Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Twenty Seven

I turned 27 last Tuesday…I really wasn’t sure how I felt about being in my “Late Twenties” but actually this has been one amazing birthday! I keep telling myself that 2009 was going to be a great one…well it has proven it almost six months in. It was a quiet and relaxing birthday…at FIRST. Mom and dad took me up Geneva on the Lake for dinner and donuts! Yes that was my birthday request to sit by Lake Erie, have a famous Madsen Donut, and walk down the strip to the sounds or kids laughing and Harley engines roaring. Dinner was amazing! Lake Erie Perch… it doesn’t get better than that! Memorial Day was spent planting a victory garden in my back yard and spending time with family. You would not believe how many little cousins I have. Kids are amazing little humans they always have a smile on their face and eyes wide open trying to figure out something new or better yet when they discover something. I spent some time drawing animals with chalk on Uncle Ronnie’s sidewalk and let me tell you they were terrible I gave up after Gracie wanted me to draw a horse. My Christmas Catus bloomed which I had to share with you because that is a gift in itself only one bloom though...
Last but not least I spent my actual birthday with my two baby twin cousins Caden and Dane. As always they both tooted and drooled on me...that is the best birthday gift I have gotten in a long time! They are little angels. I don’t think that I could have asked for anything better…

Until yesterday… this is when all relaxation went out the door!

A few weeks ago my cousin Tiffany emailed me she asked if I was interested in going to the Country Living Fair in Columbus this September! She would fly up here from Alabama and we would have a girl’s weekend. So I looked up the website and noticed they were still accepting applications for exhibitors for the show. At first I thought anyone could attend… with further research I found out it was a juried show. So I emailed Tiff back and said “well yeah let’s go but I am going to send in a small portfolio and the application and see what happens”. I got a bunch of work together, made a little portfolio, sewed it together and sent it out. SOOOO after a couple weeks of waiting I found out some AWESOME news. I have been accepted into the 2009 COUNTRY LIVING FAIR. I will be taking my own designs and cool things I make along with things that will be sold in the shop. Like fat quarters, quilt kits, vintage notions, etc. I am so excited! I feel really honored… http://www.countryliving.com/ you can find out all the details there!

This is a great way to start out my business and it will be GREAT exposure for the shop! I am so glad that I sent my work in now. I felt like I had gotten a college acceptance letter…should I open it or not open it…and you kind of skim the first sentence for positive buzz words. What a birthday huh? I am so excited to share that with all of you… I have a lot of work to do! From getting the shop prepped to making a lot of cool stuff ...my SUMMER is full.

P.S. Next time you at your local mom and pop grocery store pick up a Country Living! It has been my favorite magazine since I was a little girl…that is the note I got from mom when I woke up!


Anonymous said...

I am so so impressed. I just found out about all you have been doing by readuing your blog today as I was having lunch behind my desk (I bet you miss having lunches behind your computer!) - I did recieve your card last week and was so so excited and honored to be invited to your store opening. Now that I read your blog, I know for sure I will be at the show here in columbus to see you. Wow - you have been busy girl!!! And I am so so proud and very excited for you. Everything you have done from the post card to the blog to the logo is so well thought of and so well put together that I am positive you are going to have a great year and many more years coming up.
Can't wait to come and see your shop and can't wait to come to the exhibit. Take good care - XO Michele

David, Tiff, Sadie, & Everett said...

gOsH, I feel so honored to be named in your blog *blush*-
I'm so proud of you & I can't wait to see you in action! I'm bringing my camera and I hope you'll let me immortalize the successful glow I'm sure you're sporting :)
btw- the "You're Going" pic is my new desktop... I can't wait to hit the PURCHASE button on my ticket!

Anthony said...

Keep kicking ass, and Happy Birthday!

Liz Demos said...

For the last 2 years I have printed out the information, filled out the application and then decided it would be too much work to travel all that way to do the show. I SO envy that you are nearby and get to do the show this year. I have some friends that exhibit there (mcmaster & storm & bloomsbury loft) and they have shared loads of great stories with me. I also have 2 contacts at Country Living that you should get to know. Shoot me an email and I will give you their contact info. They always attend the show but it might be wise to get in touch with them before you go so they are sure to stop by your booth to meet you.

Rhonda said...

Wow! First of all, I am so incredibly proud of you!! Your hard work is really paying off. It just keeps getting better and better. Really, awesome job!!
Secondly, you brought tears to my eyes! We are so blessed with great family! Finding the joy in our children is the absolute best. I am so glad you are back home to enjoy them! We look forward to see you more & Happy Belated Birthday! Brenda told me she spent the day with you. Thanks for being there for her!
We can't wait for the store to open!!
We love you, Rhonda

Roland said...

I'm glad to see that you are so happy with your new career. I love that you call yourself an urban farm girl. Stay in touch and keep up the great work.

Roland said...

I'm new at the blog thing...did my comment come through?

Brenda said...


This is the first I have been on here and it has made me so emotional reading this all!!! You have done such an amazing job I am so happy for you and so very proud of you!! I am so glad for all the time we have spent together I cant believe you mentioned our Caden and Dane! So glad your back home with us! I cant think of anyone more deserving for all of these exciting things that you are making happen and I know your guardian angel is watching over you and she could not be more proud of her grandaughter!!!Cant wait to come shopping @ the shop!!

We Love you lots,

Janice said...

A friend and I were at the CL fair and stopped by your booth. Just wanted you to know that we LOVED it and it was one of our favorites :) Hope you had a successful weekend!