All of us Happy elves woke up super early to avoid the traffic & we were one of the first to get there. It was completely exciting to have the car full of product and displays and see the signs up! We drove over Tower Bridge and it all felt a little bit like a dream. I briefed Amy in the car before we set up about my vision and all the products and things.When we got in and started setting up, it was great. We had plenty of time to really put our all into it & get it just right. Mum, Dad and Amy did all the 'hard' stuff (due to my lack of physical ability), I just had to make the decisions and draw last minute signs and tweak stuff. It was amazing to see it all coming together.This is my Dad and Mum. They kept telling me how proud they were, and we all wore Lion Badges and were colour co-ordinated. It was magical!
We spoke to a few of the other vendors on Saturday morning- they were all super nice & the stalls next to me were really friendly. [: Mum and Dad wandered around most of the day, and kept coming to give us drinks and food and tell us tales about what was going on down the hall. My mum and Julia Pott's mum became best friends & it was cute watching them chatting and laughing. haha. We were probably the youngest vendors there.Here's a good view of the whole set up (with a bit of the swatch wall cut off on the left, see below). I did some live spinning & that caught a lot of people's attention, and was a great convo starter.On Sunday morning, it was a much calmer atmosphere & it took way less time. I got a bit more chatty with people & we weren't the only ones feeling tired that morning.This is what we looked like on Sunday morning (see a nearly full bobbin, & the green vest gone! haha).We changed up the layout a bit on Sunday, after a few hours. People were mainly just stopping to gaze & not really coming 'in' to look at the table & the products as much- so we moved the table forward, and put the chair & wheel at the back, which was better for the Sunday crowd.(p.s. do you like 'flower vase'. it's just a cone of wool. hehe!)I had a lot of friends come and visit throughout the two days & it was amazing how many of them wore Lion Badges they had bought over a year ago. Made my heart swell. [:
Renegade was amazing for getting to interact with people. The internet is amazing, but there is nothing quite like people smiling and getting excited about something you've made. I would do it again in a heartbeat!
p.s. see more detailed shots of my booth here. More on-the-day shots coming and what I bought soon!