Shandi* Goes to Market

I’m ba-a-a-a-ck!  And Oh. My. Gosh.  I’m beat.  Worn Out.  D.E.A.D.  I got home last night and the car is still sitting in the driveway waiting to be unpacked.  It may be the end of the week before I get the get-up-and-go to do anything about it too.  I think there must be some relationship between how much fun you had and how tired you are, and I maxed out on both!  (And I’ll apologize in advance as this post will probably bore many of you, but I REALLY want a record of the fun people I met at market!)

So.  This is Shandi.  My pretty little chandelier that hangs in my ugly, unfinished sewing room in the dungeon.

Market Photo

I love my little Shandi and when I stood in my sewing room weeks ago and whispered “I’m going to market” her crystals shivered.  She shimmied to and fro and her lights sparkled.  “Please, oh please, take me with you” she begged, “I want to meet your invisible friends.”  And how, may I ask you, could I refuse?  So, off to market we went.

We picked up the *Gulls* (we officially speak Australian now) early on Tuesday morning.  Kellie and Jan were SO SO SO much fun — but more on all of that later.  (If you’re new here — Jan and I were helping Kellie with her booth at market this year.)  We spent Wednesday and Thursday transforming her booth from this:

Market Photo

to this:

Market Photo

Shandi was looking hot.  And she was adored by many.  That picture’s not our best shot, but Kellie has two new quilts that haven’t been released in Australia yet, so, I’m waiting to show them.  It doesn’t really matter though — this was my view for a fair amount of time during the three days of market:

Market Photo

I spent a lot of time crawling around on the floor, gathering patterns to fill orders.  Quilters have some very nice shoes LOL!

Anyway, for me, market was really all about the people.  Thursday night was Sample Spree and I was so busy that I forgot to take my camera.  Our table was sandwiched right between Bunny Hill and a table that was being manned by Quilt Dad and Jaybird.  And while we were setting up our table, I ran into Monica and PKM.  I’m so sad I never got a picture of PKM, as the other two times I saw her, I was on coffee runs for the *Gulls* and again, I didn’t have my camera ready.  PKM got a really funny picture of me though — in my classic Wilson style.  It looks posed, but I assure you it wasn’t — I carried a lot of boxes over those five days!  It was also fun to bump into Vanessa — I tortured the poor girl by talking before I told her who I was and she was confused.  Don’t you hate that feeling?  What a cutie!

The actual days of market were a total blur.  Kellie was a big hit (WooHoo!!) and we were swamped most of the time, so I didn’t get out much, unless I was making a coffee or *pat-un* run.  A few people stopped by though.  Mary from Lake Pulaski and Kelly Ann:

Market Photo

Good Buddies Anne and Ms. Yellow Farmhouse herself.  How cute is Anne — putting her arm around me there in that picture – that cracked me up!!!  And Ms. Farmhouse!  We go way back (in blog years) and are founding members of the mom of two boys club, so I was thrilled to finally meet her!

Market Photo

By now Shandi was beside herself, and then …. how excited we were to have Ms. Bunny Hill come by — her gorgeous booth won first place in it’s category at market — Congratulations Anne!

Market Photo

And, last, but by NO means least, my two mystery bloggers who I couldn’t wait to meet.  I was so very lucky (and touched) that they both came by several times to talk because we were busy in the booth and we had to get our talking done in shorter spurts.  I know you know my Wilson buddy.  My sister wife.  The adorable Happy Zombie.

Market Photo

And can you guess who these gorgeous feet belong to?  Anyone???

Market Photo

I covet those stripey socks and cute shoes. Did you guess yet?  It’s none other than CrazyMom (who knows how to write a market report — quilts?  were there quilts at that market???  Thank you CrazyMom for showing some great quilts!)  I am humbled.  And sooo excited.  We talked and talked like old buddies.  I know how rare CrazyMom sightings are and how very lucky I am.  And you know what?  She’s not crazy – she’s sweet and fun and adorable!  (Extra big X’s and O’s to you two (HappyHappy and CrazyCrazy) and to you Ms. Farmhouse for making multiple trips to visit — that really meant the moon to me!)

Enough for tonight — next time I’ll tell you all about the Australian Bobbsey Twins.  Oh. My. Gosh.  Those bundles of fire Wore. Me. Out!!!


(*With apologies to my real-life cousin, Shandi, who bears absolutely no resemblance to this chandelier!!!)

55 Thoughts on “Shandi* Goes to Market

  1. It looks like you and Shandi had a lot of fun! Thanks for the pictures despite being so tired. Rest up and I hope you will have some more to share later on!

