I'm back from the Festival of Quilts - I'm absolutely exhausted and my legs feel like bags of rocks, but I feel incredibly inspired and raring to go after meeting so many lovely people and seeing some amazing quilts on the one path that I took from The Cotton Patch stand to the toilets, or Starbucks. (excuse the pictures - I only had my phone)
I didn't get a chance to see many of the quilts and I didn't shop at all - that's probably a good thing, but I had the most amazing time.
The Cotton Patch has 3 generations of the same family working there, and runs like a well oiled machine thanks to the staff (many of which have been there almost as long as the owners!) It has only managed to become the long standing and successful business that it is because of the passion of both the family and their staff. I felt truly honoured to be welcomed into the fold and instead of just being the girl that demonstrates the Sizzix I felt like I'd been there forever too. When you're welcomed in that way you work harder, you want to do over and above your best and it feels pretty damn amazing. It was actually really sad saying goodbye to everyone and waking up this morning (although it felt amazing to be home and in my own bed) I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do. Maybe I'll set up a little stand in the street and try and sell some machines to passers by?
We sold what seemed to be a mountain of Big Shots this weekend, and although I have no idea how many dies we sold, I know it was a lot judging by how many we ended up selling out of!
I'm over on my Sizzix blog today with a brief recap of Festival and I want to thank everyone at The Cotton Patch but in particular Liz, Nick (the best bosses ever), Liz's husband Pete (who was the best warehouseman and glamourous assistant a girl could ask for), Ellie and Lorraine (for keeping me entertained), Angela (for manning the till and her general wisdom about everything) and Alan and Denise (husband and wife duo and my surrogate parents) and I can't forget Nikki (photo bombing Alan above).
If you don't shop at The Cotton Patch already, then start. It's a fantastic shop, the service is second to none, and the people there are treasures. That's a bit gushing, I know, but it's true.
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