Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tidbits : Craftparking Maastricht 2


(pictures taken by my hubby before the fair started; he was more interested in the building than in the market ....)

I am back from the Craftparking fair in Maastricht and it was awesome !!!! I have never seen so many visitors; I had no time to sit or to visit all the other participants. I have a soar throat from all the talking in Dutch, English, German and French; it was pretty difficult to switch between the languages, so that when I started to get tired it became a very nice european mix language "fredugerglish" (maybe an idea for the EU ???). But the BEST OF ALL was to meet all my European Street Team friends from Etsy ! Greet, Kim, Mitsy, Karla, Veerle, Maria, Nathalie, Kerrin, Vanessa, Ina, Nicole, Bai; and of course all these etsy widowers and orphins.... Later I found out that I missed Maartje and that there were two other Etsy members in the participants too. Sorry Maartje for not passing by and saying hi to you. I think I had not laughed and talked so much as last sunday, especially after all my intestine problems it was fantastic ! And the funny thing was that, although we had never seen each other in real life, I had the idea of meeting old friends that I already knew for a very long time.

(1. AINSI Ateliers; 2. Q4; 3. AINSI Ateliers; 4. 16-08-2009 at 10.45 am; not many signs of a fair yet.)

The market was in an old cement factory built in 1927 by Peutz; a construction out of steel and concrete at the south of Maastricht centre to the foot of the Sint Pietersberg along the river Maas. It offers now facilities for artistic amateurs and professionals; there are lots of workshops for artists and offices for creative companies. It was the perfect place for this craft market !

(1. Buitengoed Slavante; 2. Slavante op een oude ansichtskaart)


After the market we walked a little higher on the Sint Pietersberg to the Slavante Restaurant, a beautiful old building with a gorgeous view over the river Maas, where we had a lovely evening together; I loved the Limburgs zuurvlees. Finally, little Peggy started to feel ok again, She suffered a bit from the heat, all the people and the noise (there was quite some echo in the factory). But at Slavante she found the road to the kitchen very quick... It was a great evening among "old" new friends, and it was fantastic to say goodbye to Kerrin in such a personal way. I want to thank Mitsy for all her organisation; she did the best of jobs !
(my own stand before the visitors arrived)

19 comments:

Nicole said...

I am so envious of you guys! My husband has always talked about buying a volkswagon van and travel to different markets around Norway with all of my stuff... but maybe I should convince him to head further south?

Kreativlink said...

Ahh! I can't get enough reports from that fair! :) Your stand looked great Petronella!

Swiedebie said...

Very cool! Your kraam is very nice. Love the banner you made.

Dina Fragola said...

It was fun, wasn't it! I am glad Peggy liked her present :)

Rita alias alatvian said...

Wonderful post! Thank you so much for sharing!

mamutopia said...

Hi, nice review! Too bad we missed each other, but I do remember your booth because of all the buttons :D

ira said...

Oh P8, I wish I was there!!!!

ingermaaike said...

Oh how green with envy I am! You had a fantastic time and I am very glad for that!

vadjutka said...

Your table looks great Petronella!

Star of the East said...

Glad to hear that you had so much fun!! Thanks for sharing your pictures!

ArtMind said...

I'm so glad to see other pictures and read other reports as I had too little time to go around as well!
You're an amazing, loving person, Petronella! I already knew that of course and it was lovely to see you in real life! Hope we will meet again next year.
And you know: I love to organise & it was my absolute pleasure! :)

birribe said...

How nice to read about the craftparking and see all the pictures. I feel like I already have been there meeting you all.

Deep Indigo said...

How exciting!!!

info said...

Hallo Petronella,
I can imagine that you were tired after seeing so many people! As a kid you were in Friesland a lot. Well...I was in Maastricht all the time and know it really well. Know the building too... Good for you, you had so much fun, did you sell anything too?

Marion Pannekoek said...

Again...thelast comment was from Marion...

Arctida said...

So cool! I'm a bit envy of you guys! It sounded like all had fun!

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

I love the look of your stand! Wish I had been there!

Meltem said...

I wish I were there:) Your stand look so great!

viltk said...

HI Petronella, It was very nice to have you standing next to me at the fair! It was a great fair and super to meet you and the rest! Hope to meet you again? Maybee on our way to Sweden.... next year or so?
hugs,
Kim