By 5pm on 18th June Saturday, I was a happy, overwhelmed and extremely sleepy woman.
Throughout the last three days leading up to TDA 2011, I was running very low on sleep, maximising my waking hours by sleeping late after midnight and waking up around 7am. However, I still did not have much stock to display at the event itself, but I blame that all on my crappy organising skills. :(
I have loads to learn from my mom in that area, she was amazing when coordinating her biscuits sales during the crazy Chinese New Year period. But that's a different story for another time. :)
I didn't sleep a wink on Friday night, it felt surreal and slightly scary to be sculpting and see the sun fall and rise in a period of hours.
This was the set up of my booth at the event. I had to photoshop the sky backdrop to be wider to hide the event chairs and bags that were strewn about at the back. Whoops.
I felt the turnout at the event was pretty good, although it did start to dwindle down around midday. Especially when people were settling down with their buys and having little photoshoots around the event hall. :)
Sadly I only had photos of my own booth as I didn't get a chance to walk around much at the other stalls. :( So much for lugging that heavy canon 550 to the event.
Due to the little stock I had, I decided to conduct my sales in a preorder fashion instead and use the booth display as a showcase instead. To encourage intererested buyers to confirm their orders with me at the event, I gave them a 10% discount and free shipping. :)
Thank you for all the support, you should be receiving all the confirmation mails in your mailboxes by now! :)
That's JY at the back, he was sporting an eyepatch from an eye operation just a week before. Thanks for accompanying me. :) And thank you my dearest babu, for heading down to help and bringing me gongcha, which was a lifesaver during those hungry last hours. :)
Whims, I don't know if you're reading this but here's your lovely dollhouse! It fits perfectly as a dollhouse for Ai. :)
And it's amazing how things fall into place sometimes in life. I bought this cute bicycle from overseas a few years back as a surprise gift for JY, never knowing it'll come into use as a booth prop one day. :)
There were so many people asking me where I bought it, and I was struggling to remember the country. It's Kuching, Malaysia!
The last TDA was 2 years ago, and I must say it just keeps getting better. I had a lot of fun chatting with the lovely people who dropped by my booth (some of whom I've not gotten their names, please leave a note here if you see this!), somehow TDA just attracts the nicest people. Some of the things they said about my works made me blush furiously, and I could only thank them profusely for their kindness. :)
Also, to all those who were photographing the booth and Ai, thank you. It put a smile to my face, knowing my efforts would be preserved in frozen digital memory. :)
Thank you to the organisers, read from Cindy's blog that it's a 2-women team this year, wow! Kudos, Jamie (thank you for coming back for those chips too), and Sharon! :))
Hope to see you at the next TDA, and I'm glad to be able to wind down and get my life back on track for now. :)