Craft Vermont 2009 wrap up

I can’t believe that I haven’t written a blog post in two weeks. I think I’ve had a longer than usual recovery time after my craft shows ended. Even though it’s nice to be past the stress, I still go through a period of loss when my shows end.

Last November I exhibited at my first craft show of the season, Craft Vermont, presented by Vermont Hand Crafters. I was in the same spot as last year, which I call my “home”. Some of my neighbors had changed, but my block was still full of friendly faces.

I had several repeat customers, which always makes me happy. I feel very strongly about nurturing my customer relationships and make a point of treating them well. I had many visitors from the Book Arts Guild of Vermont and also roped in a few new members.

Here’s a little photo essay of my booth setup:

Blue Roof Designs booth setup

And a one…

Blue Roof Designs booth setup

…and a two…

Note: There is no way my booth would ever get done without some major hubby help. Seriously. I’d be laying my books out on a towel.

Blue Roof Designs booth setup

Blue Roof Designs booth setup

Blue Roof Designs craft show booth

Ta-da! It’s like magic!

The sign in the center of my back wall is new this year – I updated my logo and got a new sign to show it off. The two photos that flank the sign are new as well. My hubby is a wonderful photographer and he created them for me. Love.

Here are some of the books that I was happily able to debut at the show – combination Coptic stitch and Celtic Weave journals.

Coptic stitch/Celtic Weave journals

The cover papers were all made by paste paper super-genius, Claire Maziarczyk. These precious papers were stashed away after my visit to Claire’s studio this summer. I’m telling you – these papers were hard to cut up – but so worth it in the end.

Overall, I had a pretty good show. I did better than last year and in this economy, that’s a really good thing.

I leave you with my favorite shot, which I’ve mentioned before – the “Craft Show Carcass”:

Dismantling of the Blue Roof Designs craft show booth

Nothing like setting ’em up and knocking ’em down.

6 Responses to “Craft Vermont 2009 wrap up”

By Bryan - 17 December 2009 Reply

i like your blog.

By elissa - 17 December 2009 Reply

Bryan –

Thanks! If there’s anything you’d like to see me talk about, just let me know. 🙂


By Carol - 17 December 2009 Reply

Hi Elissa,

So pleased to hear you did well, it must be a great experience even though such a lot of hard work. Your journals with the paste papers look really special. I haven’t blogged for a month – so just in case I don’t manage one before next week, do have a wonderful Christmas and I’ll be looking forward to your posts next year.

Carol xx

By elissa - 20 December 2009 Reply

Best wishes to you too Carol!

🙂 Elissa

By gerri newfry - 17 December 2009 Reply

your booth looks great! i’m not sure if i’ll ever do an indoor show again, but just in case, what was the support you used to hold up your wall of curtains? and how did you suspend your lights?

By elissa - 20 December 2009 Reply


I use pipe and drape that I bought from Exclusively Expo.

The lights setup has two components:

The Speed-Rail slides on the two horizontal pipes that form the top of my side walls. We adjust the Speed-Rail so they’re positioned directly across from each other. We then extend the telescopic drape rod (minus hooks) into the remaining opening of the “T”. The Speed-Rail has integrated screws that lock the rod in place.

I hope that makes sense. If not, I can take some close-up shots and write a blog post with a clearer explanation.


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