Oct 21, 2011

Here and There and Back Again!

Hello, hello, hello!

I have missed you all and hope you are all in good health, happiness, and gearing up for a good weekend.

I have been running around so much, but I think I am back for a bit and I can actually sit here, eat a few skittles and type out a post!

I hope I can remember all that I want to chat about, and keep it in order, but don't count on it. But I will do my best. I may get some things out of whack, but I will get to it all, I am sure. I may write it as I remember it.

I chose the photo on the left because the "take one" really reminds me to "take one day at a time" and to take tiny bites of life as life can come in huge gulps sometimes and can choke you if you aren't careful!

I took this photo at The Creative Connection Event in St. Paul, back in Sept, which I will get to in a moment or two. 

To sum up quickly the past few months to catch you up, then I will get to some details...all summer I spent shooting a special project that really took a lot out of me due to the heat. It was a great experience and I don't have permission yet to let you know what it is, but soon I hope! But basically, I was hauling a lot of props and working in an abandoned building, shooting, unfortunately, during that horrible heatwave....but I really loved the work and am dying to share it with you as soon as I get the okay.

Then RIGHT after (maybe a week or so) I just completed that shoot and wrapped up the photos, I literally was off to St. Paul for The Creative Connection for a week and met some of the greatest people ever. 

If I have it correct: June, Jacie, Judy and Nancy Soriano...I am so horrible with names! But this group of women are just about as good as is gets.

Then no sooner than when I got back, literally only days, another project came up and I found myself in the car driving 15 hours down to Texas to Round Top antique fair to take care of some business and did some shooting there and it was 102, 103 and 104 degrees most days and I just about died in the heat. I was not used to walking around with that heat! I was there a whole week and then drove all the way back home again.

This was only the back lot, about 1/8 of only one side of only one road on one very HOT day. I hadn't even made it to the FRONT lot area yet (to my left, out of sight of my lens)  and you can already see all the goodies just waiting for me...

I was home literally only days when my barber husband zipped me away for ten days to the Lake of the Ozarks for rest, fishing and naps. And we did a fishing tournament together as well!  We got skunked, but we had a fun time. And I just got back this week and have been trying to catch up on dozens of things that have been put on hold since June. 

So that has been the past few months in short. I haven't even told you about what is to come in the next few months yet, but that can wait for now.

So, back to St. Paul. The Creative Connection Event.

For those who aren't familiar with it, real quick, it is a creative conference for women who gather for several days and take classes, listen to panels and key note speakers have dinners and learn and make great connections with other artists, bloggers, crafters, photographers and so on. It is a way to get your crafting, foodie, blogging passion to the next level if you wish or just to make connections and network. Jo Packham and Nancy Soriano are the founders.

Below are some photos of the event and I will try to remember people and names and who they are, but if you have been reading my blog for even more than a day, you will know that I am THE WORST at remember faces, names and connections. I did get to meet Tina from St. Louis, of all places. We have been trying to meet for months and just haven't been able to...and so we meet in St. Paul! Mary Beth Hunt introduced herself to me, she had read my blog and we became friends as if we have known each other for years. I met the best volunteers ever who made me laugh and helped me to remember OTHER  people's names! Oh...how I LOVE NAME TAGS....I think it should be a law that we all are required to wear name tags. 

That was the one thing I loved about being in the military...name tags and rank. If I couldn't see the name tag, I could just call someone by rank...Hey there Sergeant, Hi Colonel....Hello Chief....it was great...never missed a beat, never got it wrong and what was even better? Their unit or squadron was on their uniform and with a glance I could even match up the face, where they worked and "remember" where I met them and how I "knew" them and I always seemed like I knew what I was doing....but now? I have no cover....I am outed....sigh....but I digress....

