Monday, August 1, 2011

Melbourne Quilt and Craft Fair

Well, yes - it looked an awful lot like the stand in Sydney, only with a few new bag and purse samples (....and vastly lower stress levels on my part).
Doing three shows in four months means that the set-up is becoming routine, and it all came together much more smoothly. Little things were improved-upon but the basic system seems to be working.

I had a lovely time, chatting and meeting and book-signing. Thanks to my helpers, Leonie, Brianna and Adele. In between waves of squeezy-crowded-busy we were all able to take a few breaks and have a look around the show. Photos of my crafty purchases coming soon....
People seemed to like my work. The crowd was a good mix of friends, regular custmers, blog-readers and people who didn't know me from Adam. We sold out of A-line Skirt patterns by the middle of Saturday (more are being printed as we speak). Today, for the first time in a LONG time (can't remember the last time), I took the day off.


I woke up with the beginnings of a cold, a house that looked like a tip and a child with dreadlocks (after a week of Daddy-haircare). It was also the man of the house's birthday and there was MUCH ORGANISATION to be done for the "surprise" party that the dreadlocked child had planned.


I played Imelda May LOUD while I cleaned and baked, and then went shopping and did school pick-up. I thought it'd be nice if I could do this whenever I liked. Things got done, for a change, and I felt like "good Mummy". It was a nice feeling, after the last few hectic weeks of half-done everything on the home-front.


I need an early night... and possibly another day off. Chat soon....

15 comments:

yardage girl said...

It was lovely to see you and your lovely wares - I'm so glad I got my A-line skirt pattern ... I cut it out tonight and I'm looking forward to sewing it! Nic x

Karen said...

Glad you are taking sometime out to relax and recharge (well of sorts). And you are a wonderful mother whether you do the school run or not Nikki.
(Love that Imelda - what a song!!)

Leonie said...

Hooray for successful Shows and recovery days. You deserve it!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

yay!

Just generally, blanket coverage - yay!

Buy Design said...

Repeat after me... A tidy house is not the sign of a good mummy.

Annie said...

Congratulations on what sounds like a great show. OF COURSE people love your work because it is fantastic. A well deserved day off but hope the cold doesn't take hold.

Yarn Wrap said...

I have a lovely skirt pattern. I shall have a go on the weekend. - Jude

CurlyPops said...

I'm definitely coming along to visit the next show!

Carolyn said...

It was an absolute thrill to met you at the fair. Thanks for signing my book!It went a long towards banishing ghosts-of-nasty-craft-teachers-past...And many thanks to the lovely Brianna, who spent time talking me through which pattern to start with.

meli B said...

I was great to catch you early at the show. I came by later and your stand was rockin'. Happy birthday to hubby and good luck with the cold.

Handmade said...

Looks great. Sounds great!

Fer said...

You sound a lot more relaxed about this craft fair compared to the last one. You're going to be a craft fair pro in no time! (I'm guessing the day off was just what the doctor ordered too!) ♥

Natalia said...

Que hermoso y que envidia no poder ir!
Suerte!!

Leanne said...

Hi Nikki, the Melbourne show looks great - do you have any plans to come to Adelaide?

Lilli boo said...

Very belated, but had to say it, was lovely to meet you at the Show. I am yet to make the Wrap bag I purchased, just so happy to have the pattern. Will have to buy the A-line skirt next time looks fantastic. If you can't remember who I am out of all those thousands of people (tounge in cheek here), I am the person whose baby whilst asleep in his pram was used as a bag rest by a lady clearly having a lapse in concentrating! almost a disaster, still amused by it now! Hope you have well and truly recovered from feeling run-down!