artgoodies will be showing at the NYIGF, The New York International Gift Fair August 14th-18th! I’ll be in booth 7877 in the At Home Textile Showcase section at the Javitz Center.  I’m hoping to meet some of my existing accounts as well as gain some fantastic new customers and contacts! I’ve been busy sewing up my samples, creating some new products and designs, working on my booth layout. SO much to do! It’s a little nerve racking for a one woman operation due to the absolutely enormous investment, but it’s something I’ve been working towards and thinking about for quite some time.  So, fingers crossed y’all!

Here's a shot of my booth walls, all painted up! Next step, figure out where all the hardware goes to hold the product!

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color of the month- Mellow Yellow

So far this month is all about being mellow and enjoying what summer has to offer, and now that my first NYIGF is coming up it’s all about trying to stay mellow!

Fave pieces: the chalkware duckie carnival prize, McCoy planters, nasturtium canister, giraffe toy from Japan, and the great mug with saying.

A simple relaxed setting for two this month keeps with the mellow theme. Speckled yellow melmac plates, raffiaware tumblers, vintage yellow stripe napkins, and darling dogwood vintage tablecloth give the little bulldog planter a place to rest!

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I’ve been taking a little hiatus this month and enjoying summertime at it’s best! It all started with a trip to St. Louis for my cousin’s wedding and then a stay at the family cottage in southern Michigan. I’ve been cramming in lots of summertime activity in the sun like kayaking, boating, swimming, fishing, and fruit picking. I love being outside this time of year, this is what makes going through Michigan winters worthwhile!

Filling my bucket in the dewy blueberry field.

Almost 11 pounds of amazing organic blueberries! We've been going to The Blueberry Ranch in Northern Indiana since I was a kid. Organic blueberries are 1.75 a pound to pick, you can hardly beat that!

A classic, we stopped here to cool down and grab some lunch after blueberry picking. Bonnie Doon, 4th St in Mishawaka, IN. This is the original sign and the awesome decor in side matches the era. I did a blog post on it back in Aug 2009 if you want to check it out again.

Yep, the visit wouldn't be complete without a cool mint ice cream cone this time.Shhh, this is the second day in a row I've had one. I usually get a regular cone but I thought I'd mix it up with a waffle cone.

Wild black raspberries! I remember going out back at the cottage as a child with my pink cup and picking them. I'd come in and my grandma would sprinkle sugar on them. These berries are just as sweet as the memories.

I could eat this whole bowl of wild black raspberries. Yum!

The Pink Elephant Antique Mall on historic Route 66 in Livingston, IL. This is just a bit of the roadside kitsch they have and they do serve ice cream from that building. A welcome break from all the driving!

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