…… And I think that Liz was delighted with how we got on!

Emma ready for sales at stand Y64 at the City West fair

To see our range of fabulous hand woven scarves and LizzyC sheep, call into Swallow Studios Annayalla or visit our website www.lizchristy.com 

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Liz Christy wins 6 months of exposure with Matthews Arts Showcase Initiative

Liz & Paddy Matthews beside the ‘moving billboard’

Some time back I entered a competition to win the opportunity to have a ‘moving billboard’ on one of Matthews Coaches for 6 months. This was part of their newly launched Arts Showcase Initiative. Well I can say I was just thrilled when I received a phonecall from Karen at Matthews saying that I was the latest winner of this brilliant prize. It took me a while to get my head around what this meant…. Liz Christy. Hand-Woven in Ireland and LizzyC Sheep would be featured on a bus which travelled up and down the M1 and into the centre of Dublin four times a day!

We set to work on the art work for the design. And while I knew exactly what it would look like, it was truly amazing to see it ‘in the flesh’ when my husband and I went to the launch recently. To see a 71 seater bus, parked outside The Marshes Shopping Centre in Dundalk with my images and branding on the back was unreal and very exciting.

A big big thank you to Matthews Coaches from Inniskeen in Co. Monaghan for this wonderful prize.

Explore Artisan Monaghan – Discover Our Trail of Crafts & Foods

Check out our newly launched ‘Explore Artisan Monaghan’ booklet which features our own Swallow Studios artisans Louise Loughman & Liz Christy. The Trail also features 14 other artisan locations around County Monaghan and you will find it in public buildings and hotels. Our aim is to work together to cross promote our small craft and food businesses, and make them sustainable in this precious drumlin landscape.

artisan trail front smlMany thanks to Eilín Connolly and Local Enterprise Office Monaghan for taking the lead on this project. Thanks also to Monaghan County Council, Monaghan Tourism and CEDRA for your support, it is much appreciated.

trail map sml As artisans we look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to come and see the creativity at first hand, and help us spread the word that we are open for business.

These are just photos from the trail but when available we will be sharing a link to the full booklet but in the meantime look out for it around and about, and make sure to come and explore 😉

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