(fist published Oct 4, 2014)
On wednesday last week me and Mr Marna packed up his little electric car and pootled on down to that big busy place down south called London. We were getting ready to wiggle our stuff at the Autumn Decorative Living Fair in Chelsea Old Town Hall organised by the rather fabulous Caroline Zoob.
It’s been a serious honour to go to London to do this fair, Caroline rang me in the summer to have a chat about it and I was massively excited and touched that such an accomplished and talented embroideress would ask me to attend her fair. She knows what she’s taking about I can’t hide any mistakes from her. Anyway enough of the gushing, although I may start again later.
I have always been a bit scared of exhibiting in London, mainly because I know I would have to drive down, I couldn’t, no matter how much I have tried, get everything in a bag on the train. Such a big and busy place that you don’t now well is always going to be a bit daunting travelling to for the first time, so my clever hubby came with me to keep me from being on my own and freaking out about logistics.
I’m so glad I stopped being a scared wuss pants and went for it because it was grand. Stunning location, fantastic very high quality fellow exhibiters, wonderful organisation, incredibly helpful staff, set up was easy as was breaking down and to be honest I loved every second. A long day but just the right amount of time for me know I hobble around with a walking stick a lot of the time.
Part of the reason that I loved it so is of course because I got to be with Simon which is rare on these occasions, he got to meet my friends and put names with faces and he got to see why I love doing fairs and meeting so many of the people that follow me. He got recognised by people for his blog posts which was really wonderful to see. There’s nothing more joyful than see someone you love be recognised in his own right and be seen as I see him instead of how he sees himself. He was quite shocked that I had people wanting to take my photo (as was I actually, I don’t take a great photo, my eyes vanish) and some had come especially to see the Liberty shade. It was nice for him to see me in artist mode not just mum and wife mode, food shopping and the like.
I have to thank my gorgeous neighbour Lois who was so lovely and I could have easily bought everything she had, a lady of huge taste and kindness, for making the day a very happy one. I also spent a lot of time eyeing up the stunning flower painting that Lisa had on the other side of me. And I hugely enjoyed seeing some of my favourite creative ladies Viv from Hens Teeth, Alice from Homes and Antiques magazine and Gil Fox. Lots of their goodies are photographed below.
Ooooo and I have found a new favourite place to buy all my favourite sewing goodies. Sonia from The Old Haberdashery, I did a bit of damage to my credit card with that one. Highly recommend.
And now for the photos, I could have taken 50 more but I thought this would suffice. Enjoy dear readers.
So as an exhibitor I recommend it, if you get the opportunity to have a stand go for it and if you can visit and like vintage brocante chic, french linens and textiles, and handmade and vintage haberdashery and gifts then you must go. I’m not quite sure where I fit in on that list but my style somehow worked beautifully with what surrounded me.
Hopefully I will have the chance to do it again, and thanks to Caroline and the fabulous people I met both buyers and sellers who made it such a marvellous trip for me.