16 February 2011

my creative space 'market preparation meltdown'

Greetings all,
Well i can't say i haven't been working towards the hugely popular & mega successful Handmade Market which is on this Saturday, so hugely popular & mega successful . . . it has moved to the National Convention Centre - nope, doesn't get much bigger than that. 
Happy busy-ness such as late school holidays, husband living away, Shop Handmade, P&C, Zumba, high school meetings & keeping a large family functioning . . . are obstacles on the way to my sewing machines, making stock for this much anticipated market (think crowds of 10000 people+ consistently well supported).  So you really don't want to waste the opportunity, Handmade Market is only on 3 times a year, it's like an expo!!  I can't afford to have a market preparation meltdown.  
Adding to my happy list of other priorities . . . it's raining, which takes the skip out of my step as i pick up wet, tired & hungry children from school (rather than just regular tired & hungry ones) & very cleverly booked an eye appointment, months ago as you have to for specialists, so i'll be blurry visioned during the last-chance-sewing-session.  Then there is the Friday SRC school assembly & some as-many-laps-as-you-can-to-raise-money-for-something-event on Friday night.  
My aces up my crafty handmade sleeve . . . husband flying home to help this weekend (happy distraction but hey, i'll take him when i can); twins having a sleep over; handsome soldier can attend SRC induction for children 3 & 4; as well as run the laps with first born around Mt Stromlo while i pack the car for the market.  So what to do??  What will fill my stall faster than sewing . . . cutting!!
I've chopped up fat eighths, fat quarters, half yards . . . loaded them into cellos & laid into pretty French style linen lined baskets.  I'm focussing on my smaller/ quick to make products to fill out my stall (purses, hair accessories, buttons & applique onesies).  I bought a huge wire card holder through a contact, which i can fill with fabric cards & cool party decorations.
New venues are always a mix of excitement & panic, like i've always used my marquee with sides as my 'backdrop' so i have to 'create' a backdrop, yikes.  I have a vision, it involves fabric yardage & my banner over a bunch of clothing racks.  Sure my husband is great for the heavy lifting, but he'll have an unwelcome opinion on how unstable this will be!!  So long as it stands up between 11a.m. & 4p.m. I'll be thrilled.  

Wish me luck, on top of recent internet issues & lack of blogging/ commenting/ emailing, i have a WHOLE lot of sewing ahead of me in the next day.  Happy creative spacing over at Kootoyoo blog on Thursday, hope to be back to relative normal next week, in mind & internet connectivity.  Love Posie
PS has rained every day since i planted the pumpkins 2 weeks ago, by GOD they should be a fantastic crop come Winter!!
PPS wagging a P&C meeting tonight - my husband is flying in a day early to surprise the children, judging from the giggles the last line in my last post created . . . we'll be quiet!!  Tee hee.

34 comments:

Jacinta @ modelmumma said...

Posie!!! Last comment on your post is just TMI! TMI!!!!!!! haha.
Hope you have a VERY SUCESSFUL day on Saturday. Hope you get some pics of the stall and you in your selling frenzy mojo! ;)
xoxo

Tracy aka Mad Quilter said...

Wow you are amazing! I'm in awe of how much you do

Christina said...

I missed your last post! Now I'm in fits of giggles too!

:)

The Clip Cafe said...

lol just read the last line! I hope all goes well for you look forward to the update and pics! You'll have a ball and make a mint!!

mel @ loved said...

Just reading all of that has exhausted me! I hope things settle down for you a bit, you're always such an inspiration the way you manage working & family so well, it blows me away! X

Sarah B said...

You are probably the busiest woman I know :)
I hope it all goes really well for you. It sounds like a massive market - one I would love to attend though it would hurt my wallet.
Have fun having hubby home for the weekend. Last posts's comment really mmade me chuckle x

Naturally Carol said...

All the very best for your huge markets and for time to get extra stuff done for them...you sew like the wind so I'm sure you'll succeed!

Taylor Made said...

Oh I wish you a very happy next few days...much success at the market and some special time with your man.

Leonie said...

wow, that is a massive market!!
Hope it goes well for you without too much last minute stress.
I too would love to see pics of your stall!
all the best.

Kerry said...

Have a great time on Saturday Jennie. Unfortunately I'll be working in Sydney so will miss going to this one:(

Make mine Mid-Century said...

Have a great time! You'll wow them! I don't know how you do it.

Deep breathes and head down.

Can't wait to hear how it went!

Lizzie said...

Have a great family weekend Jennie and lots of lovely customers for the market..
Lizzie
xxx

Cherry Red Quilter said...

all the best for the market, lots of deep breathing to get you there and enjoy having your handsome soldier home. I am sure you will wow them! and enjoy your husband too ....shhhhhh

Felicity said...

You rock Jen and I just know that this weekend is going to be brilliant!

Best wishes for lots of fun and sales,

Felicity x

Exquisite Accessories said...

Yahoo you go girl I can hear the mashine from Mackay!! Have a great Saturday it will all come together I am sure Posie enjoy hubby being home & catch you later! :)

by marie-nicole said...

Yeah for Handmade Market... I may finally get to go to one. I wish I too was preparing for a stand there, in reality though I am glad I am not as the BIG move we've just made has really taken it's toll on everyone, the little boys and I are now coming down with a cold. But I am planning to enjoy the market as a shopper, even bigger YEAH!

So hope to see you Saturday.

All the best with the final frantic preparation... can't wait to see the end result.
Nic
xx

clare's craftroom said...

Have the best weekend at the markets and quietly at home ...please!

plushka said...

Enjoy your market day in the new fabulous venue! I cannot wait to see your stall! I am sure it will be beautiful:) X

Mama of 2 boys said...

Wow Wow WOW, you're sensational Posie. You should write a book about your life (with all that spare time you have of course!) I find every post so incredibly fascinating. You are living proof that it's possible to juggle MANY balls. Good luck with your market, though I don't think you'll require it, your work is beautiful and will be snapped up quickly. Enjoy having hubby home, but quietly ;o)

willow and moo said...

All the best for Handmade!!! And enjoy having your husband home! LOL

Cate said...

Cutting - brilliant idea...your stall will be so pretty, so colourful AND so full!!
Have a great time on Saturday
xxxCate

PS: shhhhhh!!!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

wishing you luck jennie...i'm so sorry i won't be able to make it...i broke my arm today...unbelievable...now mr armchair has to care for 2 of us...i'm one handed doing this...the market will be as successful as ever love dzintra

Heidi said...

How exciting....your so funny!

bee said...

Oh Jennie - good luck with it all! I have no doubt you'll ace it as you always do... what a Supermum you are!! xo

Wendy said...

I don't know how you do it, Jennie. My blood pressure skyrocketed just reading about your busy-ness!

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

Yay to a husband this weekend - mine is also coming home (as long as he can get on the flight) Hope you have fun at your market too :)

gret said...

So wish I was coming along on the weekend, but alas, no! I hope you have a wonderful day. Looking forwards to hearing about the new venue! :)

Sally said...

Stop reading this and... sew baby SEW!!! We'll all be here when you get back.

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

ooooh Posie I'm in stitches again!! i think you and your hubby have every excuse to be as loud as you want!! Enjoy - so cute that he surprises the children coming home early! have a great market - sounds amazing. happy rest of the the week to you xx

Linda said...

hugs for Saturday Jen xxx I don't know how you do it

Stacey said...

Have a great day tomorrow. It sounds like the new venue will be just wonderful & that the market is going from strength to strength.

Kylie said...

Have a great weekend Jennie and enjoy that husband of yours - please tell him he needs to come over for a meal, fingers crossed the boys are slowing down now and no more natural disasters come or way.

designed to a T said...

Hi Jennie, I'm heading over tomorrow for my first look at Handmade!!! Hope I can find you...T

Anonymous said...

Good luck & have fun at your market today! I wish I lived in Canberra to do the Handmade Market - it sounds great!!! I sell handmade 'sewn' items at markets as well (bags, purses, baby blankets, quilts, etc) and I was wondering about selling fabric at my stall as well....is this not a problem? Do you just sell 'leftover' pieces or do you buy the fabric to cut into smaller pieces to sell? Just wondering if there's any logistics around this or no problem at all...
Thanks!! :)
Hayley