    Jennifer :)

  2. Sounds like loads of fun! I envy Shandi for being able to go with you and the Gulls.

  3. How much fun! Thanks for the report!

  4. I’ve been thinking about you—jealously, I have to admit! A friend of mine was there at an Arizona shop’s booth, but when I heard, it was too late to plot to get you together…..Sounds like you had a great time, but I think you need to take some Valium or such, to calm you down so you can be sure to slowly tell us every single detail of your adventures. Please don’t let Shandi talk to the chandelier in my living room……I don’t want it harassing me to take it to quilt camp.

  5. What a fun report Anna!! Looks like you and the girls had a fabulous time. Best wishes for a quick recovery so we can hear more!!!

  6. I just knew Kellie would be a big hit!!!!

    Thank you for the great report.

    Sounds like you all (including Shandi!!) had a great time!

    I look forward to your nest post….after you have had a good rest!

  7. So good to have you back! I’m filled with envy that you got to meet all those remarkable women! So glad you and Shandi had a great time. Leave the car for another day and relax.

  8. I think you’ve been having way to fun and without me. I saw your wilson sighting on one of the girls blogs and said to myself, Hey, that’s my buddy, Anna. How fun to see you at Market. Can you come to Market in SLC? That would be soooo fun to see you again. Rest now and put up your sore feet. I look forward to hearing more about your adventures. Hugs!

  9. Have been lurking around waiting for a post from either you, Kellie or Jan. What fun you all had. So glad Kellie was a hit; not really a surprise though! If you are exhausted, I don’t dare to think how Kellie and Jan are feeling after another long haul flight. Have a good rest and I’m looking forward to hearing more about your adventure.

  10. I’m exhausted just reading about it!! I’ll have to come back to look at all your links. I’m looking forward to reading more of your adventures.

  11. sounds like wonderful fun and have to agree Aussie girls are fantastic………seeya later mate

  12. Ooh how I love these overlapping bloggy circles. I’ll bet you had a great time with Kellie and Jan – they’re both such lovely women.

  13. Oh Shandi, what an adventure you’ve been on.

    Fabulous to have you back and hear your tale of magic xxxx

  14. Fun, fun, fun, Anna! Looks like a great time and meet-up with lots of gorgeous quilts to ogle. (BTW, is the mom of two boys club accepting new members? I’ll be ready in September.) XO

  15. Oh my Anna it sounds like you had so much fun especially meeting all those creative ladies. Where is the sign up sheet I want to go!!! It also sounds like you were really busy as a helper. What an exciting weekend, I was waiting for your post. Take care and don’t unpack the car till this weekend!! Next stop Houston…..???

  16. What fun it must have been to be with all these wonderful quilters and see so much inspiring work!

  17. You had more fun than any human should possibly have at one time! I am so sad that I didn’t get to meet up with you in MN. Possibly in TX in the fall?? Are you going?? Anyway, love the report and Shandi really did make the booth shine.

  18. Welcome back! That is a great chandelier!


  19. Oh I had a love to called Shandy.. my golden cocker spaniel (named after the drink = beer + lemonade = shandy)…
    Gulls?? hmmm a ‘seagull’ here is my boss at work who flys in whenever there is food about being a pest to you feed her.. I swear she sniffs out lollies from 1000 paces… we call her a blowfly too for the same reason!
    Looks like you had a whole lotta fun… Oh how I wish I could run away from home to go to Market!


  20. Oh you and Shandi had a wonderful time didnt you. I am glad the Puppet Theatre reached Kellie in time for her show, I was a bit worried it was late! Isnt Kellie just a gorgeously talented woman and I love her dress that she is wearing too!

  21. Looks absolutely fab! Have a good couple of days sleep :)

  22. Jewels on May 26, 2010 at 8:39 am said:

    Anna, I have been thinking of you all week. Sounds like you gals had a great time. Can’t wait to hear more about your trip. xoxo

  23. Robin Brown on May 26, 2010 at 9:36 am said:

    We can live vicariously through your visit to the Quilt Market…Your mind must be on overload. So how much fun stuff really came home with you? I have to know. You rest up this week (ha ha…house work, yard work, laundry, finding places to stash all the new fun stuff)
    Remember Hoosier Hills Fiber Fest on June 4 & 5 at fairgrounds in Franklin, IN. It’s a good one – we love new faces.
    always, rob

  24. That sounds like a great time! I think I would be more excited to meet PKM than to meet Angelina Jolie.

  25. Well when Monica tweeted your wilson pic I knew exactly who you were! You got to meet some great gals. Next year is my time. I can only imagine the fun and extreme tiredness that goes with market. Overwhelming is how I think of it really. I’m glad you went. How lucky you were to be with all those people and how lucky they were to meet you and have you and shandi help.

