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Monday, December 15, 2008

Our last craft show of the Season

Last weekend was the end of our craft show season for the year. The SOWA Holiday Market is wonderful show full of really cool artisans with a dedicated promoter who does a great job getting the crowds to show up (especially with the challenge we are all facing economically).
We were planning on bringing our camera to take lots of pictures of the weekend, but silly us we forgot it both days! Thanks to Lianne and her trusty Apple iPhone, she was able to save the day.

the space we have for this show was a lot smaller than
the Christmas festival. On the plus side though, we did have a corner space.

We try not to go over board with our display. We realize with a more elaborate design, it's not fun taking down the display at the end of the show!

The crowd came out over this chilly weekend to buy some unique gifts. This is one of the few shows where we actually try hard to make the time to walk around the show because you can find some wonderful things for the holidays... but we usually just shop for ourselves.
Here are a few items we picked up.

We always purchase these yummy sauces from Shootflying Hill Sauce Co. (we love the butterscotch) They are handmade in small batches using natural ingredients that you will easily recognize. We met Cory, the founder, a few years back at another show. We always make time to chat at the shows. She is a sweet person, just like her sauces.

The booth beside us was a letterpress company called B Designs Inc. Once we saw these cute letterpress Santa tags we just had to have them. They got a real kick out of us when we told them that we had to get two sets... one to keep and one to use. These tags are just too cute to use.

Speaking of cute.... Sew Cuties are a fun collection of handmade critters in fabulous fabrics with lots of charm. Part of the fun in doing these show for us, is getting a chance to network and meet some very colorful characters and Cathy from Sew Cuties is a perfect example. Her personality is as fun and colorful as her designs. We purchased some of her bird ornaments last year for our nieces and this year we had to get her new baby blanket design (which we got early thank goodness because they went fast!) for our new baby girl who is coming in April 09.

This is just a little taste of what went on this weekend. If you haven't been to a craft show lately make a point to visit one or two next year and support and meet your local artisans.

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