Live Feed Experiences & Giveaway!

At Market I tested my tech skills and gave myself a near heart attack trying to manage set up for a LIVE STREAMING videocast directly from Houston. We set up in the press room and I was able (with a bit of panic) to get the stream working. CHEERS from the crowd!! Honestly I must say that I was pretty proud of myself.

On the first day I interviewed Fabric Designers Patty Young, Paula Prass and quilt pattern designer Elizabeth Cranmer (Lizzy Anne Designs). They went really well, and we even recieved applause from those in the press room (can you say Blush?? I thought I was in my own little world and that nobody in there was really watching me). :)

Liz is offering a Giveaway to one of our Boutique Cafe viewers! You can win her very popular Quilt Pattern called “Spring UP!”. To enter simply comment on our triple threat show right here.

More Live Videos will be up on Boutique Cafe soon, as well as my wandering interviews with the designers right on the show floor. Loads to share! OH AND LOADS OF GIVEAWAYS TO DELIVER TOO! Keep Tuned!

Fall Quilt Market '08 – Day 1

Greetings from Houston, Texas! What a thrill to be in such an exciting state, and to take part in International Quilt Market for the Fall Season. My Sister-In-Law Elizabeth is along with me to assist in recording the event, as well as promote her new quilt pattern called Spring Up found at Patty Young’s mouthwatering booth! Today was more of a warm/prep up day for us, Amelia drove out from Austin to spend the day with us and take us shopping to the Galleria (amazing shopping experience). It was sad to have her leave tonight, but her duties at work this weekend made it only possible for a one day visit (thank you for coming Amelia!). We then headed back to the hotel to get ready for the Fabric 2.0 Party hosted at the Hilton SkyBar by Michael Miller Fabrics and JCaroline. – THANK YOU for a wonderful party!

The event was definitely bigger than the previous 2.0 in Portland, with a gorgeous rooftop view of the Houston Skyline at Sunset. I was happy to meet with many friends from last Spring, and many new connections as well. A fun surprise was that in attendance was Jay McCarroll from Project Runway! I was humbled to hear how news of our quilt market coverage had travelled, truly Boutique Cafe is getting out there into the mainstream and people are talking and sharing – what a sweet thing to realize.

Shoutouts to: Christina from Etsy, Melissa Averinos, Patty Young and her husband Jon, Becky Brumley from Upsiedoodle, Jessica Jones, Mary (my twitter peep @flourishes), Sherees Alchemy, Myrinda from Fabric Hound, Deborah Hearn from Craft Magazine and many many MANY more I can’t possibly type them all! It was wonderful to see you, I can’t wait to wander market tomorrow and see all the beautiful booths, we’re hoping to provide great coverage to those who aren’t able to attend. On our way out, I bumped into Heather Bailey in the hallway. She looked gorgeous as always, beautiful in a yellow sweater and her hair had tiny flowers. We had a fun exchange in the hallway of the Hilton, talking about how tomorrow would go, and laughing that if we couldn’t get the LIVE FEED to work tomorrow that we’d record a choppy video piece stating that there was an earthquake! She’s so funny!

Before heading back to the hotel to soak our feet, we stopped in at Sample Spree. This was a new experience for me, and the line up was HUGE! Thankfully as media we were able to rush right in and take a few crowd pictures. It was intense, with loads of activity/selling/chatting going on in all corners. They had some lovely samples for sale, and the bonus was seeing my dear friend Gina from The Threaded Pear and Quilter’s Buzz. We’ll definitely see her tomorrow.

That’s just Day 1 Prep, tomorrow is the opening of Market and the floods of people will be flowing in. I’m off to bed to rest up, but I couldn’t go to bed without sharing an update with all of you. Love from Texas – Daria

The Flip Video Camera Made an Appearance

Flip Video Camera

Flip Video Camera

I didn’t use my flip camera at Market nearly enough, however I caught a few fun moments on it!! Here’s footage my sweet friend Amelia when she arrived in Houston, Liz, Amelia and I heading out to hit the shopping at the Galleria, and of course Liz trying on a hat and looking so smashing! (the girl can wear hats like mad!!)
Amelia Arrives
Parkade heading out for shopping
Liz tries on a Hat

LIVE from Quilt Market – It's Boutique Cafe!!

It’s International Quilt Market this weekend in Houston, Texas, and Boutique Cafe will be there covering the event as media!

This time around I’m eager to try something a little bit different for our community, and offer a LIVE VIDEO FEED from Market on Saturday!! This is of course dependent on the quality of the internet connection at the Convention Centre, so if glitches arise please bear with us as we’ll have other coverage as well.

So, if you’d like to join in a little Boutique Cafe history with me this Saturday, Oct. 25th (approx. 11:30 am Houston time) – we’ll give it our best college try, and see if we can hold live interviews, in real-time for you!!

In order to participate, you’ll need to join www.ustream.com as a member, you’ll be able to participate in the Chatboard that runs next to the video feed. You’ll be able to comment, ask questions, and say hello to our guests directly! Can you say FUN?

**Once we’re setup and ready to start streaming, I’ll send a Twitter Tweet message with the url. (if you don’t have a Twitter.com account be sure to join and then click to follow Boutique Cafe’s updates)

See you at Market! We’re taking YOU with Us!!

Quilt Market in a few days!

I’m so thrilled to be attending Fall Quilt Market for a second time as media. What an honor to be asked back by Quilts.com to cover the event via Boutique Cafe! This time around I’ll have my sis-in-law Elizabeth – aka Lizzy Anne Designs with me as my photographer/assistant – she is launching a new quilt pattern at market and has created a mouthwatering quilt out of Patty Young’s new Andalucia Fabrics! Be sure to stop by Patty’s booth to see everything yummy!

