Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Show....

Yes - your assumptions about how busy I've been over the last few weeks are absolutely right. When I don't have time to blog you know something is up....

Things were hectic (and not going according to plan) right up to the last minute... but eventually (!!) I managed to get my stand set up for the Stitches and Craft Show. By the time I had a chance to take a photo it looked a tad dishevelled...

It was all a bit on the FRANTICALLY BUSY side of things. I'm still recovering from the physical strain of it all, but at last (after a relaxing evening and early night) my brain has come back to life and it's possible share the experience.

The show was full of light and space, so the crowd was able to move freely and see everything. It was a more relaxed atmosphere than in the previous venue... if a little warm.
The Indie Incubator area was like a real-life Bloglines....
The gorgeous Justine was there with MixTape.

Louise and Cathy were there with their adorable Audrey and Maude patterns and kits.


Fi and Jodie were there with lots of glorious colour and clever, clever ideas....

I loved seeing Kristen's prints again... I had to buy the Winter tree and bird panel (been thinking about it since the Sydney show last year).

These beautiful Twiglet lions made me smile.

Red Seed Studio prints were simply stunning, and Ellie and Sam were super-lovely.

Tinniegirl's vintage tinnies of loveliness were super-inviting.
And the lovely Liz and I did a little swap, so I now am the proud owner of an adorable Betty-Jo brooch.

What was best of all was meeting and catching up with so many bloggers, friends, people I have taught or met through my work, and meeting a whole new crew who had previously not known about me OR my work. It was heartening to meet people who made me feel that it is worthwhile and appreciated.

Sooz (the super-duper organiser) organised a gorgeous Lebanese feast for 30-odd bloggers (or is that 30 ODD bloggers?). I was looking forward to it so much, but was so completely exhausted, brain-fried and RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY (didn't have time for a break or food on Friday) that I could barely speak to anyone. I think I rambled inanely or grunted mono-syllabically at a few people... not sure. (Sooz has a great round-up of the show here).

Special thanks goes to the wonderfully thoughtful Jan, who kept me alive with home-made cookies and rocky-road. Without that burst of sugar I doubt I'd have made it through. Super-duper special thanks goes to Leonie, AnnMarie, Bree and Sarah for all their help on the stand, and to Leah for keeping the home-fires burning at the office. Thanks team!

Now there are ACRES (it seems) of this sort of mess in the studio.... there's a bit of sorting-out to do.

14 comments:

Jan said...

Lovely to catch up with you after Jodie's class, Nikki. Your stall was so busy, but I managed to wriggle in & buy a puff purse pattern - now on the ever-lengthening "to do" list! Don't work too hard this week...

CurlyPops said...

OMG you must be exhausted!

JodieMo said...

Wow! What a day! I'm glad you survived! :)

Troischats said...

I really enjoyed meeting you at the show, and I have created a long list in my head of the products I'm going to buy from you in coming days and weeks! There's nothing like seeing them in person to really get the creative juices flowing ...

Sharifah said...

hi nikki,

so many books u have there.. i like it n wish i can find that kind of books..

anyway,.. such a busy day n lovely show.

our shabby cottage said...

Yes, when I saw you, your cheeks were flushed and you looked like you could have used a lie down! Great to hear it was a success Nikki.

froginthepond said...

I popped in for a quick visit and snaffled one or two supplies - it was fab to see your designs as products. Rest easy!

Cathy said...

so great to be with you at the Show again - pity you were so busy we did't do much catching up. So glad it went well for you. Are you able to have a bit more of a rest!!! Your stand was always crowded - you are one amazing lady!

Fer said...

It all looks so wonderful (wish I could've been there!). Glad to hear you had a great time.

Kirsty said...

I'm so glad it was so busy. You did a fabulous job Nikki.

Anonymous said...

OMG! She still has a pulse! Thanks for inviting me to your wonderful space at the show. Haven't had that much adrenaline running through my body since child birth! I had an amazing time surrounded by such beautiful products, and more so, all the beautiful people along the new 'Great Wall'!
Keep up the good work Nikki.

Bree ox

Michelle said...

Well, it was lovely to meet you on Friday night and I'm so sorry we didn't get more of a chance to chat!

And I will make that Sling Bag soon, I promise! And from there it might be a carryall ...

Cindy said...

It looked like all your hard work paid off as there seemed to be lots of adoring people when I was there. Beautiful work, as I expected. Hope you can have a little rest now.

Katherine said...

Thanks for sharing your photos, Nikki. Gave me a taste of what a great time this looks to have been. So cool to see the booths of my favourite bloggers from Oz.