Well, we did it - our first Australian trade show! I had a gorgeous time - the Exhibition Building in Melbourne is a stunning venue and is set in my 'old stamping ground' of Carlton. Over the five days Angela, Paul and I met so many lovely people, the whole Life in Style show had a really nice atmosphere. The Lark stand stood out for being so colourful and chaotic amongst a sea of minimalist design and we were really happy with the amount of new stockists we attracted.
Show high points: being next door neighbours with the lovely Chook Leaf duo Rie and Guthrie with their beautiful handmade children's shoes; meeting Remo Guiffré, one of my most favourite shopkeepers for many years; getting to buy lots of handmade goodies on the last day, including a huge lampshade from Bird that I had to carry home on my knee in the ute, and a Bholu critter; stuffing my face with liqourice allsorts from the giant bowl Angela brought to the stand.
Show low points: discovering that Angela's creation Miss Buttons has been ripped-off by a copycat 'designer' who was selling it to retailers at another show at the same time; getting up early every day; packing up yesterday and saying goodbye to all our lovely new friends. But I'm sure we'll do it all again next year!
Oh, and here are pictures of the cubby house I had to make over for the Unicef auction - I chose a vintage Ladybird books theme as I love them and thought their images of family life and domesticity would be well-suited for a playhouse.
I only had a couple of evenings to cover the whole house with collaged images but I was quite pleased at how it turned out (I wanted to keep it, in fact!).