Monday, September 29, 2008

Instant Murals Licenses Sherri Blum Designs!

We have some exciting news to share with you...Instant Murals has licensed several designs from Sherri Blum Designs to create vibrant and beautifully detailed "peel and stick" artwork for children's rooms!
At the 2007 ABC Kids Expo, I was approached by Jeff and Kirsten Dalton, owners of Instant Murals Designs. They enthusiastically explained their great products to me which included "rub-on" and "peel and stick" artwork and told me that they wanted me to design some products specifically for them. Since they live only about 1 hour from my home, we were able to meet in person a few times throughout the course of the past year and plan the first of our product designs. They were completed just in time to be introduced at the 2008 ABC Kids Expo!
These products are repositionable vinyl and can be used on their own as wall art, arranged as a border, used to decorate lampshades, headboards, name it! These would also make great accessory packs to coordinate with my collection of artwork, clocks and rugs.

You can see our current line of products by visiting: Sherri Blum Instant Murals.
We'll be continuing to grow this collection with some exciting new products and themes over the course of the next few months. I'm very excited about this new venture and can't wait to share the next series of designs with you!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Mama Mia!

Well, I'm back from a whirlwind experience at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas. What a week! I'm going to try to fill you in on all the highlights, but it will need to be broken down into a few different posts. was that kind of week!

We arrived safely in Vegas on Saturday morning and immediately went to the Convention Center to begin set up. It took us 11 hours to assemble our booth walls and hang all of the wall art, clocks, bedding and rugs that we brought with us. In the event that you've never participated in this show, you need to know that the powers-that-be do not turn on the air conditioning in the Convention Center during set up hours. They save that for the actual show hours. Therefore we were doing some hard labor in 103 degree heat...and did I mention it took 11 hours?!!! Fortunately, we were sharing a large "peninsula" booth with some other great ladies who kept us laughing and happy through the process.

Meet the ladies of Mama Mia Showroom!

And what a fantastic, dynamic group of ladies they are! Last year a few of these great women decided to open a new showroom in Atlanta. In those few short months they've created a great stop for buyers and have created quite a buzz with the great products they offer as well as the infamous "Mamatinis" they provide during the shows! I joined this showroom in January right around the time we all decided that we should consider exhibiting at the ABC Kids Expo as a group. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about sharing a space with 6 other strong-minded women for 5 long days. I had only corresponded by phone or email and was hoping that everyone would get along well throughout the show. Well my worries were soon put to rest. These women are smart, supportive, kind, funny and just all around wonderful. I'm honored to know such a great group of women entrepreneurs. When we weren't fighting off the buyers (ha! ha!) we were sharing ideas and experiences, brainstorming the next great product ideas for each other, and helping each other to grow in any way we could. By the time the show ended, I was happy to be heading home to see my children, but at the same time a bit sad that I'd be leaving my new friends. While I'd love to fill you in on all of the wonderful qualities of each of these individual women, I don't have all day! So I'm going to list them here and hope that you'll visit their individual sites to learn a bit about them yourself.

Suzanne Longacre: Suzibella

Casey Baca: Four Peas

Diane Sam: Moboleez

Heather Nolte: Glamajama

Isabelle McPartlin: Iszi Studios

Shelly Meintzer: Lil Ladybugs

Wendy Armbruster Bell: Pump Ease (Diane's friend and honorary "Mama" for the week!)

Pat Martinek: Martinek Bebe (Pat is part of Mama Mia and exhibited behind us. Great lady and breathtaking products!)

So thank you, ladies (and all of your supportive husbands and boyfriends) for a wonderful week in Vegas. It was so much better for me this year because of the great support system you all provided. Looking forward to seeing you in Atlanta soon!