14 March 2009

Stitches & Craft Show round up

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.:

the shy introverted one can belly dance

Here she is shrieking with laughter as Sandra tucks money into her cleavage.

the shy, introverted one shrieks as Sandra puts money down 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.

the shy, introverted one

Some more pics from the evening ... sorry for the atmospheric graininess but I hate flash. Here are Stomper and Frogdancer looking rather lovely ...

Stomper and Frogdancer both looking rather lovely

and Sooz and Sandra sporting their matching woollen berets ...

Sandra and Sooz in matching hats

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.

gift from 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.
Behold!

14 March : new tea towel in situ (and red oven gloves hanging down fetchingly)

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.

17 comments:

peppermintpatcher said...

Man I wish I had been there! (I would not have belly danced though, I am shy and introverted too)

Thanks for taking me along via this post.

eurolush said...

Thank you! I've been dying to see those belly-dancing photos of Eleanor! I'm so jealous of all the fun you've been having together!

It's been great flitting from blog to blog, seeing the crafts--and their makers--as well as peeking in on the blogger meet-ups.

Looks and sounds like a fantastic time was had by all.

PS-Love the dish towel...it looks great in your kitchen!

Badger said...

I'm sorry, all I heard was A BOOK OF ELEANOR'S POETRY. Such a thing EXISTS?! I have never been so green with envy IN MY LIFE.

Er, but the rest of it sounds fun, too.

OMG, my word verification is "askies". To be followed shortly by "answeries", one hopes.

sooz said...

Great photos - I was so sad to miss snapping Eleanor - introvert my bum! Love love love the tea towel!!

Frogdancer said...

Well this post proves it.... you are an excellent photographer. You casually snapped a shot of me that makes me look human. Such a thing is very rare.

Those shots of Eleanor are hilarious. I didn't think she'd get up but she did and then danced up a storm.

And the wool. Evan4 has been cuddling it, saying, "This is sock yarn, Mum. You KNOW I want you to make me some bed socks...."
But it's too good to use on a mere child. My brain is still buzzing with ideas...

Michelle said...

Oh FUN!
You must have had an awesome day/night. :)

Stomper Girl said...

It was a good night and the belly-dancing Eleanor was definitely a highlight. It was lovely to meet Eleanor and Jodie as well, not to mention all the crafty girls there who were a thoroughly good bunch. Well done to Sooz for organising and thanks to you Ms Soup for the lift home xx

Eleanor said...

Oh my!!! Those photos are actually not as embarrassing as I thought they would be.

I am home now, and I am sitting here thinking of you. Thanks for everything Suse, I had such a great visit. I am already looking forward to my next visit...with Mary this time. I will be so over-excited that I can ALREADY hear my loud voice and maniacal laughter.

Isn't blogging amazing?

Good night dear Suse.

Janet said...

I love your photos of Eleanor dancing! what a top event it was! Ok off to download camera now....

Jodie said...

It truly was just so much fun !!!
I can barely string two words together - but those photos made me laugh all over again...

Di said...

Yes DEFINITELY see you next time! Sounds like I missed a total blast of a night. Glad you all had such fun though!

MsCellania said...

What a lucky bunch of friends!
Great photos, great goodies.
Ha! My wv is satedz.
And you all were!

alice c said...

Never mind the askies ... I have a severe case of the wanties...it looks such a wonderful evening, so many good people and such fun. A real Laughter of Bloggers.

Jen said...

I love that you said grew like Topsy.

crafty said...

Man, I'm so jealous, looks like I'll have to start blogging again...

Anna of Helylle said...

Oh, this is too much! I'm so happy for you all who got together and shared such a wonderful time! Those photos are so full of joy and life they belong in an encyclopedia under "gusto".

BTW, wordverification is muntri - which is very close to the word munter = merry. I know, I'm a geek but this facinates me...

ellie said...

It was a fun night, wasn't it. Those photos of Elanor are fabtabulous! She really was very very shy, wasn't she...
I'm glad you like the tea towel and cards. I love your kitchen, great blue/green colours.

And Anna of Helylle. The word verifications fascinate me too. Sometimes they are too close to real words to be a coincidence.
mine is blesses...

Take care,
ellie (petalplum :: red seed studio)