Tuesday 25 March 2014

What a week!

Months ago we trawled through the gig list of our local live music venue and bought tickets for some of our favourite artists. Since then we've enjoyed some great evenings entertained by the likes of Eric Bibb and Paul Jones' Blues Band. It was only when I checked my diary that it dawned on me that we also had tickets for the 19th March. Now a Wednesday night is not usually a big night for us but arrrggghhh this was set up day for Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch at the National Exhibition Centre. What terrible timing. I was running around trying to keep up with an energetic toddler all day and after a long day loading, unloading and building the display, to say nothing about the tedious motorway journey home, 'he who gardens' would be ready for a beer and a lie down! The last thing either of us would want is a night on the town. I nearly called the whole thing off but seems we oldies are made of stern stuff and so after a quick wash and brush up off we went. How glad I am that we made the effort!

We were first introduced to Harry Manx's music by our Canadian friend Catherine but this was the first time we'd seen him live. He was spectacular even if it made for a late night. He even came over for a chat and to sign our poster which will now grace the wall of fame (or as he called it, the wall of shame!) in my studio!

It felt as though my head had barely touched the pillow before we had to be up and off to the show. Laura had done her usual brilliant job of displaying the quilts and fabrics despite not feeling 100%. The quilts look pretty eye catching don't they? I probably shouldn't say that myself though.

You probably recognise a lot of the stuff here if you're a DMTV viewer or follow our blogs. At the opposite end of the stand the original painted bird panels were displayed on the wall alongside the fabrics Jamie and Laura digitally printed from them. Now that the show is over I'll be putting the panels up for sale here on the blog. You'll see them as soon as I can get around to it but I just need to photograph them properly first.

I didn't have much time off the stand to take a lot of photos of the show but I passed the display of costumes from Les Mis on the way in and out each day! Love that Russell Crowe coat!! Laura has posted lots more pics over on her blog if you'd like to see more.

No time to sit back and relax now the show is over - as ever we have lots to do so I'll go and make a start now.

Thanks for reading - talk again soon, Love Linda


  1. Hi Linda, lovely to see the stand in all its glory - when I was at the show on Saturday it was so busy that you could hardly see anything! I hope you have a well-earned rest for a few days.

  2. Linda dear, I'm definitely interested in buying one of the bird panels, if I can! I love them!!

  3. Dear Jane - sorry I haven't been in touch before now. No excuses really, just that life is galloping along at its usual hectic pace! I will get around to photographing the panels as soon as I can and I'll post the prices then you can see if you are interested in acquiring one of them. Talk to you again soon.