Behind the Scenes of NOTHS Open Door

I just had a fantastic weekend at the notonthehighstreet.com Open Door Event and saw so many 'facebook friends' there that I thought I'd share a bit of the behind the scenes info with you. The video below sums it up far better than my blabbering, but in a nut shell - it was a weekend event organized at Old Spitalfields Market by notonthehighstreet.com (NOTHS)  in celebration of their 10th birthday. Loads of their partners (sellers) had products there for sale and a few, including myself were there doing demos. One of my favourite parts was the 'Open Doors' where you could walk through themed doors into little rooms to experience them ie Fashion had you walking a catwalk and actors were in there, flashing cameras and shouting "you look fabulous!".

I went Friday to Sunday to do knitting demos with my huge wool and needles. The staging itself was fantastic and the people were just amazing! Customers were friendly, other partners were hilarious and the staff were generally fantastic. I knit for 3 days straight - Friday was 7am - 7pm! - but I did have a few breaks (and a few too many drinks! - The hot weather + nearby bars + cocktail samples = a dubious afternoon of knitting for Lauren!) 

I previously sent heaps of cushions over to NOTHS for sale over the weekend, along with 50kg of wool and my 2 meter long knitting needles. In preparation I also emailed the other partners who were staying in the same hotel to see if they wanted dinner on the Thursday night, thankfully some of them did so I wasn't a loner, and even better than that, we got on like a house on fire.

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I ended up spending all my time with Ollie and Joe from The Naked Marshmallow Company, who make the greatest Marshmallows you've ever tasted. Seriously - get on that, I have a toasting kit that i'm desperate to use. Nia Tudor who is an illustrator, painting the sweetest, quirkiest and prettiest personalised illustrations I ever did see - I've asked her to do one of me, Alex and Harry (crazy dog lady alert!) and Cecily of Sweet Cecily who was there showing people how to make lip balms. - you could design and colour a sticker to go on top of your lip balm. I was honestly a little bit merry at the time so mines too terrible to show you!

Time of my life! Photo taken by the wonderful Michelle from Wink Design

Time of my life! Photo taken by the wonderful Michelle from Wink Design

Many of my lovely friends came to visit and I got to meet loads of my online friends from Facebook, twitter and instagram - thank you so much to everyone who came and introduced themselves - it was honestly a pleasure to meet everyone. Below are a few more pictures from the weekend that sum it up pretty well!

A lovely, random french customer who asked to take a picture standing in my 'set' so I offered him the needles to hold and then joined in!

A lovely, random french customer who asked to take a picture standing in my 'set' so I offered him the needles to hold and then joined in!

In the Art & Prints room you could write on the walls so when all my girl friends went through they helped out with my marketing campaign.

In the Art & Prints room you could write on the walls so when all my girl friends went through they helped out with my marketing campaign.

Teaching the gorgeous Hollie from NOTHS how to knit with the big needles... practice for workshops maybe?!

Teaching the gorgeous Hollie from NOTHS how to knit with the big needles... practice for workshops maybe?!

When you're so hot, your face matches your knitting.

When you're so hot, your face matches your knitting.

Thanks for reading! Speak to you next week, (I have something a bit different and a bit fun planned!)

L x