192: home from the city of roses

Ahhhh.....It feels so good to be home.  I arrived home from Quilt Market last night.

Remember how before I left I was fighting a bad sore throat? Well, it didn't get any better in time for the trip and of course travelling from Cape Cod to Oregon didn't help! I had a miserable cold  the whole time.  So when you see pictures of me out in blogland, just remember that I was a sick puppy.

I jumped right back into a full workweek at my day job today, so I am still in  need of resting up.  I'll just start off my market report with some simple shots of things that made me smile every day as I was walking from the hotel to the Oregon Convention Center.

 I was enchanted by this house with its giant rhododendron:

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I don't love the foliage of rhododendrons, as you may recall, but I do love when they are in bloom.

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Look at those crazy giant clusters! I just marveled at it every morning.

This is the little garage that goes with the house:

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I don't know what kind of tree that is behind it, do you? It was huge!
The whether was unusually wonderful for Portland! It was so warm.  And sunny! What a treat that was.

Some mossy shadowy stairs that I loved: 

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Ok, ok.  A couple of shots of the show:

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In the fall, my name will be on one of those banners!

The Westminster Fibers booth is huge.

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It includes tons of sales tables and is backed by (and somewhat faced with) the individual booths of many of the Rowan/Free Spirit Designers. (I have a bunch of pictures of those to show you later.)

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Next time I will show a bunch of booth pictures. I hope you won't be too disappointed that I didn't get many shots of the designers.  When we were all together we were too busy socializing!

It was fun getting a chance to meet everyone and see how the whole trade show thing works. Of course, I would have preferred to be healthy for it. Next time I will shop for cute outfits well in advance so I don't get so run-down right before the show!

More to come.