3rd times the Charm- Surtex 2012

This was my third year exhibiting at Surtex and I had an AMAZING show!!! Each year seems to just get better and better!! That and it’s getting a little easier to set-up my booth!

I promised myself that I was going to simplify and ease up this year! Which if you can believe it I actually did! To make things easier on myself, I engineered my garland canopy to be pre-strung. This was one one stand-out project I allowed myself to do and I’m happy to say that it actually worked the way I had intended. The last two years I spent way too much time stringing up the garland only to feel bad to have to tear it down three days later. It usually takes me a full two days to set-up and this time around I was able to cut my set-up time down to a day and a half. So, this year I was able to enjoy a good meal and a mani/pedi before the show:)

For all you you future exhibitors:: If I could share one huge tip, it would be to know where your supplies are at all times. This is probably the most important part of my set-up and daily touch-up’s. Having labeled bags totally keeps me sane. When I need a piece of tape or a hook I don’t want to be wasting precious time hunting around for it them. The only thing is that you also have to be super diligent about putting everything back in the right bag otherwise things can get lost and out of control really fast, especially if you have someone else helping you.

Megan and I had such a lovely time hosting The Sweet Spot again this year!! I just love partnering up with her. :)  Megan’s smart, charming and always has beautiful artwork. We compliment each other really well and have such a fabulous time doing it. It’s a total treat!

This year’s show had such lovely energy!! I was definitely riding on a serious positive high. One of my favorite parts of the shows, is getting a chance to catch up with old friends and making new ones.


…and of course there has to be at least one night where we get to let our hair down, laugh and have a bit of fun! Myleen, Megan, Stephanie, Lucky Bon Bon, Cheryl, Nicole, Sorry You’re Happy, Sarah, Laura, Khristian, Debra, Melanie, Kate, Jane, Lille, Alicia, Sue, Anne, Carol


Thank you to all of those that stopped by and said HELLO!!!

I think this is going to truly be an amazing year :) 

AND I have to say a SUPER BIG Thank You to Myleen!!! Having you there to assist me with all of the pre and post show details and prep has been a huge help and has made my life so much easier. I don’t know how I ever did it without you!!

(Because Myleen is always working behind the scenes I just had to share a few photos of her working hard :) 

Here’s what Myleen has to say about her experience at the show::

Hello All! Myleen Here!

I got into Surtex just like I founded my business, through a divine accident. Two years ago Cindy Ann approached me in helping her and Megan with organizing and planning for the show (Surtex 2011). I had just had my son and decided to quit my corporate job to stay home fulltime. I am so grateful they have given me the opportunity to work with them not only for the show but year round! If not I am sure I would be taking apart and putting my vacuum cleaner together again and again just to entertain my not so idle mind!

After hearing about last year, I made a promise to myself that I was going to attend in 2012. All the second hand chatter didn’t disappoint. And I truly had a wonderful experience meeting and being immersed in such a creative environment. I had a great time walking up and down the aisles in the beyond awesome visual fiesta! Each artist/booth has their unique aesthetic and personality that is captured in that one booth space!  Everyone I met is so lovely and the whole experience has encouraged me to continue paving my way.

Thank you again to all the wonderful ladies (and gents) that gave me a minute of their time to chat with them and I look forward to Surtex 2013! – Myleen

  1. Great recap! Your booth looked amazing and your garland was a show stopper! Your the best and I am so glad to know you and be able to share this experience with you! Big hugs.

    Myleen, I loved meeting you!!!! Your star is beginning to shine extra bright. Looking forward to seeing where you take your business.

  2. Great Surtex post Cindy! I regret having to miss it this year and totally enjoyed reading your take and seeing your great photos.

    It was nice to get a little introduction to Myleen. Sounds like a talented lady!

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