Behind My Red Door

Behind My Red Door

Sunday, September 26, 2010

We finally meet!!

Yesterday was just an amazing day all around. Not long after the gals at Walker Homestead had their first Antiques and Primitives show in June, they asked if the APP gals would be the booth judges for the next show – which was held yesterday. As the time grew closer, we learned that Kristine would make the trip from North Dakota, Kris would make the trip from Ohio and Margo would make the trip from southeastern MA. In case you don’t know the story, Kristine and Bonnie had not even met in person when they started this joint venture! This weekend would be the first time Bonnie, Audrey, Ashley and would Kristine, Kris and Margo and them us!!

Kristine, her DH Jeremy and almost 4 year old son Damon arrived Thursday night to spend the next few days at Bonnie’s along with Bonnie’s DH John, DD Ashley and DS Nick. Bonnie was determined to show them a little bit of New England even at THAT late hour. Damon looks happy doesn’t he?

Bonnie, Ashley, Audrey, Kristine and Damon spent Friday seeing some of the New England countryside, shopping and then stopped here briefly for cold drink, snack and short visit. It was so wonderful to meet Kristine in person finally! And she came armed with something good… we got to preview the proof of Holiday issue – let me just say this- BIGGER AND BETTER!

Of course I busy playing hostess and serving drinks and snacks, being Grammee to Lili who was here and trying to look at the proof that I didn’t snap one photo! But I snagged a few from from Bonnie… see what Kristine tried to steal?? Good thing I had Lili’s safety gate at the top of the stairs! It slowed Kristine down JUST enough!

And I heard that later they had a pretty good time celebrating Nick’s birthday Friday evening!

Despite those yummy looking concoctions, they managed to be up bright and early Saturday and with Audrey’s help, they made it to Walker Homestead in time to set up Audrey’s tent and our booth.

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Here is the gang (minus Dan Weaver who couldn’t make it from Illinois–hopefully next time!) along with Kris Casucci of Walker Homestead. From left to right:

Ashley Lucente- photographer and cover layout, Audrey – our new marketing assistant, Kris – prim projects coordinator, Kristine- owner, editor and publisher, Me – photographer and contributing writer, Kris Casucci, Bonnie – owner, photographer, director of publications and marketing, Margo Gracia – photographer for the cover photo’s.

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Our friend Maria from Country Culture had a booth set up and she joined us for some fun pictures!untitled (2)

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And nope – Kris and Bonnie has no idea the other was wearing the same shirt just in different colors. Two gorgeous ladies with great fashion sense!!62030_149524008416438_100000765202391_226707_6399466_n

This is the close-up of the sweet necklaces that Audrey made for each of. One side has the Fall cover and the opposite side has the Holiday cover. Audrey is always doing thoughtful things like that!!62928_149523968416442_100000765202391_226704_948770_n

It was heartwarming to have so many people stop by to meet us. We had many new customers as well. After flipping through the magazine, many bought the fall issue and then subscribed for another year! We had shoppe owners stop by to get more because they sold out within days. We heard over and over and over how much everyone is enjoying the magazine. We were smiles all day long – despite the heat and humidity. It was pretty brutal when the wind stopped and the clouds parted. But despite that, just having most of the magazine team together was fun!!

Here some pictures of just some of the booths and displays. So much eye candy!! Margos

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See that trunk? I wanted that…

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See that post office sign? I wanted that – my dad retired from the Post Office. But it was WELL over $200 so it stayed there. 027

This is the booth that won the contest! She made it look like a home with walls. It was amazing! Log Cabin Country Primitives – click ~here~.

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For a complete list of vendors – click ~HERE~. BUT I can’t match my pictures with the names or tell you if they have a link. Sorry!!

In addition to the Post Office sign, a few of the other things I checked out and left there were a mortar and pestle ($295.00) a trunk ($8.95), cupboard ($1,325.00), various crocks ($150 and up). As I have mentioned, I am trying to be pretty selective when I buy something new and it has to be something I REALLY want.

I did come home with some awesome wool BUT best of all, I came home memories of a very special day meeting and making new friends. That was more than enough for me and I look forward to many more future adventures with these great gals !!

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Thank you for all the kind words and well wishes for my dad. He is still in rehab and getting stronger every day – hopefully going home soon. I am off to pick up my mom and take her to see him now – gotta get myself home before the Patriots kick off!

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone and thanks for stopping by!

Prim hugs, Grammee Linda