Would you like some candy? I am back from New York -- exhausted and elated at the same time! It was probably the busiest 5 days I have seen in I don't know how long. I woke up at 6:45 every day and got to the Javits center before 8:30. Then it was non stop talking to people and promoting the line and sometimes (not as often as I liked unfortunately) taking orders. I almost never ever sat all day. At 6 pm the show finished every evening and we waited in line for the shuttle to take us back to the hotel which on Saturday and Sunday was about an hour ride due to a street fair. Then we had about 15-20 minutes to clean up and walk to a restaurant and eat and then back to the hotel for much needed sleep. Unfortunately we saw little to nothing of NY at all! We did have some nice dinners but it was sooooo tiring. I knew it would be busy but did not expect it to be as exhausting as it was.
All in all though, it was a great time. I loved seeing all the other manufacturers and designers. I loved meeting all the other people. There are some very very talented individuals out there. It is humbling to say the least. One of the talented artists at the show was fellow blogger, Helen Dardik of Orange You Lucky. It was really fun to meet someone with whom I have been blogging and talking to in the cyber world. She is so sweet and amazingly talented.
I unveiled my new holiday invitations and photo card at the show too. They will be going to press very soon. If you want to see more images of my booth at the show, check out my other blog on the Miss 'N Nick Designs site: http://www.missnnick.com/blog/
We had a really good first year at the show and while I didn't write AS many orders as I would have liked (does anyone ever?), I did write quite a few and made a ton of contacts. I also gained a new Rep group in Texas! And have some other potential reps I need to follow up with. I am going to be a busy busy girl for the next few weeks again!
I miss all of you and blogging. I will try to get some new food posts up soon but it may be spotty. I have so much catching up to do with a couple freelance jobs, new orders to fill and follow up calls and emails to all the people I got information on. Not to mention spending time with my sweet little babies that I missed soooooo much.
By the way... We stayed at The London Hotel in midtown Manhattan. This is the same hotel that Gordon Ramsay of Hell's Kitchen has his restaurant. It is not cheap actually. Good thing my birthday is coming up and my mom made the trip a bit of a present for me.
This hotel is surprisingly spacious for the city with a separate bedroom and sitting room in all rooms. I really liked it. It was comfortable and not at all cramped and the staff was more than helpful.
It's good to be home!