I think I've demonstrated very well after the last 2 markets that I need at least 2 weeks before I'm even partially ready to do anything that doesn't absolutley HAVE to be done. (sorry blog!) After I'm done vegging out for a minimum of 3 days, my focus turns so much to the ongoings of family life and then bit by bit, the necessesities of running a business sneak back in. I absolutley love what I do, I feel so blessed, so lucky, so honored to be a part of this fabulous and fun industry. I love it all, it's just that I love my family more. And often they are on the back burner, so I take all the little chances I can get to put them first again. It's a bit of a juggling act that I'm not always the best at keeping even all the time. That said....both fulfill me in different ways and I'm so thankful!!
Me and my kids on Mother's Day 2013...
Here's the same bunch at Christmas that I didn't really get a chance to share...
Now here's what they put up with from me. :)
I sure loved my little booth this time. Just the right size, just the right amout of stuff....just right!
I had wonderful helpers this time as well, who all did an amazing job on their projects. I'm so thankful for their contributions! Thank you Thank you!
These darling dresses are by my sweet friends at Marie~ Madeline Studio. They are a mom and daughters business and I was able to meet 3 of the 4 sisters last market. They are the cutest, nicest girls!
My friend Chelsea from Pink Fig Designs, who is incredibly talented and sweet!... made this super cute dress below. This is a new pattern called Bali Hai. And can you believe she had that little aqua manequinn too!!? Perfect.
My sweet friend Heather was kind enough to make this very cute dresden pillow for my booth. The best thing about it is that she has an instant download pattern for sale in her Etsy shop, Heather Hales Designs. Love it!!
The adorable and talented Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches made the most lovely little sewing kits/booklets! The embroidery is perfection and they were just darling. Also the sweetest little mini quilt that hung above the two pillows on the other wall was made by Natalie. (See photos above) I'm so excited she is a Riley Blake designer now... She's just the nicest! :)
The adorable star quilt was designed and made by Jina Barney from Riley Blake. This pattern is a free project download on the Riley Blake website under the tab 'sew together and notions', then go to free quilting projects. You can also find the chevron quilt pattern in the same section.
Another fun project is the cute tote bags that Riley Blake has put together in kits and available on their website as well.
I went to market with my 2 lovely sister-in-laws, Kerri and Ninzel. They were the perfect company and we had a great time. :)
We all love antiquing so we spent quite a while here one day! Thanks Jodi, for telling us about it! We each found something with a handle...funny huh. We were happy shoppers!
Of course I visited Target while I was there and had to stand in the circle like a 4 year old.
It was fun. :)
And of course I met a bunch of awesome people there. (Not at target, at quilt market!) Some I took pictures of and some I was in la-la land and didn't take pictures of. I loved everyone I met and chatted with though....sincerely, I did! Riley Blake had a lovely dinner one night, which is so nice to get a chance to talk and get to know everyone. Truly the nicest group of people!! I'm pretty new to all this market socializing so I hope I wasn't too awkward or lame-o, but it's a high possibility that I was. (like for real.)
Here's a few people I hadn't met IRL...each of them was a delight to meet!!
Carina Gardner in the middle of us there....
It was super fun though and I can't wait till next time!!If you are ineterested in seeing all the wonderful booths from Riley Blake Designs, please visit their blog. There are a couple market posts so be sure to go through both to see everything!!