Atlanta Market July 2014 recap

Good gracious- it was another amazing whirlwind! Every time I attend Atlanta market, I come back completely inspired and so grateful to be a part of this industry. I seriously want to pinch myself sometimes and pray that I never take it for granted that I get to make art for products matched with scripture and inspirational messages which hopefully land in your homes and touch lives.

Made a quick first stop at the two CA Gift showrooms- needed to drop off an angel print in each location-two retailers who placed an order for our new visor clips will win the prints. The visor clips have some of the art from my Alleluia collection and have messages about safe travel, prayer and protection. We also had a great meeting and are excited about our January 2015 launch.

Brief but wonderful visit in the Brownlow showroom- great to see our new scripture journals, notepads and pens.

Leslie, my studio assistant, came along this trip and it was nice to have her there and for her to see this side of the industry. She’s been helping her mother buy for her gift shop in Carolina Beach for years so she was certainly not new to market. Great to see the wooden scripture plaques in Abbey Press!

Ran into several talented friends including Michelle Allen of Allen Studio Designs. Her clock creations are amazing!

There was really so much more to this day but we finally had a few minutes to freshen up before dinner.

Beautiful gathering spot in the atrium connecting the Ritz and Alma Cocina. Delicious food and fun company- a few from the CDI team (my wonderful agent) and artist friends Susan Winget and Jeannie Burns.

Day 2 we spotted my sweet friend from college Kathryn who owns a gift shop in Clemson. Always love running into her at market.

Also great to run into Genevieve Gail- wildly talented friend from Athens, Ga and licensed artist for Gypsy Gardens with Magnet Works/Studio M.

And guess who else we ran into? Santa was in the Grace Direct showroom and it was a hoot climbing up into this gigantic chair. Great meeting too— planning what may be next for the Inspirations For Life collection.

Always fun to sit in what I often wish was my ‘real’ car but somehow I know golf clubs + sports gear and four kids wouldn’t work in this 3/4 car covered in my art.

I can’t even explain how beautiful this display really was. The pictures don’t do it justice. I get overwhelmed every time I walk in the door and see what they have done with the Inspirations For Life collection. And I miss those sweet kids from our 2012 Honduras trip.

Light A Candle Feed a Child is an amazing thing. Learn more here and shop for them here.

Fun visiting with the great folks at Demdaco and still so grateful to have the Multiple Blessings collection in their showrooms.

My licensed products in Creative Co-Op are pretty scattered- it was even difficult for me to find them all- they are not necessarily grouped by artist. Grateful to be a part of this showroom too:)

Always love visiting with founder and owner of Magnet Works/Studio M, Curt Todd. Love this family-owned company and all that they do. So honored to have my garden poles and Faith products in memory of Sloan Chambers out front.

Visiting the other Magnet Works/Studio M showroom location. Debbie Glud is one amazing lady and always love seeing her in Atlanta.

Surreal to visit Met Colors and see some of my art blown up on gigantic canvases- the top two are mine and the owl- there were others too and more coming soon. Another really nice, family-owned company.

We stopped in Tervis, LANG, CR Gibson, Leanin’ Tree and others too. I think I wore Leslie out- introduced her to a few hundred people + LOTS of walking and a bit of sprinting through three high rise buildings. She was a trooper though:)

Special dinner with the mad talented Heidi of Grace Direct/Bridgewater Candle Company. I can’t even explain my love for this soul sister. She inspires me to the enth degree to love Jesus more every day and point all that we do back to Him. She’s a big blessing in my life and one of the many reasons I am grateful to be Bridgewater Candle Company’s only licensed artist. Thank you sweet Heidi for being such a light! Xo

Fun to see Charlotte, NC friend Kim Gordon and Memphis gal Natalie Chang- two dynamos of Lifeguard Press. They have more energy and spark than a roman candle!

Was able to do a tiny bit of shopping after the last meeting and before leaving market:) Man, that place is dangerous and it’s a good thing I only go twice a year and don’t have time to play much in building 3.

Goodbye Americasmart! Can you see me waving way down the spiral staircase? Cool picture by Leslie:) See you in January for new and exciting Multiple Blessings product launches. I love the energy here every single time- the creativity, the eye candy overload, the people, relationships, the friendships. I headed back to Charlotte full of inspiration and with a very grateful heart.

Retailers, some of you may have landed here and if so, you can hop over HERE and see our market guide and product peeks. OOPS!-We actually forgot to add Magnolia Casual Bld. 2 9th floor West Wing 9B65 and Met Colors Bld. 1- 12F10 to the list. 

PS- Giveaway winners will be announced Monday, July 14th on the MB Facebook page and my Instagram feed:)


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