Saturday, May 28, 2011

It's River Time...

My Dad's kayak company has started back up again now that the weather is nice and warm here in Athens, Ga...  Looking forward to river trips, live music, and cookouts this Summer.  I stopped by the cabana last week and there happened to be a really fun band playing- check out Reptar...

Hope everyone has a fabulous and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Wendy Williams Show...

So what can I say about being on the Wendy show last week?  It was CRAZY!  Crazy fun, that is.  I've never been to a taping of any type of show before so I really didn't know what to expect.  I was told to get to the studio at 8am and taping would start at 10am.  So, my taxi pulled up to the studio bright and early and I got out and jumped in the line that was forming in front of the building.  A guy came up with a clipboard, asked my name, and checked me off his list.  Then he asked me where I was from (I got a lot of that in NYC because of my accent I guess) so I told him I was from Georgia.  Right after that another girl walked up in the line behind me.  He asked for her name, etc. and with a puzzled look then said "Are you from Georgia too?"  She had a similar Southern accent but said she was from South Carolina.  The gal and I got to talking while waiting in line and turns out we had the exact same shoes on too!  How weird is that?  Needless to say, in a sea of New Yorkers waiting to get into the show everyone there including the producers thought that we came together.

Fast forward an hour and the crowd was shuffled into a waiting room/holding room and asked to fill out a question for the "Ask Wendy" segment.  I just wrote down something lame because I couldn't think of anything and not to mention if I did have a serious problem there is no way I would broadcast it on T.V.!  Well, Miss South Carolina wrote down quite a few questions and the producers ended up calling her name along with a couple of other people to go to a different area of the studio.  They were asked about their questions more in depth and seated ahead of time for the live taping.  Then the producers said that everyone else could enter the taping area and they would seat us accordingly.

I walked into the taping area and Miss South Carolina was sitting in the very front row with one empty seat next to her.  One of the producers saw me and said "oh, here, come sit in the front, you guys are together , right?"  I blabbered something about "no, we just met in line..." but the producer said "oh no worries, just sit her anyway" and Miss South Carolina motioned me over.  So there I was sitting in the front row, freaking out, super excited, but thinking "oh crap, what if I'm on TV, I should have fixed my hair better this morning, I'll have to keep my legs crossed and sit completely straight so the cameras can't see up my dress, did I shave my legs?..." (Mind you, this was the day after Surtex ended so I was definitely a little out of it...).

Sorry, I'll try to speed this post up because it's getting a little long... So this really fun guy from the show came out to hype up the crowd, there was a DJ playing music, they had a big dance party on the floor before taping started, another producer came out to make us practice jumping up and down, saying "ooooh" and "aaaaaah" and clapping, and then they gave us the countdown, Wendy entered the stage and taping started...

It was nuts.  I really do watch her show almost every day so to be there in person was pretty cool.  Wendy is just so much fun and I really was cracking up the whole time (no forced "oooh"s and "aaaah"s and laughs from me!).  But I kind of did black out when she came over and started talking to Miss Carolina and I.  Oh yes, we were on the show!  Again, crazy.  Wendy was talking about all the Arnold Schwarzenegger drama one minute, then she looked in the audience and told Miss Carolina that she had the same wig as her.  Then Wendy asked Miss South Carolina where she was from, then something like "Oh, and you came here with your friend next to you?", then we said no that we met in line, then she asked where I was from, then I gave a shoutout to Athens, Ga (oh yes I did), then I said something about our shoes matching, then they zoomed in on our feet, then I panicked again about "did I shave my legs?", then it was over... whew...  and then I had to run out and catch my plane back home...

Anyway, it was a really fun time.  My friend taped it for me so I got to watch it over the weekend, but here is a picture I took of the T.V. to share with you guys, ha!  (and yes my dress was the same exact color as the chairs, go figure...)

I was on the Wendy Williams Show!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Surtex 2011 Recap

Whew!  What a whirlwind... after months and months of planning and preparing, Surtex has come and gone.  I'm still collecting my thoughts on the whole experience, but overall I'm really glad I did it.  I made some solid contacts and now I'm back home working on the most important part of cementing deals, the follow-up.  So, here's a little peak into what the experience was like (photos courtesy of Lauren Harrell)...

My final booth layout...
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That started out like this...
Surtex 2011

Cutting and taping and putting together...
Surtex 2011

Lauren hanging the panels (couldn't have done this without her, so grateful for her company, totally made the trip a million times more fun...)
Surtex 2011

My product shelves...
Surtex 2011

My booth sign (I forgot to make a cute one, so I just taped some leftover pom-pom trim to the bottom of the one the show provided and called it a day)...
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This is my favorite picture that Lauren took.  She's holding the Photoshop mockup picture I brought in front of the finished booth.  The booth turned out pretty much exactly how I envisioned it which was really cool...  It kind of sums up one of my favorite parts about being an artist- seeing something in my head and making it come to life...
Surtex 2011

Surtex 2011

Thanks to all of you for your support along the way.  I'll be sure to keep you posted on future projects that are a result from the show!

Have a great week...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Made it to NYC!!!

