After setting up on Thursday, it seemed to take forever to get to Susan and Glyn's house, where I was staying, because Susan and I had to stop for essential supplies on the way (ie Friday's sandwiches and a fleecy underblanket for my bed). We had a delicous meal of carrot and butternut squash soup, followed by vegetarian haggis, neeps, tatties and mushrooms, helped down by a glass or two of wine. Mmmmm.
Friday's trading was fairly brisk, and the organisers had put Susan and I next door but one to each other, so we could easily send customers between us if the other person had what the customer was looking for. Susan ended up lending me a quilt for my backdrop, so that I could sell the 5" charm packs and then send people to her for the pattern! This worked really well, apart from when a few customers thought I was Susan!
It was wonderful to be able to talk non-stop Japan/fabric/business tales for 3 days with someone who really understands the same things, and I think poor Glyn could just about keep up with what we were on about!
Saturday was also quite busy, so we relaxed with a gorgeous pizza after the show (followed by more carrot cake, chocolate and wine, ahem!), and watched Jabberwocky - the daft, Monty Python version. I did a quick hakama (men's pleated trousers) demo on Glyn, and Susan dug out a polyester kimono which was destined to be chopped, but I rather liked it, so have ended up bringing it home with me! I tend to be drawn towards the gaudy end of the kimono spectrum when it comes to choosing ones to wear myself, although I always really admire more subdued and tasteful colours and fabrics on other people.
Sunday morning was a chance to see some of the display quilts at the show. I particularly liked some of the miniature and journal quilts on display.
After visiting so many countries in the last week, I think I need a rest now!