She is truly going to be angry when she sees that I used this picture, but it was better than the other one that I had. Kayce is so devoted. She would drop anything to help me and has saved me from difficult situations more than once. I am such a lucky girl to have a friend like this. Kayce is from the south and says all kinds of funny (to me) things. Like "fixin' to", "ya'll" and "da-gum". She always makes me laugh and never lets me cry alone. Kayce, if you're reading this (which isn't likely because she doesn't like computers), you're the best. Thanks for always being...you.
My little boy is certain that he is an artist. To be honest, I think he is, too! He is actually quite good for 6 years old. He believes that he is the best artist in the house and even in the entire family. I must tell you that my mom has been painting and teaching painting for many years and I have had a lot of art training as well. I like his passion, though, and I am apt to encourage it. For his birthday grandma gave him an artists' table, a stack of instructional art books and some art supplies to replenish his already bulging stash. My favorite thing about his artistic inclination is all of the beautiful art work and sweet creative projects he makes especially for me. When we got to market I opened up the box of flyers and there was a card made by him. I almost cried...I just love him so much! So when I got home this was my homecoming present!
It is actually quite functional. And TOTALLY funny. I use it and laugh. But he loves that I use it and I would never do anything to cripple his artistic desires. Just like my mom never did with me. I will never forget making up clothes out of my moms scraps and having fashion shows. She always told me I could do whatever I wanted to do. And I believed her. Believe her. I hope that you have someone wonderful in your life who encourages you to do more, be more. Someone who believes that you can do anything you want.
I wanted to say a special thanks to Fab Shop Hop for spotlighting me on their blog! What a super sweet surprise!
Hugs and Fishes!!
I spent the entire evening filling orders. I can't tell you how excited I am to send off these patterns to so many stores! It is so fun to write the names and addresses and think about the people who will be making my patterns. I have heard from lots of people that you are enjoying seeing everyones market pictures, so I will leave you with a few more....
This is Sweetwater. I L-O-V-E their new fabric. I bought a fat quarter stack at shopping spree (I mean sample spree). I also loved their booth. I could see it from my booth and I was loving every one of their quilts.
Me and My Sister...also a few booths down from us. Darling booth!
This is Vicky Payne's booth. She has a great new line of home dec fabric coming out. You can expect to see some Quilted Fish stuff out of this....
There is much more to share, so come back soon!
This is Giddy Bloomers. I LOVE diamonds and it is a fun way to use your flower yo-yo's.
Here is Love Letters. I pieced this quilt in one night. Hard to believe? It is a stack and slash. SUPER easy. Of course the embroidery takes longer, though. Great quilt to add special pieces of jewelry to.
Year at a Glance was my surprise favorite. Everyone loved this quilt. AND!!! Jennifer of Monaluna who designed the fabric came to the booth TWICE because she was so excited. She was so humble and sweet. I will be using her fabrics in the future!
Here are two oldies but goodies. Flowers for my Friend and Whoopsy Daisy, both re-made in current fabrics.
And of course you are familiar with Piece and Quiet Children's Activity Book. It was so insanely popular that I sold out the beginning of the second day of market and I am just on my way to pick up a few hundred more from the printer! Wow! Everyone was excited to see something different and exciting. It was fun to have a crowd gathered around it ooo-ing and aaa-ing. Made me feel super good!
There will be a lot of stores offering Piece and Quiet as a block of the month. If you are a store offering this, e-mail me and I will post a link to your store. If you are interested in participating in a block of the month and aren't sure of a store that is offering it, e-mail me and I will get you in touch with one.
I have a lot more to share from market, it will have to be spaced out over a few days. I am all blogged out for now!
That is just the tip of the iceberg. I will have to share some funny experiences in my next blogs. You will also notice that I have added a link to each of my new friends blogs. You should check out their stuff. I was so impressed with the talent there. I love this industry!
So last night me and two of the girls that are going to market with me stayed up late (TOO late) working on quiet books for the booth. I am so tired! You should see my studio! What a mess. I found out that my studio is not big enough for 3 people to work in comfortably. I also learned that I have high expectations for the amount of work I want to accomplish in my designated time frame. We leave so soon for market...
For all of you who have expressed interest in purchasing the "Piece and Quiet" children's activity book pattern I have added a "buy it now" button on the sidebar. I am really excited to share this pattern with all of you! I am in the process of finishing another one to use as a display model and I am having so much fun!
So for everyone that has been waiting, it is done! I will be in contact with everyone that left posts or e-mailed me about the book. Hopefully you will see it in a store near you really soon!