Holiday Show

The last time I checked in with everyone I was working hard at preparing for my first Holiday Show.  Since then much has happened keeping me so busy that I haven’t had a chance to catch everyone up.

The Christmas Arts & Crafts Emporium Show was a success from my point of view.  It was the 33rd year that this particular show has taken place.  I have been a consumer visiting this show previous years and this time got to see it from an entirely different perspective.  Saturday was the kick off and when the annoucement came that they were opening the doors; I said a prayer for the Lord to see me thru this adventure and took a deep breath.  It was busy at times and once I had my first few sales completed I felt a bit more at ease.  I typically do not like crowds, but this was somehow different being able to talk about my love of sewing and quilting.  The first day came to an end with a sigh of relief, although, we didn’t sell out of everything; my friend and I had to rearrange our booth to account for what we did sell.  Day two came at a slower pace which allowed me the opportunity to meet other vendors and discuss not only their products but get tips and tricks to this type of saleswomanship.  (if that is really a word?)  All in all, I felt pleased with not only the sales, but also the look of the booth.  What seemed to be a blink of an eye… three days had passed.  Here are a few pictures of the booth.

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Quilters Gadget

It is true quilters need exercise; some may think that by getting up and down to iron the seams as they sew is the way to get it.  I prefer to keep my quilting and exercising seperate, by using this handy little gadget.  Of course every gadget has to have a name so I call this the “Table Clasp Iron Board” or “TC Board” for short.  These are handcrafted in my home by me and a very handy dandy fellow who got pulled into this venture by wondering one too many times thru my quilt studio only to hear “can you help me with this?”

The TC Board simply slides over the edge of your sewing station or table, a twist of the knob tightens the board.  Once you heat up your iron, you’re ready to get busy.  Start sewing together that next project and press those seams as you go while sitting at your sewing machine.  If you are a paper piece quilter, you will surely enjoy one of these items beside your sewing machine.  It is great to take along to retreats, quilt classes or any sewing get together.  The TC Board is large enough to use a standard size iron or for ease of transport try one of the various travel irons out there.

Now that all of those pieces are sewn together, it is break time and I can get some exercise going up the stairs to check out what goodies are in the fridge!

If you are interested in acquiring one of these boards, feel free to contact me via email  dlehmanbell@gmail.com and please use “TC Board” in the subject line.