We're back! Market was sooo wonderful and I have been trying to get on here and share my pictures (which are pathetically self absorbed-I didn't get around much). Dustin and I stayed a little longer in Oregon as we are thinking of relocating there in the upcoming future. Not immediate, but the future. If you have tips on wonderful spots, please let us know. We are looking for a quaint little town that is peaceful and quiet but near Portland. (Within a 2 hour drive.) I was supposed to hop up and see Monica and sadly didn't get to it. (Sorry my Zombie friend, we'll be back soon!)
But I'm getting sidetracked to the end of our trip, which in all honestly you guys probably don't care to hear about! You want the goods, the details, the ... pictures ...
Ok.. Here is our booth! Or the reason I haven't been showing any great projects on the blog lately as every spare moment or my life has gone into preparing for this show! It was a huge deal for us as we were not only debuting Farmer's Market (oh goodness-thank you SO much for the enthusiasm!!) but my first collection of sewing patterns! Look for sneaks in the pictures - I'm going to debut the whole thing throughout the next week. :)
We won the second place prize for best booth in the size category, with first going to my friend. (So I can be ok with her taking the blue ribbon. ;) I'm thrilled that we were recognized for our booth, not just because of the competition, but because my husband built this baby from scratch. The award really goes to him, I'm so proud. :) I said put a wall/shelf/hanger here and paint it this color and he did.
As always, market is a plethora of not only good times, but good people. I'm not sure if I have the energy to go through the whole list right now as it has grown immensely. Just picture every name possible associated with fabric and insert a name drop right here. Take a peek at my list over on the side bar-it has grown!
The launch of the patterns went way better than I ever expected and you will see them popping up in stores all over in about a month! And yes, distributors are placing orders too.
All the projects you see in these pictures will either be a pattern from my line, a freebie when the website goes live or a tutorial coming in the next few months. The fabric lantern/light thingies will be one of the first tutorials as there have been many requests for a pattern, but they are so simple I would just feel wrong putting it in a pattern! So rest assured, instructions will be coming. :)
As well as these fabric covered cuties:
There were so many people that helped get everything ready for us to leave that need special thanks! Jessi, Mel, Beverly and Carol-thank you so much for helping sew, paint, clean and get ready. You guys are amazing and I will be calling on you again! Girls night on me next Saturday. :)
Thank you so much Mom for coming out to Market and helping Dustin do the grunt work while I attended parties and meetings.
One big huge special thanks to my beautiful friend Amber. You know how you have a list of your top 5 favorite people in the world after your family? Amber is at the tippy top of my list and is insanely talented and the best mom I know. I strive to be like you! Thank you for coming and being our helper. :) Lotka over and over. (please go welcome Amber to the blogging world! She is new and you will love what she has to offer! I put my stamp of approval all over her;) You'll be seeing her around. Isn't she so cute?
All right friends, that's all I have for now! I'll upload more market pictures to my flickr tomorrow if at all possible! I just got my kiddos back and I think we're going to have to have some bonding kissy cheek time tomorrow-of course before we go see Indy.
OH! And for all of you that have asked-that is my little munchkin in the Mary Engelbreight magazine! And one other which I can't remember right now.. That was something I did for Kathy (who is now a tv star-make sure to read her new blog post!) a while ago out of one of the other Michael Miller lines! I'll see if I can scrounge up a picture of it and post on here, she's got a pretty cute look on her face. :)