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Remnants of the Past, June 1-2, 2013

So I recently had the opportunity to sign up for the next Remnants of the Past show.

Tuxedo pillows in lots of colors
 For about 10 years now I've been working on my business, Cottage by Design. I've been able to stay at a comfortable workload with customers who either know me locally or who have come to know me through either the blog or Etsy. I like staying small potatoes as my goal is do the sewing, designing, & consulting myself rather than become a manager of the people who would do those things for me. Happiness for me is working on a project in my cottage, Chloe in her basket to keep my company, breeze blowing through the windows, with a view of the birds splashing in the fountain.

White linen with vintage crochet
 However, in the back of my mind, I've dreamed of an opportunity to make an impression on a larger audience. Signing on to do the Remnants of the Past show is that push.

Red toile pillow cases

Since signing on, every morning I've been out in the cottage, sketching ideas and making samples. I hear Tim Gunn in my mind rooting me on with, "Make it work!" and challenging me to be cohesive as the time ticks down on my deadline. I'm throwing all I've got at this show. No holds barred. Sink or swim. Big truck, hotel room, staging before hand... All to make that 10 x 20 foot space as fantastic as possible.

White and pale gray linen Euro sham with custom monogram

I hope you can join me at the next show in San Luis Obispo, CA this June 1-2, 2013. Please come say hello. I'll have lemon heads there too. : )

Wish me luck!


barbaraboxell said...

Congradulations! I haven't visited your blog for awhile and I was blown away by your pillows! I'm redoing my bedroom this spring, and I will be contacting you about making some monogramed pillows. I'm sure it is scary to go outside your comfort zone, but you have the talent, so I'm sure it will be a huge success. Wish I lived closer so that I could go to Remnants of the Past, take lots of pictures to post!

Trish Banner said...

Thanks Barbara : )

I so appreciate the supportive comments!

Judy said...

And Remnants is very excited to have you! :)

Tracy Walters-Madison Manor said...

You make me want to hit the road and drive all the way up north to come to see how fabulous I know it will be...I never did a past show we met at again and I know you made the right business move doing this show. So planning to shop next year for sure, make sure you post pictures now that you got us all so excited...Tracy at MadisonsManor

Anonymous said...

live in Illinois, but am dreaming of going to this show. You will sell everything!!!