I am finally coming up for air! Thank you for being so patient with me for orders and emails and now this overdue blog post.
I accidentally typed "blob post," and I probably should have left it like that because that's what I feel like today!
Market was such a wonderful, exciting time for me, and I am so happy I finally got to meet so many of you in person.. what a pleasure that was! Especially for Sophie, who got to hear more than a few dozen times, "You're Sophie! I know you from your mom's blog!" She loved every bit of it though, and still teases me that we weren't in the hotel for a solid minute when someone called out her name. (Hi Mona-from-the-Silver-Needle!)
Here are a few pictures from around the suites I visited... I never made it off my floor except one time, and I didn't have my camera with me then. I'm really bummed because there were so many people I didn't get to meet, let alone take pictures of their new designs. But the few booths I did make it into were gracious enough to allow me to photograph their lovely things, so here they are, if you'd care to take a look. (I'm sure you've seen several of these types of photos around the blogosphere lately!)
We'll start with my next-door neighbor, who is new to market this year. What a fabulous designer she is, with an equally-fabulous family!
Her room was wonderful, and Sophie said it smelled delicious, like green tea. I was too taken with her displays and the banjo music in the background to notice the aroma, but she did have a very cool corner with chocolates and beverages (that I didn't get a picture of)...
A little farther down the hall was Needlework Press... (Vickie's precious grandbaby was there as well, and what a little doll Zoe is!)
Chessie and Me's room was gorgeous... and there's something about her models that makes them so photogenic! I think I could take pictures of her models all day.
Let's go back the other way down the hall now...
Here we've come to The Purple Thread... This was my first time meeting Sharon, and I just loved her!
This was so cute!
Hang on, Mike, we'll be in shortly...
By the way, that lens he's holding is actually a very cool coffee mug that my sweet friend Connie gave to me! Isn't it the neatest thing?
It came in very handy that weekend. Thank you so much, Connie!
Next to The Purple Thread was Blackbird Designs. It's always a treat to go in their room!
This hooked rug, in front of their "fireplace," made me swoon...
I'm super disappointed I didn't make it to R&R's room earlier in the day, because I could have shown you linen nirvana... but I did manage to take a picture of the little bit that was left...
Pat and Ann were kind enough to send me home with some of their hand-dyed trims and some beautiful linens, and right now I'm loving Old Towne Blend. What a beautiful, soft color.. I'm in love! Thank you, Pat and Ann!
And of course, what's a market without Shepherd's Bush? Sophie loved their room best, bc she was taken with the rows of bags waiting to be claimed by their owners. She said, "If I was a shop owner, I'd buy stuff from them just to get their bag."
My very first linen project, back in 1992'ish, was a Shepherd's Bush design. I've been a fan ever since!
I probably should have broken this post down to two days, but I'll keep going...
La D Da! Love love love La D Da!
My heart loves this one best, and I was lucky enough to be gifted with the chart and silks by a friend that is very dear to me. (Thank you again, my very dear friend...)
Another neighbor close by was Dames of the Needle/Fingerwork. It was my first time meeting Elizabeth, and what fun we had!
This was just the cutest thing...
And finally, we have my room... I hadn't been to a market since 2007, so I forgot about how challenging it was to make everything fit where you need it to fit!
My dad built my shelving, which I was very grateful for!
I brought a few older things too...
I had Salem Sisters III hanging over a lamp, and I loved the spooky light that was cast on it. But I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who noticed the way the spooky light was shining on it. Ha!
And there you have it! Hopefully I'll get out to other floors next time, because I can only imagine all the fun I missed. But I couldn't stay away from the room too long, because Big Papa tends to tell tall tales in my absence; I even had someone tell me it was awfully nice of me to do the stitching for all these patterns Mike designed.
Until next market! Thank you for stopping by. :)
P.S. On Sunday evening, there was a knock on our room's door, and sweet Teri from Shepherd's Bush was holding one of their booth's bags for Sophie, complete with a Shepherd's Bush purple t-shirt inside. :) Now that's a very sweet thing!