We are back from the Stationery Show in NY. As usual I barely even have pics from the show. I end up getting nervous asking other designers for a snap shot.
Kathleen was my partner in crime for the week. Well there were five of us- but since we were outnumbered by stinky, PaPaYa! boys we pretty much stuck to our girl power out and about town.
For the most part our booth was slammed so we only snuck away for some crazy NY rapid shopping. We even managed to hail a cab with trees and armloads of flowers at the wholesale flower district. I have to admit that I am becoming a "bumpkin" and got a little flustered rushing to and fro in the madness. The wonderful, colorful, dynamic and inspiring goodness of it all was indeed at times too much for my country-gal nerves. (It's wierd. Suddenly I am not a city girl but I really don't make a good granola bumpkin either. We need a new word for this!) But one of my favorite stops during the week was at Pearl River in SoHo. It was as Kathleen had said. China town in one store! I loved it. If I hadn't been limited by my suitcase I would have loaded up on completely unnecessary goods. The every best kind. I finally got my armloads of tea tins I'd been after for years and lots of plastic goodness. Oh and the cutest little "kung-fu" outfits for my son and his friend. They have been obsessed with Jet-Li lately. So their dragon outfits are probably not even in the kung-fu ballpark. But to them it's a perfect match.
At the show I was thrilled to find Wendy Addison milling around the edge of our booth. In classic groupie-fashion I lept on her with adoration! (You really must go to her studio!) we tried a few shots in front of her letters, now available through Tinsel Trading. But my camera decided to malfunction! Oh-lordie!
The Whimsy Press ladies were our show neighbors and they are the best! I was smitten with their card line. My current favorite is their SONSABITCHES card.
(The back says "don't let the bitches get you down.")They are so clever it makes me crazy! All in all it was a wonderful trip full of great food, lots of people watching and people adoring, and a refreshing glimpse of the all encompassing city of New York. And I'm happy to be a bumpkin again...