After a week on the road, we were bubbling over with excitement… our new cd of foot stomping, knee slapping Appalachian music playing loudly in the truck (compliments of A Simple Life Magazine’s winter issue)… we were psyched!!!
Our first view of Mount Vernon was delightful… a quaint mid-western town with well-kept historic buildings.
The Comfort Inn was just around the corner, we checked in and went out for food! Real food! The one thing about being on the road is you miss real home-cooked meals. We were lucky the first step of our journey with our sweet friend, Cecilia, cooking for us, but were ready (after 2 days on the road) for a real meal!
Food, a good night’s rest and we were off exploring. The first person we ran into outside the hall was Max Squires, one of the promoters of Simple Goods and her husband… what sweet people, we totally enjoyed them! Before long, her sister and co-promoter, Candy Looker, showed up and we visited for awhile. Candy has done a lot of the art work for the show and her signs and t-shirts are fabulous! Especially our Walker Homestead sign with Miss Chickie on it!
Miss Chickie had been invited by Candy and Max, but we were afraid that 2 weeks on the road would be too much for her… and would hotels let her stay???
This was the sign for the new building, where our booth was located…
It was exciting to see signs for some of our friends’ booths…
and how each one suited the individual vendor…
is what makes this show so special~
We checked out the Salvation Army building and found our booth location…
the guys were busy at work already!
Our next chore was to straighten out our truck… the 2 previous shows had created havoc… between the snow, mud and bad weather, our packing was not exactly organized…
Our work was cut out for us! We made a big mess in the parking lot, reorganized, re-packed and were ready for set-up the following day!
We went back to our rooms to freshen up and head out for dinner. In the parking lot, we ran into friends and joined them for a decent brick-oven pizza… what fun!
We worked all morning on setting up our walls… the porters were awesome! Such gentlemen and they actually helped us with set-up as well! Great guys, can’t say enough about them.
This was our trial run setting up the walls at home… it was a little easier with the guys and no real walls behind us!
We spent all day setting up, finishing up around 9 pm… we missed lunch altogether and the lady in charge of our building was nice enough to make sure we got dinner!
Our finished booth… more or less… a little tweaking to do in the morning, but we finished up in time to go pick up our friend (and helper), Judy Coffey of Country Plus, at the airport in Akron!
Doreen’s beautiful mural over our fireplace~
We were amazed at how quickly our linen short gowns sold! We even took orders for them… for regular wear, too funny… guess we’ll have to make more next time!
We took a quick walk around the booths set up on Friday in the main building…
So neat, love this wig stand in Carolyn Thompson’s booth…
Pretty ladies… Carolyn Thompson and Judy Coffey… so excited to finally meet in person!
Jill Peterson’s Frontier Homestead booth… that trencher came home with us!
James Cramer’s booth… what a great guy, we enjoyed him immensely! We came home with some of his great decorating ideas as well.
A Simple Life Magazine‘s booth where Jill Peterson and her husband, Todd, handled book signings.
Christina & Scott Hummel of Primitive America talking with Molly Garland of Tinkertown Antiques during set-up.
Primitive America‘s unfinished booth… came out fabulous!
A few more shots of our booth~
Soooooo, there are lots more photos from the day of the show and our other escapades which I will save for the next segment…