Greetings from home! We've been on the go since the beginning of May and finally home. We've been to Southern MD, Crisfield area for a strawberry festival and just this past weekend we wrapped up with Wine in the Woods in Columbia, MD. We couldn't have asked for better weather on all events too!
This year marks our 10 year anniversary of selling at art fairs and one thing is for sure, you never know what can happen from one show to the next. Everyone's tastes are different and that held true at our recent festivals. There wasn't one item that sold the best, but a little bit of everything sold. We can say our car fresheners are a big hit as sales in that department was more than our candle sales. It only makes sense as it is an affordable choice and easy to tote when at a show.
We are also pleased to know our new candle scents - Michigan Melon and Apricot, Palm Springs Pear Berry Oasis, Cambridge Classic Lavender, and Sacramento Black Cherry Soda are a big hit too. At shows people gravitate to these first and often say it makes them hungry (the foody scents) or amazed how true to life they smell. This is something you just can't convey over the Internet and pleased by the overwhelming positive reaction and sales.
Well, we're going to take some time to finish updating our website and sign up for a few more craft shows. Hope to see you at a future show!
What an awesome past weekend in Leonardtown, MD. The drive from Reisterstown to St. Mary's County was delightful - no traffic, saw a beautiful sunrise, and couldn't believe how many Amish live (and drive horse and buggies) there. In my travels I passed signs luring me to stop at Dr. Samuel Mudd's House (connected to John Wilkes Booth and Abraham Lincoln history) as well as Sotterley Plantation and Piney Point Lighthouse. Oh and the produce stands are full of great delicacies! Finally Bypassing the temptations, I made it to Craft Gulid Shop, the place for the craft show in under 2 hours and 30 mins. Hard to believe how, if you drive in any direction for 2 hours from central MD you'll not only find something new but lots to do. This location I have to say is unique - located on the main highway, but hidden by trees. It's also nestled along side antique shops, a framing shop and Amish produce stand among 2-3 other small shops too. Our assigned space was next to a flowing stream with nice shade trees. The weather was great the whole day - warm in the sun, but with a 5-10 mph breeze it felt wonderful outside. The booth was set up in a little over an hour by 10:00 am just in time to greet a few first comers. It was by 11:30 more people came with many checking out our awesome candles. Both our small candles and car fresheners we're the most popular buys. The most popular fragrance of the day??? Carolina Clean Sheets! It seems clean and fresh scents may be the trending scent for spring and summer. Many loved our new fragrances including those from our Hawaiian Collection too. What also made the day worth while was meeting Joyce, one of the candle reviewers for By the Bay Botanicals! She is just as funny and out going as she is on camera. What I didn't realize is she is an amazing painter and paints the best blue crabs I have ever seen! She even teaches painting classes at Craft Guild Shop - see her work via www.craftguildshop.com! When the event was over around 4:00 we packed up and met up for dinner with Joyce and Mary, another huge fan of our candles, at Salsa's (also in Leonardtown). The food there is fantastic and perfect for Cinco de Mayo. A must have are their peach margaritias and chimichangas! I cannot thank those involved enough with the porch party for their help, free coffee and yummy hot dogs! I can't wait to go back for another event! Hope you'll come and see me then, but meanwhile our next show is this weekend at the Somerset Strawberry Festival followed by Wine in the Woods May 19/20. I'm Expecting a lot of strawberry candle sales as well predicting a lot of strawberries will be eaten by me too! For now back to work replenishing our candle stick! - Michelle Sholund, owner and craft artist
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