Saturday, 21 February 2009

Phew all over for another year

We are safely back from the the Stitches trade show at the NEC. we met up with lot of old friends from the crafting world mainly other retailers I have know for years like Anni Jo from Crafters Dream in Nottingham, other Nottingham folk like Becky. We also saw all our favourite demonstrators like Lindsey Mason and Michelle Saxon who have kept me inspired over the years.

Here I am with Gwen from Stamp Pad. I hope to get over there soon to do some work with Gwen who is a crafter with a great style.

We basically, for three days we ate chocolate and gushed as everyone told us what a stunning stand we had, how striking it was etc...which considering we were with the trade we took as a great compliment, especially when the first person on the stand and taking a photo was Suze Weinburg, she should know.

This is me catching up with Michelle, we thought she was dressed to work on our stand, but it turns out she only came for the chocolate! still love her though
I made one new friend, Carole from Arty Farty, they were straight across from us and they were marvellous, we laughed and enjoyed ourselves so much it was brilliant. I kept calling Carole, Cath or Pat I have no idea why, she never corrected me, she was amazing.

On my team, I had Martin to help with setting up and for the worst part of Sunday. I also had Elaine Kettle who draws some our stamp designs and Ben who was wonderful even if he did get tired. I have an image in my brain of him on Sunday night at the back of the hotel, I wasn't cruel enough to take a photo but we both know what it was like, a shared experience we will have a long time. (Poor boy I wonder if he worked out his Christmas "jumper" was bought to co ordinate with the stand.)

I didn't get off the stand much other than to visit the toilet or to eat, but that was my fault I didn't want to leave my "baby". You can tell how bad I was, I could see Tim Holtz's face from my stand but didn't go to watch his demo!

here is a close up of a couple of the samples we did for the show. I will try and tell you more about the trip tomorrow.


Julia Pollard said...

All sounds like busy, tiring, and fun :o)

Julia x

Susie Jefferson said...

Ooh, I'm full of envy! Wish I'd been there - but how could you not see Tim demo? Must have driven you mad!

On another note, what a fun blog, and thanks so much for visiting mine (BladeRubber).

Craft Fairy said...

Hi Lynnda,

I couldn't get to stitches this year to see your stand but it looks wonderful. The black and red is fantastic.


Lindsay Mason said...

Hi Lynnda, it was great to see you, even if we were mainly ships that passed in the night! I was more or less manacled to the stand for the whole time LOL (not really as I love being busy!) When I wasn't working it was a loo trip, quick coffee or to make a phone call.Your stand looks great with the red and black and I hope the show went well for you. Elane won my blog candy...never realised she was a fellow designer! (It was a fair and square draw from the hat, honestly!) Hope to see you again soon, Lindsay x