Thursday, 22 April 2010

We Came, We Saw, We Jamboree-ed

I know, I know - we are later than usual in posting our 'lil event retrospective and list of thank yous... It's been one of those crazy whirlwind weeks where other things have just plonked themselves in the way of some important computer time. We are here though! And we have been sending 'thank you' vibes all week if that helps.

So. We threw our first MITS shopping bash of the year on Saturday at The Lighthouse. Of course, we were thrilled to return to The Lighthouse given that that's where we began our little MITS journey two years ago (yes! It's been TWO YEARS!) and since the building and its staff had endured such a tough time last year, we were real pleased to see the galleries open and to see 'em filled with smiley faced visitors :)

We were honoured to be joined by a few special guests this season. Journalist Jas Tang and her lovely beau were in attendance - mingling with the vendors and documenting the day for the feature Jas is writing for the gorgeous Little Thing magazine. It was fabulous to introduce Jas to our little pocket of the craft scene. I'm pretty certain that Jas was super-duper impressed by the wonderful array of handmade products on offer from some of Scotland's most talented designer makers!

Stephanie Spindler - the brains and get-go behind the alt.GI Festival event map, Radius, also paid us a visit and took the time to hang out with us and get down to some serious indie shopping! Having caught me unawares, Stephanie sneaked a little bit of event footage and a little soundbite. We're hoping this never sees the light of day. I'm guessing the clip may end up on the cutting room floor if only on account of the size of the dark circles under my eyes! We thank Stephanie for coming along and for including the Springtime Jamboree on the GI trail :) Phil Kay didn't make it though...

Yet more thank yous are due, of course. Thank you to Sallyann and Melissa at The Lighthouse, to Ken Roberston for providing fancy music-playing devices and to Cheryl at Cairns & Scott for not charging us twice for our table hire :) Thanks to YHFphoto for constructing and managing the MITS photobooth (and to Fred at Granny Would Be Proud for suggesting the idea in the first place!) Thanks to Not Now Cato! for taking part in our Vintage Dressing Room feature to Sarah Graham of The Coveted Magazine for styling and selling her heart out! Thank you to Flora the Tombola for being her usual fabulous self. Thank you to all the vendors who donated prizes to Flora this season and thanks too to all the wonderful designer makers who made contributions to our MITS goody bags; Gemma Correll, Antzin, Memo, Auntie M's Cake Lounge, Not Now Cato!, Rachael Albert Boutique, Fantoosherie Fancies, Laura Donald, Andy Murray, Atherton Lin - we love y'all. An enormous thank you must be shouted in the ear of our brilliant volunteers: Sabine, Chris, Jude, Helene, Angela and Laura. We'd've been in a proper pickle without you! Thanks too to Garry, John, Jennifer, Gillian, Kirsty and Susie who also offered a hand when we needed it! Thanks so much for giving up your time and energy for noubt - that's real generous :) And thanks to Jas for the sugar-tastic care package that saw us through the latter half of the day! Muchos gracias to all the folks who helped promote the event - Sarah at The Coveted Magazine, Claire & Kirstin at The List, Alex at The Skinny, Maureen & Rachel at The Evening Times, Gaby at The Scotsman and Ali at The Herald, Jennifer at Indie Quarter - and all the other bloggers and social-networky friends who chipped in their tuppence worth ahead of event day :) Thanks! We think you're all just swell. And last but not least - thanks to the 30 + super talented designer makers who toiled to create and showcase exciting ranges of handmade products at the Made in the Shade event. Our event would be rubbish if you weren't there! Ha! :) Whoop! I'm pretty sure I'm missing some really important people... Um... My brain has blanked. You get the jist! We really, really, really appreciate all the help and support that's offered to us each season. If you've helped, then we thank you :)

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