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AmyD Field Trip to Chicago

We really did go to Chicago.  Alas, we were so pooped at the end of each trade show day, this was the only view we got of the train.  Maybe next time we will get out of the loop and do some exploring.

Why were we in Chicago?  Heather and I went to the Merchandise Mart for the Beckman’s trade show.  Beckman’s is a part of the bigger Living and Giving gift trade show that is at the Merchandise Mart.  Beckman’s showcases exclusively handmade goods.

We met some really great people there!  Our neighbor Mandy Adamick put up with our shenanigans very nicely.  We made a unicorn, taped it to a hammer, and during slow times provided her with an exciting puppet show from the top of the booth.  Here is a lovely pic taken by Heather that showcases the Unicorn Hammer and the “Best Bartender” sash we made for the bartender stationed about 10 feet from our booth.  Poor guy.  We made it hoping to bump up his tip jar.  I think it actually worked because I heard people congratulating him.

Here’s a pic of our booth.  We made it fancier by adding the border along the top.  Swanky, right?

We also met the fantastic Laura Tanner of Laura Tanner Jewelry .  Her friend, Natalie, had a skirt with a bead coming off.  She came to our booth and we sewed it back on.  She was so nice and they all stopped by off and on throughout the show to entertain us.  She’s a mom like us.  Meaning, she’s a mom, and she’s like us.  Plus, when we saw Joan Cusack walk by, she was just as excited as we were.  Joan Cusack!  We shat ourselves.

Across the way from us was Village Designs.  Dodie is so sweet and gave me some great advice.  She’s been at this for around 20 years and has seen it all.  I am giving her a virtual hug right now….

Something So Charming was our other neighbor.  They have a thousand balls in the air and juggle them all just fine!  Their booth was pretty populated most of the time and I think they know everyone.

While we were goofing off and making our award-winning sashes, Howard of Whitney Howard stopped in our booth.  He was so friendly and we looked forward to seeing him every day.  Privately, we just called him “California” like that was his actual name, and well, now it’s not private.  (At the show, you wear a tag that says where you are from and that’s what we first remembered.  As in “I was looking for lunch and stopped by California’s booth.  They are so nice.”) Anyway, he is what I would consider successful.  He has a healthy business, loves his family, and didn’t seem stressed out at all.  That’s what I’m aiming for.

We tried to have a beer one night with Lisa of Ellembee for her birthday.  However, we made it about 6 blocks and had to declare, “We think you are awesome and we really want you to have a happy birthday, but we are so damn tired and must go to bed.”  That’s right, we are PARTY ANIMALS.

All in all, the trip to Chicago was a fantastic networking event for us.  We met people who have great ideas and were very generous with their advice.  Plus, Heather and I had tons of fun watching tv and eating in bed.  Which is something we can’t do at home because we have kids.  I mean, we COULD do it at home but my kids are slobs.

See you later, Sweet Potater





Whipping up some wholesome crafty goodness!

Hey everybody!  We just had an AmyD meeting and I’m stoked about the stuff we have on deck!

Coming up soon is Agora! This is a really fun indoor/outdoor event here in Columbus.  This year it’s on May 21, from noon to midnight.  We are whipping some some new skirts and dresses.  Don’t get me wrong, I love making aprons and they will be there too, but it’s skirt weather!  So yeah, we are excited to get some of our goods on your bads.

Next up will be the Midwest Craft Caucus.  This is going to be a supercharged and informative event for crafty people wanting to learn more about the business side of things.  You can find out more here…..  We are one of the sponsors, so go send them some love, ok?

The end of June brings Comfest.  A fantastic summer festival centered around community involvement and presenting what, in scientific terms, is an assload of bands and vendors.  I’m crossing my fingers we make it in!

In July, we head to Chicago for the Beckman’s Handmade trade show.  This was really fun in January and exposed us to a new audience.  Hopefully, they will come back for more to see our expanded housewares line.

Speaking of that, did you know we now make a more masculine sort of apron too?  We call it “The Griller.”  If you hang out around the North Market, you’ll see them on the staff at North Market Spices.  We have also added wine bags (available at House Wine), napkin sets (available at Wholly Craft), and coasters.

We have some other things cooking, but for now, that’s all I can share.  Wait, there’s one more thing, Go Red Wings!

I hope you called your mom on Mother’s Day.