Oh wait...just thought of a funny story...right at the beginning of us setting up, this pretty and artsy looking woman comes up to Jo with a huge smile and says really loud, "HI JOOO!!!!" And gives her a full body hug and sways her back and forth. Then she turns to me and looks me in the eye and says, "HEY!!!" And gives me a huge hug like she knows me and I haven't a clue. And I am thinking, Oh God, here we go....already....I have no idea who she is and she recognizes me and I will feel so bad if we have had tons of conversations....and I am not remembering her...how awful of me! And she stays for a minute talks to us both, all happy, and excited and then she just leaves. And as soon as she leaves, Jo turns to me and lowers her voice and says, "Okay, who was that woman, I have to know her name, I feel so bad that I don't know her...." And I say, "I have no clue, I feel so bad too..." And then Jo starts saying to the staff where all the inventory is boxed up, she says loudly...."NAME TAGS!...we must get the NAME TAGS out NOW!!"  And we all started to laugh because we are both so clueless about this woman and we are like the blind leading the blind.

Well, later we find out that the woman was a HOTEL staff member who was just assigned to us, someone we have NEVER met before, and who was just super friendly. But she freaked us both out...hahahahahaha.

Okay, I am done now...I will get on with the photos....

Lots of artsy and stylish women waiting in line for their Star Bucks who was a  sponsor and gave out a pound of coffee to everyone! The stylish woman in the hat is Jenny Pfanenstiel who is a Couture Milliner. You can find more of her great hats at www.fromeonlineshop.com  She wore a different hat throughout the days!

I didn't grab her name, but loved her skirt and she said her mom whipped this together only the night before!

This book just came out! I interviewed and wrote eight of the chapters. I met some of the coolest people writing for this book. That was one of my fall and winter projects that kept me very busy. Ashley English was there and I got to meet her little Huxley. She was pregnant when I interviewed her for the book. You should check out the book - it really has great recipes and photos...Jo did a great job with it!


There was an autograph party as part of the event. There were 50 authors there to sign books! 




Well, you got a little peek at what took place, but I like showing a little of the "before" and give you an idea of the venue, how beautiful the Crown Hotel is and how all these halls and chairs quickly filled up with happy, gabbing, talented, passionate, and very smart women for several days!





This is where The Market Place was being set up and vendors' items being delivered....












Beautiful pool, but never had time to swim in it!

Working down to the wire!




Setting up for registration

Lots to unpack and set up!

Registration packets - lots of women attending!

I have never seen so many signs that needed to be put out....



Vendors Indigo Junction setting up and doing it with a smile!

Beth is helping a vendor set up - so much to do!
Below are some random photos I took between some events that I attended:










Would you believe that this is a McDonalds table display? They sponsored breakfast and this is what we wake up to!




These two ladies brought their two daughters (below) and are just about the sweetest foursome you could have ever met.

These two friends are 6th graders, crafters, and have their own Etsy Store already!


Before I continue, I have the winner for the year's subscription for Where Women Create and Where Women Cook! Remember I said Jo would offer this gift if you would comment or post about





WINNERS:
The Creative Connection Event Contest

Congrats to Stephanie of Bungalow Marriette for Winning Where Women Cook

Stephanie
Dore
 And Dore of Burlap Lux for Winning Where Women Create




Below is The Cooks of Crocus Hill cooking school. We had several classes taught there and it was a blast. It was a beautiful school and I would go back in a heartbeat!







Sarah and Carolyn came all the way from London to teach for us. They were Princess Diana's chefs and are known for their pastries made with rose petals. They were adorable to watch and learn from.






Jo Packham, Christina Ferrare and Loralee 


Mary Jane Butters

Christina was a hoot to watch and such a genuine soul.




























We learned about food photography from Diane Cu and Todd Porter, the photographers that shot Christina's cookbook.






Some of the goodies the British chefs made...tasty as well as beautiful!



And that brings back to our little finger sandwiches...one bite at a time...take one day at a time...but in my case...I went from one day right on to the next day as soon as I got home and went from the North straight down to the South.


