Saturday, March 28, 2009

Love the Thornbury market

OH MY GOODNESS, the Thornbury market totally rocked today!

Yes, there were lots of people coming through, and quite a few of them buying, and that was fantastic. Whoever did the marketing for this event really knew what they were doing.

But more than that, I got to actually meet some of the crafters whom I've only known through their blogs before. It was like walking down the street of a movie set and meeting all of your favourite characters.

Curlypops and Tinniegirl were sharing a spot next to me (I ordered a lovely orange corduroy bag and admired the beautiful orange Happiness apron until a very clever person bought it), and Finki was showing her beautiful jewellery behind me.

Buttons by LouLou was just across the way - I now own some lovely navy blue polka dotted bobbypins that I coveted all day long, and I'm musing about buying a gorgeous chocolate brown brooch with a bird on it .... and Beccasauras stopped by and shared with some great op shop tips, and Hoppo Bumpo introduced me to Bargy, and Lara from Thornberry had her lovely laptop bag on ... and I'm sure I spied Taccolina and Dear Fii there for a moment as well.

And then (drum roll), then I met the High Priestess of Handbags, Nicole Mallalieu. Of You SEW, girl fame. Yes, the very same one! I nearly fainted with excitement. I may have danced a little jig.

This is the Nikki Mallalieu of the wonderful purse kits - and purse feet, people, feet, which cannot be bought anywhere in Melbourne that I know of apart from her shop - and patterns, and marvellous bias-tape-making geegaws; and we had a wonderful conversation. I am SO going to visit her shop at the first opportunity.

Honestly, if I hadn't sold a thing I'd still have been happy to be surrounded by such lovely neighbours whose blogs I read nearly every day. Okay, maybe I'd have been slightly miffed about not selling anything, but let's not worry about that.

It's so lovely to have found a crafty community, especially one which is both so geographically and philosophically close. It really has helped to bring everything to life for me.

Ahhhhhh. Hear that?

I am breathing the contented sigh of the sated admirer.


The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

We just love how people can support each other! Thanks for all of the fun links too!
Enjoy your weekend!

CurlyPops said...

Wasn't it great fun yesterday? It was just like a giant blogmeet full of craftiness!
I can't wait for the next one.

ButtonsByLouLou said...

I really enjoyed it as well. Busier than I thought it would be which was lovely.

I sank back into your beautiful 'gin and tonic' cushion last night. It was lovely - until I had to give my 2 year old a turn and then my husband who enjoyed it for the rest of the night. I can't wait for MY second one coming! I must have know that would happen when I ordered it!

Troischats said...

Heh heh, I'm so glad Gin and Tonic is a hit with your family, LouLou! I will get onto making the twin for you this week, and it will be ready for you to collect on the weekend. I love it when I hear stories about my cushions!

Michelle said...

Hi! I'm over here from Curlypops' blog. Love your blog!

Taccolina said...

Hello! It was lovely to meet you yesterday and to admire your cushions and doorstops and that lovely floopy bunny (I think he's floppier than floppy, he's floopy!) Wasn't it a lovely market? Hope to see you at the next one!

handmaiden said...

Just popping in to say hi and read yr blog after yr market day

Troischats said...

Hi Taccolina, Michelle and Handmaiden - thanks so much for visiting my blog! I treasure every reader, I hope you all come back again! Taccolina, that floopy bunny is soo .... floopy!

Nikki said...

Gosh, I didn't realise I was quite so famous!!? It was lovely to meet you, and I look forward to seeing you when you pop in to the studio.

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