Was it worth it? EVERSOMUCH!
I can't begin to tell you what a fabulous time I had, and I am counting down the days until next year's market! I kept so busy while there that my poor camera was mostly neglected, so I apologize in advance for the low quality (camera phone) of most of the pictures, and the complete lack of views into other designer's exhibit rooms. Go check out Kathy Barrick's blog for peeks at our room, and watch for Paulette Stewart to post; she was spotted with her gorgeous camera snapping pictures all around the place.
And now, without further ado...
Spring Flame Pincushion (a Market exclusive, available through shops that purchased from me there, or wait until April when I'll release it to everyone else) in progress...
Even though it was way too early, and I had been up since 2:30am, I had the presence of mind to join the fun, and caught both the old and the new.
Once in Nashville, my drive to the Embassy Suites in Franklin was uneventful. The hotel was very impressive to this country bumpkin. I really don't get out much, so everything from the pond and stream and the ninc floors facing the inner atrium made me want to stand and stare.
I could have never done it without them!
I can't believe I'm sharing this with you, but it is the only picture I got that had both Kathy and I in it. That's Donna in the middle. Carol was standing in the exhibit area laughing at us. :)
Jeannine and Jean Lea for making me stop to eat), I tossed and turned most of the night in anticipation of the big day Saturday.
There's Carol waiting to help someone with Kathy's gorgeous designs. Seriously, have you seen her new releases? My favorites were Bird's Eye View and Good Intentions. I wish I had time to stitch more than my own models. There were so many drool-worthy designs at Market.
Tracy Horner's mother, Cindy Wasner. They were in the next room, and during a slow spell, she brought over her in-progress His Eye is on the Sparrow. She has changed some colors and is using several greens to a great effect.
Jean-Lea from Attic Needlework in Arizona brought her own version of Sweet Land of Liberty along with her to show me. See how tiny? I can't remember the exact count, but she stitched it on something like 50/60 unevenweave. I LOVE how tiny and sweet it looks next to my big ol' model.
On Sunday night, after we had all busted our butts getting everything packed up, a large group of us went to dinner at Carraba's. I haven't laughed as hard as I did that night in a very long time, and it was mostly thanks to Paulette Stewart. We always thought there was a chance we were sisters separated at birth, but to meet in person and truly have a connection was amazing. She is just as charming and funny in person as she is on her blog. We tried very hard to get a good selfie at dinner, but the lighting was low and our cell phones just wouldn't co-operate. So I took liberties with my photo editor... I like imagining that we really met in 1860 at a campaign speech by Abraham Lincoln.
What a journey it was for me. And a big step forward in this needlework career, truly. I came home having barely peeked into anyone else's rooms, but nontheless very inspired by the atmosphere and conversations with so many people who speak my language!
Only about 360 days to go until the next time...