These are so good. Don't know if I have the patience to make them...but I will eat them :-)

So as you can see...the Creative Connection Even was busy, fun, and non-stop. I get home, and tell my barber husband that I am so excited to just rest and "do nothing for a whole week." Then, literally, only days later, I get an email, about a possible project that requires me to go to Texas right away (and I don't have enough details about this project to talk about at this time....darn it!!) and I haven't even unpacked from St. Paul...and I jump into my truck and drive down to Texas. Eight hours to Oklahoma City, spent the night. Then almost eight hours to my sister's house in Austin. Then the very next day, another hour and half or so to Round Top and hour and half back again to my sister's home. And I do this for an entire week. 


But mainly, it was the HEAT...the FRIGGIN HEAT that I hated so much. 102, 104 degrees on some days. The LAST day, a "cold front" came in and cooled it down to high 80's which was nice, but I was leaving! The heat really took a toll on me and I ended up doing little shooting, as it was just so hot to carry my camera around my neck. SO HOT to just walk around and I was just not acclimated at all.


But I did get some photos and so here you go! I did stop at a place outside of Austin before entering Round Top and bought me one of these Olive Buckets.








I found myself completely fascinated with these wagon wheels. I will try to locate the business card of this place. I know I have it, but can't find it. Hopefully the lovely lady that helped me will read the blog and let me know the name of this location.








Marburger Farm





This photo and the next four are from French Vanilla that were at Marburger Farm. They had one of the cutest booths and the best prices. I loved their space.






This cute couple is from California. They own Euro-Linens and have the real deal. www.euro-linens.com I discovered that the wife and lived only two hours away from each other in Germany!




Oh, I am having a major brain fart...I love this booth and the gal! I even go to her blog! Hopefully she or Shelly will visit me and help me poop out the name....I can't even imagine what I will be like at 70!
NOTE: Got a couple of keen spotters to correct me! I hope I got this right: This is Time Worn Antiques by Theresa.  www.timeworninteriors.blogspot.com I hope that is right. She and spent time talking and catching up...that is what makes this so bad with my name forgetting thing...and especially since I love her booth so much!




I had a nice chat with Shelly from www.sweetpeahomeblogspot.com 





Long line of cars at Warrenton heading towards Round Top.



 Another Sweet Pea. She doesn't have a website and I LOVE her stuff.





Good Ole Things. They go to all the great shows. He would stop by my store and I would climb into his huge truck and pick stuff out for the store.








Always the lovely Teresa  from Garden Vintage Antiques www.gardenantqs.blogspot.com  She took me to visit Debbie at www.talkingwhitetrash.blogspot.com. Debbie and I sat on her sofa in her booth talking and yakking for quite a while with "Cat Daddy" and had a good visit. It was good seeing Teresa, Debbie and CD. (Cat Daddy).


Makes your heart beat faster, don't it?




Texan women don't mess around with messin' around husbands....they'll hank'em  right off and toss'em in a bin...right after they stomp'em with their cowboy boots 'till they're square... Well...ahem...that's what I heard














Actually, I was eyeing the water...it was late in the day, and I was very beat up by the sun....but I wasn't 100% sure if my tetanus shot was up to date. 







DRY....DRY...home of the skinny cow...

Drought results were sad....




This is how hot and tired I was....see the street in the photo? I never crossed it to go inside. I snapped a photo and kept going. I've been in there...done that....and WANTED to do it again....but too dang hot and tired to cross the hot road. Now THAT isn't hot...that is heatstroke to pass that up!





And that is the end of the tour...with a bus filled with junk inside and out. And nope...didn't go in that either....don't you see that hot, dusty turf in front of it? I have about 1 mile to walk back to my truck and I am dead from walking in triple digit heat. 


I got mixed reports on the sales from the vendors. Some told me it was a bad show for them, very slow. Some told me it was a great show for them. Go figure. Me? I bought only ONE item...an antique creel basket for my honey. And only because it had a strap that I could put over my shoulder and not have to carry it. As a former store owner, it is very hard for me to buy retail and living in a tiny, tiny home, I just don't have the space or need. 


