Friday, October 1, 2010

What do you mean "no photos allowed"!!

Hello friends...welcome back to my little blog. In my last post , I told you I was on my way to the American Sewing Expo in Chantilly, Virginia. Despite the torrential downpour and the tornado warnings, I got there safely and had a great time. The only disappointment was being told by the lady who took my ticket "no photos allowed". WHAT...are you kidding me????  So....... those of you who know me already realize by now that this post will filled with photos. Yes , I know....slap my wrists and call me bad.
Gaze upon this photo at your own was taken illegally!   ;-)
Most of the vendors I visited had no problem posing for me. Bless their hearts! I met some of the nicest ladies and the creativity was overflowing. Meet Colleen Casey, from  Some Art Fabric. She had a wonderful little booth filled with whimsical and fun fabric. I love her business says "We sell fabric...wanna make something of it???" Very cute. You can find Colleen here on the internet. Her blog will link you to her great online fabric shop. Thanks Colleen!
The colorful fabric in the top left corner is a cotton laminate from Amy Butler. I usually find laminate a little too stiff for my taste, but this fabric is like butter! So soft and the patterns and colors were fabulous. I can't wait to work with it. Don't you just love the freaky cat fabric and the very cool Tina Givens owl prints I picked out from Some Art Fabric. Yes folks...I am going to conquer my fear of snap coin purses!
Say hello to Linda from Auntie Ju's quilt Shop. Linda was my instructor for a Make it/Take it. I have always wanted to learn needle was my chance. See my business card on her table in front of her...I handed out lot's of those. Networking...networking! It was myself and another fun lady at the demo table and Linda was very patient with us. You can find their online shop here.
Our little project was this adorable pumpkin pin...I love it! Needle punch is so easy and so much fun. I loved that it is very portable. Something I can do while watching 'Glee'! I just fell in love with the cool blackbird pin cushion perched on an old oil can.
They got me!!!!! I am all ready to needle punch.
These two lovely ladies are a mother/daughter team. Mom Elizabeth is the owner of a wonderful fabric shop called Grand Bazaar Fabrics, which you can find here on the internet. I chose some very pretty fabrics from their booth and this is where I bought the buttery laminate in the photo above. I complimented them on their beautiful aprons and we got talking about my Etsy shop. Elizabeth was generous enough to give me a new tote bag pattern that she just started to carry in her shop. She asked me to give it a try and let her know how I liked it. That will be another blog post! 
The beautiful prints on the bottom right are from Elizabeth's shop...really love the dogwood pattern.
I really liked the vintage look of the ice cream parlor pattern and cute Japanese prints. 
So despite being told "no photos' I think I did ok. My advice to the organizers..never tell a lady blogger "no photos"! You will loose every time.
Until next kind and stay creative.


Kathleen Grace said...

Lol Janet, you go girl! What are they afraid of? That word will get out about the beautiful items available there? You would think they would love that! You did get some gorgeous things, thanks for sharing the joy:>)

A Vintage Chic said...

Hilarious! So glad you took those photos, anyway! That always ruffles my feathers, too--but I'm always too much of a pansy to whip out my camera--next time I'm going to be brave like Janet!

I've been wanting to try needle punching--love the way it looks! You're inspiring me...

Happy first of October--hope it's a wonderful one for you!


PG said...

Heavens Janet, you are a force to be reckoned with! Glad you took your photos, I love that blackbird pincushion so much. I do wonder just how many bags of stash you came away with!

The LadyBugs Garden said...

This looks so fun.I can see you snapping photos,trying new stuff to show us all..It's like a kid in a candy shop for us ladies!

Sweet Birdy Love said...

Hey Janet, well done with the photos, if you never ask you'll never know..... Very desirable fabrics, specially the owl fabric.
Can't wait to see your snap purses, I have a kit waiting to be made up........
Adorable Blackbird pin cushion and cute pumpkin pin. Nice to try something new at these sort of shows.
A great day out by the looks of it, I bet you're itchin to get stitchin.

Claire X

Anonymous said...

Don't ever tell you "no pictures, huh?" Who did that lady think she was anyway, telling you that you could not take pictures. Illegal or legal those pictures are great! This was a terrific post I enjoyed reading every word...made me smile and even giggle a time or two. Your pumpkin pin is cute. Good job! Hugs

SFDaddy - Bryan said...

Super glad you enjoyed meeting Colleen at Some Art Fabric! Thanks for the shout out. We can't wait to see those clutch purses! Which fabric will you use?

Signed, Colleen's Hubby, Bryan. (Not a Fed, but holding down the fort while Colleen is at the show.)

Audrey said...

I love the photo's!! It was nice of the ladies to let you take pictures you shouldn't :)
What a silly rule!
Glad you had a wonderful time - looks like a marvelous show!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had fun, Janet:) I hit a quilt show recently and landed smack dab in the mist of a going out of business fabrics, machines, notions;etc Auction today. I have some goodies to share with you, surprise! Roberta!

Annette said...

You even inspire me to break "other" rules too!!!! Gorgeous fabrics...I'm not an owl fan but the owl fabric is just the cutest!

Some Art Mama said...

Hey, Thanks for the post I totally laughed when I saw the folks you had in the post, I am buddies with all of them and we were sew far apart at the event but you found all of the cool chicks! Thanks! can't wait to see the coin purses.