Tuesday, July 6, 2010

hard work ?

On Friday I packed my little car to within an inch of its life and headed to Daylesford.
I visited the Garage sale to end all garage sales at Lark, ran into Deborah, met Peta and maintained my sugar levels with coffee and cake.

After cake I hung out at Merrilyn's shop, trying to helpful but mostly getting increasingly excited. In the afternoon we headed off to Peppers and began setting up the room for the 100 or so women who were arriving the next day.

There was hugging and kissing at the arrival of Anette and Melly and we set up our displays and ogled each others lovely bits and pieces. The projects for the weekend were gorgeous, there was something for everyone. Eventually, Melly and I headed off for dinner. As you can imagine dinner was a very serious affair as we discussed the state of the world and everything else. The discussions continued as we headed for the bar on our return to peppers. Our conversation was so interesting the waiting staff came to stand at the door to listen (or maybe they wanted us to finally shut-up and leave.)

Saturday was awesome, lots of amazing women, lots of craft, hours of laughter, gorgeous food and it all passed in a blur. I met Michelle, one of my gorgeous Senior Management Team (aka-pattern testers) and saw some truly amazing things during show and tell . I also seemed to spend a lot of time with only one shoe on! I really had so much fun. I don't think I drew breath all day.
(that's not all that unusual)
When the last people had gone, we were off again for a quick visit to Daylesford Makers Market, a glass of champagne at Lark and a bit more shopping at Threadneedle and Purl's Palace.

We all returned to Peppers to fall into the leather couches by the fire whereupon a young man politely offered us some drinks (what a nice fellow).
Anette entertained us with stories of her amazing life, her different roles within craft and fashion and her extensive travelling while we recuperated and then we were whisked off to the private dining room for a truly magnificent dinner.
(I really really hope that room was sound proofed. Six hysterical women all laughing and talking at once - we could have powered a small nation on noise alone).
On Sunday , once again I got to hang out with amazing crafty women. I caught up with some bloggy friends and met some new ones. I made some great new friends that I really hope to keep in contact with. I ate apple crumble, and Thai fish cakes, and fresh crispy salads and warm scones.
I saw a huge array of craft at show-and-tell time and I got to show off Mr Gocco to people too!
All too soon it was time for everyone to pack up and go home. I took a very inelegant lady-tumble in the car park while packing my car, that could have, if caught on video probably won me a prize.

So again it was hugs all round and promises to keep in touch and a lot of congratulations to Zoe and Merrilyn and their amazing team (Jodie spunk-bubble Abel, Joy, Amy, Michelle, Rahnee and many more I have no doubt) and it was time to hop back in the little car and come home.

At home I began regaling the family with stories of the weekend and the new friends and the hysterical snorting laughter. Master 15 was a bit confused, "I thought you said you were working this weekend, that doesn't sound like work".

you know what ? ................ just between us, it didn't feel like it either.

50 comments:

  1. wow, sounds great! How about doing a little shin-dig like that over here?

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  2. A great time was had by all, and congratulations to you dear Jodie for your wonderful presence.

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  3. love the packed car story!
    xx

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  4. Me first ! It sounds fantastic , I might ditch my family next time and come too .

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  5. Yes, it must have been that our conversation was so enthralling they had to listen, It couldn't have been the fact that they had stayed open just for us for a couple of hours and it was the wee hours of the morning! Had a blast with all that serious conversation and hope you have recovered!

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  6. How I would have loved to join this!!! It looks like everyone is having a great time (O:

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  7. Sounds like an awesome weekend and if there's an encore next year, hopefully I can get there...
    Lizzie
    xxx

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  8. Sounds like an amazing time, but then all of your crafty get-togethers sound like fun (I mean work!!!)
    I bet Daylesford didn't know what hit it, I was just on another blogger's site and she'd been there too!!

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  9. and you are right it sounds like you had an enjoyable time....and nice pictures....(would have liked to get in closer to see details)

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  10. Jodie I'm glad you had a great time. I had a wonderful time and learned some new things. Your relaxed manner and sense of humour definitely made the day, especially for my nervous travelling companion. I look forward to making my scarf (have all the ingredients) and some zipper mouths and just generally paying homage to your extreme creativity!

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  11. Wow..that sounds like my ideal sort of weekend too!!
    Glad it was a raging success.

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  12. Sounds like the perfect kind of working weekend to me! What a fantastic working model you are setting for Master 15! He'll be itching to start his working life now! ;o)

    Locket xx

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  13. oooh! Did I beat Trashy today??????

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  14. Hi Jodie! Gosh, wish I could have joined you - and so wish I could have been a fly on the wall in that restaurant!!! So glad you had fun!!!!

