- I lost my phone and then found it again at a grocery store
- I came home wanting to listen to Country Music –after only 4 days
- This one time at The World of Beer, after he had 4 beers, John told me that he wanted to switch to Apple Products… yeah, no
- I asked for my money back on a disgusting Sbarro piece of chicken. John thinks this is a huge step for me.
- Because he’s so cute, John got me the best swag of the whole trade show: a book of knitting patterns for adorable barnyard animals. http://www.randomhouse.com/book/219338/knitted-farm-animals-by-sarah-keen
- Visited a place called Easton that was a lot fancier than the Easton that I’m used to.
- Went through 5 tunnels on the way out and on the way back
- Spent $30.20 on tolls (unbelieveable)
On a more serious note:
I made a TON of connections with shop owners, distributors, other designers, thread companies, and awesome people in the business. I feel like I have a lot of potential opportunities for things to build the business, and I’m inspired by all the hard work that goes into the needle-arts industry. Of course, I have a SO MUCH work to do myself now. And I have confirmed what I always knew, but didn’t want to grasp: I need to be releasing new designs constantly. It’s an intimidating prospect, but one that I know I can handle.
People seemed excited to see a new face on the floor, which is great. There were very few cross-stitch people there, which I guess is a bit disappointing for me, but it also means that I didn’t get lost in the crowd. Because there weren’t that many designers there, there weren’t that many retail owners there either, but the few that stopped by had nice things to say, and I’m happy to have met them. I think I work better in small crowds, at least at first anyway. I get easily overwhelmed, and having only a few people/things/opportunities to keep track of helps me to stay on top of it mentally, and I also feel like I have a manageable work load.
This was an AWESOME way to go to my first tradeshow, so I am ever thankful to the CTE Group of TNNA and Debbie Rowley of Debbee’s Design’s for sponsoring me on this adventure. I learned a lot from the experience, and feel a bit more comfortable with making a financial commitment on my own to coming to another show down the road. I hear they are all different, but at least I got my feet wet, and it’s not so scary anymore.