Phew. It was such an exhilarating trip to Toronto. We got back on Sunday and I’m still having a hard time catching up.
I can’t even begin to tell you how fantastic it was, though. We care for all of the people involved in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and it’s very important to us to stay connected and be face-to-face with as many people involved as possible when we can.
We arrived on Wednesday and got right to work helping Marti Carroll of The Bayou Bungalow (Primary Educator for Fusion and Southeast Regional Retailer for Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint) prepare for Fusion Retailer Training (which we attended while were there).
Then we were off to the Better Living Exhibition Center to get the booth prepared and paint 18 wood crates in each of the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint colors.
We brought along a few props from our store displays to be used, and even a table from our shop.
There was still quite a bit left to get the booth ready
and we were waiting for Marian (a/k/a Miss Mustard Seed) to arrive with her props to complete the booth: her gorgeous blue hutch, 2 of her famous dining room chairs, boxwood wreaths, ironstone (of course) and a few other odds and ends.
All I could think about while painting this piece of wood above Marian’s beautiful cabinet was “please God, don’t let me spill this Curio paint on Marian’s one-of-a-kind hutch!” Geez, can you imagine?
But of course it all came together and by Thursday morning we were ready for the crowds.
We sold a lot of product and educated many people about the unique techniques you can achieve with age old paint, and Marian signed many books.
We also had a Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Retailer Special Event on Saturday (all day) that included 30 retailers from all over the United States, Canada and we even had the Australian distributor in attendance. Marian spoke for most of the day, followed by a presentation by Jennylyn Pringle, President of Homestead House Paint Company, a social media presentation given by Wendy Batten of Front Porch Mercantile and a Marketing presentation by yours truly. Once that was over, Homestead House (Jennylyn, her father & CEO Scott, and her fantastic mother Loree) hosted a wonderful dinner and had all of us over to a beautiful, historic home in Toronto. You want a story about a Mom & Pop shop? Homestead House Paint Company is the definition of it. They are small, yet mighty and care deeply about the success of everyone involved, from their workers, to the retailers, and the customers. It’s old-fashioned, customer-minded service of the best kind!
The best part of the whole time we were there was being together.
We are all friends “virtually” and have spent the last year cultivating relationships with each other (we do have a conference call once a week after all) and other retailers from all over the world, that it was just so very nice to be together. After all, fellowship, encouragement and inspiration is the point of all of this, isn’t it? Well, then, we certainly hit the nail on the head this week!
You can read Marian’s post about the experience from her perspective here. And if you didn’t notice, we also posted a few pictures on Instagram while we were there that you won’t see in this blog post.
Marian also gave me an incredible gift when she arrived in Toronto:
I am so blessed to be able to do this job. I do truly love it!
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