    Hugs! Vikki xoxo :-)

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  15. Nope, sorry, don't think you had quite enough fun, you'll have to go back again ;-)

    !!!

    I am amazed at your energy. Well I'm amazed by your talent too, but really I think you alone could power a small nation!

    Right, where's the photos of the loot?

    Recover well!
    Cheers,
    AJ

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  16. oh, most definitely very hard work that, missus. You should probably go back to peppers for a nice relaxing break!!!!

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  17. I am so super pleased for you Jod. And you got to Gocco in front of people. Amazing! Did you make any Gocco converts? I sooo wish I could have been there. Just think, another roomful of Jod fans now busting themselves, waiting for a new Ric Rac pattern to be released!! xxx

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  18. Sounds like it was a great weekend! I am green with envy!!

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  19. Sad nooooo comments for Jodie today , maybe everyone is jealous,lol ! I'm being ignored today too but it seems to be happening all over .

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  20. Oh. A mahoosive craft occasion in Victoria and I wasn't there? Can't really have been much fun.




    btw Locket? HA!

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  21. T'was ace to meet you too Jode! I went (had to go) back to the garage sale on Saturday for more stuff.....Peta

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  22. Sounds like an absolutely stupendous weekend. I wish I was there! xx Rach

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  23. Well that all sounds fabulous and glamorous and I am very jealous. You are so A list and I feel very pedestrian by comparison.

    Lucky for you I know you're really just a bogun at heart, happy to slum it with us slags, I mean ordinary folk. Glad you had a ball!

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  24. Sounds like a great way to spend a weekend
    :)

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  25. Who ever said "work" couldn't be FUN!!! Boys do get confused about the giddiness of crafting.

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  26. well, if only I was there to share in the hilarity- glad you had loads of fun little miss Smiley. Odd picture you and Melly oggling each others bits...??

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  27. It sounds absolutely awesome. You really are the life of the party aren't you. You and your lady-tumbles.

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  28. It sounds like you had such a lot of fun. Hope you were all right after the tumble.

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  29. Sure sounds like a wonderful memorable and amazing time-if only all "work" could be like that. Glad you had fun:)

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  30. sounds amazing and the venue looks so posh!

    I still laugh when hubby thought our day of craft at Sew it together was a conference day where I was listening to speakers all day! oh dear, he 's still learning!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Corrie;)

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  31. Great to meet you Jodie! I had so much FUN on Sunday - you were fabulous :-) Morgan x

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  32. Shhh, I won't tell if you won't! Good to know that you managed to keep going on coffee and cake. Works for me too!

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  33. Sounds exactly the way work should be. FUN.
    Glad you survived your adventures and could make those of us that weren't there... jealous. ;o)

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  34. Sounds like the perfect weekend. And that first pictures makes it look like a very posh affair indeed!

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  35. Thanks for visiting and I'm glad you like my sporran necklace... I didn't know I have to "enable" something to allow people to reply to my comments, I'm really not great when it comes to technical stuff (and that's putting it mildly).. and in the meantime two of the comments on my post have disappeared into thin air!! Cyber space is a bit scary... but nice to meet you and please visit again!

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  36. Had a fantastic time at Daylesford, free champagne consumed at Purl's, Threadneedle and Lark. Looking forward to next year.

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  37. Sounds like the perfect reward for all those hours slogging away at your craft!

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  38. Hi Jodie
    Thankyou for such a wonderful time - without yourself, Melly and Anette it would not have been possible. Hope the bruises are not too bad!!! Merrilyn

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  39. Sounds like you all had a fantastic time

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  40. Wow. It was so far away for me but I know I should have come! I really missed out didn't I?

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  41. oh Jodie I want your life...and talent.

    I wish all our working days were like that.
    Rebecca

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  43. for some reason my comment was posted twice...so i deleted the second one. :-)

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  44. It was such a great weekend and it was a blast to meet you!
    I check in on your blog often and always have a laugh.....you are a character!!!
    Thanks for a lovely day Sunday.
    Amanda ;0)

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  45. Lovey - thanks for being such an entertaining designer - I had such a wonderful time - I feel I was very lucky to get to know you better!!! xx JOdy Abel

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  46. sounds like a perfect work weekend...........you might need the week to get over it.....

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  47. Sounds brilliant Jodie! And I'm not surprised you were such a hit....

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  48. Hi Jodie!

    It was sooooo much fun meeting you!
    Thank-you for a great weekend, I love the gocco and your beautiful patterns. Hopefully I'll have a few made up for show and tell next Experience :D
    Don't forget coffee (or chocolate) when you're back in Daylesford.
    Michelle :D

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Hellloooooo !!!!