Hi everyone. It’s been practically a great number of weeks, and I’m finally– finally! — getting around to what happened at HOHO.
Our (“Our” being James and me) to-bring list for the night was as followed:
- Big plastic bin containing:
- The petticoat
- The Annabelle Skirt
- My business cards
- Some yarn and a crochet hook
- A black velour sheet to serve as a tablecloth
- Susan the body form
- Fully-charged Nintendo DSes and three Magic: The Gathering decks, just in case
- and Bandit.
By the time we got there, The rain was minutes away from pouring — and pour it did. It gave us just enough time to set up Susan and the table, and wend and squeeze our way to our seats in the middle of the tented area. Many thanks to Claire for being an incredibly warm trooper and source of moral support through all this!
Through the ‘scuse-me’s and pardon-me’s, Bandit got wet between the ears from a stream of rainwater, and let out a mighty and plaintive myoooooowl for everyone to hear. Our fellow crafters gave a communal “Aaaaaw!”, and from that point on, it was pretty clear just who was going to be the star of the festival. (as Mikey put it, “Well, we didn’t get to sell much tonight, pero si Bandit talaga ang pinaka mabenta!”)
In the middle of the cold, wet onslaught, HOHO’s Mastermind and Event Manager Extraordinaire Fai was busy securing the gaps between the tents to make them leak-proof, making space for everyone under the tarpaulin to keep us dry, and being one slick, bad-ass mofo under the rain. She deserved to be filmed in high definition slo-mo, the rain drops floating around her as she whipped her hair, and given the main theme of Pacific Rim as background music.
As if that wasn’t enough to cement her awesomeness, she went and started concocting her extra-special and toasty-hot Glühwine, or Mulled Wine — the perfect weapon against the chill of the storm.
People I am very thankful to have seen at our first HOHO: Clair, for the support, cheer, catching-up, beautiful calligraphy cards, and your hoop performance in the rain and guitar music; Marz for coming to the event, getting to know our fellow artisans, and writing a great blog post on HOHO; Mik and Tara for being kind cat-aunties; Anja, Willa, Mikey, Sadako, and our fellow artisans for being there; Zig for your heavenly Teriyaki sauce; BJ, Norman, and your brilliant daughters for your beaded creatures and the virtues of going vegan; and for Fai for steering Good Ship HOHO and starting this whole festival. Here’s to the next HOHO!
Also, our many, many thanks to Boho Sarapsody Bistro for having us that evening! The food was awesome, the music even more so. I’m looking forward to a bottle of your fine Katipunan craft beer for next time!
And now, on to the pictures!
James and I had to bid Fai and everyone goodbye a bit early, but we went home happy and hopeful.
Looking back at my memories of the event, I feel so thankful and amazed that this has opened up my world in giant map folds one at a time. I got to meet my colleague Norman’s family, and BJ and Althea were so supportive and appreciative, and their tiniest lady was just brilliant with her color choices for their critters. It was great going around and getting to know all the other artisans.
There’s this big bright ball of matter made of Excitement and Happiness and Gratitude roiling in my chest and gut right now. I’m so thankful to have met such brilliant and generous people. Now that I can sit back and think of it, it gets me excited to think there are big things just waiting to happen and that have opened up to me. I don’t want to give them away so soon, I think this is the Universe’s way of nudging me down a new adventure. How could I have forgotten this feeling?! I need to keep on this.
PS: Many thanks to Mik for the pictures!