I posted the other day about my trip to Franklin, Tennessee for the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Barn Sale with my friend Linda from Coastal Charm. Well this weekend we went here:
for The Chapel Market put together by Layla of The Lettered Cottage. I was so excited because there were going to be several bloggers there that I never in a million years ever thought I'd actually meet. It's funny because they are just regular people like you and me, but you almost feel like you are meeting celebrities. So here is my story of how this little barely ever post blogger met the big girls of blogging.
So, I pick up Linda (btw, she's a big girl in the blogger world too) at Hobby Lobby (isn't that the perfect place to meet???) and after a short delay (because someone, and I'll let you guess who that someone was, had to go into Hobby Lobby for a last minute purchase so she could finish a project when they got to the hotel room. Bet you'll never guess who that person was...) we get started on our trip. We went up the day before so we could do some treasure hunting while we were there. We went to several flea markets and visited a couple of shops in downtown Prattville. Downtown Prattville is such a cute little town. Here are a coupe of photos I took while there (ignore that piece of fuzz that was apparently on my camera lens and appears in most all of my photos - ugghhh - how did I not see that????):
We also went to the Junior League Christmas show, grabbed a little dinner then we rode out to The Chapel to make sure we knew where we were going the next morning so we wouldn't get lost. No, we weren't stalking, we were just making sure we had the correct directions. (Just because we rode around the Chapel three times trying to see in the windows doesn't mean we were stalking...) Needless to say by the time we get to the hotel and get settled in it is late. Of course, Linda is thinking we need to get there at 7:00 a.m. since the market opens at 9:00 which means we have to get up at the bootiecrack of dawn, have I mentioned that I am NOT a morning person???? and its now close to midnight????
Before I know it the clock is going off and it is here! The big day is here!! We get ready and head out, red, scratchy eyes and all. I'm thinking the last time my eyes were this red I'd had a whole lotta fun the night before, not that I didn't have fun at the Junior League Christmas Show, but let's just say it wasn't the same kinda fun. I'll just leave it at that... I ask Linda what we're gonna do if we get there and there aren't any other crazy ladies there, just us two crazy ladies, and she said we'd just sit in the car. I'm thinking, well, I'll just take me a little nap. But there are some other crazy ladies there when we arrive, not as many as we thought, but a few. Now, here is the first exciting thing that happened to me that day. We park next to a car with three crazy ladies in it and when we all get out turns out they are from Spanish Fort and they follow my FB page, and get this, THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHO LINDA WAS!!! That's right, they knew ME and NOT Linda! That's a first!! So after I rub that in we head up to the Chapel. Turns out there's a few other crazy ladies already there so we take our place (well, Linda takes our place as I look down and realize I have left my brand new fabulous necklace that I had just bought last week in Franklin in the hotel room and I high tail it back to the hotel to get it!). When I get back there is definitely a line and I'm thinking, thank goodness Linda made me get up at the bootiecrack of dawn to get here, which of course I'm having to explain so people don't think I'm cutting in line. So people, this is what happens when you don't get up at the bootiecrack of dawn - you end up at the end of this line:
But when you get up at the bootiecrack of dawn you get to stand up here (see the lady with big blue purse? well we were behind her):
But here's the big pay-off for getting up at the bootiecrack of dawn: When I finally get back up to the porch I find Linda standing there talking to non-other than Rhoda of Southern Hospitality. Of course she and Linda are long-time blog buddies. And it gets better. A little while later out comes KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms. She was so cute and funny, just like you'd imagine! They make a big deal out of how long we've been waiting in line, take our pictures and stuff and go back inside. Then the lady kind of in charge comes out and says "I'm about to make y'all real happy" and she opens the doors and there she was, Marian a/k/a Miss Mustard Seed. O.M.Gosh! Miss Mustard Seed is standing right in front of me!! She is standing there talking to us just like its no big deal! Lawdy, I had to pinch myself to make sure it was really happening, yep, there she was, RIGHT.IN.FRONT.OF.ME! (yep, I know, you'd have thought it was the queen or something, right? Well, to me it was the same equivalent.)
She is so nice and genuine, just like you'd imagine. She talked and answered questions like she had all the time in the world. I'm standing there thinking, wow! I'm talking to Miss Mustard Seed! Of course I ask her if I can have my picture made with her and she kindly says yes. Now before I post my picture I have to tell you that I am the least photogenic person you'll ever see. Seriously! I've had people tell me that some photos don't even resemble me at all. I sure wish I had seen Cara of Maskcara's post where she gives you tips on how to look thin in photos before yesterday. Even tho I didn't see it in time it still made me feel better about myself because her model was thin and even she looked "fluffy" in her "before" photos. So that being said, here's my photo with Marian:
See I'm not fibbing, that's really me with Miss Mustard Seed!! (It was also a very bad hair day for me!) After visiting for a while she goes back inside.
Then they open the doors to go inside. I'm headed back to Marian's space, but first I stopped to speak to KeriAnne and while talking she notices my camera strap (ok, I have to apologize I do not have a photo of my camera strap because hellooo it is on my camera and it is impossible to take a photo of it without taking it off the camera, but I promise I'll share what I did soon!) When I tell her I made it she's like "No Way!" then she says something I just couldn't believe, she asked ME if I had a card. Wait, did KariAnne just ask ME for my business card??? O.M.GEEEE Have I died and gone to heaven??? I was so blown away I had to get someone to take our picture of HER holding MY card!!
I also exchanged cards with this lady (and I regret I didn't get a picture with her):
Uh-huh, you're reading that correctly, that would be Heather from At the Picket Fence. I also met Layla of The Lettered Cottage, Shauna of Perfectly Imperfect, and Susan of Maple and Magnolia. I treated myself to an Urban Farmgirl t-shirt, but she was a little busy so I didn't get to meet her.
Here are the other treasures I treated myself too, all from Miss Mustard Seed.
I think I may start an old clock collection, and I don't know why, but the bingo cage just spoke to me so I had to take it home. All of her prices were very reasonable! I also got her to autograph my book, and her hubby was so sweet I asked him to autograph it too. He said that was a first! Now I can be remembered as the first crazy lady who asked Mr. Mustard Seed for an autograph!
Well, that's about it. All in all it was a very exciting day for me. I am very fortunate to be friends with Linda (and not just because she is friends with the big blog girls), but she is a super sweet and talented lady and I really enjoyed tagging along with her. Thanks Linda for a super time! (and this time I made sure I got a photo of us together!)
It was a great show and I hope they do it again next year! If they do and you are able to go I highly recommend it!