Quilt Market is less than 7 weeks away and I am feeling the pressure to work on everything and anything I can for my fabric debut. Andalucia yardage won't be here for another 2 - 3 weeks, but there are still lots of things I can do to get prepared in the meantime. So, it occurred to me that since a lot of you cannot attend Market, I should do a "virtual tour" right here on my blog... kinda like a "behind the scenes"on-going report. I hope you are all into that sort of thing. In the next few weeks I will chronicle my crazy journey towards Fall Quilt Market... Houston or Bust!
I already started with the patchwork pillow I designed a couple of days ago. This was my first Andalucia project and will be showcased in my booth, probably on one of my upholstered chairs or on the floor with a few friends. I may do another similar pillow this weekend with the softer shades of the collection... since they are kinda feeling left out at the moment.
Next, I decided to try my hand at floral arrangements. This is not my kind of craft. My mom is really great at this sort of stuff, but I am a mere novice. I found this great base (which is actually a utensil holder) at Target the other day and picked up these gorgeous flowers at Hobby Lobby yesterday. I wanted a modern arrangement... something clean & sleek with not a lot of stuff shooting up at the top. I had a visual in my mind and I think I came pretty close to accomplishing it, except being the novice that I am, I didn't purchase enough flowers so there are a few gaps I need to fill. But you get the gist, right?
After completing this arrangement, I spotted an article on Apartment Therapy (one of my all-time favorite design blogs) about this new trend of using baby pineapples in floral arrangements. WHAT?!?! How perfect would that be?! I have pineapples in one of my Andalucia prints, Birdie Damask (yes, it also has some birds in it). I want those baby pineapples on a stick for my booth so badly I can taste it! I'm thinking I need to call some local florists in Houston to see if they can procure me some of these for the show. I LOVE THEM!!!
Note: if any of you local Houston peeps know where I can get some of these fabulous pineapples, please let me know. I would be forever indebted to you and, as a a matter of fact, you can have them after the show since I can't very well bring them back with me. :)
Next up was purchasing some dress forms to display my MODKID dress designs made with Andalucia. I can't even begin to describe how giddy the whole idea makes me... to design clothing with fabric designed by ME?!? Heaven! I bought these 2 dress forms off a display company in California and they arrived yesterday just as I returned from Hobby Lobby. One is a size Sydney (3/4) and the other one is a size Sophie (6/7). The girls LOVE THEM and have already named them. Sophie named her new friend, "Sara," and Sydney named hers "Walleena." Since I cannot bring Sophie & Sydney into the show to model my original MODKID/Andalucia dresses, Sara & Walleena will have to do the job.
Oh, and speaking of MODKID, I think I mentioned before (although I can't find the actual post where I did) that I would be closing the etsy shop soon to concentrate on all of these other time-gobbling projects. Well, the time is fast approaching. As soon as my sample yardage gets here in a couple of weeks, the store is history. This is not to say that I won't ever reopen. I am seriously considering a different spin on MODKID, maybe something where I would offer some limited-edition handmade originals (some for baby, some for mommy) made with my fabrics. We'll see how I feel about this idea after the show. I'll keep you posted. ;)
In the meantime, my store has been depleted of most items and I have left in there mostly some ready-made items. From now until the shop closes, I will offer my dear blog readers 10% off anything in the store. This will be given as a paypal refund after payment. If you purchase any item between now & then, just write "GO, ANDALUCIA!" in the notes section and you will receive your paypal refund a.s.a.p. This discount code also applies to my MODGREETINGS store.
This is it for now. Stay tuned for more Market Prep in the upcoming posts.