Monday, July 5, 2010

Zzzzzzzz...



Any First-Market-Prepared-At-Late-Notice wrap I have for you, features the veritable skill with which I have crafted myself a whole new timezone. What with the manic rush and a default setting for ‘night owl’, I’ve adopted the wide awake at 3am, crash and burn at 1pm, approach to school holidays. A timezone with parental limitation.

Luckily Daylesford is always mighty gorgeous, as is this lovely local, as are all the excellent bloggy types who popped by and others who sent sweet wishes, as is this talented fellow-stallholder. A generally fabulous time was had on Saturday – with the possible exception between 1.45pm and 3pm, whereupon Gina arrived and spruiked tea towels, while the loo was located in an entirely urgent fashion.



Somewhere in those pre-Market wee small hours, I’d concocted a new range of greeting cards which are based on entire randomness and whatever seemed a good idea in the pre-dawn, I-think-I’m-hallucinating-now, time. Because we all know of my penchant for the bracket (right?), you will be unsurprised to learn that this extends to fronts of greeting cards...

Happy birthday (you Spring Chicken, you):



Like a bull in a china shop (I’m sorry):



You’re fabulous (For you, I’d walk 500 miles. Then I would walk 500 more):

(And yes, that bracketed bit is best sung Proclaimers* style, with a la-dada-da! or two to top it off).



I am no salesperson worthy of a hard sell, so if you want to see all six, best you meander over to the shop. As far as this better at being a buyer than a seller goes, when this translates to markets, you’ll find I am more likely to be singing renditions of ‘Daisy, Daisy...’ and discussing the finer points of granny square end-weaving-in with customers, rather than actively flogging stuff. In my last (wincing) effort to convince you that I am indeed related to an extended family filled with car salespersons, you can buy any five Myrtle and Eunice cards and I’ll lovingly package ’em for you and won’t charge you a cent in postage.

Enough.

Finally, just to prove that I haven’t given up on these suckers, aforementioned granny square end-weaving offcuts:



The most boring bit of market craft, ever conceived. Over the course of eight hours, I achieved the grand sum of twelve, ready to join, granny squares. One hundred and forty-two (and possibly a lot of markets), to go.

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* You so know you should click that link.

35 comments:

Andi said...

Well done lady!
Love your new cards.
Hope you had plenty of fun!!
Andi x

Catherine said...

I know what I'll be singing for the rest of today (luckily I don't mind a bit of Proclaimers...) - just love those cards and may well take you up on that postage offer, if I can't find a way to travel back in time and go to Daylesford last saturday!

Mel said...

Well you know I'm always a fan of a bracket or two (thousand) so you won't hear any complaints from me. So glad it was a success. Your set up looked very inviting indeed.

Oh and excellent work on the weaving in of ends! I have been meaning to ask about the crochet blanket but have been too afraid ....

Kirsty said...

LOVE the new cards. Gorgeous colours & fabulous wordage. Fair fan of the bracket myself(xxx).

CurlyPops said...

You have the perfect sense of humour for greeting cards (and for early morning markets). I soooo wish I could have made it!
You need to give yourself an extra pat on the back for the 2 hours more work that was involved in this one.

Fer said...

In some ways it was probably the best way to approach your first market, you only have a few days of stress rather than a few weeks!

Caroline said...

I think there are some full stops in your post, but somehow I read it without noticing them and hence now need to take in some deep breathing while composing this comment. Sounds like a great time was had in Daylesford, sweet 1pm dreams for you today.

Sandrine said...

Oh wow that's it! you have joined the market madness and online selling!Well done and wising you loads of fun and returns!x

One Flew Over said...

Your new cards (like your old ones) are truly magnificent!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

the cards are fab-u-lous! love them. Glad it all went well and you did get some crocheting in...

Little Ted Canvas said...

Your card & gorgeous tea towel went down a treat!! My brother & his girlfriend thought they were great, so thankyou! It was lovely to meet you in person, I'm glad you had a good day, & not a bad effort on the grannys, ggod job! Enjoy the last week of school holidays...x

Megan said...

very cool new cards!

well done on the sewing in of ends as well! yay, i totally make myself a pile as well when i'm sewing them it so that it looks like i've done lots, when in fact its only two or three squares. someone needs to invent a ending sewing in machine!

Gina said...

