We debated camping or not camping for weeks. We wanted to go, but were afraid of camping with a 2 1/2 year old.
We bit the bullet and went this past weekend, and whattayaknow, it was wonderful! Camping with a toddler is a little different, but we made the most if it.
My sweet friend, Angela, got tickets to see Dawes play at the Ryman tonight and couldn’t use them. She knew I loved them (understatement) so she offered them to me.
I flipped out. I was flitting around the house after she called me, squealing and singing. The Ryman is a magical place, most of you know that already. Going to see my favorite band play at my favorite venue was a big big deal. Then she was like, “meet and greet after the show as well,” all casual-like and I had two heart attacks because one wasn’t dramatic enough.
Turns out one pass was an all-access pass so I SAT ON THE STAGE OF THE RYMAN WHILE MY FAVORITE BAND PLAYED ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS EVER. And then I had another heart attack.
Tomorrow starts the crazy-busy-work-weekend for me. Two days of Porter Flea and one full day of a big mural project. Can’t wait to show you pics of it all when I’m done. For now, I’m taking some deep breaths and powering through until Sunday night when I can finally sit down and relax! It’ll be a crazy few days doing work I absolutely love!
I decided last week to have a weekend full of special treats with Dave and D. Fun activities, delicious food, and little gifts. Dave had a three day weekend (a rare and special treat in itself) so we filled it up with fun.
We started off with a back porch picnic.
Then we went to the drive-in for the first time with D.
The next day we had lots of fun outside time (D’s very favorite thing) and some delicious frozen yogurt. He had such fun eating samples out of the little cups.
The next day was an Arrested Development costume party. We dressed D up as a “never nude” but didn’t get any good photos, unfortunately. We got plenty of photos of our Hot Cop and Rita costumes though. This party with friends was LOADS of fun!
Our last full-of-fun day started off with delicious donuts from Fox’s Donut Den (a Nashville gem) and another outside day with a cookout with friends.
I’m trying to soak in all our favorite moments with D. We are loving our time together. I think every weekend should be a super fun weekend of treats.
Porter Flea was just perfect. Seriously the best. It exceeded all my expectations. Watching people get excited about the clothes that I love dearly was really fun. Talking to the customers, meeting the kids who will wear Buffalo Mae, and feeling so so supported by friends – huge. Though I was insanely exhausted at the end of the day, I was feeling quite blessed and content.
We were swamped ALL day. There were only a few moments throughout the day when we didn’t have a bunch of people in our booth looking around and shopping. In those moments, I was able to take a deep breath and take it all in… process, ya know? But I ran about 12 hours on hard-core adrenaline. I’m beyond thankful that I had help. My sister, Christina was in town and she helped me get ready all week, tagging items and such. Dave helped build pieces for display and hung out all day making sure everything was as smooth as possible for me (my hero) and Lillian, apart from taking all these awesome pictures, was my cash register gal and general helpfulness lady.
The highlight of my day was definitely meeting Mike, from American Pickers, and selling him a dress for his sweet daughter Charlie. I meet a decent amount of famous people… I live in Nashville and see celebrities fairly often. I keep cool. I am a normal human about it. But I totally fan-girled when he walked into the booth. I was the biggest dork. I asked to take a photo with him, told him I was a big fan, told him he could have anything he wanted for free (which he did not take advantage of – he paid full price) but, as my friend Carly said, “he’s the Justin Bieber of vintage,” so it was a warranted freak out.
I’m already looking forward to the next market! I think I could get used to this.
I have never worked so hard on anything in my life. At least it feels that way now after my 5th straight day of sleep deprivation and working every waking hour of the past week getting ready for Porter Flea.
I am worn out. My bones are sore and my brain stopped functioning well 2 days ago. A couple things I ordered months and/or weeks ago that I needed are lost in the mail (business cards and the Square credit card reader). Thankfully I ended up being so in love with the handmade business cards I made tonight as a last resort and I have a giant grin on my face because I am so so excited about tomorrow’s Porter Flea. I’ve been so blessed to work on this little venture. I treasure hunt for a job. Amazing.
Anyway, I’m probably rambling. Remember what I said about sleep deprivation?
So please please please come see me and 59 other amazing vendors tomorrow at Marathon Music Works (I’m hoping the American Pickers guys show up!) from 11-6. I’ll be the really sleepy one with the giant grin.
I got an exciting email today! Buffalo Mae was chosen to be one of the vendors for Porter Flea (one of Nashville’s coolest events)! According to the email, they got over 190 applicants and they only accepted 60 vendors. I’m so proud of my little vintage collection (little in size, not in quantity or awesomeness) and I really think people will love the products. I know I do, and I’m pretty picky about kids’ clothes.
So if you’re in Nashville on December 1st, stop by Marathon Music Works and say hello to Buffalo Mae (me)! I will remind you like 20 times… so don’t worry about forgetting. You’ll get the chance to see some of the most beautiful vintage children’s clothing I’ve ever seen, support local businesses, shop for Christmas gifts, and buy amazing handmade things. You do not want to miss this.