The French Naturalist Spring 2014 Marburger booth was five months in the making. It was all consuming and all fabulous to work on. Yes, there were moments when we wondered what we had gotten ourselves in to. But, it mainly was a fantastic opportunity to stretch our creativity and for us to get to work with a group of extremely talented people. We are highlighting some of those key players in this post.
Our construction company, State Contractors, played several key roles. Our office manager Cheryl helped keep our records together and kept us organized. Robert, our superintendent covered our absence for the week and made sure our jobs went smoothly back in Houston. Cesar and Beto helped construct our booth, and Alfaro and his team moved all of our merchandise from our North Houston warehouse and set it up in Marburger. We so appreciate our SC team!
Becki, of Curious Details was a crucial component in our booth. We had the wonderful opportunity to work with her preparing the visual and artistic qualities of our theme ahead of time. We knew we wanted to collaborate again after Holly Mathis referred her to us last year to work on our Fall 2013 booth.
She's the ultimate professional and oozes crazy amounts of creativity and talent. Her styling and photography prowess were a huge help at the show. She's a jack of all trades - a stylist, a decorator, a photographer, and a blogger. We can't say enough about this uber-talented dynamo of a women.
And then...there is Missy from Moosefeathers Florists in Brenham, Tx, who was also a referral from Holly Mathis. Another dream to work with! Before we met in person, we spoke by phone and shared images through e-mail and Pinterest. Since the botanical aspect was so crucial to our theme, we were obviously nervous to work with someone new. However, we knew if Holly had referred her, she must be great. And...great she was!! Her arrangements, terriums, potted ferns, etc. exceeded what we had hoped for. She was so easy to work with, had amazing customer service, and was sweet as a doll!
Rachel, one of my best friends for over 30 years, was kind enough to drive from Houston to help us opening day at the front desk. It was so wonderful working side by side again - we were like an oiled machine! We should have...since we worked together for 22 years at Page Parkes Models.
It meant so much to Smoot and I that she was a part of our exciting venture. We could not have done it without her! (Sorry for the bad selfie Rachel - it's the only pic I had of us.)
OUR PRECIOUS DAUGHTER
OUR PRECIOUS SON
Our sweet babies are big troopers! They both helped during set-up and then again during tear down. Smoot and I feel this is a great opportunity for them both to see what it takes to build a business. We hope to be good examples for them when they decide to go into the marketplace.
They are like their Mama though - they spent all of their earnings at the antique show before they left.
I saved the best for last! My sweet, amazing, handsome, hard-working, creative husband - Smoot! We are a great team and I thank God every day that he brought us together.
We cherish the experience we had putting our two Marburger booths together and will miss so much about it. Mainly the people - those that helped us put our booth together, the Marburger staff, our fellow vendors, shoppers, and friends.
Even though we won't have a booth at Marburger moving forward, we will have our merchandise available at two year-round venues in Round Top - The Vintage Marketplace 1235 N Hwy 237 and Thunderbird Ranch Fine Art Gallery in Bybee Square at 206 East Mill Rd. We are also working on some new RVT branded items that will be available on-line soon.
We will also be involved in several exciting events during the Fall 2014 show that are being planned, so keep checking back for details!