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Having a wee shop full of beautiful things means that the postman often delivers exciting parcels, and I get a real thrill each time I open one up.

Today was extra special as I received 2 fantastic, unexpected parcels. 

A few weeks ago, following a suggestion from the Visit Scotland undercover-sussing-out-my-shop person, I asked via Facebook  for your thoughts on name badges for me and my staff.  The lovely Kathryn of Lazy Daisy Glass immediately offered to make glass name badges for us, and today they arrived!!  I LOVE THEM!!

The other parcel contained a badge too – this time for the shop!!  Woo hoo!!

I’m still not entirely happy with being described as a ‘Tourist Shop’ but that’s the only category that I can fit into.  The accompanying letter says, “A very comfortable 3 star rating is applicable at this visit, however there is great potential to achieve a 4 star award,” so I’m v chuffed!!


The excitement is building – North East Open Studios 2010 is almost upon us!! 

From 11th – 19th September, artists all over Aberdeenshire (and a few further south) will throw their studio doors open and let the public see what they get up to.  Others will be getting together in groups to put on collective displays in village halls, friends’ houses , cafes etc. 

The roads will be dotted with bright yellow signs directing you to each venue, and people everywhere will be excitedly clutching their beautifully produced NEOS catalogues with details of all 254 venues.

We are very fortunate to have a lovely bunch of creative people in Johnshaven – there will be at least 16 artists & makers to meet and chat to during the event – and we pull together to produce a village map to show visitors exactly where to find each of our venues. 

It also features places of interest within the village and suggestions for where to go for a walk.  As an added bonus, there’s a free entry in a prize draw to win a Starfish Studio voucher for anyone who visits every venue in the village!

NEOS is run by volunteers who all have their own busy lives to get on with, so in order for the event to work for each individual, I firmly believe the key is in self promotion and collaboration with others where possible. 




At the recent Fish Festival in Johnshaven I set up a gazebo outside the shop to promote the NEOS event, and it generated a lot of interest. 

At the weekend we took a drive out to the lovely Platform 22 in Torphins to have one of Emma Patullo’s famous chocolate brownies and pick up more boxes of catalogues.


I would have taken a photo of the brownie if it had lasted a wee bit longer!

So now, with just a few weeks to go, I plan to keep up with the publicity and I seriously need to get some new, small paintings done.

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