The Made in NH Expo 2017 on Saturday was a great way to beat the raw weather and have a great time doing it! As usual, the variety of items and wonderful vendors from around the state was outstanding. Between the items, the entertainment, the food and libations, there really was something for everyone.
As you can see, the attendance was incredible. Great for all the vendors to display and sell their products, clearly shown here on the empty shelves of Shannon's Better Than Average jams, jellies and sauces. Their delivery of restocking came shortly after the picture. How great is that!
I was lucky for the 2nd year to be able to spread out to a larger space. Thank you to the management at Events NH and to Kerry, the author of the Thomas Holland series of delightful books (as you can see his sign next to mine), he moved to aisle 300 and allowed me to expand. I'm very grateful.
Neighbor vendors make the long hours during the day so much more enjoyable. As well as the wonderful people from the NH Ambassadors that allow breaks for the vendors working solo in the booths.
And then there are the GREAT customers!
As usual I'm pressed for time, but I'll be blogging about today, Sunday's, day at the Expo and having so much fun just like the Wolfman!
DiZigns Made in NH Expo 2017 samples were delivered to Events NH/Millyard Communication's office yesterday, a bit late because of underestimating my hours of work, but the finished product is just what I wanted.
My first step is perusing through fabric and choosing all the matches. The samples given to MINH to be distributed along with other artisan samples to local businesses, etc., are so important to me. It is my ultimate form of advertising. One thing about my bags is that the actual, physical seeing and feeling of them is what really sells them. So I take the opportunity to mix all 4 sides, outside and lining, with a different design to showcase as many types as I can. When I make small bags/samples, I can use some of the many small pieces I have to mix and match and as I've shown above, some beautiful pieces.
Last year for MINH 2016, I wanted to show my hearts off as well as the bags, so I had a new idea for Pearl of my Heart gift bags.
This year I wanted to showcase my decorating of gourds along with the bags, so I included a surprise!
I saw these ADORABLE little ornament gourds and thought it was perfect for me! So, in every sample bag is a gourd.
I will have these little guys for sale at the expo. I have been trying to perfect finishing the larger gourds I decorate similarly to withstand outside weather and be used as birdhouses (or I may be making some feeders). So, I have coated these with the waterproof finish that I came to use for the larger outdoor ones which gives them a great, glossy shine. Then I decorated them with tiny, tiny things.....so cute. As with my bags, I wanted people to see the gourds and then fall in love with them.
I love all these crazy, slightly different shapes!!
More updates will follow in regards to the expo, and feel free to visit the website: