June 11, 2012

Surfacing From Surtex

The past few weeks since we got back from Surtex have been craaaazy! We had such a good show and are so grateful to the many wonderful companies and people who stopped by our booth to chat. Lots of exciting new opportunities that we have been diligently following up on and putting presentations together for (which is why it's been so quiet on here. Sorry!)

So much work goes into putting a booth together and i am happy to have had some extra help this year. For instance, i handmade a huge bouquet of paper flowers...
...but didn't have a box big enough to transport them in. No worries, my "help" got right to work making a custom box. First measuring...
...then busily constructing.
Next, i needed some sand to put in the vases so my flower arrangements would stay in place. Franny got right on it: 
 While she was busy with that, Lou helped with the bubble wrap...
 ...and gathering all the tools we needed.
 All this work was pretty exhausting!
But thanks to some good team efforts, we finished and even had a little packing material to spare. 
When we arrived at the booth, it was pretty blah; 3 chairs, a desk and 3 hard white walls.
What's really fun is to see the space transformed as months of planning come together. You might remember last year when we ran out of gaffer tape? Or two years ago when we ran out of 3M command strips and Pete went on a wild scavenger hunt all over Manhattan? Eh hem...not this year! We were totally prepared...
...well, ok, except for one thing. Somehow i forgot to bring my "master plan" printout of where everything was supposed to go! So we had to improvise using the fragmented images in my memory. But it finally came together (thanks to Pete again for his sense of humor), and we were really pleased with the outcome.
Look at how happy (but blurry) we were on Day Two:
Probably because we had eaten a scrumptious dinner the night before at Eataly. Yes, even the balsamic vinegar was delicious...
...and so was the tiramisu.
 But the blissful effects of the cocoa delight had worn off by Day Three, when exhaustion had gotten the better of one of us ;)
 You can imagine how happy we were to get home to these two:
And finally now to be back in touch with you!
Hope you've been well and are enjoying the start to a beautiful summer.
xo,
kate

27 comments:

  1. Your booth looked as good as the tiramisu. And I really love your paper flowers, where did you get the instructions on how to make them ? Or could you do a tutorial to show your bolg followers how to make them

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  2. Wow the booth looks amazing! All the hard work really paid off. Love that the cats stepped in to help too =D

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  3. Great to have you back in blogland Kate and to catch up on all that you've been up to. You're so lucky to have those two extra helpers!

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  4. Missed you Kate. You are so lucky to have those little guys to help you.LOL Loved your fabric at quilt market and your booth at the other show was neat to. Blessings Sandra

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  5. Your booth looks fabulous, but what booth wouldn't if it's decorated with all your lovely fabrics? Your kitties are just darling! I love how cats always get so comfortable in spaces just a tad too small for them!

    I spent my morning long arming a quilt I made with your beautiful Fandango fabric, so my summer is off to a very colorful start!

    MGM

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  6. Welcome back! Your booth looks amazing...all due to the help of your furry friends, I bet! :-)

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  7. Your booth looked amazing!! And I agree, those paper flowers are so cool - a tutorial would be awesome!! I envy you your kitties - they look like so much fun!! And good help, too.....

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  8. What cute little helpers you had! Your booth looked great. Glad to read you had a great show!

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  9. So happy your and your little 'helpers' are back! Hildy

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  10. Hi Kate,
    Welcome home. The booth gets transformed from nothing to a creative paradise so colourful (think the background is grey which I love to use in quilting as it goes with black & blue).
    Looking forward to you giving us a Serenade full of Joy - but I am patiently waiting for Cuzco..
    Love Tiramisu, yours looks delicious.

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  11. Aren't those two soooo cute! Love your booth :-)

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  12. Your booth is beautiful! Do you have any other tips on making your booth look so nice? I never thought to use the command strips. Clever!

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  13. Those cats just crack me up. Love seeing picture of the booth. Hope it was an awesome show! xo

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  14. Oh man, wouldn't it be great to live like a cat for just a DAY?! Or a week? Ah...

    PS: That booth looks amazing! :)

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  15. The booth looks beautiful! Seriously, can I borrow those kitties? I've got a MILLION and one projects going on around here...it never ends. ;p

    My bad: I saw "Kate Spain" at optometrist and not "Kate Spade". I think it was wishful thinking. Wouldn't that be a great market? Put your fabric designs on the side of glasses that face in? If you've bought glasses you know how lucrative the frame market is!

    Just a thought...now about borrowing those kittes....

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  16. I am glad you are back and had such a great time! i am working on a Scnibbles quilt with your Joy fabric line and it's bringing me- (yes, you guessed!) much JOY! Have a great day!

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  17. OMG... your "helpers" just cracked me up... but oh how true.

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  18. Ok this blog makes up for all the furry fridays i've been missing!

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  19. great booth - probably looked better than the forgotten master plan!
    your cats are too cute!

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  20. You are the best, Kate. Another incredible display. Beautiful! Love the kitties helping you out so much too. And, well, also your heroic Pete! Am determined that you and wonderful Amanda at www.orchardcovephotography.com meet up sometime. She so loves your fabrics! Enjoy this beautiful weekend coming up. love, Nancy (Rossi)

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  21. You have quite the helpful team there! Bet you couldn't have done it without Franny and Lou - it has been so much fun to watch them grow up into wonderful, funny, sweet cats even just in pictures :)

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  22. I'm so very glad to read about your recent show and to see Furry Friday's post. Gotta love all the help!!

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  23. Your booth looks terrific! I always look forward to seeing your new designs and products!

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  24. Ahahahaha! So nice to have helpers :-) The booth looked amazing! What a transformation. Those command strips come in sooooo handy.

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  25. Your booth is gorgeous! But I'm afraid the help stole the show this year. ;) TOO CUTE!

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  26. cute, cute post- and the booth was awesome! so glad you had a great show. how could you not? xo

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  27. It looks gorgeous Kate! I think you and Pete deserve a nice vacation out west so you can come see the Portland crew again!!

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