Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Labour in Labour


I was wondering earlier today if I am merely naive, or actually slightly touched by madness. The reason being that, for some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to organise the biggest craft market that I've created to date at EXACTLY the point when I become a mother of a tiny baby for the first time. I had already booked the usual venue for not one but two weekends of festive contemporary crafty goodness before I became pregnant but instead of either cancelling the dates or passing the organisation over to someone else, I decided to go ahead with organising them myself. I thought that I'd be easily able to check my emails here and update the blog there during my final weeks of pregnancy and whilst wrangling a tiny infant. Pat has a photo of me answering Craftaganza emails during the 17 hours of labour that I spent at home before my contractions were close together enough to be allowed to head to the hospital (33 hours from breaking waters to baby, in case you were wondering!).

With over 110 sellers over the two weekends it's been a real challenge, and in hindsight I would not have taken it on, but I am proud of myself for having achieved this and goodness knows we could use the money at the moment. But I guess my actions do show the extent that self-employed people and those who work from home have trouble stepping away from their work. There's probably a more in-depth point to make from all this but I'm too tired to extract it at the moment.

So if you happen to be in the Brighton area, or at least South-East England and looking for something to check out this weekend and/or the following, you'll find some incredible designer-makers selling their wares at the Fabrica Gallery in Central Brighton. You'll be able to scoop up some phenom unique Christmas presents and with different sellers each weekend there's no reason not to visit twice! And there'll be mulled wine. Unless I drink it all.

12 comments:

Catherine said...

WEll done - BUT now go and REST
:-)

Hope they go well.
AND yes there is no rest when you are self-employed (even if you have jsut given birth)... but do try.

Lovenicky said...

Wow! Your determination is just incredible! I know that I was just in a haze for the first 4 months of my first baby's life. I can't imagine having to organize this in your late pregnancy, during labour and now in the early days of being a new mom! All the best with the event but please rest rest rest after it's accomplished.

French Toast Tasha said...

Holy smoke Zoe! Hindsight or not, massive congrats on making it through! It's hard enough making decisions about self-employed work vs. life for me, and I don't even have a baby!

Laura said...

Well done, you!

I for one am really glad you organised it as I'm looking forward to it very much!!

Jo H. said...

oh I wish I could go, because you deserve LOTS of visitors and plus it would be fun! Race you to the mulled wine...

I hope it all goes well - and that you get some good rest before/among/after it all!

Adrienne said...

Oh, are we going to see that picture of you answering emails in labour? Hehe. But you're totally right about being self-employed and working all the time. And especially if you work from home! It's one of my biggest challenges right now, to improve work-life balance.

tialys said...

This is multi-tasking of the first order. If I am over in the U.K. on one of those weekends I will definitely pop in. I hope it all goes well for you.

MrsC (Maryanne) said...

Oh Zoe, you said it all. If we ever knew what would be involved, we'd never do anything big or significant! Fantastic job, I hope they are both a blast, go sleep and be proud of your self xo

Kirsty said...

I hope it goes really really well xx

Philippa said...

Ok now this is slightly crazy...but very commendable. I live 160 miles away or I would be right there. It sounds fabulous. Make sure you get time to put your feet up afterwards though. Maybe someone else could do the Christmas cooking this year!!

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Jacqui said...

So impressive! If I wasn't an ocean away, I'd be there. I love the poster design, too! Just gorgeous.

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