OK I hope you guys are going to be really excited.
I meant to give some sort of heads up. But once again it looks like this may be coming out of left field. And I appologize in advance for hardly taking any interesting pictures!! If you look really closely at the picture above you will see me in the reflection. Yeah, I was super lazy in the photography dept the past couple of days.
Last Thursday I headed out for Houston, by myself, to International Quilt Market!!! I was doing research for a possible little online shop. I had the cutest idea ever. Really. I did.
I also brought along with me my finished portfolio! I know, I've stopped talking about it. But I never stopped working on it. I kicked it into high gear back in August. I was obsessed. A woman with a mission.
I shopped it around to different fabric companies. I got a lot of positive feedback. People loved my use of color and I kept hearing again and again how original it is. That was huge for me. The best compliment I could get for sure! Originality is golden. And sometimes it's so hard to even know if you are or not. So out with the good news already right?!! I got a couple of offers on my line! Actually, my first offer just felt like home. I LOVED them and was very excited. I had to leave immediately and go cry.
My new friends, designers Tula Pink and Holly from Urban Chicks insisted I keep showing it and I'm glad I did. It was great to get so much positive feedback from other companies even if many of them didn't have room for anyone new. I have heard that it can be pretty brutal. Overall it was a great experience. I met the cutest girl Bari of Bari J designs. She was also pitching a line. I just checked out her website! Wow! If she made the same decision as I did it looks like we both may be at spring market together! I have a lot of editing to do. I over designed for sure! We all want options right! I had 17 different designs and 6 color ways! I will be cutting and editing that down to about 6 and 3 respectively. And something totally new may even emerge in the mean time.
So between that and Lindsay Jane Photography, I've decided to hold off on my shop idea for now. I know I'll be super busy for a while.
I have to leave you with this quote that I heard at Market. "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is often dressed in overalls and looks a lot like work." Thomas Edison
I'm grateful for these opportunities and for all the hard work that lies ahead!