There is an advantage to having had a store for many years...and having to buy for clients....you just don't feel like buying for yourself...and you save tons of money in the end. I know...seems crazy, right?  But buying to me is like work. Because for years, it was. It was a hunt, a goal, a need, a time limit, always-on- a-tight-budget sort of thing. Never for leisure, never really for just the joy of it. Buying the right stuff was a business and I was very, very good at it...but...it was still work. Hard work. 


The quick hunting, the endless picking, the clever dealing, the quick calculations, the standing in line, the actual buying, the loading, the hauling, then unloading, the pricing, the cleaning, the fixing, then getting it in the store, the styling it and then eventually selling it at a profit. Most don't realize that "shopping" for a business isn't "shopping" at all. And it entails tons and tons of work just for one single item. Now multiply that for a store full of interesting items....whew!


BUT... and yes, there is always a "but."  That "work" is a passion that entails a business mind that is always turning, churning, creating, doing, thinking, and moving on to the next idea, the next deal, the next adventure. I enjoyed my work immensely, but, like most...in my down time, I don't want to work. So my joy at these markets, for now at least, is snapping photos, seeing the "art" in the light on objects, the displays, visiting with others, seeing how the business is changing, how the vendors are selling, how the customers are buying, and keeping my ears open for news and eyes open to what is changing and guessing what will likely happen within the next five years. That is my joy for now. 


Add in some good weather, let's say about 75 degrees, and you will see my joy turn into exhilaration! 




And in the meantime...you can enjoy your shopping and buying and support those hard working vendors. And I will keep on snapping photos of what suits my fancy. And we both can try and figure out why those friggin dolls' heads, sans body, show up at every market. 


They are like a train wreck...you don't want to look...but we keep staring anyway.


But even creepier...they stare right back at you.


from my house to your house,




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35 comments:

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Elizabeth!!!
Oh my! I am beyond excited, truly over the moon with excitement!
Thank you and a big! thank you!! to my favorite Magazine/Book W W C
Where Women Create!! for this win :)

I will never forget this win, and will treasure each issue.
Every photo is so exciting I wish I could have been their to take it all in... in person!
Your trip to Round Top Texas looks like you have way to much fun so not fair!

Elizabeth I wish I were their to give you a BIG Where Women Create hug :)

Blessings to you and W.W.C.
xoxo
Dore

Carol Spinski said...

OH MY STARS Girlfriend, NO Wonder you were exhausted! Fabulous photos! Would love to see you:)

Hugs,
Carol

BTW-That's Theresa Cano of Garden Antiques-You got your Theresa's mixed up but probably the heat:)

Boxwood Cottage said...

Phew Elisabeth what a whirlwind of a busy and hot Summer you had. I would have loved to accompany you to the Creative Connection and of course to Round Top Texas for all the inspiring junk and antiques! Love your photos and can imagine how much fun it must have been despite of the heat. We on the contrary had no heat here at all this Summer, most of the time it was actually rather cold, but I think I might prefer it to all the sweating in the end. Well I just had to laugh about you telling us how bad you are about names and faces and all and then just to prove us that your right you're mixing up the two Theresas lol That one in your picture is Theresa Canoe from Garden Antiques Vintage blog and not Theresa Smith aka TOT from Time Worn Interiors ;-) he he
Can't wait to read about your next adventures Mrs. E!
Sending you big hugs from Germany
Carola
P.S. Have you really got skunked?

cityfarmer said...

girl, I've missed you ...


this was the puuuuuuur-fect post to read with my morning coffee...

pop over please and lets catch up
OR
email me
stuffintheburbs@gmail.com.

Claudia said...

My goodness, you've been busy! Thanks for the great update and the wonderful photos!

xo
Claudia

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Hi Dore!
I wish I could give you a big hug too - and I have no doubt I will someday - in fact I know I will someday...you will see.

You are special to me and a long lost sister of art. :-)

Thanks so much for being there for me,

Big hug
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Hi Girlie - Carol!

