Archive for January, 2008

My Dear Old Friend

The mart and me
I’ve just spent the last five days showing at the Mart here in Chicago at
The Beckman’s Handcrafted show. But what’s ironic is this is where my
creative career started as my husband reminded me. Trust me, he really
doesn’t tell me much that I haven’t thought of three weeks before. But I
never gave it much credence until last night at 9:00 p.m. when I was pulling
out from under the Marts loading docks. A fabulous world unto itself,
which behind the scenes Disney has nothing over these guys. Maybe it was
the five days of setting up, lack of sleep, a good meal or standing in
heels, which again I haven’t worn in at least a year. I had a tear in my
eye as I turned the corner and went over the bridge to the east of the
Mart. Remembering running across that walkway as college intern going
to my little job in the Quaker Oats art department where I hand-gelled
slides in glass mounts and thought I hit the big time. Or the last time
tears welled up in my eyes when we were leaving Chicago and moving to
Middleburg, Virginia in 1997. I remember thinking about all the great
restaurants we would not eat at again or the taxis that you could just lift your
hand and get a ride from. But as the tears got heaver and about to break
into a cry, I realized I had come a long way and being here felt good! I felt
at home, great and confident in what I’m doing. And that long journey
I’m taking–all built up to this. So thank you lovely old Merchandise
Mart, I’ll see you again soon, my dear friend.

–Susan

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Chick, chick, chick

Chicks

Well some great news to report…my house will be featured in the Spring issue of Country Sampler Magazine! The issue will be available around January 26. This was a lot of fun. They came out and shot three rooms: the breakfast room, part of my dining room, and living room. They added some of their props, but a few things came from my own collections and work.

Some of my pieces can be seen throughout like: the ‘Mrs. Garfield and the Java’s’ piece on the breakfast room shelf, and my sweet little spring ‘Chicks’ on the mantle in the dining room. Also, my pug dog VeeVee is in the dining room photo (She’s such a cutie!).

I also have to give a shout out to a ‘stuffed dove’ that’s in the foreground in the living room photo- that is the work of Ginny Henson. A talented folk artist here in Illinois I love, love, love her work and it was great fun to pair it with their bird house.

You have to understand, this is an old and small house. Four more people, extra equipment, vast number of lights and all the props they brought, was a challenge (but loads of fun none the less). I wanted to snap photos that day, but ‘hubby’ took his camera to work so sorry- no behind the scenes stuff. But the staff of Country Sampler was a delight to have over for the day.

And if your a retailer check out my ‘Chicks’ in Country Business Magazine too!

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