Greenleaf Spring Fling 2012 contest
what I bought at the shows - part one

back from the Chicago shows

What a blast!  I bought a lot of stuff and met a lot of interesting people.  There is such friendly camaraderie in a group of people sharing the same interest.  Even though I went by myself I never ate alone.  Brae and I had dinner together Thursday night, before an awesome class we took, then had lunch together again on Saturday with a very nice couple she knows from a miniature group she's in.  I had lunch Friday with some women I met at the show...had afternoon tea with an English couple I met, he is a master furniture maker who was very interesting to just sit and listen to (I loved his accent!)...had a long dinner one night with a charming woman from Miami who owns a miniatures business and has been coming to the show for twenty years.  I would sit at a table in the hotel restaurant for only a minute before I'd hear "I saw you at the show, do you mind if I join you?"  I'm so glad the show was as much about great people as it was great miniatures.  I even met a couple from my hometown who recognized me from the airport; we were on the same flight.

I'm glad the trip turned out to be just as much about the people I met as it was about shopping.

It was great to meet people whose blogs I read, online shops I've patronized, or who I've conversed with on online forums...seeing their work in person is so much better than pictures.  Brae had the needlepoint projects she's been working on in her bag...her Navaho rug is absolutely incredible. 

A couple of people tapped me on the shoulder to tell me they recognized me from the picture on my blog and love my work...I'm so glad I dyed my hair blue for the trip, even though I was feeling pink.  I wish it weren't so crowded at the show, I would have loved to chat a little longer.

Also...a big thank you to Brae for playing chauffeur and being a great shopping companion at different points during my trip.  :D

The shows were fantastic.  I've been to the smaller fall Bishop show, and the show in St. Louis hosted by the miniatures museum, but this was my first time at the big Bishop International Show, the IMA show, and a Three Blind Mice Show.  The Bishop International show was HUGE...people from all over the world were both exhibiting and attending.  Almost everything at the Bishop show was out of my price range but I felt honored to see the work, it was like visiting a museum.  I was awed and humbled by the artisans.  The two smaller shows were great...fabulous artisans and also some booths with vintage pieces...not as overwhelming as the big show, just as interesting, and friendlier on my pocketbook. 

Here's a quick picture of me (still contently smiling!) with my loot...I spread it out over the coffee table when I got home to show my husband and daughter.  I'll post close up pictures of everything over the course of this week.

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I didn't take any pictures at the shows because it was too crowded and I was worried I wouldn't see all the booths if I kept stopping to get pictures of everything I fell in love with (which was practically everything!).

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April

LOL look at all those bags and paper! Can't wait to see some closeups, looks like a good haul :D Someone is about to do some serious gardening I see.

The bishop show is overwhelming (in a good way)and some of the work just knocks your socks off. I must have said "this is unbelievable" a million times last year. These shows are like walking into a room full of friends you didn't know you had, mini people rock!

Melinda

Awesome! So glad you got to go and have fun! How amazing that you were recognized, too!

Lyssa

Oh, wow! It looks like Christmas on your floor! That is a great haul. I see you remembered the tiny turnings! Looks like you got some fun kits over there, too. And holy guacamole that is a lot of planters!

Can't wait to see more pictures of exactly what you snagged while you were there.

sionchi

Madre mía ¡ cuántas cosas ! y todas preciosas. Podrías hacer fotos de cerca y así lo vemos mejor

Susan

Oh my gosh, look at all the goodies you got!
You do look like a little kid in the middle of your Christmas presents!

Sounds like you had the best time - you're going to be one of the regulars at these shows in a few years. I wonder if people are talking about you on their blogs this morning, too.
Can't wait to see what everything looks like when you have it assembled and in it's place - there's enough there for a few different projects, right?

And Brae's Navaho rug is amazing - holey cow, there's actually someone more patient than you?

debora

AAAH!! you lucky girl!! What a loot, well done!!! Attending a Bishop show is definitely on my things-to-do-before-you-die-list. And of course meeting miniature lovers alike, that's just the best

Barb~

Hi Keli!

It was fun meeting you in Chicago. Found your blog :-) (duh) Please, don't forget to check out our group. We'd love to have you!

Barb~

brae

Woooohoo!!! :D Isn't that fun having it all over the place right when you bring it home? I have since sorted and cleaned...but it really does make you feel like a kid at Christmas!

It was great spending time with you, too...always a pleasure!

Sorry to have you all confused with my SF purchases. ;]

Teddi

Looks like you had a blast in Chicago - and made a major haul on some really awesome pieces!!! Can't wait to go look at more of your blog!

Keli

Thanks! Typepad is having an issue with missing archive links at the moment...the post are all there, but you can't access them through the archive link at the top of the page...you have to keep hitting previous posts.

Keli

It was nice to meet you too, Barb! I joined the group, I'll see you there :)

Mini Dork

That is a lot of loot! Congrats. One day I hope to make it out for the shows. Thanks for sharing your experience; even more reason to go.

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