Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Yes, I am back.
Yes, I had to caps lock the title.
That is how much fun I had!

I met some gals with class, I'll tell ya.
I've been to some events that made me cringe.
This was not one.  I'm so excited to tell you everything!!
First let me say to those fellow vendors I met, I shipped all your business cards home in a box.
I don't have them yet, but I will be linking up to you when they arrive.

Like I said I met alot of classy gals, and "celebrities" of the event.  To me they were celebrities, I was so excited to meet these women.  The Fancy Farm Girl was there (left) taking pictures.  And so was MaryJane Butters of MaryJanes Farm.  Lauren and I went to her farm fair in Idaho two years ago.  And I subscribe to her magazine MaryJanes Farm.

So after I snapped a photo of them across the way, MaryJane came over to browse my table!  I told her I had just joined the Farmgirl Sisterhood this year and she came around and presented me with a necklace.  I love this picture, she was so sweet.  So then she bought one of my Lollibag's!!

Me, MaryJane (with her new Lollibag on her shoulder) and her daughter Meg.

I also knew Koralee from Bluebird Notes was going to be there.  I was so excited when she came to my table!!  Just the nicest, genuine gal!  I love her blog and have followed it for a while.  Koralee also bought a Lollibag, she has it on her shoulder above.  Go check out her blog, her pictures are beautiful!  She also writes for Where Women Create magazine.

Guess who this is?  Heather Bailey!  I love her fabric.  I have used it on Lollibag's before.  Of course I told her that.  I wonder if these women get alot of bumbling idiots like me, just babbling on to them how exciting it is to meet them??  Or was I the only one?

This is Lisa Leonard.  She makes beautiful stamped silver jewelry.  I have entered several blog giveaways for her designs.  I just love them!  Lisa also bought a Lollibag! 

Ree Drummond!!  The Pioneer Woman.  I want her new cookbook.  She was there for a book signing.  I saw her out in the lobby after the market ended on Thursday.  So I shoved my camera into my best friends hands and said, OK, grab a picture of me!!  I'm gonna run up to her!! 
Ree was very nice, she probably didn't want to hear that I was planning on buying her cookbook or that my best friend had just saw her on the TV program Twin Cities Live.  But Rach and I just kept talking anyway!
Sorry Ree!  But I think your great and I love your blog and cookbook!!

Speaking of Rach, she came out on Thursday to sit with me all day and then she took me out to dinner!
I ran into a guy from elementary school days and he was working at the hotel that day.  He brought us each a piece of strawberry cake!  Thanks Matt!

This is my friend Paula and her 5th baby, Ellie.  She came to sit with me all day on Friday.  Ellie was such a good baby and a great attraction for customers!  Paula brought me lunch and kept me company.

Ellie was very well behaved.

Here was my table on the first night.  I'm so excited to tell you that the new fall Lollibag's sold out on the first night of the event!  It made me so happy to know that people actually like Lollibag's! 

This was my first customer!
And here's a few more....

This gal was so sweet, she carried her bag around as soon as she bought it, advertising for me.
And people kept coming up to my table saying, I have seen so many of your bags walking around so I had to come and check them out!  And most of them bought a Lollibag!

These gals were twin sisters, and so nice.  See the Lollibag in her hand?  She actually bought two of them.
They have a website that sells e-patterns.  Again, sorry, their business card is on a fed ex plane somewhere right now!  I will link up to them after I get my box.

The Vintage Barn was there.  I bought the Old Town Shop sign.  It was my only purchase!  Rolane had alot of great stuff there.

Lisa Leonard Designs

An artist from the Earth Angels group.

Really cool old chairs redone!  Fabric Remix, was the book to show you how.

Amy Butler patterns.  She was a speaker and I was hoping to meet her.  But I never saw her.

Vintage Living.

Those were some of the booths, I walked around before it opened. 
I also met Nancy Soriano, co-founder of The Creative Connection Event.  She liked my Lollibag's and I said, OH please take my business card.  And she said, Oh I know how to find you! 
I also met Jo Packham, the founder of The Creative Connection Event and she also puts out
Where Women Create magazine.  You guys know that is my favorite magazine.
She came to my table and I asked her to sign my Where Women Create magazine. 
She chuckled and downplayed it like she was no big deal.  But I told her how inspired I have been by the magazine.

If I say "magazine" one more time, I am going to throw my keyboard at the wall.

  Thank goodness I had enough self control NOT to say....
It is a dream to have my "studio" featured in your magazine someday!!! (keyboard in tact)
Because I have no studio!  I just sew in my dining room.
But maybe someday I will have my own spot.

I had so much fun, over half of the Lollibag's sold.  I am so grateful for that.
I will be posting more on the vendors I met soon!

It is good to be home.


  1. Oh Prudy, I am so excited for you!! I kept seeing posts from women about this event and from this event and I kept thinking of you and hoping and praying you were having a great time and making wonderful new contacts.

    You are so talented and gifted, it's no surprise your Lollibags were a hit.

    I am so embarassed..I know I haven't sent you that recipe yet..but I will. This week.


  2. What a fabulous post! I thought of you all week. So happy you had an amazing time.

  3. Prudence - how wonderful! I'm so glad you had so much fun. Sigh. I really could have seen myself doing that - (except for being indoors for a long time - yuck) The ladies you met looked so sweet. Boy do I wish we had something like that in Oregon - only problem is people aren't like that here. Added bonus that your biz. did real well too - God is good, I bet you are still riding high from the trip!

  4. PS I'd like to look at your magazine you subscribe to Mary Janes Farm and interested also in the cookbook. :) WHen you have time.

  5. OMG!!
    I am sooo happy for you- Congrats on your success- seriously awesome bags...

  6. I love your enthusiasm! Sounds like it was such a fabulous time for you - how fun to re-live it through your eyes! I was just an attendee and now I'm kicking myself for not seeing your booth. Hopefully you'll be back next year! :)

  7. I could not be happier for you and your success selling your bags, cause I love them. I am considering making a goal to go next year, I really wanted to go! Not financhally possible this year. I can't wait to hear more about it. Your booth looked great! Congradulations and great to hear from you.

  8. Great post, Prudence! It was nice to meet you at TCCE and to be your close-by neighbor at the event. I will keep my eyes open for you and your Lollibags!

  9. All I can write is....I want one of those Pink gumball machines! I am just going to have to find one!

  10. Thank you for including me in your photos..and for all the sweet words. You have such a sweet soul! Love all your images.

    I am not surprised your bags sold so well..they are amazing!

    I am off to email you right now. Hugs sweet one. xoxoxox

  11. Prudence,

    thanks so all the pictures. It really helped to give a sense of what the event is like. i have been hearing more and more about it...


  12. Girlie...look at you being brave and all. That's quite the thing. I so wish I would have went to this event. I have heard nothing but good things from every one who was there. There's always next year right! Congrats on all the sales. That's awesome.

  13. Holy cow - you are totally famous!!! :) Looks like so much fun and those bags are FAB!

    ps- What a fun idea to photograph your first customer.

  14. Oh my gosh! This is so cool! So cool!! I love MaryJane and Ree. Amazing! You are playing with the big dogs, girl. You are making your dreams come true.

    I am inspired, Prudy!!

  15. thanks for the pictures! i wish i could have gone.......


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