We spent a lot of time this week planning our booth for the Suites at Market Square  Some of it was designing Paola Prints T-shirts to wear in the booth. Tonight, just for fun, I took a rose, re-drew it and added it into one of my fave milkweed photos from last fall. The sun finally came out today, midday after a dull rainy night. No complaints here- we all know what Spring rains bring…more flowers! Of course, the rose took on a whole new life when I applied it to our t-shirt design. The black shirts needed something bright… something a little more unisex then a pink rose. A green one!


Evolution of a T-Shirt


Breaking out.

The shelving and layout for the new booth are slowly emerging. We finally landed a great couple displays- both black metal. One is actually a plant stand I plan to capture for my growing collection of houseplants. Are your houseplants thriving because of the mild winter? Both my Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti have just started blooming again. Just in time for Easter. And..one of the new hostas just broke through on the driveway. It sure looks a lot like some kind of lily though..TBD.


                              Booth 1-640, Suites at Market Square- Layout # 599 and counting.

We’ve hit on a great idea for the main pillow display. Found a company in Bridgeport, CT called The Plastic Factory to help us create plexi shelving- perfect to showcase Paola Pillows. I’ve been thinking of using clear plastic tubing to hang the shelves. Or white cord. Pondering. The display hangs in front of a light green wall. Tricky.

I always find myself drawn to a dramatic mix of high and low tech. Our products: all cotton pillows of photos taken in the garden, re-imagined on computer, printed on a high speed digital press, hand sewn, and ..displayed on plexi-glass shelving. And yes, we plan to have live plants placed in the booth to bring a little bit of nature back into the mix. See what I mean?

Monday, we’re headed down to North Carolina to start the booth build out in earnest….

Speaking of a crazy mix of things..ALWAYS a good time. Talking Heads, Once In A Lifetime. The juxtaposition of many opposites.

Read about our pillows here!



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