Monday, 23 November 2009

Right Place-Wrong Trousers

The one thing you don't have much time to bother about when you do a craft fair is your clothes, so I carefully planned each outfit before I went, washed and ironed anything that wasn't already done, wrote down my plans and packed accordingly.
On Friday night I thought I'd be smart in my new black trousers..so I packed my new high heels to go with them..and then because high heels and I have an uneasy relationship I packed my flat black shoes just in case.
Then I packed my black top and a red shirt to wear with my black trousers, and just in case it was too hot I packed an alternative, a black shirt and a cream top to wear with my best black trousers.
I also packed my new patterned top to wear with my new black trousers, should I need a smart outfit..

Then I forgot to take my black trousers.
So on with the brown trousers and anything else I happened to have squashed into my bag.

It didn't matter in the end because it was a very relaxed atmosphere and I had a great time at the Landmark Arts Centre Teddington.
Here's my stand..really awful photograph..



I had the luxury of screens....so I had to use them. Another dreadful pic but it was dark inside.



I took a ton of stuff, I sold half a ton of stuff and am now about to list the rest on ETSY.

I met some lovely people including Pat from Altering Thoughts and her lovely friend Marien who had both travelled a long way to get to Teddington.

One of the best things about the weekend was getting to see the work of Karen of Contemporary Embroidery in the 'flesh'. I can't begin to describe how exquisite it looks in real life, it has a magical vintage-luxury quality. Beau...(.oops.)Daren't say it..and Karen knows why.
I also met Kirsty of meplusmolly and saw her lovely work.

But I didn't take many photographs..too busy chat chat chatting...and avoiding the cakes on the stand opposite which winked at me all weekend.
Back home to a house in need of some major care and attention.
Now, where's that mop...


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29 comments:

karen said...

you were and are a star! you made me laugh and that's another pound for the box! I had a cake by the way, beau...... oh no, another pound, or doesn't it count when it's about cakes!

Heather said...

Your stall looked great, even if the light wasn't good Jackie. At least you remembered to pack all your wonderful goodies - much more important than your best black trousers!! Glad it all went well and have a gold star for resisting those cakes.

maggi said...

So glad you had a good show. I am impressed by your name 'logo'. Did you do that or was it down to the organisers? Your story about the outfits definitely made me laugh.

Pomona said...

I am really glad that you had a good weekend. I am sure in the bad light no one noticed the colour of your trousers!

Pomona x

Fibrespace said...

Your stall looks great, I spotted your brooches in the new Selvedge Mag (in the fibre + clay advert), they look fantastic.

Mary said...

glad you had a great show. Sounds like you had a lot of fun and your stall looks great.

Julie said...

Your escapade with the trousers, or should that be without the trousers, had me laughing as it's just the sort of thing I do. I'm glad it didn't matter and you had a great time. Not sure I could have resisted the cakes, so well done you and well done for selling half a ton! :o)

Kayla coo said...

I think you did so well to travel such a distance to your fair.
Your stall looks brill too.( just seen Karens pics of her stall)
I wished I could have met you all there!

Michele/midge said...

Wow, I used to have to pay extra if I wanted a light or electricity...Oh big time stuff...... What are you on about with the photo's?
It looks lovely x x x

As for the mop....JUST DO IT...!

I know you understand how we feel for everyone with a water problem this weekend.... x x x

Menopausal musing said...

So pleased that you were such a success. Don't be so hard on yourself re the photos. They look okay to me...........

Pam said...

Oh no Jackie!! I could see that coming, the further into the post I read! How annoying for you. I can relate. But as you said, it didn't matter in the end, and bet you're laughing about it now? :)
The stall looked fine, despite the bad lighting. x

Lynn said...

Pretty art jewelry here. Love it all.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Glad to hear you sold half a ton! That's a great percentage for the times, so I'm happy for you. As for the trousers...at least you HAD a pair!

Joei Rhode Island said...

Sounds like a Wallace and Grommit episode to me =-)
Glad you sold a half a ton of stuff and had a *great* time.
I'm impressed if you *really* did resist those cakes all weekend.

Hens Teeth said...

Hi Jackie
Good to hear all went well. Sounds like you had fun too, which goes a long way to making an eventful weekend.

Gina said...

I laughed out loud at your trouser story! Glad you had a successful weekend. The stall looks great.

Linda said...

What a great display Jackie...so glad you sold lots of things(your name looks good up there in big letters!)
I hear brown is THE colour for trousers this autumn BTW........
Linda x

jennyflower said...

So glad you had a good trip, and had such lovely types to keep you company. xx

JP said...

hi Jackie went to the Platform Gallery last wek and loved the brooches - Have now put a big hint on mt Christmas list - they are just so lovely in real life - now another question - was it on your blog that you talked about a great beach that is not far that has brilliant drift wood? - if so where is it?!!!!

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

So funny to read about the black trousers! Laughing aside, glad that you had lots of sales at Teddington. Bfn. Lesley

Jackie said...

This is forJP. I don't know how to get in touch.
The beach is Sunderland Point near Lancaster.You go to Overton but watch the tides.
Its in this post
http://dogdaisychains.blogspot.com/2009/07/one-mans-meat.html

Dot said...

I am glad you sold a lot of stuff Jackie! And look forward to seeing what was left over in your etsy shop.
Sounds like you met some lovely people too.
Dot xx

Julia said...

Hi Jackie, I did laugh about your trouser escapade...why is it always the most obvious thing that gets left behind?! I'm really glad it all went well. Your photos look great and I'm certain everything looked even better in the 'flesh'
You must have a will of iron to resist the lure of winking cakes!

JP said...

thanks so much Jackie - i had looked back but couldn't remeber how far back to go

Victoria said...

Congrats! Looks like a great time was had... (so sorry your black trousers missed out!)

cocoa and blankets said...

that is exactly what I would do...I am always in the wrong trousers, top shoes coat etc...cant wait to see what is going on etsy...I need a cheer up and a little spend usually does that....H

Kelly Fletcher said...

Just found you through Dorset's little blog awards (gave you another vote). Also a fan of Karen's work - talk about six degrees of separation in blogland... Loved seeing all your Teddington goodies, will be back to browse when time is on my side.

Gunnels blog said...

congrats Jackie for you good sales !

sharon young said...

Great exhibition space, your work looks wonderful.
I soooooo...... know what you mean about the packing, thanks for the laugh it gave me in the beautiful way you wrote it. :-)



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