Well, the ‘kerfuffle’ continues but is being addressed expertly
and I’m doing nicely, thank you. Thank you to you Dear Hearts
who have sent me cards and notes just loaded with good wishes.
I read each and every one and have them displayed throughout our
family room. I am truly blessed, thank you.
Enough of that, as other things have been going on, starting
with the Orlando extravaganza! I did have many of you reporting
back to me and it was indeed a ‘lollapalooza’ as evidenced from
our show receipts. Now, let’s dish Orlando, shall we?
First shows are notoriously spotty, as we have seen through the
decades. It takes a while for shows to get their ‘sea-legs’, with
the hotel getting to know us, us getting to know them, finding
our way around a new city and meshing with show management. From
all indications, the first Orlando show had show management cordial
and easy to work with and the hotel staff, from my sources, quick
to respond to any concerns and going out of their way to make
the weekend comfortable. Okay, one elevator broke down, but, all
in all, everyone worked around the small inconvenience. This Embassy
Suites is an old, smaller hotel, granted, albeit easy to reach
from the airport, but it worked for the first show to cut our
teeth on. Next year the show is scheduled to be at the brand spanking
new, larger Embassy Suites not far from this year’s venue. The
hotel, this year, was completely sold out!
Missy Gray and Vicky De Angelis, front, with the rest of the gang
at Norman's in the Ritz Carlton !
New designs galore along with a plethora of new products were
presented by vendors, new stores abounded with fun events and
the atmosphere was electric, especially after the first day of
sales! I heard no one complain about sales; everyone seemed to
do very well. It is important to remember how well this very first
show went. As I say, first shows don’t necessarily sparkle as
Orlando did first time out. We are on our way, my friends, and
our deepest appreciation to Christine Kesten and her able staff,
for working their tails off taking this show beautifully through
completion without breaking a sweat! No one ‘knows what needlepointers
want in a show better than needlepointers’ -- what a concept!
YOU WERE FASCINATED!
We presented our new Fascinations Collection in Orlando and they
were tremendously well received. I must say, I had a great time
putting these hats together and a lot of ‘day-dreaming’. You know,
the sort of thing that would get my knuckles rapped in third grade!
In this instance it resulted in eight avant-garde pieces of millinery,
fit for a day at Ascot. I had a little fun naming the designs
after various, and rather pertinent, songs and I found myself
humming at the creation of each. We were very happy with your
response to my efforts and should you care to revisit the collection.
They are 10 x 10" and we have optional stitch guides for five
to see the entire collection
AROUND THE BIZ:
It was announced at the Orlando Show that Needle Works, Austin,
TX has found a buyer. The lucky ladies who are the new owners
were introduced around the show floor by Colleen Church herself,
who is, no doubt, now basking in well-deserved luxurious retirement.
Pete and his bride Juli Poitras celebrated their 30th wedding
anniversary by beetling off to Key West after the show. We were
disappointed not to be able to join them as planned, but... next
Warmest congratulations to Sherry Cody, daughter Bonnie and family
for the birth of Bonnie’s son on April 13th. Weighing in at a
strapping 7 lbs. 6 oz little Malcom made his appearance to the
delight of us all. We can’t wait to meet him! Well done, Bonnie!
Summer is upon us and my thoughts have turned to my gardening.
That and catching up on Game of Thrones, of course. I admit, it’s
pretty raw fare for me, as a rule, but the story keeps me enthralled
and moving ahead with expectation.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Father’s Day and an extra stein
of beer in celebration!