I’m also eager to see my best friend Amelia!! She’s a native Texan, and it will be fun to spend friday with her in Houston before Market officially begins. It just wouldn’t be the same without her! Missing from the Boutique Cafe crew this time around is my friend Megan, who is due with a sweet new baby in a few weeks so it’s too close to travel. I’ll miss you so much Megan!!! XOXO

As for designers, I’m eager to meet up with Sandi Henderson, Patty Young, Heather Bailey, Anna Maria Horner, Tina Givens, Joel Dewberry, Paula Prass, Melissa Averinos, Tanya Whelan, the super sweet Jennifer Paganelli, and my dear friend Amy Butler. (Plus many many more!!)

If you’re attending or exhibiting at Market please shoot me a comment or email so I can be sure to drop by with the video camera. :) See you when I get back with hopefully some stunning footage.

Where is that girl?

Wondering why I haven’t written lately? Well it might be due to the lame birthday I just barely experienced, causing me to go into a state of shock/coma. I’m NOT embracing the new number that signifies my worldy experience, but I will definitely embrace any comments from people saying that I look WAY WAY younger than my age.

Gal to Gal Virtual Walk – Tribute to Dorit

“To our dear friends -

It is with great sadness that I must let you know that our Gal to Gal Foundation President, Dorit Shapiro, lost her brave battle to Stage IV breast cancer yesterday. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting Dorit – I can tell you that she was an incredible woman who believed passionately in the purpose behind the Gal to Gal Foundation.

As you may know, this year’s virtual walk hopes to raise $250,000 by asking each and every one of us to take 5 minutes and $5 and go to www.galtogalwalk.org and create your virtual walker. It is our hope to grant hundreds of wishes for Stage IV breast cancer patients and their families this holiday season. With your help we can!

Dorit’s wish was not for herself. It was that we make this goal and that no woman living with Stage IV should feel alone in this journey. Please join Dorit’s virtual self and all of us today in her honor!

Here is a tribute to Dorit where you can listen to her own words spoken 1 week ago (!) as we kicked off this event. Unfortunately after this speech she took a turn for the worst. She will be missed by her family and friends very much! Dorit just turned 38 years old with 2 daughters (ages 4 and 8). Please help us grant Dorit’s wish.
Watch now!
With hope in my heart!

Jeanne Fitzmaurice
Founder
Gal to Gal Foundation
Design-her Gals ”

**Join the Gal to Gal walk and Team up with Boutique Cafe! When you submit your virtual self as a walker, add Boutique Cafe as your team name!! Let’s all walk together and make Dorit’s dream come true! – Daria

Listen to my past interview with Jeanne Fitzmaurice from last year (episode #76) regarding the Gal to Gal virtual walk Here.

I Am Thankful

turkey.jpg It’s Thanksgiving Weekend up here in Canada, and man am I thankful!

I have so much to be grateful for, and I know how fortunate and blessed I am. Loving husband, sweet amazing children, a loving God, developing better routines in our home, a lovely home to live in, safety and comfort, great friends, many kindnesses extended our way, adorable nieces and nephews, parents who support us….AND I’m very thankful that Safeway was willing to return my gigantic $60 turkey, so that I could get a smaller one! WHEW!! Color me Thankful!

Win a QUILT from Lizzy Anne!

Attention everyone, this is so exciting! My very talented sister-in-law Elizabeth is offering a jaw-dropping quilt as a giveaway on her blog! This new quilt design called “Spring Up” will also be available as a pattern for purchase at Quilt Market in a few weeks, so be sure to swing by Patty Young’s booth (stop by to see the Andalucia fabric version in person, it will be magical!).

Here are the ways you can enter to win:

1. Leave a Comment on Lizzie Anne’s Blog HERE
2. Receive 5 extra entries by blogging about this giveaway on your own blog (you must let her know about it by sharing the url in comments as well).
3. Receive an additional 5 entries by sharing her banner in your sidebar (code is available to copy & paste).

The winner will be drawn on Friday, Oct. 17th so prepare to get all wrapped up in wonderful!

I've been Tagged!

tagged.jpg For many months, I have been following the blog Taiwan Lucy by inspiring adopting mommy Jackie. The blog is now renamed Taiwan-On. Her family’s journey through the international adoption process was a tough one. I have laughed, cried, prayed for Jackie and felt a deep connection to her story. Now sweet little Lucy is at home with her new family, and the journey has just begun. Thank you Jackie for the tag so you can know me better, but most of all thank you for sharing your experiences with the readers who love you. XO! Daria

7 Random Facts about me
1. I can memorize music and lyrics to songs insanely fast!
2. I like doing laundry but hate putting it away – crazy I know
3. I feel a deep need to have others understand and like me, sometimes to my own detriment
4. I’m still madly in love with my husband 8 years later and proud of it!
5. I have four little boys and have always dreamt of having a daughter someday
6. Most of the time I cannot hold a grudge or bad feelings for anyone. I forgive at light speed.
7. I occasionally lipsync to music in the mirror while I’m getting ready in the morning. LOL!!

And Now it’s my turn to tag a few “willing” bloggers! Can’t wait to hear your answers.

Liz (Pigtails and Snails)
TAMNERS (Seriously So Blessed)
Esther ( russell.esther)
Amelia ( AmeliaSFB)
Tilane ( The Bishop Family)
Nena ( Mom of Earls)
Katie ( Katie’s Blog)