But not with pictures, as I left my camera in the car by accident, so you'll have to go to other peoples' blogs and flickrs for all the colour. Suffice to say it was excellent, and I wish I'd been able to nick off from work even earlier so I could have seen all the stands, and the outside stalls and the film, and spent more time talking with kooky craft people hahaha sorry Jodie and and and ...
Well next year, right?
After the Show, Sooz had organised a blog dinner that grew like topsy until we were threatening to take over the restaurant. However some people piked out of the dinner at the last minute (you all know who you are) and sadly some others couldn't make the trip from interstate, and numbers came down to something a little more manageable in the end.
A particular highlight was a very special guest from Sydney, the one and only Eleanor who is as delightful as her blog suggests and who was astonished and impressed by everything she saw because [she claims] she is not crafty herself. (She has other talents, don't you worry. Keep reading).
I did remember to take my camera into the restaurant and although I didn't get photos of everyone, I did manage to capture, for your entertainment, Eleanor bellydancing. Stomper had warned Sandra, Eleanor and I that we were sitting in the prime position to be nabbed by the [Lebanese] restaurant's belly dancer and she was right. We were careful to avoid eye contact but it wasn't enough. Eleanor was forcibly dragged to her feet and despite her protestations that she is actually very shy and introverted, ended up dancing rather impressively and with gay abandon. Viz.:
Here she is shrieking with laughter as Sandra tucks money into her cleavage.
That's the professional belly dancer on the right, not Sandra.
See how shy and demure this dear creature is? She kept trying to tell me how she's really an introvert, No really I am! she would say indignantly until I had tears of laughter pouring down my cheeks.
Some more pics from the evening ... sorry for the atmospheric graininess but I hate flash. Here are Stomper and Frogdancer looking rather lovely ...
and Sooz and Sandra sporting their matching woollen berets ...
Part of the festivities of the evening was the arrangement that everybody had to take a small gift, either handmade or craft supplies with which to make something handmade, hence the knitted hats. Frogdancer ended up with the skein of hand painted sock wool that I donated, Stomper received a book of Eleanor's poems (I know!), Janet received an owl toy and some felt from Sandra, and generally it was just like Christmas except every present was in excellent taste. No loud ties or elderly bottles of dodgy vintage port.
Me? I received a fabulous package from Ellie at Red Seed Studio.
A tea towel, two cards and two little skeins of hemp beading twine in glorious hues.
The tea towel in particular is perfect. You all remember the kitchen, right? Well it needed a little ping of warm colour. I was thinking ... RED.
Thank you so much Ellie, I love it.
Thanks also Sooz for organising a wonderful evening, and to everyone who made it so much fun. And to those of you who were absent, you were missed. See you next time.