Yeah! I KNEW someone would help me poop out the right names - I will go fix it right after I answer my comments - thanks so much...Theresa!! Yes...I should have just stuck with Theresa and not go all out and name the booth. Well at least I didn't call her Jackie or Erica, or Patty ....some name that doesn't even come close to sounding like Theresa...believe me, I have done that many times!!

Miss you so much and lots to catch up on with you!
Love
Sweet E :-)

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Hi Carola!

I was talking about you the other day...good stuff of course! Thanks for getting the names straight for me and you are all the way over in Germany...geisha!! Now if I got it straight...the booth that I love but couldn't remember the name is Theresa from Time Worn Interiors? Right? If I get it wrong again, someone correct me.

And I laughed when you asked if I got "skunked" as in really skunked (sprayed) by a skunk? No, that is a Southern term that I guess some wouldn't know. I meant that we didn't catch any fish...we did terrible. I should do a post on Southern Terms and ask others about slang from their region...that would be fun.

I can't wait to catch YOU up on some things too!
Big hug
Elizabeth :-)

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Oh Boy Joy,

So glad to hear from you...I have heard/seen such GREAT things about you! Talk about busy! That is your middle name....I will stop by and visit....congrats on so many good things happening to you! I am glad you stopped by as always - always makes me smile.

Big hug to you
Elizabeth :-)

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

MY Claudia!

I have been thinking of you! Yeah! My post wouldn't be complete without a peep from you. I am happy that I will be spending this next week peeking in on blogs that I haven't had time to for a while...can't wait to see your photos and what you are up to.

Miss you and your blue glasses :-)

Big hug
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Okay, I just want to note that I left off the last names of the Teresas...I went to Theresa of Time Worn Antiques and unless my glasses are really foggy, I found her last name to be BOTH Cano and Smith on two different blogs...and I couldn't find Teresa's last name of Garden Antiques at all....so I hope I got it right and in the future I may just snap photos and put photo #'s next to them and let my readers tell me who is who :-)

So much for taking business cards with me...gotta find a system.... :-)

Cheryl said...

FINALLY! Someone said what needed saying about those doll heads! Welcome back Elizabeth...missed your posts!

sweetpea said...

elizabeth, i loved chatting with you during the downpour! the heat was certainly brutal but you got some great pics. thanks for posting a pic of my booth at marburger! all the best to you sweet friend.

hugs,
shelley

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Were you there the same day I was?!?!? Ack! If you were there a week, you had to have been.

Well, darn it all to heck, as they say. Maybe next time.

Gorgeous images, as always!

Love you!
Anne

A Cottage Muse said...

What a great post!
Loved all the photos from Texas, thank you!
Your comment about the doll heads made me chuckle!

time worn interiors said...

Oh Elizabeth!

Ok, I am Theresa Smith of Time Worn Interiors. Of course I'm the one with the creepy doll heads! Hahahahaha!

Theresa Cano is Garden Antiques. Which you have a photo of.

We are best friends and people have been getting us confused for a long time. So I nicknamed myself (theothertheresa), then Deb of Talking Trash, also a great friend starting calling me TOT! So now I refer to myself as Tot now!

I have the hardest time keeping everyones names in my head as well.

It was great to visit with you and get caught up! Hope to see you again soon!

You sound like you are as busy as me! I took off last Sunday and it was the first day in 36 days that I had not worked! Shew! But I love my job!

Tot

the wild raspberry said...

