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Okay, so I got some sleep and am ready to spill! Yes, it was total sensory overload, but in an exhaustingly good way. It was such a whirlwind I didn’t really take a lot of photos or Market itself, so I’m including lots of links and other images to fill in the big picture. And you can see the pics I previously posted here.

Here’s a pic of my mom and I, she was a huge help preparing my
samples for market, and setting up. (Big thanks to you too, dad!)

It was a crazy wonderful feeling to see my very own little space come to life in Michael Miller’s booth. Up to this point, my experience has been from in front of a computer screen so getting to see people’s reactions firsthand was pretty rewarding. Not to mention finally getting to meet a lot of people I’ve only known through the internet.

And what a treat to meet some of the other Michael Miller designers: Mark Hordyszynski, Sandi HendersonPatty YoungEmily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies, Sarah Jane, the ladies from Pillow & Maxfield, the ladies from Swirly Girls and Laura Gunn (who’s watercolory style I adore)… what a fun-loving, hard working, creative group of folks. It’s going to be hard to not use an exclamation point at the end of every sentence!

Most of the highlights, apart from the excitement of just being there, seemed to revolve around food (as is usually the case with me). The first night of Market, my husband and I enjoyed a Michael Miller family dinner at a hoppin’ Houston hotspot… live music, divine food and great company! It was a good opportunity to get to know some more of the crew. Then the next day, my husband and I had the pleasure of eating lunch with Stephen Fraser, Mr. Spoonflower himself, and then getting to meet Darci Moyers, also from Spoonflower. I really can’t tell you how much I love this company, if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of them yet, you really must go right over and check out their custom, print-on-demand fabric site, you won’t be disappointed!

One of the designers I’d been wanting to meet and actually slipped away from my booth long enough to do so was Jenean Morrison whose new fabric line “Power Pop” is being produced with Free Spirit. She’s really on a roll as her fabulous booth won the Creativity award for the second time in a row!

You can see more photos on her blog.

I also stopped by the Timeless Treasures booth to see fellow Spoonflowerer, Samarra Khaja’s debut fabrics! What a creative powerhouse, I wasn’t able to take any of my own photos, but here’s a pic that I borrowed from the Spoonflower blog that shows two designs from her Alphabet collection, Sign Language and Braille… how cool!

The creativity and talent at this show abounds and the enormity of it is eye-popping. I was pretty much focused on just taking it all in while trying to keep straight who everybody was. Now of course, after the fact, I can think of a million things I wanted to ask, and as many people that I wanted to meet… note to self: next time, ask more questions and definitely take more photos!

Thanks so much to everybody who stopped by my booth to say hi!

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