|one of the wonderful miniatures|
This is what it felt like when the shopping floor opened each day!
I apologize I didn't write down the maker of this buffalo work of art that included real buffalo hair and 3-D eyes. Click for detes.
Shopping was such a fun ride! The first night I cruised the 20 plus aisles. I was like a deer in headlights because I love to shop and this was like Disney world.
The first night I bought these beads and tops. I just knew they would be gone if I waited.
The vendors had Halloween candy and samples for the taking and many dressed up to add to the fun. Halloween day they really pulled out the stops. I wore a tasteful silver glitter spider fascinator but I was giggling at the wild costumes. It's like Mardi Gras, in that groups dress alike. The calm ones wear the same t-shirt. The wild groups for example wear a sash with their title (queen of thimbles) and tiaras, or green led dreadlocks. Nothing is too wild.
Eleanor Burns did not need a costume, she's a character all on her own. Her demos and booth were always crowded. See that fan with her face on it?
I really need a regular sewing machine first and there was no limit to people willing to help me out of my money and into a new machine!! I resisted as it's a really important decision since they cost more than many cars I've bought.
The vendor's also want people to try their new products and are generous with samples. I was given several spools of thread to try...
The long arm and machine people want you to remember them, so they hand out a number of tote bags per day, and these are a few of mine. I'm partial to the shape of the baby lock bag so use it all year for projects.
After attending two lectures before opening on Saturday, I looked out the window and spied an outdoor craft show. Whee! Off I went to investigate and found a very high quality show. I interviewed this jeweler
carianne) who told me all about her process and lost wax technique of making delicate meditations jewelry. These are words on silver that you can collect. Like many of us, when she isn't in the zone, she will jumpstart by going into the studio and doing what she's done before to prime the pump. She was a thoughtful approachable artist and very charming to talk to about art making.
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The metler booth had this kit too good to pass up, 12 spools of cotton thread for $8! And a free spool to try! Bonus!
I was looking at soft fuse and spied a box under a chair that said $4 each item.
I saw a hand dyed tank. When I held it up and decided on the pink, she said, two for $7.50... you can't go wrong there. She was right, I got both and she and I had a lengthy chat about vending and marketing. I learned a lot from her!
And I finally on the last day gave up my vow to not buy fabric because these fat quarters were on sale and called me... sewing items and 50's aprons?!? Blue batik, all on sale!
check out the other three posts under the label Quilt shows or following this one