Elizabeth, it was so nice to hear from you and about you. What a wonderful, busy, full and happy life. We are blessed to do what we love and love what we do. Thank you for sharing so much with us. Your pictures are lovely. Round Top looked delightful, but I do NOT like the extreme heat either. Give me the changing seasons here in Missouri. Although it gets plenty hot, we always know Fall is coming! I think of you often. Your words of encouragement to Chasity and myself as we try to adjust to our sweet Shauna being gone have been a help and a balm. I wish you well. Sleep tight my friend!

nite and love to you~
debbie

Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh my I'm so glad to hear that you have not been really skunked/sprayed Elizabeth lol thanks for letting me know and explaining the southern term!
Yep I also thought that the booth you liked so much but wasn't sure who the owner is could be the one of the other Theresa of TimeWornInterior but I'm notsure sure.
So now you got me intrigued to know what you have been talking about me the other day ;-)
Wishing you a very happy Fall week!
xoxo~ Carola

trash talk said...

Girl...are you sure you weren't born with wheels on your A$$? Your theme song must be the Beach Boys "I get around"!!!
Honestly...I don't know how you do what you do, but I envy you for it. Just call me Kermit...I'm so green.
Whew...I'm glad the "Theresas" mystery is now solved. LOL This is why I give people nicknames. It makes it easier for me to remember if I'm the one who "dubs" them!
Loved visiting with you at the show and hearing your tales of your childhood. I bet you were a pistol even then. I just wished it hadn't been so cotton pickin' hot.
Deb
P.S. Seeing the photos of all the dry pastures just breaks my heart all over again.
P.P.S. That shot of the square nuts is great...just call me a round one!

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Shelley!

Yes the downpour was great and even greater because I got to hang out in your booth and chat and visit. So nice to catch up and spend time with you. I saw you space from way over yonder...and thought...I know that gal....who is she....? And then....yeah...you told me! :-) I swear, I will make name tags a requirement in our country someday! Hahahaha

Big hug to you
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Anne,

ARe you kidding me? Both on the same stomping grounds (dirt) and we miss each other? Wouldn't it have been cool if we had run into each other while we were there ....would have been a freak fest. Well, next time, why don't you just TELL me what you are up to girlie...! See how I put that all on your shoulders, even though I am the one going down to your area? Hahahaha

Next time for sure, I will give you a hug
Elizabeth :-)

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Cottage Muse,

yes, the doll heads are funny....creepy...but funny. Wouldn't be a real fair without them :-)

So glad you visited me,
Elizabeth :-)

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

TOT!

Yeah - I like that! TOT! Very good of Debbie to come up with that. My little Tator Tot. But I swear, I saw a blog, by you, that said Time Worn Antique that had both last names...not going crazy....I did see it. But, it was nice seeing you and visiting your booth. LOVED the coin purses...very creative and beautiful!

Thanks for visiting my blog - hopefully see you next year my little Tator Tot!
Big hug
Elizabeth

Tina said...

Oh your photos are like candy. Delicious addictive candy! Yum.My. So glad you're back in the Lou my friend! Fall is glorious this year and we shall dance in it! :)

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Deb!

Oh, how I loved our visit. So nice to sit and chat. Thanks for giving Theresa a name - TOT! I am calling her my little Tator Tot - love Tator Tots, but I hate hash browns. I am the only one I know that actually hates hash browns...but love my tots :-)

Yeah, the dry fields are sad...don't ever remember them being so dry.

You ARE a nut - but the best kind...already cracked...

Big hug
Elizabeth :-)

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Hi Carola!

I was talking to a friend the other day about my travels and so on and mentioned that I met someone at the market who lived not far from where I lived in Germany. She was selling linens at Marburger. They were wonderful! I told her that I don't remember such great finds back when I lived there and that I have a friend (you) that lives there now with a great blog that has a great home that doesn't look like anything I owned way back when....that styles have really come a long way since I lived there. I remember only huge oak shrunks, giants sofas, and tall coffee tables of dark wood and tile tops. Very different now! How I would have died if I had a home like yours back then!

Big hug to you
Elizabeth :-)

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

My Tina!

Isn't the weather so wonderful?!! So glad you wrote me! I was telling in my blog, I think, how I had to meet you in St. Paul, when we have been trying to get together here....hahahaha.

Let's try to find time in November?? :-)

Big hug
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Maxson - Creative Entrepreneur said...

