So, we're here after a very uneventful flight with a connection in Philly. We caught up with Evelyn and her gang from The Cotton Cupboard in Bangor at the Philly airport and took the same flight the rest of the way. It's 85 degrees and WINDY! The landing was a bit rocky but I was sucked into a good book and didn't really notice. We checked in to the Holiday Inn Express (about a football field away from the convention center) and then went out to pick up our buyer's guides. This booklet is a listing off all the exhibitors and what they'll be showing. Tonight's job is to read through and make a plan of what we want to see when the show opens. Tomorrow is Schoolhouse - a grown-up version of Step-Up Day from elementary school. We attend mini-sessions lasting anywhere from 15-30 minutes, all day, with 15 to choose from in each time frame. This is when Market Mush Brain begins.
When we were last in Houston (2007) the land directly across from the convention center was a big old construction mess which has been turned into the Discovery Green featuring sculptures, colorful artwork, an entertainment stage, restaurants, a pond and underground parking beneath it all. The pics are some of the items that caught our eye.
After Schoolhouse I'll attend a business class and Marcia will sit in line for Sample Spree, the quilting version of Cabbage Patch Kids meets Macy's $99 Wedding Dress Sale. I have yet to decide if we'll tackle the moda booth or bypass it altogether and see everything else...
Some exhibitors began setting up their booths today but the only shot I could get of the action was as I was going up the escalator. It was an interesting task - here's the photo. I'll try and take the same one tomorrow to show progress.
So - don't forget the rules. Make a comment for each post to be entered to win a market prize, complete rules are on yesterday's post. Our post tomorrow night will be LATE because Sample Spree is from 8-10PM (it's only 6:19PM central time right now and we're already in our pj's here)!
Thanks to all the new followers. I'm flattered that you're interested enough in the goings-on of my shop to follow along!