A week on from AQC and I think I am finally starting to turn the corner back to feeling some kind of normal again. It was a fabulous week meeting lots of new people, reacquainting with old friends and finally being able to put faces to names that support me with on-line orders.
For the past two months I have been busy getting ready for AQC. Lots of fabric was cut, folded, rolled and bundled in preparation.
This year I decided I would travel to Melbourne a day earlier. It is always my plan to be left home bright and early on the Wednesday morning prior to the show starting Thursday, but in the past five years it has never happened, and I am still at the exhibition centre at 7pm setting up my stall in semi darkness. While it was my plan to be left home by 12pm, once again it was much later, but I kept telling myself I was still ahead on other years.
I don't mind driving in Melbourne, but when I am towing the trailer I do get a little bit nervous. I arrived in Melbourne right on 6pm, the traffic was not too bad considering it was still peak time, but the sun was shining in my rear vision mirror and also on the over head signs. Linda had rang while I was travelling along, telling me just to stay in the third lane once I left the Westgate Bridge. All was going well until I caught a last minute glimpse of the overhead sign, telling me I was definitely in the wrong lane, and with dusty mirrors and sun glare it was impossible to tell if I could safely cross to where I was meant to be, so off to St Kilda I was heading. An SOS call to Linda was placed, "Just get off that road as soon as you can", which I did, and after a quick visit on Google maps me and the trailer where bumping along right through the CBD streets and into the Exhibition Building carpark.
I emptied both the car and the trailer,
By 3.00pm it was all done.
It was a great honour to be able to release Megan Carroll's newest pattern the Sarah Wistar Quilt.
It was also a highlight to have both Megan and Corliss work on my stall on Friday, with many of Threadbear's past customers enjoying a catch up.
The four day convention past way too quickly, and now that I am back home I am slowly finding my feet again. I am starting to work my way through my book of enquiries and I hope to have the repo fabric club posted early next week. Thanks again to everyone who dropped by and said hello, I really do appreciate your kindness.
With AQC done and dusted, my fairytale existence is crashing to an almighty end. 20 freshly born calves await me in the calf shed tomorrow morning and I have to be at the football ground at 9.00am!
Have a great weekend, Lenora x.