  26. Wow, you and Shandi sure had a great time! How fun to have met and spent time with so many of your blogger friends. Sounds like the market was a big success.

  27. Too. Much. Fun. Lucky duck!

  28. Welcome back! You were missed but loved your brief report on Market. It’s like I was there. Well, maybe that’s a stretch. LOL! Shandi looks GREAT hanging there in all her sparkly self.

  29. Well done Shandi, you did a great job, ably supported by a few others of course :-)

  30. Welcome home!!
    It looks fun and wonderful and exhausting. The best part has got to be meeting up with all those people, no matter how gorgeous the quilts were.

  31. Of course Kellie was a big hit :-) Delighted that you have had a great time with those Australian ‘gulls’. Loving your take on the accent too, it is so right.

  32. lol, you didn’t torture me! the whole market i was a confused mess.

    it was nice to meet you in person. i think we hugged but i can’t remember. because well market was all a blur.

    but i do remember you are darling and i can’t wait to bump into you again. next time though lets do it somewhere other than in a bagel line. :)-V

  33. linda on May 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm said:

    i am exhausted but exhilarated by this post…wow!
    sounds like you had a wonderful “bonding” experience as well as quite a “market!!”
    linda noblog

  34. Sounds like an amazing trip and how lucky are you to brush shoulders with such talented people!! Lots of “big” names there! :o)

  35. Oh my goodness, I need to lie down just reading about it – you must be shattered!

    Sounds wonderful, plain and simple.

  36. Oh the fun you had….I smiling just thinking of it. What a cute booth.

  37. i can NOT imagine how wiped you must have been!!! i was only there one day and it took me a good 3 days to recover. phew! it was soooooooooooooooooooooooooo great to meet you! i’m still giddy over that fact. it was wonoderful, wonderful, wonderful.

  38. oh, and you didn’t feel like i was stalking you since i stopped in your booth about 5 times? goody! :)

  39. Welcome home!

  40. Welcome home! It’s good to have you back. I’m so glad you had fun at Quilt Market. Tell us more, tell us more…

  41. Welcome Back!! Looks like you all had a wonderful time!! The booth looked great!! By the way, Anne of Bunny Hill Designs teaches at my local quilt shop! Isn’t that fun? I love her designs!!!

  42. Wow! looks like you had a tonne of fun, with Kellie, & all the visitors.
    Thanks for sharing.

  43. Wow! What a fun-packed and fabby-people-packed time you and Shandi had!

    Lucy xxx

  44. yay, your’e back — looks like you had a great time and lucky you meeting all those people – I’m off to click on all your links now :-)

  45. Oh my gosh, what amazing quilts. Oh what a fun way to spend the week. Well have a relaxing weekend to recover xoxox Clarice

  46. love shandi! we should all have shandis in our sewing rooms!
    kellie’s booth looks fantastic.
    are those huge jars of candy? oh my.
    love your wilson and aj’s socks!
    we missed you while you were gone!!
    well thanks for posting.
    if i had to pop on here one more time and see that bronze baby statue there was a vein somewhere in my neck that was gonna *POP*.
    thanks for saving my life by posting.

  47. I knew you would have a blast!! How can you not? I see my buddy Kelly Ann there. She is so nice. And Miz Zombie…….love her!!! Nice to see Miss Farmhouse. Miss hearing from her.
    Love your shandi. Adorable!!! Great to have you back home. Us bloggers missed you.

  48. Anna, I’m so glad you’re back! I missed you and I finally stopped stopping by your blog only to see you were still out. I’m worn out just reading about all the people you met! Sounds like you had a fabulous time. I look forward to hearing more!


  49. Thanks for the hilarious report! You must have had a bliss of a time!

  50. What a fun read Anna! I’m glad you had an awesome time. Have you unpacked yet?

  51. Dang! Looks like you had a blast. We’re super jealous here. “We” being “I” of course.

  52. Looks like you had a great time at Market….maybe you’ll have to zip over to Houston and help Kellie over there…and bring Shandi with you…

  53. F-U-N, I am so glad you blogged about it in such detail. I laughed and laughed.

  54. oh wow! love the photos! oh my gooodness and you met crazy mom quilts my favourite quilt blogger! lucky you!


  55. Well it was great fun meeting you! I guess I shouldn’t have neglected blog reading so I’d have known you were coming! You were my super surprise blog siting! xo

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