I had an image in my head, I knew what I wanted the Josefina Fine Knits booth to look like. I just had to try create that vision. It's evolved over the past three years, but I'm so in love with how the booth looks now!
I use Pinterest to keep track of everything that inspires me. I have boards for colors (bit.ly/2fVtFe8), fiber art (bit.ly/2fxmeIZ), my future store (bit.ly/2gh904i) and Photoshoot of my dreams (bit.ly/2fXL9pL). The Photoshoot of my Dreams board is where I pinned everything that inspired me about the look and feel for Josefina Fine Knits very first photoshoot. It's also where I started building what I wanted the booth to look like.
I love Magnolia Pearl. Her clothing, the look, the dream like settings, the love, everything about this company I love. You can find her website here. Take a look,
But it was their use of burlap and crochet lace really inspired me! I've been collecting crochet table cloths and bed spreads for a while. Every time I stop by a second hand store, its the first thing I look for. I keep telling my Faithful Sherpa that I'm "rescuing" these treasures. Someone's grandmother or Great Aunt spent countless hours creating this heirloom treasure, and I just can't stand the thought of it being hauled off to the clothing recycler!
When I saw the crochet and lace on their awning, I just knew I wanted to incorporate this into my look!
My parent's house is filled with family antiques. Desks, tables, bed frames, photos, trunks, well, just about everything there is an antique! One year, when my Great Uncle Pete passed away, they received a phone call from his sister, my Great Aunt Margaret. "I've called an antique dealer and he's giving me $4,000 for all the furniture in the house (it was a 6 bedroom house!). If you want anything, come and get it" she said. In an effort to rescue the family heirlooms, they borrowed a bread truck and we drove to Sonora where he lived, and completely packed the truck with furniture! It was a fun trip only because I got to sit on a dining room chair that was in between the two front seats. Living life on the edge without a seatbelt!
It was there my love for antiques was started.
After our first show at the Fairfax Festival, I knew things had to change. There was too much burlap, we didn't have any weights, the screen door I used as a display for my rosettes was too cumbersome as well as the beautiful full size mirror I built! And we carried each display item in, which was tedious to say the least.
My Faithful Sherpa is so good to me. I'll come to him with an idea, ask him if he could build something for me and his response..."No, I won't build it but I'll show you how to build it." He bought me a Milwaukee impact driver and cordless drill and I haven't looked back! "I've created a monster" he muttered.
I've built four trunks, and all the display pieces, small crates, signs and curtains fit inside. This has cut our break down time down to only 1 hour 15 minutes (which is average)!
I love the way the booth looks now. "Welcome to my living room" I tell everyone as they walk inside. I've received so many compliments on the look we've created. "I love your booth," "This has such a great vibe, "It's so homey," "I want to live here!"
The only thing that's missing, in my mind, is a Victorian love seat. It would be perfect, a great place to sit and knit, a beautiful element to the booth, so comfortable and squishy!
"I am not carrying a couch to each show!" my Faithful Sherpa said. Ok, Ok, I've gotta respect that!
I'll be at the Santa's Helpers Holiday Gift Faire December 10-11, at the Napa Expo. Stop by my living room for a visit. I'd love to see you!