The Soup Bowl

Tidbits about Jillibean Soup and the life behind the bowl…

Paper, Paper, Paper January 24, 2009

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Sorry I’m late with the winners…been working on the booth again.  The 3 collections of paper go to…


#73 Cindy – Congrats!

Love Minestrone-lots of my favorite colors going on. Have a blast at CHA! You will be tired but it’s a good tired. Sure wish I was going this year!


#15 Kim Moreno – Congrats!

WOW!! I just found your blog through Kimbers and I just lOVE everything you are releasing!! Best of luck at the show!!


#5 Heather T. – Congrats!

It’s impossible to pick, but I think White Beans wins. Great stuff….and thanks for the chance!


I will send you an e-mail soon to get your info. 

Thank you everyone for participating!!!  We’ll do another giveaway soon!

Nite, Nite.



Jillibean Soup booth January 23, 2009

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Greetings from California!   We made it and so did all my stuff…some in better condition than others…but it’s here!

I debated whether or not to put these pics up.  First, they’re not the greated pics…the lighting in the hall is not so hot and my camera does not like the galvanized sheeting on my booth.  Second, it’s not the best representation of my booth…but what the heck.  Hopefully you’ll come back to see the finished product.




OK, I know this is a boring pic, but it’s going to tell a story.  This is what you start off with…yellow/white curtains.  If we did not build our own walls or have someone else build something for us…this is what would have been my backdrop.  It was kind of surreal to see Jillibean Soup on the sign though! 




Here are the hardwalls that Eric built in our garage.  I know still not looking that great…  Don’t pay any attention to the woman in the sweater.




Unfortunately, some of my stuff got damaged on the way out to California.  Here I am pointing to the cracked bottom of the “island”.  I love this piece.  It’s the heart of my booth and I was bummed when they called and said it got damaged.  Thankfully, we’re still able to use it.




Here’s Eric working on the damaged frames.  The frames will house my collections.  Unfortunately, a couple of them got damaged on the way out here.  Thanks goodness, I’m going for the “shabby chic” look!  Thank goodness for Eric coming out as well!  He’s back in Ohio now with the girls.




Sorry this pic is so dark.  Here are the vinyl pieces going up.  I mentioned before…these came from the Pink Tomato in Wooster, Ohio.




Here’s the flower up.  I have LOTS of these things to put up…hopefully I’ll get them up today and post more pics tomorrow.




Here’s the end of the day Thurs.  Like I said, I debated on whether or not to post these, but decided it would be fun to see the process.  Hopefully, Kathy and I will get tons done today and I’ll post more tomorrow.


Have a great day!



I’m leavin’ on a jet plane… January 20, 2009

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Headed to California in the morning.   I hear it’s in the 80’s out there.  My body is going to go into shock after this cold Ohio weather!   I’m still not as organized as I would like to be but my time has run out.


Again….We’re at booth #2712.  Stop in a say “hi” to Kathy, Karen, Jen and I!!!!


I’m excited to share lots of pics with y’all.  Someone mentioned (I think it was you Missey) that I should install a camera in the booth and have a live feed on the internet.  I’m not sure my booth will be that exciting, but it would be fun to see all the people! 


I’ve got a couple of things to share before I take off…


I need to do a quick shout-out to Jodi at the Pink Tomato in Wooster, Ohio.   Very cute paperie!  They specialize in custom invitations as well as scriptology.   Jodi made several vinyl “flour tortilla” flowers (see this) for my booth.  I promise to take lots of pics and share the process with everyone.  Also, Jodi’s husband owns a screen printing/embroidery shop.  They embroidered Jillibean Soup aprons for me and they are just adorable!  You’ll also get to see pics of the girls and I modeling them!   By the way, the Pink Tomato is the first store to carry our the Minestrone collection! 


