Our Last Market

We participated in our last farmers market of the season on Saturday.  As usual, Wayne headed there for the 7am opening and I wandered in around 9am with breakfast in hand.  Before I arrived it was apparently bitterly cold, but by 9am the sun was shining and the day was fantastic for November.

It was cold enough that the puppy needed a sweater too.

Hey! This guy looks familiar!

Lots of lovely canned goods and honey….you can just see the 9 lb turnip in the corner.

Woodmill Winery was at the market.

And, of course, Shiloh from Tumbling Shoals Farms.

The flower ladies were there with lots of lovely goods.

This booth had a beautiful fall theme….just gorgeous stuff.

I had a fun picture of Brian, but he made me promise not to use it 🙂

Coto Family Farms stayed busy all day…

…as did Julie with Miracle Point farms.

The market was much fun.  Lots of samples, chatter, and fantastic people.  Unfortunately we found that Joanne, the wonderful market manager, resigned.  We are sorry to see her go – she’s been wonderfully patient with us throughout our learning experience.

We are going to miss everyone, but we do hope to be back with a permanent spot in 2011.

Southern Christmas Show

On Sunday Wayne and I took time away to visit the Southern Christmas show and check out some of the booths.  It was a TON of walking.  My goodness.  The booths never seem to end.  We ran into some folk we knew and chatted a bit and met some lovely vendors.  Below are some pictures I shot along the way.

Chara works in Tanzania on malaria prevention and education.   We purchased a gorgeous wooden carved frame.

They also had some lovely pillow covers that I would have purchased if I were not aware that Sparky would take that as a shredable chew toy.

I loved something about this tree….

And, as always, I am strangely drawn to iron work.

And another tree.  Sensing a theme?

This gentleman had a gorgeous wood mantle to display his wares.

We’re hopeful that next year we’ll be posting pictures of our booth!    🙂

ArtWalk Boone

Today Wayne and I drove up the  mountain to (finally) set up our products at the ArtWalk in Boone.  We always love any excuse to visit the mountains – it is truly one of our favorite places to spend time.

The ArtWalk is quite a fun shop.  It’s an Emporium-style setup with tons of artists and almost anything you can imagine available for sale.

Last time I went, I spent a good bit of time wandering around and taking photos of various displays.   There were SO many that I loved….it was hard to choose which pictures to post!

Not pictured above is the vast collection of Derfla paintings that are just beautiful.

And finally, adding to the list of artists is, of course, Belle Terre!  Here’s our little shelf by the stairs:

To top off all the lovely items available for purchase, the staff at ArtWalk are quite nice and knowledgeable about the varied products.  If you’re in Boone, stop by and visit the ArtWalk – it’s worth the trip.

Here We Grow Again!

As our little venture has grown and taken on a life of its own, we have been quite fortunate to run into some kindly entrepreneurs along the way.  Several of these kindred spirits have taken a liking to us and our products and have partnered with us to bring great soap and lip balm to their customers.  We have already announced, via this blog or facebook, our partnerships with the Union Square Emporium, Deborah’s Gracious Gifts, and The Artwalk in Boone.  We are very excited to announce that we have also partnered with Amanda Carroll at the Bead Boutique in Matthews, NC.  This is a huge step forward in extending our market presence as it gives us our first footprint in the Charlotte Metro area. Here are a few pics of our product in Amanda’s shop.

While our initial space in the Bead Boutique is fairly small we are looking forward to a successful couple of months that will justify our expanding our footprint in a wonderfully unique store.    We had lots of fun getting to know Amanda and her sister who were neighboring vendors at the recent Christmas in the Valley show we attended.  If you are in the Matthews area, stop by and visit with Amanda and her team and buy some soap!

Christmas in the Valley – Part 2

We’ve had an incredibly busy month!  We’ve been running between the farmers market downtown, the emporium, talking to various retail stores, and prepping for Christmas in the Valley.

We were thankful to have help from my lovely parents who participated in a wrapping party to ensure we were able to have all our holiday scents ready in time.

Looks like fun huh? 🙂

On to the show….Wayne posted some pics of the booth, but I was so very happy with it and wanted to add just a few more:

Here’s Wayne eagerly awaiting customers…

And mom who was kind enough to come and assist me while Wayne was at the Farmers Market.

The show had tons of entertainment scheduled including the mandatory early visit with Santa, an amazingly whistler from Hickory (Phyllis Heil) and the Clater Kaye Productions (below).

One act Wayne and I both enjoyed was Christian Ingle.  He plays the guitar and piano and his music was wonderfully soothing and relaxing.  Plus, he’s cute.  And that never hurts.

Sadly, Wayne was at the market when the Humane Society put on the Parade of Pets.  I tried to take lots of pictures to share later, but the lighting was slightly strange.  I attached a few (sorry for the quality).  You’ll have to trust me that it was really, really cute.  All of the dogs were in an outfit or costume and many did tricks while on stage.  Adorable.  Almost make me want another one….almost….

As we’ve experienced at other shows, when not talking to customers you spend tons and tons of time interacting with your neighbors.  Having good people around you makes all the difference.  We were quite lucky at this show in that we were surrounded with fantastic (and fun!) people.

Amanda and Company at The Bead Boutique were across from us and had a beautiful booth design.  I bought one of her neck wraps in purple (or course) and can’t wait for the weather to cool down so I can wear it.

The WINOS (Women In Need of Sanity) ladies were next to us.  Bonnie et al were a bit crazy…but much fun.  You can tell they have a good time doing what they’re doing.  🙂

And Ron with CapTel (NC Relay) was across the way as well with his trusty dog that was wonderfully patient through the many, many hours of sitting through the show.

Wayne also visited with the lovely ladies from Natura Pet Products

…and of course with the Humane Society.  After which he promptly suggested we needed another dog.

The best part of the show was (of course) our customers.  We met all kinds of lovely people who let us talk to them incessantly about what we do and why we do it.   We thank each one of you for your support.