I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Taste of Florida

How are you all? I sure have missed ya!

This past Wednesday I was so very fortunate to participate in the Taste of Florida event held at the Disney Resort Hilton. A lot went into planning this event for 4-H executives and administrators from around the U.S. I was contacted about a year ago and asked to be a vendor and sell my seashell jewelry. I was delighted to be selected, and said YES without hesitation.

I met some warm, friendly, wonderful people at this event, and it was an experience I will never forget. I am so grateful that I had this opportunity! It was really cool, and I loved seeing and hearing people's reactions to my pieces. And I sold.....a LOT!

I took my two middle kiddos, Laci and Kyle, to help me. It's a good thing I did! Not only were they a big help setting up and taking down, Lace helped with writing receipts and packaging, and Kyle handed out business cards. They are pretty good company, too :)

My pictures didn't come out well, but I did my best.

 These photos are not in order, but I realized I had to include the first one after all....
see the green pearl and abalone necklace on the black bust in the 3rd photo? I sold it! This was the first time I have ever had to replace a necklace on a bust because it sold :) so in the first two pics, the replacement necklace is on display....it's the copper sun and moon shell necklace.

I know my table looks really full, but it sure did become less full throughout the day! It also helped that I kept rearranging :)

I moved the bolo ties to the bracelet board, and set the middle necklace displays on my boxes to give them some height so they could be seen.

Like in this photo....

I'm sure you've noticed I didn't use my tables, or my table cloths and skirts. I did take them with me as I didn't know the cloths would be provided. Now I know for future appearances like these to just leave them at home....or at least ask about it! LOL!

The lights above my table produced a very yellow hue to my pics, but I did want you to see the new bolo ties. I love the ammonite fossils!!

This leather is the same wonderful quality as what I used in the last bolo ties. Love it!

Can you tell that Kyle knew I had the camera out? LOL!

We had fun, I sold quite a lot of jewelry, and I was honored to be there :) And the people! OMG the people were so awesome!!!!

An extra big THANK YOU! to Chris from the University of Florida for putting this all together. He did an amazing job! Thank you Chris for inviting me :D

Tomorrow I will be back out at Harvest Village for the McIntosh Festival, also known as the 1890's Festival. I'll have my booth and 3 table set up going on, and hope to attract as much of a crowd as I did at the Taste of Florida event.

It's gonna be a busy weekend with the show on Saturday, and a ROLLER DERBY BOUT on Sunday! WooHoo! This momma is gonna have some fun!

I'll be back Monday with details and photos!

Have a great weekend :D


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I like how your booth was jam packed with beautiful jewelry. Was this the show where you were doing jewelry demonstrations too?

Della said...

There wasn't room or time to do any demonstrations, lol. This is where I was supposed to, though.

Migrainista said...

Looks like you all had fun. So glad that it went so well for you. You are one busy woman, onto the next event already :) Looking forward to seeing the pics. Have a great weekend!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a beautiful room and nice set up! It's great that your kids are involved...nice to do things together! I love those fossils, they are exquisite! Enjoy the weekend ahead! What a time you will have! Wish I was there! Sweet hugs!

AntKaybe said...

Hay! We can all say - we knew you when :D Great job on the set-up.

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Oh that looks like a beautiful set up and I'm glad you sold lots AND had a good time!! Now your doing it all again? You are one busy but successful woman!!

Cheryl K said...

Del, I am so happy for you! Way to go! Keep it up while we're soaking in Sandy up here!

julie cavender said...

What great exposure! Congrats on your sales! And spending time with the kids is a bonus. Good luck with the rest of your shows. It makes me tired just thinking about the work(fun)!

Eyelah said...

Looks like you guys had an awesome time! Congrats on selling too. Good luck at your next fair too. Definitely take a lot of pictures. Also, I posted an sidebar ad for my marykay page(thanks for stopping by)

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