Sit back and get comfy, or wander off to a different blog that updates a little more frequently - this is going to be a long one!
First! Quilt Market! We went, we had a great time, take a peek:
For those interested, the collage in the back wall was a love child of foam board and spray adhesive. Super easy and quick, big impact.
The letters the Meadowsweet logo were done in were a find at Joannes. They were a paper mache type thing. We painted them and whipped out the mod podge to adhere the fabric to the top. One Indiana Jones flick was all the time it took.
Flowers are a must have, and I generally take more pictures of the flowers than I do of anything else, go figure. I usually go pretty simple with my flowers, and since there are daisies in my new collection, daisies it had to be this time around. They really are the happiest flower, aren't they?
We were so honored to have won an award. Best Merchandising. I gushed and thanked them when they presented it to us (right after Michael Miller won the Creativity award!) and after they left, I had to turn and ask someone what the Merchandising award is. In case you are as clueless as I was, it's basically the way you show yourself off. Oh well-yeah, I think I've got that down.
It certainly helped that we had these two killer chairs in the booth. Good grief-how gorgeous, right?
A couple weeks ago, Caroline emailed and asked if I needed anything for market. Weelll.. "since you asked".. I sent her some pitifully small bits of fabric and she sent me the Eiffel tower of chairs. Thank you thank you Caroline!
Overall, market was great! Thank you to everyone who stopped by and met us. Meadowsweet was very well received as were the new patterns we debuted. Here, have a quick sneak.
I'm not going to put up the full reveal of them until I have them in hand - which should be in November. In the meantime, I'm finishing up the book, the pattern instructions and sewing up several Halloween costumes.
Oh, and we're updating the website with a new design and order management system.. About to put out an ad for a couple new employees to help handle the new pattern shipping and everything - All that behind the scenes stuff that doesn't seem very interesting and doesn't take a very pretty picture, but it's so much work that I feel justified in mentioning it here. :)
Next: Shoes (allow me a slight detour here)
Dear John Fluevog,
I love your shoes. They are the most comfortable pair I have ever owned and took virtually no breaking in. Thank you for your amazing product! I would like a free pair, as I believe I sold more shoes than patterns or fabric when I wore them to International Quilt Market last week.
OK, here they are:
I own, ahem, three pairs of Fluevogs. The ones I was wearing here are the Malibrans and I also have these. There are not exactly a cheap pair of shoes, but I have found really great deals on mine-search around and if you get some, let me know the color and style. I'm about to start a Fluevog love club or something. They're great.
OK, next -the BEAR.
If you follow me on twitter, you'll have seen my ongoing issues with the wilderness beasties that are making our home theirs. Guess I can't really blame them, we live about a half a block from the woods and hiking trails. Anyhow, people keep asking me to try and get pictures and finally the other night we did.
It's a different bear pretty much each night and the night we took these, it was a mama with 2 cubs. She was really aggressive, hissing and throwing a fit anytime she saw a glimpse of a light or person. She finally hopped up the tree and we sat at our door for about and hour and a half to warn anyone that might be walking by-I was genuinely afraid she would attack someone that got too close. The other bears really didn't seem to mind people much, but mama bear - well now I truly understand the origin of the term "mama bear."
It's gotten to be a bit much and the neighbors have decided to pull out the tree. It's a shame, but they are getting too comfy around here.
I took these pictures from our front door-about 20 feet away. Insanity I tell you!
All right - bouncing back to the market section of this post - I took some videos again of some of my designer buds but this post is already long enough, so I'll put them up tomorrow. Did you know that a certain designer's husband is in a rock band? If you can guess who, I will be overly impressed. I had NO clue about it at all, and Dustin is now hooked to the band.