Sunday, March 10, 2013

GNO Charlotte: DBS Recap!

We had SO.MUCH.FUN in Charlotte this weekend! I am absolutely exhausted writing this post, because Rachel from Sew Happily Ever After and I didn't get in until around 1am and then I had a rocking and rolling 2 year old that still was on the 1 hour time difference! Whew!

We made sure to go up a few hours early so we could hit up Mary Jo's Cloth Store. It never dissapoints! It was Rachel's first time and my 3rd time, and you still get this overwhelming feeling walking into the store everytime!
 There's just SO. MUCH.FABRIC at amazing prices. (This is just half the store!)

What was so fun was finding other blog friends throughout the store! I was walking through some bolts and I saw two blondes starring at me. As I walked by, they POKED me without saying a word! I spun around and was like "WHO in the world are you!?!?" It was Ashley and Emily from FrancesSuzanne! LOL!

These two ladies were HILARIOUS! I just loved meeting them! They seriously make you laugh contantly! They are so fun! They drove up from ALABAMA and I am SO glad they did!

As we continued shopping, I looked up and was like oh my gosh.... that is... "ALIDA!!!" from Alida Makes It was so fun meeting her across some bolts! :) Just how it should be right?

We had so much fun shopping!

Look at this sweet little Rachel... as tall as the bolt WITH 3 inch heels! haha! I ended up walking out with THE most random fabric!
Because everyone needs chevron fur in their stash, right!?! And hot pink holey 80's fabric? I think so! Obviously, I was half sane, because I found this fun turquoise gingham check and a fun kelly green check fabric and some zippers. We'll see what this becomes!

Of course, it was all about the dinner and getting to meet other bloggers that share this crazy passion!

I think there were 17 people there! Something like that! Enjoy this iPhone panarama picture!

It was so fun also meeting Jessica from Begin to Craft and Zoe from Sew It Girl, as well as the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Jennifer from Ellison Lane Quilts and Sew South modern sewing retreat. These ladies were just SO easy to talk to!

I really could not contain my excitement at meeting these next two ladies though!
Jessica from The Sewing Rabbit - Me Sew Crazy and Heather Valentine from The Sewing Loft! Jessica is just as incredible as you would think from her blog. It's real in real life, too! Not that I ever doubted that! And Heather is so humble and down to earth and talented! I loved chatting with them, picking their brains about pattern drafting, thoughts on blogging, and laughing over our children! It was priceless! I just wish I could have talked to them longer. Of course, the night was just too short!

The swag was amazing thanks to our amazing sponsors of the evening: Pellon, Jo-Ann Fabric, Coats &Clark, Michael Miller Fabrics, and Fat Quarter Shop! I was too excited to sleep and ended up getting back out of bed to check it all out! Like a child on Christmas morning!

I was "kicking" myself, because I forgot all of my business cards on my dining room table!!! But I enjoyed collecting most of everyone else's, for sure!

I'm not quite sure how I came across...
courtesy of Me Sew Crazy via flickr

Ya, know with my sassy bedazzled bracelet and all... Bahaha! It was fun being myself around these women!

As my first blogger event, I enjoyed myself thoroughly! I had no idea what to expect and now I just want to meet more of you out there in real life! All I can say is THANK YOU for this opportunity Jessica and sponsors!

I'm sure there will be blog round ups to come! You can view the GNO Charlotte Flickr Group and don't forget that today is the last day to enter to win the same swag we received!