Friday, June 8, 2012

Back to life...(and trying to remember where I put the reality).

Yep.  I made it to Sydney and back (...yes, even with ME driving!). I'm just trying to get my bearings again, having had such a big focus for the last few weeks.
All went relatively smoothly in Sydney.  I managed to set up and pack up and do a whole show in between, all without tears.  Nothing was stolen and nobody said anything unkind.  I met lots of interested and interesting people and had a very nice time.  I must also say that the organisers of this event are just wonderful.

We now have some more stockists, and you'll be able to find my patterns and supplies in a few more places around Australia and New Zealand.
Over the weekend, I was seen to be fondling bits of fabric on other stands, and you may well be seeing more of these prints in these-here parts.
 Two ranges that took my particular attention were by Surface Art and Veritas Design (Australian designers), and as I sat opposite them throughout the show, I thought up fabulous 50's-inspired full skirted dresses and skirts and all manner of homewares.  LOVE it.
Another new independent designer on the wholesale scene was Buddies Corner. The stand was really fresh and inspiring and the designer (Tammy) is just lovely.  She has a career background in textile design for large companies and has branched out on her own.  GO TAMMY!
 I loved the mix of yardage and panels and the mix of boys/girls children's designs.
 I didn't think to get my camera out in class, but I had to take a few photos at Peg's Pieces, before I left the shop.   Along with loads of fresh and fabulous fabrics, they have just a few (thousand) buttons....
...and the cat-themed fabrics had my head spinning with choices for a Mummy's been away gift for the smallest crafter in the family.
 Best of all, while in Sydney, I got to stay with my great friend of 25 years, Sarah.   I even finished the Divine Hat I started crocheting for her before I arrived and started a new (knitty) one.  The hat fitted Sarah's 2-year-old as well as it fitted her.  (Lots of brains in that kid's head...!)
And now, having barely landed (and taught a patternmaking class last night), I find myself cleaning up the chaos I left behind a week ago and trying to remember where I was up to in my various and scattered mental lists of loosely-prioritised to-do's.  I'm yet to muster the courage to look at the calendar ahead of next week.

Thank goodness for the long weekend ahead.  I have nothing planned.  By Tuesday, I hope that there will be a renewed focus ...and that the enormous pile of laundry at home will be a distant memory.


macca said...

Is there anywhere in Nz that i could buy your book??

Amanda said...

Glad the show was successful. Surface Art have come to a couple of Bowerbird market in Adelaide. I managed to purchase some of their off cut packs. They do have lots of lovely stuff,

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Heather said...

Glad you had a good show. You were not scatterbrained for the pattern making class and gave us food for thought. Well done.

Breakfast Jo said...

I'm exhausted just reading that! I can just see you "fondling'some lovely fabrics lol....glad you made it up and back safely :O)

A Peppermint Penguin said...

2nding the exhausted just reading that! I don't know how you do it.

I'm glad it all went well and that you conquered the driving thing.

You deserve a whole constellation of gold stars!

and a rest.

Annie said...

I loke the look of some of those kitty fabrics...enjoy a bit of a rest, amongst the washing.

Jessica said...

Glad to hear you had a safe trip back. Thank you again for a wonderful class at Peg's Pieces, my photos are up on my blog if you'd like to see them -

Katy Cameron said...

Glad it all went so well, my last weekend at FQR was equally mindblowing though, so I'm also hoping to recover over the weekend!

meli B said...

Can't believe you drove both ways. I guess it makes sense with all the gear you had to carry but all the same you are amazingly brave and super human to be strong enough to get through a show on top of the driving. Glad it was worth it in more ways than one.

julie @ tractorgirl said...

love Surface Art - I even blogged about Moyra & her work recently!
well done on getting through an enormously hectic time... and I'm a teeny bit jealous of the fabric fondling (OK, a lot!)