Hi Debbie and Chasity,
So glad you wrote...I think of you often...especially with the seasons changing. Changing seasons always makes me think of times gone by and things to come. I hope this season brings you and your sister some joy and allows happy memories to linger.

Enjoy the weather and know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lots of love
Elizabeth :-)

Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh dear Elisabeth thanks for taking my mind at ease and letting me know what you talked about me!:)

Well I think in this aspect you just met the "wrong" people when you lived in Germany, because tastes and styles have always been different over here too.
The style if you can name that a style at all lol that you described is what we sarcastically call "Gelsenkirchener Barock" (a term hard to explain if you're not German) which still a lot of Germans have, but luckily so many have a better sense of style. My mum for example always had a great style, even before she used to raid flea- and antique markets in the 80ies and her best friends all had and still have a beautiful style too. Ah we just should have met eachother when you lived here!
So glad to read that you call me a friend! :)

Sending a big hug back to you my friend!

xoxo~ Carola

P.S.:
Gotta read your new posts later with more time, off to work now.

Mary Beth Hunt said...

Hello Elizabeth!
so FUN to meet you in person! Now you are a "RealLiveFriend" instead of a "PretendFriend"!

:)
Mary Beth

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Mary Beth!

I am glad you aren't a "pretend friend" as you say, either! Hahaha. I feel like we have known each other for years. I see that you are a shuttle take-off fan! Wish I knew when we met....I love them too! I managed to see three while in training in Florida and one was even a night take-off. They are amazing and the car shook and we were miles away while watching. Very unforgettable.

Big hug to you and your pilot and sweet adorable daughter,
Elizabeth

Gretchen said...

Oh, Sweet Elizabeth, I am So sad....Being that your blog was my first blogging experience ever, and it was way back when you were first featured in a Nat'l magazine, I'm sad to hear you were in Minnesota, and I missed out on the opportunity to of met you. Did you get to the Junk Bonanza event at all while in MN? I was a vendor there again (my 3rd year), and just really can't make it to the wonderful CC events when they're scheduled exactly at the same time of the year. :( Makes me frustrated as I've always longed to attend something like that, and now that it is practically in my back yard, the dates are always conflicting with the JB event. That show is fabulous for me, so will have to figure out another event to attend instead someday.
Sounds like you've had a super busy and exciting Fall with lots of great traveling opportunities and yummy photography shots/locations too.
Always a joy to catch up on your blog postings and have been a die hard fan of yours for years. I've loved watching you evolve as a person, growing into becoming the woman that God would want you to be, and not what others presume you should become. Your on the right path girl...
Take care and be blessed~

Gretchen Schaumann
http://mimitoriasdesigns.blogspot.com

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Gretchen!

You are just too sweet and thank you for the lovely comments. No, I didn't make it to Junk Bonanza and I would have been very upset if I had now that I know you were there! If I go next year, I will be sure to look you up!!

Thank you again for all the years of reading and following...I am always amazed when I discover readers who actually do that...so amazing and so cool at the same time. Makes me feel very special, and yet very humbling. (Your jewelry just gets better and better, by the way, which I didn't think possible.)

Big hug
Elizabeth

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Hi E, somehow missed this post and thanks for showing a pic of space at Zapp Hall. Loved getting to see you. I had to mention that Gloria of Sweet Pea does have a store blog, it's http://winnieandtululas.blogspot.com/ She always has one of the best booths in Warrenton. Happy Holidays to you.

BTW, I recently pulled your articles that were in the RH Mag for Jan. & Feb 2008 and am loving reading them again. It's like they are new all over again. You always have the best ideas that are just timeless.

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Teresa!

Don't worry about missing it....I know you are swamped like all of are! So glad you stopped by. Thanks for the comment about the old magazines. That was very kind of you. And thanks about the blog site...I am just a nut at remembering that stuff. Someone told me at the Apple store about an app I can download that may help me next time ...yeah! Now, if I can just remember that app! :-)

Big hug
Elizabeth

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