Craft awards don\'t come easily to the shops that receive them.
They are earned by the hard work of the craft shop owners who provide their customers with great service and products.
Last year Mandy Shedden of Keep On Crafting in Bury St Edmunds was given an award. When we spoke to Mandy this week about her hopes for this year she said:
\"Thanks to the support of our loyal customers in 2015, we won the Silver Award in the International Craft Awards Best Independent Retailer in the South East\"
And she hopes that this year she can retain her title. But we hope she doesn\'t - we hope she gets Gold! I travel a long way to visit the shop because I love it so much.
These Craft Awards are like the Oscars of the craft world - seriously!
If you want to get a feel for what a homely place Keep On Crafting is click here to see pictures and read about my experience doing workshops there.
Speaking out to her many valued customers, Mandy also said:
\"Please consider nominating us again this year and you will be in with a chance to win a spa break for two.\"
And guess what! It isn\'t any old spa break - it\'s at the original Champney\'s Health Spa!
Look, look, look below!
So get voting for Keep On Crafting in the 2016 Craft Awards and you may be living it up at Champneys!
And Mandy will be very happy that all her hard work is paying off. You can vote very easily by clicking on this link www.crafts-beautiful.com/awards
Fill in whatever is relevant to you but pay special attention to box number 19 and any others that you feel Mandy deserves a mention in.
Please note the closing date for nominations is July 21st 2016.
Craft awards may not seem important to you but Mandy will be a happy bunny if she wins - go on - there is a spa weekend at stake!