More Queen Bee Market....The Loot, The Vendors, The Love!

More Queen Bee Market....
The Loot,
The Vendors,
The Love!

When we arrived at our hotel Thursday evening I promptly set up my little sweat shop on the writing desk in our room. I still had aprons to make. 7 to be exact! I sewed until Dave couldn't take it anymore. 10:30 pm. He kept saying that security was going to come and shut me down because of the noise. So at 10:30 when I could sew no longer I decided that maybe it would be cute to have a little vendor name tag to wear, especially since I was going to be working the cash registers most of the time I was there instead of being at my booth. I knew I had a business card, a huge roll of ruffled crepe paper {I was planning on draping on the back of my booth...but it never happened}, a blank hair clip and some glue.

This is what I came up with and I wore it all weekend long!

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This is what I came home with.
I just couldn't help myself.
And, believe it or not, I did restrain.
There will always be May 2011!

1. Allora Handmade
2. The Pleated Poppy
3. Flawed Perfections Jewelry
4. The Pleated Poppy
5. Mommy Holly
6. Whippy Cake
7. The Lovely Letter
8. Emily Sparks Handmade
9. The Pleated Poppy

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{well some of them}

Domestic Nest....
great gifts for gals and guys!

Emily Sparks Handmade....
cute use of a cork board covered in brown paper!

Simply Pretty Prints....
loved all the Mr. + Mrs. items!

Joy's Hope....
super cute and colorful items + the tutus!

Whippy Cake....
totally cute headbands!

Aubri, Carli, + Becki from Whippy Cake, Me + Nicole from Olive Blue!
{blurry pic sorry}

And this was the one product I was dying to get my hands on.
A Bloom Bag to be specific from The Pleated Poppy!

Lindsey + Me from The Pleated Poppy.

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Friday night after the market closed, I found myself sitting on the floor in front of my booth trying to re-stock and make it pretty again. One by one vendors would come and plop down and next thing you know....we have a little circle of love going on. Talking about each others booths, set-up, marketing, business, laughing, story telling and then it got late and the Queen Bees needed to lock up. I was so sad. I was sure each of these ladies had a great life story. I wanted to hear from each of them. Get to know them better. But it was late and we did need sleep.

from Life Rearranged
was my biggest cheerleader at the market. I loved meeting her as well as Jess + Mique, Lindsey, Courtney, Julie, Amy, Jessica, Megan, Nicole, Heather the photog, Becki, Carli, Aubri, Michelle, Jodi, Summer, Mia, Crystal, Taryn, oh the list could go on. It was such a supportive, caring community of vendors and worker bees. All genuinely happy to be there together supporting handmade. I thought I would wait to come back to the August market, but just thinking about these women and longing for more time with them makes May 2011 necessary!
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  1. Thanks for a great recap! Wish I had taken more pictures...

    I had SO MUCH FUN and learned so much from everyone in those few short days! Can't wait to see you in May ;) Hopefully we will have more time to chat then!

  2. I can tell you one thing: I would have come home completely BROKE! I would have had to have bought at least one thing from every booth. ;)

  3. this looks like a blast!! too bad i live in south dakota...maybe next year:)

  4. Haha. I come home from every show I do with neat little goodies. Somehow it isn't spending when I bought it with crunch instead of money. Glad you had such a good time. Love you and miss you!

  5. OH! You are too sweet! Can't wait to hang out more at Blissdom? ;)

  6. I went to the queen bee and your booth was one of my favorites! I bought the pirate apron for my son and we talked about whether it was "okay" for a boy to wear an apron. I just started following your blog and it's super cute! Also, random side note- my sister has spina bifida. Crazy small world. Your stuff is adorable and my son loves his apron!


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