I'm so excited this week I can hardly sleep. I'm waiting anxiously for the next MEHC magazine to land in my mailbox (nothing today, rats!) . In the meantime I want to be a showoff (sorry, but isn't that what having a blog is all about?).
I have been a huge Mary Engelbreit fan for as long as I can remember. Since the days when she only had greeting cards I have adored her artwork, humor and CUTENESS darnit. I remember where I was standing when I saw my first Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion Magazine. I practically yelled "She has a magazine!" out loud in Borders ( I think I whispered it loudly to Joey). I snatched that baby up and began my love affair with the publication. I was shocked and dismayed when I soon realized that I had in my possession not the first issue of MEHC, but the second issue. This has been a constant irritation to me all these years and I tried to order the first issue but they appeared to not have any more.
Here's my precious collection with issue #1 sadly missing. Beautiful but lacking.
Fast forward 10 years... when I am given the opportunity of a lifetime as Heather Bailey asks me to help her by sewing some things for the article MEHC is doing on her (I have tears welling up in my eyes right now, that's how pathetic I am)(ed. revision: now that I've had time to think about it I realize I may have actually begged Heather to allow me to sew for it!). Kathy Curotto was in charge of the photo shoot and I was seriously trying to play it cool because I was so excited to be working with someone who works with Mary and I didn't want to make a complete idiot out of myself. Well, Heather let on that I was a huge fan (totally blowing my cool cover) and Kathy casually asked me if I had all the magazines (the test of true fan-ness I'm sure). I said yes, all but the first. She then told me that as a thank you for my help she would send me the first issue to complete my collection!!! And she did.
And here it is with a nice little note. I am complete (and yes, I checked and the paper doll is intact and perfect). :)
I experienced some more Mary-ness today when the UPS guy (who may be giving the Fedex guy a run for his money) showed up with some boxes filled with Mary's new Friends and Flowers fabric made by Moda. Oh joy!!
Here's a sample. Doesn't it look cute with the teapot (I have the matching vase too because I am a serious Mary Engelbreit fan you know)?
They are already all listed in my etsy store and they are CUTE. And I've lowered all of my prices because I have limited space here and I want this stuff to move (so I can order more!).
I think this will be a very good week. If you need me I'll be sitting out by the mailbox. Waiting.