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It's all over.


Everything's packed up, the walls are bare, my dining room is cluttered with boxes and ikea tables once more.

I have to say it was a little strange to wake up this morning and not rush off, piece of toast in one hand, spare kits in the other, toward the hum and buzz of the Showgrounds.

It's a very intense experience, being in a show! I've never even done a market you see - I just jumped straight into a 5 day show - and so it's a bit strange for it all to be over as quickly as it started. It's a bit quiet in Chez Cheese today as Mama Cheese and I come to terms with life beyond the show.

I can't say I'll miss the early mornings or standing on my feet all day! But I will miss the company, the excitement, the workshops, and especially the people. I really can't believe how lucky I was to spend all day with some of the most talented, creative, kind, generous, funny, whacky and hard-working people in the country. I got to spend time with old friends and make some great new ones, namely Ellie and Sam - the creative geniuses behind Red Seed Studio.

( Photo credit: Miss Marzie )

It's going to be so strange not to spend all day hanging out and chatting!

I did manage to sneak home with more than blisters, memory, and boxes of stuff to unpack!

My new fave accessory! ( Is there a way to photograph your wrist without it looking like an elephant's ankle? Trick photography? Magic lighting? )

I'd been wanting to make it along to Fi's button bracelet workshops all week but they always clashed with my workshops so in true indie style she invited me over to her stand and we sat down and crafted one up together!

I did a trade with the lovely Leslie from Onegirl Designwrks - some plush apples for one of her Oobees. I finally own an Oobee! Her name is Honey and she's super soft, lovingly hand-crafted, and perfect for hugging.


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 16th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
thank you
I am fiona and I did your workshop...I was the one who attemped the tiny stamps first go.Just wanted to say thanks for sharing.Please add me to your friends!
Mar. 16th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
Re: thank you
Your teeny stamps came out so well and I'm still really impressed! I'm glad you liked the workshop :D
Mar. 16th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Glad it all went well
Hi Holly,

Glad it all went well for you. I couldn't make it this time - was too busy :-(

Did manage to get to Spotlight today then realised they had one of those 20% off days (for 2 days) and noticed they had heaps of wool felt on the bolt if you were after any. You're probably a bit worn out by now, but if you felt up to braving the queues, there was tons.

Hopefully see you at the next show.

Mar. 16th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
Re: Glad it all went well
I saw the Spotty ads on TV and I would love to go but after playing with 50+ metres of felt for the last few months, I'm not sure whether I can handle buying more! I think I'm developing a twitch in my left eye :p

But 20% off everything.... it's very tempting....
Mar. 16th, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)
Hi Holly:
Glad you had such a great time. Now you have braved a big show like this without having done a market you now know you can do anything! I did lurk by your stall a few times to say hello yesterday but you were busy or absent - so this is me just popping in to say hello! I had a great day - caught up with some friends from Tassie, caught up with Annie Flower Garden, did a class with Jodie and bought stuff.
Have fun, Jan (from the Great Ballarat Blog Meet)
Mar. 16th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
I'm sorry I missed you! I spent most of the show running around like a headless chook I think! I'm glad you had fun! How did you like the new-look show?
Mar. 16th, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great experience, I'm glad you enjoyed yourself...and hopefully it will lead to all sorts of great things.

Katy (the monkey)
Mar. 16th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it went well, glad you had a good time and a great haul!
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
sorry to miss you
Hey Lady, I did pop over to the show on Friday morning but I had my two undersized mates with me - we did the rush job through. So pleased that the cliff jump into show-land was successful. Looking forward to hearing all about it. Luv Cath
Mar. 17th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
Your stall looked amazing! I'm not sure when I will have time to msake my apple and staps, but they look pretty in the packet :)
Mar. 17th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
Hi Holly,
I had a great time doing the donut workshop at Stitches and Craft. Feel extra inspired now! Thank you!

Mar. 17th, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
Gosh Holly! It was SO nice to meet you. I think you're amazing and clever, and your stall looked so good!

I missed your workshop, and someone mentioned you might have had the stamp carving stuff for sale? And stupid me didn't investigate it before I left on Saturday.
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:31 am (UTC)
Sorry, should have digned off properly under my *other* persona.

Michelle xx
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
Hey Michelle!

The show was crazy fun and busy so I can understand not being able to make your way back! I was there for 5 days and still didn't check out everything I wanted!

I have the stamp carving kits for sale on my etsy here:

And if you're ever down this way again we should meet up for a coffee and stamp carving get-together! :D
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
Ooh! Something for payday! Thanks!

And yes, next time I'm down it would be lovely to organise something!
Mar. 18th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
: )
Wow - it looks like you had tons of fun! And you really did jump head first into the Big Time, huh? Good for you!
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