Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Vintage Rose Weekend!

I have to start off this post by saying these pictures do not do justice to the absolutely beautiful creations you are about to see. I was so swept up in all the sights and sounds of the Dallas market last weekend, that I came home realizing I only took a handful of pictures. I hope however, it gives you a nice little tour of the Vintage Rose Boutiques booth and shows you all the hard work we put into making this market a successful one. Here is a picture of us at the end of day 2. We were really tired but so excited to all be together for the first time. From left to right we are, Kimberly (My Pink Boutique), Peggy (So Shabby Pink), Me (Noelle Garrett Designs), Lori (Katie's Rose Cottage Designs) and Erica of Meadow Street.

The booth really was so dreamy. A sea of creams, pastels and vintage inspired pieces. I was fortunate enough to spend a few hours perusing the whole venue and I have to say there was nothing else there like us. Our booth was truly unique not that I am biased but it had to be one of the most beautiful ones there!

As you entered the left of the booth first up was So Shabby Pink. Peggy's yummy pastel color palette was so inviting. I love her jars with handmade roses. I have visions of them filled with buttons and pretty notions. The flower pots and wooden boxes are equally wonderful and there are just so many things you can do with them! I am a storage junkie and am always looking for unique ways to display my work supplies. I think Peggy's creations are just delightful and she has such attention to detail. . not to mention she is just one of the sweetest people I have had the pleasure of meeting. :)

As you continued on the left side, you made your way to our display.

We had our garlands hung from a beautiful set of shutters and a display board with our tags. I really wish my business partner aka mom could have been there. She was really missed and hopefully will be able to join us in the future.

It was so neat seeing all the hours spent working finally come together. I felt like for the first time since this journey started I could really just relax and enjoy the experience. I have to say. . this has really given me a whole new way of looking at how I design and create. I still love doing one of a kind pieces but I am already working on a new line for later this year. I have so many ideas brewing and just wish I had more hours in the day to execute them all.

As you continued to the right, next was Katie's Rose Cottage Designs.

Lori did such a pretty job with her display. She really is just as sweet and genuine in person and you would imagine her to be. It was such a pleasure to meet her and her youngest daughter who also stopped by to visit. I have been a fan of hers for a while and have shopped at Katie's Rose Cottage in the past. Her new line of vintage inspired jewelry is so beautiful you just want to surround yourself in it! You have to go check out her new site.

Next up were the delightful creations of My Pink Boutique!
Kimberly is such a talent. Her faux pastries are gorgeous and truly look good enough to eat! Unless you knew they were not real, one could easily think they were made by a pastry chef. She does such intricate design work on each piece.

I really enjoyed talking with Kimberly. She is mom to young ones as am I and such a sweet and down to earth person. It was truly a pleasure finally getting to meet her and see her beautiful work in person.

Last but certainly not least was Meadow Street. Erica is a California girl as am I and we shared the adventure of flying to Dallas together. We talked the entire flight and it was so great getting to meet her. We swapped mom stories and got to have some grown up conversation for a change. It was such a joy and I can't tell you how much I learned from her about market and wholesale. She is a wealth of knowledge and it was a joy to spend time with her.

Her roses really grabbed the attention of passersby. We were all lucky enough to wear one each day. They are gorgeous in person and I can see why they are so popular.

Another fun part of Dallas was meeting so many wonderful people from all over the country and the world! We had the pleasure of having Brenda of Just A Bed of Roses and her daughter Shellie stop by our booth. What a treat! It is really something how the Internet and a shared love creating has brought us all together. What really struck me was in person it was just like a bunch of old girlfriends getting together to have a fun weekend. It was such an amazing learning experience for me and I can't wait to do it all over again! For now I will be hard at work getting orders ready and looking ahead to what comes next on this wonderful adventure. Thank you so much for stopping by, and for joining us on this journey. :)

19 comments:

Cave Creek Antiques said...

Everything was so lovely, the displays were fantastic and the merchandise so beautiful! I would have loved to have seen it in person. Very inspiring, thanks for sharing!

stefanie said...

What a gorgeous spot!!!!! everything is just beautiful!

SoCal Helene said...

Carrie,
I'm so happy for you!! The booth looks wonderful, I sure hope you all got tons of orders!
;0)Helene
SistersGiftCompany.com

Antica Treasures said...

Awesome accomplishment! Great for all of you!

Always wishing you the Best!

Claudia

gail said...

Hi Carrie,,, I am so excited to see this post. You did a great job! Everyones product is stunning. I hope you all did really well. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us!
Happy creating.. (()) gail

6p00e54ff4f7298834 said...

Carrie

Each of the displays was unique and beautiful. I'm glad you had a wonderful time and wish you oodles of success.

Lisa
Pale Pink And Roses

6p00e54ff4f7298834 said...

Carrie

Each of the displays was unique and beautiful. I'm glad you had a wonderful time and wish you oodles of success.

Lisa
Pale Pink And Roses

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Carrie,

The displays are all so pretty, I would love to be there to see everything in person! So glad that you had fun and enjoyed the show! I hope you sold lots!

Pei Li

Vera said...

Carrie,

What a wonderful post. You guys did a great job on each display. So glad you had a good time. Your future is sure to be filled with much success.

Vera
Olivia Paige

Carolee Crafts said...

The stalls look so beautiful, love the pastel swathes of colour and so glad it went well for you, you deserve it.

Cottage Flair said...

Carrie,
I really enjoyed the photos and reading your post. I shop the markets all of the time but have never been a vendor. Sounds like a wonderful experience. So glad it was a success!!
Jennifer

the sassy beach said...

Just breath taking, everything is so beautiful! It shows your how much time and effore you put into your work!
I am so happy that it all wored out for you
hugs sassy gail

Tedi said...

Perfection... I wish I could have stopped by too! I can't imagine how you didn't receive a million orders - who could resist? Hugs, Tedi www.PetiteBookstore.com/blog

Shabby Shan said...

Hi Carrie,
I am so glad ya'll had such a wonderful weekend! I wish I could have been there! The booth looked absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

Shannon
Shabby Shan's Cottage

Kath' said...

I love the way all of your beautiful things all look good next to each other as well as seperated. I would of spent all my money right there and not went any further. Love the new look of your banner and blog setup. I did a new one as well come see. Kath'

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