the creative connection

i have some of my booth pics to share with you but first,


i met heather bailey last night!

i warned you that i would geek out about fabric designers this week – so here i go!

she was super sweet and engaging, willing to chat for a bit – so sweet!

here we are together in the handmade market, after a long day of setup and the early bird preview .

i knew the ruby red petal pusher would be perfect for her!

she came by my booth again today & was so kind!

she shared her story of how she came about her nicey jane model, which was hilarious!

i so hope she shares it on her blog.

i attended a lunch with the pioneer woman (ree).

she was an amazing speaker, focusing mostly on blogging and how hers evolved.

i even got up the nerve to ask her a question!

so, here i am being really honest:

i was so crazy nervous about asking a question.

first, because i was standing up in front of 400 people.

and 2nd, because i was speaking to ree!

holy cow!

i asked her about her experience with homeschooling,

and if she is passionate about it like she is about blogging and cooking.

um…. no.

she says it comes and goes, but overall, no.

which was good for me to hear that she has done it for so long and just finds other things to be passionate about.

me and p-dub

this was ree’s reaction to the petal pusher and petal drop necklace i gave her – so fun!

ok, next big event.

HUGE for me.

like tear-to-my-eyes kind of huge.






i know!

she was incredible sweet, totally engaged and um, super tall.

so here’s where i get all gooshy.

amy butler is why i do what i do.

it wasn’t until i found her fabric (ok, nicole found it first) that i really fell in love with fabric.

i thought all quilting fabric was calico prints, and well, not my style.

but when i saw amy butler’s gypsy caravan line i was blown. away.

life changing.

yes, fabric changed my life.

not like my husband or my kids do, but in a very different way.

more pics tomorrow on my booth and the market.

i’m exhausted.

i’m emotional.

i’m wonderfully overwhelmed.


  1. 1

    what an amazing time so far!! i think i would burst into tears if i met amy butler. seriously. i am so in love with her midwest modern style i can hardly explain it. i’m so happy for you to get to meet all of these amazing women. life changing!

  2. 2

    Loved this happy, happy post!

  3. 3

    Amy changed my mine about fabric/quilting as well! Amazing what some good patterns/fabric can do to you!

  4. 4

    WOW! I would be super nervous too! Love AB & HB fabric too! I just need MORE time to sew ALL my ideas! Love the pix & looking fwd to seeing your booth! Enjoy!

  5. 5

    O my!! I’m so happy for you! I can’t imagine meeting Amy Butler!
    [btw- I LOVE the necklace that you are wearing in the picture with AB… did you make that?]

  6. 7

    SO much fun…what a great night you had. I would LOVE to meet AB! Hope you are having fun today :)

  7. 8

    Hey Lindsey,

    The pictures are amazing!! Looks like you are having a wonderful time. How special to share your great creations??

  8. 9

    Wow Lindsey! What awesome people to meet. I love Ree. She is so wonderful. I just introduced her blog and book to my father- he bought three cookbooks to share with my sister and friends. You are a lucky girl!

  9. 10

    Wow, what a fantastic ride you have been on!! I love Amy Butler too, and its the reason I started sewing/crafting, finding fabric that inspires you makes a difference. And yes, she is one tall lady, and gorgeous to boot.

  10. 11

    Oh yeah I’d geek out too! <3 Amy!

  11. 12

    so i was all excited when you met heather bailey. and all anxious for you when you met the pioneer woman. but i was literally all “WHAT?!?!” out loud when i saw that you met amy butler (and omg, she IS tall!). i would’ve died. in fact? dead at the moment!

  12. 13

    First I said, “No way!” When I saw you with Heather Bailey. And then I had to fall off my chair when I saw you with PW!!! You lucky girl! I would totally be geeking out too. Much more than you – you’re keeping it pretty cool all things considered. :)

  13. 14

    OMG!!! i totally wanted to go to this, but found it too late, so no time to prepare $$. i am SO EXCITED that you are posting pics and stories!!! i am totally jealous!!!! thanks so much for sharing!
    i too am infatuated with Amy Butler and Heather Bailey. They are amazing creative women.

    thanks again!!

  14. 15

    Great post… love hearing/reading about your experiences. I am feeling encouraged to get back into the sewing room myself:)

  15. 16

    Oh it just sounds wonderful. Keep sharing! I love that it has been so great. Have lots of fun!

  16. 17

    you look pretty.

    i’m glad you have had such wonderful experiences.

    may God continue to bless you.

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    Angie Smith says:

    HOW EXCITING!!! I would LOVE to meet any of these three women…and you get to meet all THREE! You look beautiful, btw!

  18. 20

    so excited you met both Ree and Amy Butler!!!!!! HOLY COW!

  19. 21

    I ♥ Amy Butler as well. I think I’d be a bit weak in the knees meeting her! Looks like a fun trip!

  20. 22

    What an amazing trip you’ve had!!! :) How exciting to meet some of your “idols.”

  21. 23

    Looks like a wonderful time. I wanted to go sooo badly, especially since I live right here in Minnesota…it would have been perfect. Maybe next time. Lucky you meeting all those great ladies. I love Amy Butler too :)

  22. 24

    I am sooo jealous! Looks like you had a great time! I love the necklace you are wearing with your black dress, so cute!

  23. 25

    Wow, I am so jealous and so glad you are having a wonderful time. I so wanted to go this year, but had two thoughts 1. it’s for big leaguers like you and lisa leonard (who i saw had a pic of your booth) and 2. today starts a holiday for me so it was bad timing. :( maybe next year if have friends ;)

  24. 27

    Oh my! It’s obvious that you are having a great time!!! So cool!

