Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
When I asked the lady standing close by, if I could buy the display, she didn't understand my English. She called another guy over who said he "would give it to me for next to nothing" because they were about to travel to their next show in Germany and shipping costs are high. When I asked how much he said $75. I didn't have any cash on me and I needed to return to our booth. But I couldn't stop thinking about it, so I went back and bartered him down to $60. He reminded me that it was worth much more but he didn't want to pay for its shipping cost. He was clearly frustrated a bit too. I can understand why though. Sometimes people get in the convention with a simple tax ID and they don't have a buisness to give them reason to be there. And they want to buy a piece of the booth. It's frustrating becuase we are there to move bulk from the warehouse. Not peazy things.
Thankfully, I got the rug. I lucked out. I'm still on my rug high, and I've had it for over 24 hours now.
Bagmati is the manufacturer out of India that I bought my rug from. This pic above is one I got off their site. You can see the ladies hand sewing the product. It is neat to see how the lamb's wool is turned into this felt dye.
I'm so tall, I make the rug looked dwarfed above. It is bigger than it looks. I actually asked the guy if they supply the rug to Anthropologie. He said yes but it wasn't very convinving so I don't know. When I asked if I could potentially get another for a friend that was interested, he said he doesn't sell to the public and it was a display, but the third time I came around to the booth he said, if I let him know the demensions, he would have one made and bring it to the next show.
I pulled the following quote from their site. I'm humbled as I think of the work that went into it. "As the felt products are relatively simple to make, lot of under priviledged women have become involved in this industry. This in turn has helped in improving their living standard and empowered them."
This is the one from Antho.
Surprisingly, the pineapples are more expensive than I remembered them being. When we were in HI for basketball a few years ago, teammates were getting them for a buck and bringing them home. I didn't see one for under $5. Apparently, it is getting to be too expensive to farm them there so they are outsourcing to other countries. Sad.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
This past year has been a great one for American Crafts despite the economy. Sales are up. We've grown quite a bit. We have everything you could possibly need in the scrapbooking/crafting world--adhesives, albums, paper unlimited, ribbon unlimited, thickers of all sorts, stickers, embossing powders, stamps, inks, fabric. You name it, we have it. & just about in every color too. I think our catalog for wholesalers is about 200 pages.
But this recent release has been especially exciting. Liz Katchner co-designed a line through our design team. Although I didn't know who she was prior, I've enjoyed getting to know her. Not only was she scrapbooker of the year a few years back, but she also has her own column in Creating Keepsakes called Dear Lizzie--hence the name of her spring release. She just published her first book. Her blog has a loyal following too. When I saw her for the first time I recognized her from Nie Nie's post here. Hard to forget a pretty face.
Her line is adoreable. It sells itself. But it was nice to have the hype to go along with it too. If retail owners get so excited about the new releases, I can only imagine what goes on at the consumer level.
I love the show for a lot of reasons. It's nice to travel with 20 people from the company as opposed to solo like I usually do. I really like meeting with all my top customers too. I love the interaction that my job brings. But dealing with product more in bulk as opposed to smaller quantities is nice. I really love my job. I never could have imiagined liking my job so much. But the time away from my husband is extremely hard and makes it a tough one.
I booked out my scheduale with appointments and stay busy the entire show. The last day everything lightens up. I had a chance to walk the floor a bit. I couldn't begin to see it all. But I got a glimpse. I can't even begin to get my mind around the art and beading side of things. The quilting and yarning sections run over me as well. Spools of yarn arranged and stacked by color are so beauitful though I will say. But that is the extent of what I recognize in those setups. The woodwork booths are impressive to see as well.
The convention was saturated with paper releases and di-cut machines. Di-cuts seem to be the thing right now. I can't even keep up. There was the silhouette, the slice, much more, and now the new cricut that can be using to cut out cake's icing. My goodness. I can't keep up with it all.
Except for American Crafts, who I love and am so proud to work for.
Graphic 45 gets a lot of attention for their vintage scence and distressed papers. I really like what they have to offer and the way they display it.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Dixon (Dad) and Dixon (nephew) playing tennis together.
First of all, my posture stinks. I really need to get ahold of that before it gets out of control. Correct me when I do it. I hate it. Secondly, awesome T on Drew! We got that there and I have been wearing it non-stop. Never, have I ever gotten so many complements on a piece of clothing in my life. Who would of thought a T-shirt?
Saturday, January 23, 2010
(self-timer pic taken on a very unsturdy rock)
The climatic point of our hike...Wish we could have spent all day there, but we had to get home before dark. Wouldn't want to be on that cliff in the dark that's for sure.
Hanakapia Beach is half way to the falls. It is really quaint beach tucked away too along the trail. I could see how many would just jump on in. But the tide apparently has pulled many out from where the waves break. The waves broke so early and then just sucked its way back if that makes any sesne.