Monday, November 21, 2011

Until Next Spring . . .

Wow! The boutique was so amazingly busy, fun, crazy, etc. Other than some bookkeeping and a few other minor details, we're about done with this show. Our apologies for not posting the winner of the Purs'nal Pal earlier. We did notify Michelle that she won that giveaway and she was ever so excited! Charla and I are slowly getting our homes back in order and our mental faculties and physical well-being are returning. Turns out that too many successive 20-hour days take a toll on just about everything.

We just can't put this show to bed without first thanking so many people who make this event possible:

Our families, who not only put up with absentee wives and mothers (and a lot of convenience food), but cheerfully help out with posting signs, make sure we remember to eat and drink, move lots of heavy items, put up with our grumpiness when things get a little overwhelming, and so many, many other things. Kudos especially to my sweet Dave, who saved the day when the wind decided to wreck havoc with our signs, and for the million other things he does, and to Charla's Ray for getting the Christmas lights up early, catering to our continually changing ideas of where what needs to go to look best, and for the million other things he also does.

Our crafters and vendors, who are not only incredibly talented, but are so wonderful to work with and, so very kind-hearted, helpful and fun. We've rejoiced with them in their happy experiences, and grieved with those who have had heartaches in recent months. Our prayers are with those who are facing difficulties. These outstanding people are the salt of the earth and we are so blessed to count them as friends. A special shout-out to Kevin - who slips in and out quietly - making sure that the atmosphere before you even get to the front door is welcoming and magical.

Our customers/friends - the new ones who have just found us and brought their enthusiasm with them, and the old faithful ones who come year after year. We love getting to know each of you and love getting to catch-up with lovely people who we don't get to see so very often. We have lovely ladies (and a few gents) who come every single day and those that we see less often. We love watching the teens and kids who come and ooh and aah over all the fun stuff. I personally can't believe (and I know Charla would ditto this) how many friends I've made over the years as a direct result of the show.

When things get hard pulling this off, thinking of all of you is what gets us through.

We value your opinions and would appreciate if you'd let us know of any suggestions you might have to help us make the next show even better.

We love you all.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Second Winner and Third Giveaway

Our winner of the $25 boutique gift certificate is proof that persistence pays off. I think she has entered every single giveaway we've done and finally . . .


We can't wait to see what you decide to get at the boutique. Congratulations!

Our next giveaway is courtesy of the wonderful ladies at Purs'nal Pal. I've written about the dynamic duo, Wendy and Donna, right here and here. They have generously offered one of their mini organizers to the winner of this drawing. It's been three or four years since I got my "Lil Red Riding Hood" Purs'nal Pal. It still gets used every day and still looks (and works) great! Definitely one of the best investments I've ever made. So comment, or post something lovely about the boutique on facebook or your blog and send us the link in a comment, and you will be entered in this drawing.

Charla and I have had such fun seeing everything come through the door as we set up this year's show. You will not be disappointed. Come say hello and enjoy a festive experience!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

First Winner and Second Giveaway!

And the lucky winner of 6 jars of their choice of Tagge's Famous Fruit products is:

Melinda Davis!!!

Congratulations! We'll see you at the show when you come to choose your tasty jams and salsa.

Our second giveaway will be the coveted $25 All Through the House gift certificate to be spent on anything of the winner's choice at the boutique.

To enter, comment on the blog, "like" us on facebook, or, if you invite people to come to the boutique on your blog and send us the link in a comment on our blog or if you share the boutique announcement on facebook, you will get two entries in the drawing. Winner will be announced late Saturday night (if I'm not totally wasted from setting up the show).

As always, winners must come to the show to pick up their prizes, or they will be forfeited.

I can hardly believe that our vendors are bringing their things for us to start setting up tomorrow. It's going to be a great show! We'll see you then.