  25. 28

    Wow! That is so exciting! I’m just impressed that you remembered to have someone to take your picture with those amazing ladies…I would’ve been so star struck I might not have remembered my own name! Can’t wait to see pics of the booth.

  26. 29

    I hope you have a wonderful time!! Thank you for your blog being such a wonderful place to be. You are so inspirational. I love your home, your birthday party ideas, your heart for the Lord and your family. Your blog is the main coffee in hand, naptime break place that I like to chill out with. Your shop has already been bookmarked for the hubby for Christmas.

    Several posts ago, you said something about being in Bend and I was actually bummed I didn’t get to meet you because that was actually close to where we live……hahaha. All of that was before I remembered I didn’t actually know you and as much as I felt like we did, we weren’t friends to hang out. :-)

    Enjoy your time and then enjoy going home to your beautiful family. Thanks for your blog. I’m sure your booth was beautiful!

  27. 31

    How exciting!!!! How fun that you got to meet such fabulous women.

  28. 32

    How fun! I love Ree. I have her cookbook, and have made just about everything in it. I love her style, so honest and laid back.
    I am a quilter, and it is refreshing to have such fun new designers for fabric. You must be familiar with Heather Moulder Petersen? LOVE her lines.
    Rest up!

  29. 34

    SOOOOOO jealous!!! Three of my favorite people in the world….but guess what? I’d be just as excited to post a picture of me and you on my blog. :)

    LOVE IT!

  30. 36

    i’m crying for you right now!!! you are amazing! and they’re so tall! and you got hugs! can i touch your arm when you get home?

  31. 38

    Aaaahhhhh! How very exciting! I’m a little, tiny bit jealous of you right now :)

  32. 39

    I live in the same town as

  33. 41

    Can I say it’s “cute” that you’re so excited?! =]

    Just Better Together

  34. 42

    So neat Lindsey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. 43

    You are so cute! I love your passion for “your thing”. Mine is scrapbooking. Oh and I love the way you dress. (Sorry I sound like I’m in the 3rd grade, but if we were I would want to be friends :) )

  36. 44

    That is all SO cool! I’m so excited for you that you got to meet such awesome people!

    And I had to laugh when you said that Amy Butler’s fabric changed your life. I thought I was the only person that thought that. :) I never had any desire to learn how to sew until I saw her fabric. I am only just now finally learning, but I’m really enjoying it. All thanks to Amy!

  37. 45

    Hi! I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this post. I was so happy to see you gush about meeting some of your heros and talking about how they have changed your life. As wives and mothers, sometimes I feel like we aren’t supposed to admit that, but there it is and it is not just good, it is OK.
    Thanks for being real.
    It looks like it was such a great event.
    I hope you don;t mind, but this post reminded me so much of a similar experience I had that I am giving you the link. Take a look if you care to.

    I am always so inspired by your blog, and all you do. I think I would feel pretty gushy if I met you too.
    Love from,

  38. 47

    So happy for you and yes… a little jealous, but in a kind and supportive way. Amy brought me back to sewing after several years away. Most of my friends in the real world don’t get it. I am so glad to see so many others in blog land who do “get it” . Great post.

  39. 48

    I am so so jealous!!!! What a thrill to meet any of them – I think you are inspirational, as well :)

  40. 50

    Wow! Those are some pretty amazing women to have met! So exciting. I love your shop, and I am so happy to have found your blog via Blessed Little Nest. :)

  41. 51

    So great to meet you Lindsey! Wish we could have hung out more!! Love your stuff, BTW!

  42. 52

    Oh how fun to have dinner with Ree!! I went to a book signing and was ‘star struck’ and said something about the weather when it was my turn to meet her… *ugh* =)
    Oh… and I love the little cake booklet on your plate… what was that?? =)

  43. 53
    Holly Costello says:

    Amy Butler?? Heather Bailey?? And you didn’t have a cow??? That is totally awesome!! I like to think that Amy Butler’s fabrics changed my like too!! LOL! and HB too!!There patterns are so beautiful and timeless- I think. You lucky, lucky girl!!

    I need to chat with you! I really want to start my own business and would love to hear some advice!

    Congrats to you!!

  44. 54

    lindsey! the excitement from this post is so amazing! i am so happy for you that you had a brilliant time and this makes me want to go to this conference next year. i hope you share with us what you learned and of course i am dying to see your table:)


  45. 55

    AH!!!!! SO so sosososo happy for you and sososo jealous all at the same time!!!! :) How can that be?! Can’t wait to see more pictures. I need to live vicariously through all you girls that got to go! YAY!
    xoxox Holly

  46. 56

    I loved meeting you Lindsey! I love how you totally “geeked out” love that term!

    I totally “geeked out” with Ree this summer at BlogHer, so I tried hard not to do it all over again. :)

    I’m excited to do WIWW! Hopefully have it to you this weekend for next week.

  47. 57

    I totally get your excitement over meeting Amy Butler. And I can agree that her fabric designs are life changing!!

  48. 58

    What a great opportunity you had, Lindsey!!!! I only discovered Amy Butler through my daughter-in-law and have been re-discovering (and re-inventing) my LOVE for fabric ever since!!! Would love the Scrapbooking kit to make something my grandchildren…a grandma book of memories of all three (soon to be four!) of them. They all love reading and looking at picture books, and story telling…so I would create a story book of our times together over the past three+ years!

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