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