Yep .. crabs! And I'm proud of it too!
1st indication that I was getting Crabs was while in the "Meet The Designers Class" on Friday afternoon. Cecille of Just Another Button Company had made and assembled the cutest little crab pincushion for each of the class attendees. AND .. enabled those 30 some shops (ONLY!!) to be able to get more CRABS too!
Sydney The Crab Pincushion (on the right .. his gal friend is shown on the left) is very limited! Like I said, only 30 some shops are able to get him to you! We were making all kinds of crab jokes ... I mean, obviously Sydney is a SOFT shelled crab. If you stitch a black squiggly line on his back, you'll have a CRACKED crab. You can stitch a couple of these up and give crabs to your best friend. If you changed the color of his 'felt' to blue, you'd have steamed crab. I'm so glad I got crabs from JABCo!!!
My second indication I was getting crabs came on Friday night. We went in search of crab dinner and found G&M Restaurant - they are known for their Crab Cakes! There were 6 of us and everyone was ordering the single crab cake platter. Now I know crab cakes .. I love crab cakes .. I know how 'big' crab cakes are .. so I, being the little piggy that I am, ordered the TWO crab cake platter. These babies are 8 OZ EACH!!!!! All lump crab, no filler! Needless to say, we did NOT have dessert, and I had an entire crab cake for my lunch the next day. They ship fresh nationwide ... I sure wish Dave liked seafood. Oh well, he'll have to have mac and cheese when I order and receive my crab cake in the mail!!!
Had crab every chance I could while in Baltimore ... yum yum!
Thursday night I went on a "Night Tour of Washington DC" ... took the Marc Amtrack train from Baltimore to DC and got to see (and eat in) Union Station ... what an incredible place that is! I thought we'd be just looking at the sights from the bus window, but the trolly we were on stopped and gave us 20 minutes here, 30 minutes there at the Jefferson Memorial, at the Lincoln Memorial. I got to see the Vietnam Wall, and the Korean Memorial up close and personal too. Very very moving!!! Lots of info gained about our capital city and it was so much fun!
Saturday night I was invited to attend a baseball game at Camden Field (Orioles vs my Tigers ... and my Tigers won!!!). Sullivan's Floss company reserved a sky box suite for us, and we had dinner up there, watched the game, had pictures taken with 'the Bird', and partook of the most incredible dessert cart service ever! Again, yum yum
Oh .. how was the actual Market?? Sorry ... got carried away.
MARKET WAS FANTASTIC!!! Absolutely Fantastic! I bought lots and lots, had time to smooze with my designer and shop friends, and bought more and yet more! I only wish that the designers who chose NOT to attend (too far, etc, etc, ) had been there! Everyone I spoke with was having an incredible show! A note to those designers who didn't attend: If distance IS a problem, the show does NOT have to be a 'cash and carry' only show for you. SHIP YOUR MODELS - that's what we want to see .. your new stuffs stitched up - and Take Orders!! Let's all work together to make this industry, and it's shows, the best it can be!!
My best part .. coming home with one suitcase weighing 43# (still under the prohibitive weight limit for Delta) and the other weighting 57#. That suitcase should have cost me an additional $90 to get on the plane, but .. the wonderfully harried desk clerk refused my credit card and yelled ... next!
YIPPEE I was able to get ALL my goodies home with me this time! Love it!!