Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Handmade Canberra Wrap Up!

Wow! I am still recovering from the utter madness that is Handmade Canberra's Upmarket last weekend... Apart from the manic preparation for a never-been-done-before two day event, my weekend began in the wee small hours of Saturday morning.  I was driving down on my own, so was grateful for the opportunity to convoy with Kim on the way down - thanks Kim!  Set up was crazy busy and before I knew it, lovely shoppers were coming through the doors and I hadn't even got the price tags up, let alone changed from my comfy driving shoes to the boots I was planning on wearing!  The brand new Party Dress, pictured above (apologies for the dodgy phone pic), was very well received, which is wonderful as I love it too!

I had a great weekend, the highlights are always meeting and chatting to the people who use the things I make.  It is so humbling that others find what I make beautiful and practical, and keep coming back for more - all those return buyers absolutely made my weekend, thank you so much, you guys make the late nights worthwhile!  My only complaint would be that I never get enough time to shop at this market... I literally had a short list in my head of which stalls I need to visit and did a quick dash over during a quiet moment later in the day or on Sunday morning before the doors opened to the public.  Want to see who I visited?

The Curious Chocolatier for the yummiest macaroons, I went over late on Sunday to buy some for my boys, and went back 10mins later to buy more for myself...Unfortunately by that time they only had one pistachio macaroon left, so Mr IE got that one, though the hazlenut one and salted caramel one were delicious too!

I stopped by Prim and Pretty for a Liberty fabric flower brooch, love brooches and can't wait to start wearing that one!  Though I was also tempted by their lovely resin / ribbon necklaces too, might have to save that one for a future market!

Six in a Row is always a feast for the eyes with all their amazing necklaces, I couldn't help it it when a lovely multi-strand wooden bead one made it's way around my neck and had to be purchased!

And Handmade is never complete without a quick chat to Jennie a.k.a Posie Patchwork...  This lovely lady introduced me to the gang at Handmade about a year ago and always has a smile on her face and time for a chat, even when she is exhausted and dosed up on nurofen to get through market pack up.  She is an inspiration too, with her soldier husband often away, four gorgeous kids to raise and a successful handmade business on the go, I truly don't know how she does it all!

What a long post this has become! Yay you if you read through to the end!!  Anyway, it's on all over again on December 17 & 18... But for now, it's catch up on sleep time!

PS: all images apart from the first one are courtesy of Handmade Canberra.


  1. Sounds like a great weekend! might have to try and make it down there in December to see how fantastic they are- have only heard great things! Cheers Lauren

  2. Thanks so much for the lovely post. It was wonderful to have you at Handmade Canberra. We cannot wait to see you again.
    Julie x


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