Hey Guys! I had wanted to do one last post before I left but Blogger was down for a couple days. So, just dropping in on my good ole iPhone to let you know I made it to NYC safe and sound. Well, minus my bag that the airline lost (should get it today) but plus my friend Lauren (so glad she decided to hop on the plane with me!!!) so all is good in the world today. Just woke up and L and I will be headed to the convention center soon to setup the booth! I'll be sure to take lots of pics and def blog a proper post when I get home...


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I heart you, Andy Cohen...

So something kinda awesome happened today.  I got a tweet from Friend-in-my-Head, Andy Cohen!  Since I'll be in NYC this weekend, I thought I'd just put it out there that I'd really love to attend I tweeted mah Boo this...

...and got back this!

So we'll see what happens... either way, I can't believe he said he would check!  I mean, that would be the ULTIMATE if something worked out... *fingers are crossed*... I'll keep ya posted... Plonk!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

1 week and counting...

Surtex Banners

Alright folks, one week from tomorrow I will be sitting in my Surtex booth in NYC.  Crazy...  I still can't allow myself to get excited yet, not until everything on my checklist is checked off...but I'm getting closer...  My wall panels arrived *sigh of relief* and I'm really happy with the way they turned out.  Although ordering them was an experience all in itself...  I had called the company's customer service number to see if I could have my panels made without the grommets.  The convo went a little something like this...

Customer Service Dude: (in a just-got-up-outta-bed at 3:00 in the afternoon voice) Umm, hey, yeah, umm thanks for calling
Me: Hi, I was about to order some of your panels and wanted to see if I could get them made without the grommets
CSD: Naw, that's just how they come
Me:  Ok, well it looks like on your site there is a grommet in each corner, is that right?
CSD:  Naw, there are holes are all around it
Me:  Ok, so why does the picture online show one in each corner?
CSD:  I mean, I dunno, that's just a picture on the internet
Me: Well it's on your website describing your product
CSD: Yeah, I dunno where that picture came from
Me: Can I please speak to a manager?
CSD: Um, yeah, ok, hold on... (he puts me on hold for a couple minutes)
CSD:  Umm, hey, thanks for calling
Me: I was holding for a manager
CSD: Um, yeah, ok, hold on... (he puts me on hold for a few more minutes)
CSD:  Umm, hey, thanks for calling
Me: Still me, Buddy!
* and then I got so mad I hung up *

BUT, the panels were so cheap compared to everywhere else (like, a lot a lot less) so I went against my better judgement and just ordered them anyway and hoped for the best.  I know, it's totally true what they say, "you get what you pay for" but my Surtex budget was dwindling fast so I just had to roll with it and pray that the dude on the phone wasn't the person making the panels in a back alley somewhere.  Desperate times call for desperate measures I guess....  So, I must say I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my package almost a week earlier than promised (what?!) and the printing quality was excellent! thing checked off the list... now on to the last twenty...


P.S.- and Happy Mother's Day to all you Mommas out there

Friday, May 6, 2011

Back In Stock: Gypsy Bird Necklaces

Good morning and Happy Friday! Just added some Gypsy Birds to the shop...

Thursday, May 5, 2011

How You Doin'?

I interupt my pre-show-Surtex-craziness to bring you some very important news...


Y'all just don't understand, this made my life.  I love Wendy, she's straight up fun and I watch her show almost everyday.  It's always been a life goal of mine to be on a game show, but I think being an audience member on my favorite talk show of all time will suffice.  It will also be a nice treat to relax and have some fun in NYC after Surtex is over.  In case you aren't familiar with Wendy, here are just a couple of reasons why I heart her...

#1  She's Crafty!  Wendy frequently talks about spending down time in her "mom cave" eating snacks and crafting it up.

#2  She coined one of my favorite sayings "Friend in My Head."  In fact, she was going to be my next "Friend in My Head" post since she's the original...  She's also know for her phrase "How You Doin'"

#3  She likes to have fun and doesn't take things too seriously.  I mean, audience member dance-offs?  If you know me, you know I love a good dance-off.  I've heard they also do a lot of dancin' pre-show in the audience and that Wendy watches everyone backstage while she's getting ready to go on-air.  Hope I can muster up enough energy at 8 in the morning to get my dance-on...

K, back to work for me, just wanted to drop in and tell you guys the fun news!


Sunday, May 1, 2011

2 weeks and counting...

Art and Design Licensing Source Book

Art and Design Licensing Source Book Blurb

2 weeks 'til Surtex!  Booth stuff is almost complete, I have a few appointments set in stone, and I am ready to get this show on the road!  Now on to important things like what to wear?!  I did spy these last week and had to have 'em for my trip, although there is no way I will be sporting heels at the show since I'm pretty sure I'll be on my feet all day.  They're more like sippin' a NYC cocktail post-show kinda shoe, but they are cute, aren't they?

Anyway, back to business, I was excited to see my blurb in the Art and Design Licensing Source Book today.  It is a European publication (hence the lovely spellings of travelled, colours, and jewellery) and it's my understanding that it will be available at Surtex and other Licensing shows coming up this year.  Thanks, Art and Design!

K, off to paint, going to try and squeeze in some last minute artwork for the show...