Oh dear, sorry I kept you waiting, I wish I'd turned up earlier to make your bladder... gladder. (On that note, can you please consider a line of anatomical gags for your next line of cards?)

Fruitful Fusion said...

Love the cards! Before I read the line about the Proclaimers, I read the line above it and just had to go back and re-read/sing it in my best Scottish accent and was so surprised after that, to see that you'd recommended just that!!!

Kylie said...

Love the new cards Tania :) Sounds like it went so wonderfully. Wishing you plenty of zzzzzzzzzzzz's this week ;) Kx

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I don't need to click the link (I'm Scottish) but thanks for the cultural boost ;-)

Your cards are most excellent. Whence cometh the images?

If you stay up for (another?) 36 hours you should come back to daylight waking hours. Or you could just stay on UK time and chat to me!

Happy Zzzzzzzzzzz.

"I feel tired, but I feel good, cos I did everything I said I would" If you know which Scottish singer wrote/sang that, I'll be well impressed.

Cheers,
AJ

flowerpress said...

I love the elephant and his sentiment the best! A thank you to one of those special people that just blow you away with their thoughtfulness. I think I need one of them in my present drawer!
Glad you survived the market in one piece :-)

Michelle said...

'TWas lovely to meet you. I am saving the spring chicken card for Dad's birthday.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I thought so ! You're a natural
(market person , I mean ) . Eventually you'll be let into the "just look after my stall for a second , could you " coterie and you'll be unstoppable .

Di said...

Congratulations on making it through in one (or several) piece(s). Hope it's the start of many more (hopefully with more pre-market sleep).

teddybearswednesday said...

I love your new cards! Hehe and they are very you.
And I'm so impressed you got more than one square done. Sounds like you had a lovely time. Daylesford is magic isn't it.
xo

Nycole said...

fabulous cards, great colours - they look fantastic all together...

quirkygranolagirl said...

i love me some parentheses (everything is better with a good sidenote or two, don't you think?).
but, i love your tea towel even more. unfortunately i've indulged in a (couple of) fabric buying spree(s) lately and will have to wait for now. please keep your shop stocked (pretty pretty please with sugar on top).

heather said...

i love your cards. at first i thought you were creating your own chocolate bar line when i saw the first photo. hmmmm. i need chocolate is what that means. or something stronger actually. i'm a bull in a china shop today. oops is all i can say at this point. it's out of my control.

and some of my previously white towels are indeed hot pink. how did you know?

june at noon said...

I love your packaging. I would be buying things just for that alone.

(And I'm a serious user of the parenthetical phrase myself. I can't help myself!)

Stomper Girl said...

Wow, your stall looks so ace. Your work is awesome, as is your presentation. Hope you are catching some zzzzzs now.

Jo said...

Your greeting cards are fantastic! Late night working obviously fuels your creative energy. I seem to need less sleep the less I get, but that's life with small kids I suppose. At least there's more time to make stuff...

jodi said...

the cards are great, as is your humour x

Umatji said...

oh - you are so famous now - I can hardly comment without feeling like I just saw you and your lovely 'tings' in a fancy mag! you go girl! sleep or no sleep you are ace!

Angie said...

The goodies arrived, some already in rotation, some stashed away for upcoming birthdays.

ALL GORGEOUS

Hope you are getting some good catch up sleep....but night owl habits are hard to change (as I well know because I keep talking about becoming a morning person)

Perhaps a card for someone who uses exclamation marks way too much!

ange_moore said...

I received a lovely package in the post today. I love, love, love your paper bags - such a great idea. I hardly wanted to unwrap them to look at the cards and teatowels inside (but I did and they are even better in real life). Giving the teatowel to my mum this weekend - as a thanks for having us, and if she doesn't totally fall about in raptured love it'll be coming home with me!

Hope you're getting over the market-induced jet lag.

Cindy said...

I have a love of the - so I can love your () excentricities.
I hope that it went well, I love the cards. Hope you have managed to recover. I was so bummed we couldn't make it, but children were not fit for 90 mins in car (shudder)

trishie said...

I LOVE your cards, esp the spring chicken one, totally cracked me up!!

Loz and Dinny said...

Congrats to you on your first market. Hope you are having a well earned relax and basking in your post-market bliss (but not with a cigarette)... your cards and tea towels are indeed divine you clever sausage, you!!

jo so and sew said...

LOVE the cards...do they come in a set? Can I buy some? PS. Your little person has stolen my heart!