Just back from Chicago One of a Kind Show. I fell in love with Chicago & the people we met there. My sister, Michelle came with me to set up the show, & worked the first day with me. I could not have done this without her, thanks Chelly! This is such a great show, too much to see: beautiful art in every medium, & the” fashion district” just spun me around! I wanted to see every little thing on offer there, & once my husband flew in, on Friday, we did manage to spend a little cash on a few of our favorite things! We did our Christmas shopping for each other plus a few more gifts to give (supporting working artists!). We stayed at the Kinzie Hotel, downtown, which I highly recommend. It’s only about 4 or 5 blocks from the venue, the GIANT Merchandise Mart . Load in was easy, since the union handled all the heavy lifting. It was expensive, but very nice (especially since hubby was not there until day 2) to show up at the booth, after parking, to find all of the art & displays in my space waiting for us! The show was great, everything went smooth as planned. I sold some of my large pieces, & a lot of small pieces. We also managed a SWEET barter with Lara Moore of www.bellabella.com for a new coffee table! Lara was adorable, fun & her work is amazing. SO excited, we still have to measure & choose our design for that. I also got a Frankie Slaughter coat! http://www.frankieslaughter.net/Jackets/
Michelle & I ate at Vermilion, an Indian Asian fusion restaurant recommended by the hotel. We could not have been more pleased with the choice for our first night in Chi-town. The meal was fabulous….we had tapas so we could try a few offerings. Chelly said the lamb chops were great, & I had a coconut eggplant soup that was incredible. We shared a couple of items. I enjoyed this meal SO much that I made a reservation for Jimmy & me for Friday night! (Yup, I am that guy….I’ll order the same thing multiple times, too. Wonder what that says about me? I think it’s because I like to really get to know something before moving on, agreed?) On our night, Jimmy had the lamb chops as well (I am a veggie), & he said they were the best he’s had! They came with a chili, lime, cilantro (one other thing, shoot, I have forgotten!) chutney that I tasted & I just had to sit back in my chair & savor the flavors. They were layered impeccably & I could taste every single note. Scrumdillyumptious!
My sister & I got to spend the night Tuesday night, on the way to the show, with our brother, Don Greenwood, an incredible artist residing in Cape Girardeau, MO., along with his very accomplished & beautiful wife, Dr Roseanna Whitlow Greenwood. We went out on the town, & had the pleasure of listening to Don play guitar & sing at Singer/Songwriter Night at The Port of Cape Girardeau. We left very early Wednesday morning to head to Chicago. (side note, it’s a lot cheaper to fly, but not possible with all of the heavy work & display items we need for the show) On the ride home, Jimmy & I stopped back by Cape to have lunch with Don & Roseanna. We got to walk around town a bit, & view some of Don’s amazing artwork around town. This was such fun! Next trip, maybe we can stay longer. I am dying to see one of the fabulous plays Roseanna writes, directs & produces. Riverboats on the Mississippi River stop at the Port so the passengers on cruises can see the plays- it’s part of the entertainment!
On the ride back to Texas, Jimmy & I spent one night in Little Rock. I have always loved Little Rock, though this stop was a quick one. Lunch in Nacogdoches TX, then home to pick up our precious boy doggy child. Not sure who was more excited for the reunion, Oggy or his mom & dad. We are back as a family unit again, & happy to have this trip, no matter how fine it was, behind us. I have a few orders to ship this week, I am trying to take it easy today. I have been working 7 days a week, many nights til midnight. This girl is in serious need of a break!
I am looking forward to 2015.
Blue Skies everyone!!!!!
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