And Susan (who is not pictured for some strange reason...Susan, where were you?) had the booth on the other side of us. She invented an incredible quilting tool that is taking the world by storm, she also taught me a few techniques and quilting terms that I had no knowledge of. We had a blast next to her and now we can't stop talking like her...don't ya know?
This sweet bunch of girls and Elliote (can you find him?) were a great group to become acquainted with. Amanda (in the middle) from the Quilted Fish, tried to kill us on our first encounter with her mad driving skills, but once we got over the initial shock, we found them all to be a pleasant bunch.
I dropped by the booth of Bonnie and Camille. I've met Bonnie a few times, but this was my first time meeting Camille...both super sweet.
Also on this day, Sandi from Portabellopixie (I got in trouble for not posting that earlier...sorry Roni) stopped and said hello on her way around.
And the Izzy & Ivy bunch in their booth...by the end we shared lots of laughs...they're a fun bunch.
And towards the end of the show I really thought things couldn't get any better, until...Mark came strolling down our aisle. OK, this man is hilarious!
I have to set the scene for you or you totally won't understand what's happening. I came wondering back to my booth where there was a crowd forming and Roni was panicking...I was worried because this wasn't the first time this had happened at market. I walked up to her and she started pointing and saying, "I can't get his attention." Well, lucky for her, Mark and I share a very common trait...we're both really loud. I hollered over to him and somehow Roni captured this photo of his face when he saw me. :)
He ran over to my booth and plopped down, while Roni just kept snapping photos. This is us posing like we're at prom...seriously I have a prom photo like this where we're sitting on a moon.It was a great trip as I've said a million times and I'm certain you're all sick of hearing about it, but I have to document it all because this will be my only FIRST trip to market. It will never happen again, every market after this will be an entirely different experience. So thanks for hanging in there!
And then we start chatting and he discovers that I'm LDS...(I love his face)...
And then he asks if he can have my Mormon kidney that's so clean and pure! I was dying. I told him he could, but he'd have to convert first. And then he said some things that I can't repeat because although it's completely hilarious, it's entirely inappropriate for my family-friendly blog. Seriously funny guy...seriously. As he left our aisle, he waved goodbye to everyone and hollered, "Goodbye Mormon girl! Goodbye!" Mark, you made my day! (I say that as if he's ever going to read my blog).
And here we are celebrating our success at market...happy as two little clams can be.
This is our sad booth take down. All that hard work, just to be stuffed back into boxes and shipped home.
We were able to make a quick stop at the Mall of America. We hit every toy store and left loaded with gifts for our kiddos. And thank you Susan for keeping us safe!
This is the fun collection we collected at sample spree...you'll notice the huge bundle of Bliss that doesn't even hit stores until October...I keep drooling over it.
And then my book from Sandi...
And Roni hanging out in the hotel (thanks Brett for scoring us such a great room)...
And this super awesome designer guy we met in the airport who works for Michael Miller. I look like crap because my flight had been delayed and cancelled and whatever else, so at this point I'd been sobbing...I ended up flying straight to Boise (my mom's) because they couldn't get my flight figured out to Salt Lake. And they lost my luggage, but now it's found. Whew.