I also am thrilled to announce that Jillibean Soup has gone international!!  Our first supplier is Indigo Mill in the UK.  Stop over and see Steph…she’s a doll!  It’s amazing how many people (all around the world) I’ve met since I started blogging.  Most of them are nice too. 😉 


Soon, Jillibean Soup products can be purchased in Australia, Japan, Singapore, Germany and Canada.  How about that?  Woot, Woot! 


I will definitely get our store directory up and running after the show.  Hmmm, so much to do, so little time.


Thank you to ::Essence::  (love how you do that double colon thing).  She nominated me for her blog award for being inspiring.  Thanks sweetie!  You’re an inspiration to all of us with your strong faith, willingness to reach out to others and your artistic ability.  She sent me a thank you in the mail for a giveaway I did a while back.  Here’s a photo of the adorable card.




One other shout out to my girls…Karen, Tracy, Heather, Shannon, Ava, Sarah, Shannon, Holly, Jamie, Kelly, Judy, Daria, Missey, Sue and Stephanie.   Thanks for your help with the sprouts!  You guys Rock!!!  


Oh, almost forgot…last Sunday was my nephew Lucas’ birthday and tomorrow is his sister Elaina’s big day.  Happy Birthday to both of you cutie patuties!!!! 


I’m off girlies…I will be posting as much as possible this week so keep checkin’ in.  Hopefully things will be going well!!!! 




Updates, News and a Giveaway… January 19, 2009

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Wow, time is flying by around here and I still have lots to do before the show.  Several of you know that I’ve been dealing with sick kids for the past couple of weeks.  They are doing much better which gives me piece of mind before I head across the US.  Thanks for your prayers.


Now, on to some news and updates…


* Several have asked our booth at CHA – it’s #2712 in the New Exhibitors.  Please stop by and say “hi”!!!! 


* For the wholesalers, our new products are up on the shopping cart.  If you do not have a wholesale account, please fill out our wholesale form on our website here


* We have catalogs for those that would prefer to go that way.  Simply send us an e-mail at  Also, we will provide a link to the catalog on the website.  It should be up this week.


* I apologize for not posting much this week.  As you can tell it’s been a bit over the top here! 


* I’ve had lots of questions about a design team again.  Please keep checking back.  A post will go up shortly after the show.  All are welcome to apply.


* I owe a huge shout out to Kimber McGray!  She has referred lots of people to Jillibean Soup!   Thank you bunches Kimber!  When you get a minute, go check out Kimber’s blog.  She has lots of fun Jillibean Soup goodies posted…some with our new lines!  


* I’ve had so many e-mails lately in support of JB Soup and I can’t tell you “thank you” enough!  I wish I had more time to e-mail all of you individually, but the show is taking up LOTS of my time.  Anyhow, thank you for your great comments…keep em’ coming! 


Here’s one quick glimpse at some goodies from Kimber which will go in the booth..




How adorable are these letters????


OK, so how about a GIVEAWAY.  I know it’s been a while.  Would anyone care for these…




Or these…




I’ll even throw in some sprouts!  If you’re interested in winning a set of our new lines, leave a comment telling me which one you like best.  White Bean (frogs) or Minestrone (butterflies).  3 winners will be picked via this Friday at 9:00 PM EST.  NOTE:  The papers will be sent out the following week as I will be traveling to California for the show. 


Good Luck!



Happy Birthday Leann! January 15, 2009

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Happy Birthday to my SIL Leann!  Leann was born in the same hospital as I, just a few hours before.  You’ll always be a day older…which also means you’ll turn the big 4-0 before me! 😉 

Hope you had a great day!  Stay warm!



Introducing… January 14, 2009

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The Minestrone and Whitebean Collections will be introduced at CHA next week.  I’m very excited to share these with you!  Check back for some awesome projects made with our new lines!



Will work for food… January 13, 2009

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Hired some help around the house…






Good thing they’ll work for these…

Brooke isn’t really helping.  She decided to use the rag to wipe her nose.  Ha! 

Have a great night!