When much of a business is done online and from home, it’s easy to be a hermit. I’m a bit of a homebody and, while I’m an outgoing person, I just like staying home. I like being in my studio, creating.
But, there are some opportunities that are worth the “disruption”. When I was invited to The Vintage Whites Market by the co-founders Jana and Vanessa, I knew immediately that I wanted to go. I was easily able to persuade Jeff, because it was in Colorado (and he loves Colorado.)
So, we headed out last Thursday for Denver.
Though the weather was cold and snowy (making it so we didn’t see mountains until we left on Sunday), the event and everything about it did not disappoint.
Ruffles and twinkle lights for days…
The venue was packed with creative people and pretty things.
And I saw some familiar faces…
…and a lot of new ones. Lots of hugs and laughs and even some tears were shared.
When I was invited to come to the event and talked things over with Jana & Vanessa, it just made sense to invite a local retailer to sell the paint. It was a lot to ask, since the event was just a few weeks away and Christmas was fast approaching. Alicia jumped right in, though, and made it happen.
They will be selling the milk paint and offering workshops in downtown Denver, if you’re in their neck of the woods!
Jeff and I were next door, selling books, look books and brushes.
I was mostly there to chat and hang out and I taught a milk paint demo…
I had 30 minutes to teach about milk paint and paint a table, so the time flew as I rattled on about everything on prepping, painting and finishing that I could squeeze in.
When I could steal myself away, I milled around to take pictures, meet some vendors and torture myself with all of the amazing things I would buy if only I could fit them in my suitcase.
I did bring home a few small things, though.
One of the vendors, Rachel of Farmgirl Furniture, gave me an antique box of mustard seeds.
She walked up to me, smiled and said, “I know this is your name, so I thought you should have it.” So sweet, right?
Bernadette of Old House Chic, gave me this little alarm clock. I was going to buy it, but she turned it into a gift.
It’s a mini version of my favorite alarm clock and I was totally smitten with the little fix for his broken leg.
He’s got a little peg leg and it endeared him to me all the more. Some clever person loved him enough to fix it.
And, I treated myself to a new camera strap. I spotted this one on the way out the door Friday night and thought about it all night. I decided to snap it up first thing Saturday morning. It is so well made and I love the hooks, the blue & white fabric and the warmth of the leather.
As Jeff put it, “It’s totally a Marian camera strap.”
You can buy their one-of-a-kind camera straps on their website.
I was tempted by so many other things, but I kept reminding myself that this was not a buying trip and I just needed to be content with the experience and all of the non-material things I was bringing back to PA with me.
Well, I did have to buy one more thing…