You can tell we only arrived home about 2 weeks ago, cant you?! It seems that we still haven't got into the swing of posting as regularly as we used to!! Too many design ideas, things to catch up on and too much fun in the Melbourne sun! Today we thought we should get back onto the blog and brighten up your Monday with a new GIVEAWAY!!
Leave a comment on this post and you will be in the running to win the first prize, which is a full set of the 9 patterns for Rosie's Block of the Month, or to be one of the runners up who will win a copy each of "Toffee Apple"!
We will draw the winners on Friday - Good Luck!!!
Melly & Rosie x x
We begin this post with an apology for subjecting you to our holiday slide show. Yes, this will be one very long post! You may like to get a cuppa or a glass of white (like we are drinking while producing this post).
After almost no sleep from the time we left Melbourne to the time we left Houston, we have no photos to show you of our one day in Frankfurt as we slept the whole day away. On our first day in Holland our Uncle Klass offered to take us to Brugge in Belgium for a day trip. We were so excited and we had the most delightful day in a beautiful old city. By the way, did we mention that Brugge is the Chocolate capital of Belgium??? Enough said.
On day 2 we set off on a scenic tour of Holland to reach the KreaDoe fair in Utrecht (we say scenic as our train line was closed and we had to make alternate arrangements involving every form of public transport known to man). We met up with Daniella of Hip Handwerk who had filled her booth with gorgeous samples of our flossies. Of all the stalls at the KreaDoe, hers stood out as the most gorgeous, fresh and well planned - true eye candy!
We were also so delighted to meet with Sonnja from Beertje Zoon. She was so welcoming and we had such a great time talking and sharing morning tea with her and her husband Richard. She also brought along the beautiful bears that she had made from the fabrics we donated - just too cute. Make sure you take a look at her site and consider donating some of your spare fabric to this very worthy cause.
Daniella was selling the most beautiful book from Tilda's Huis and we bought the dutch translation. On returning home we said to Leanne "wait until you see the gorgeous book we bought in Holland" She said, "no,no wait until you see the gorgeous book I bought in Norway!" It turned out that we had each bought only one book while in Europe and it was the exact same one. We want to share more of this exquisite book with you in a future post.
Though we spent most of our time with our fabulous Aunty Yda, Uncle Ad and their gorgeous girls, we spent one day with our Uncle and Aunty from our Fathers side. We had a delightful day touring around their part of Holland. We went to a five acre orchid greenhouse which had to be seen to be believed.
Here are two of our favourite photos of all! An evening spent with our beautiful Oma Hilly. Though half a world separated us, our childhood was filled with the love of our wonderful Grandmother. Just sitting on the couch or sorting buttons from her collection were moments that we will treasure forever.
After our plea for photos from Houston the fabulous Kim from The Fat Quarters in the UK generously emailed us this great shot of her and us in front of our booth. We are sorry that it is still not a full photo of our booth, but hey, it is the best we have got. We had so much fun with our UK and NZ customers. We hope to visit and maybe even get a teaching gig with these gals some time in the future - you can only dream!
This trip was fantastic, enthralling, hilarious, touching and inspiring. We had the time of our lives! Coming home to those we love was equally precious. There really is no place like home. - Melly & Rosie
Just a quick post to let you know that we have not disappeared or flown back to Houston - we are just very busy!!! After only being home a week we have another Trade Fair here in Melbourne this weekend and we have been madly getting ready. Apologies also to all those emails we have not replied to yet - we will get here, I promise! Life should be pretty much back to normal come Monday. Rosie has been insanely busy writing up her new block of the month, there has been some tandem sewing of samples and I have designed a new bag using some of that gorgeous "sample spree" booty.
We will continue with installment 2 of the "we're home" post next week, but for now - more work to get done for tomorrow!
May the floss be with you. - Melly
We do not know where to begin! We have been on the trip of our lives! Houston was incredible - what an experience. All of our fears were blown away as all of our best expectations were exceeded.
All of our flights went to plan, the hotel was great and the people welcomed us with open arms. Nothing like an Aussie accent for instant acceptance!
The one low point of our Houston experience was that Melly's camera was stolen on our last night and we have lost ALL of our photos of Quilt Market. We cannot show you our booth but hope that there might be someone out there reading this who took a photo or two they could share (please!!???)
Thanks to Di Mill and Anne Sutton we have a few shots to show you. Here is Rosie with Anne at the "Bunny Hill Designs" booth. One of the cutest booths on display! Note to Di Mill - Yes, I am wearing crocs, just to make you jealous!!
Here is Di and Melly in front of Rosie's new quilt.
Our highlight was sneaking in early to "Sample Spree" with the help of someone who shall remain nameless (you know who you are!!)
We also managed to sneak a quick look around Quilt Market and Rosie could not resist these pretties.
We also met with Holly Holderman from Lakehouse Dry Goods who generously gave us this beautiful fabric. Rosie has a top secret project that she plans to use this fabric for (more on that later...)
We shared some beautiful meals with a few of our customers from around the world (Just for you Jenny - Who does number 2 work for??!!) We also shared a beautiful meal with one of our idols!! Yes, we met quilting royalty!! Pam Holland! She was beautiful and generous with her advice and stories - what a blast we had!
That pretty much wraps up the photos we have available from the first part of our fabulous journey. It was such a brilliant experience. Our booth was very successful with plenty of new customers in the US and around the world stocking up on our patterns. We hope that the orders will continue and that more of you will be able to find our designs at your local patchwork store.
We made so many great contacts, had so many laughs and throughly enjoyed every second - we could barely sleep from all the fun and excitement!
Stay tuned for "We're Back - Part 2"
Still recovering, Melly & Rosie.