Sunday, November 30, 2008


Words can not express how wonderfully our In-Home show went.

This was our third year for our show but the first time it was open to the public and we certainly plan on doing it again next year.

On Saturday we had a steady flow of customers from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. with only an hour around noon when it died off and today we had a very good day with most of the customers coming early this morning....there was just no sign of a recession!

There was a snow storm coming in and we thought people would stay home but they didn't....when the snow started we still had people coming. Also, we had 5 repeat customers from yesterday - AMAZING!!!!

Our proceeds were over the top and for that we are so thankful for and not only that we met so many wonderful people and so polite and careful being in someone's home.

We had compliments that overwhelmed us not just on the products and the set up but about our home as well.

I have met a few friend through the Country Sampler Forum and they came to the show as well....three of them actually. One was from IL, one from way up north here in WI and one several towns away from here. What a super wonderful surprise!

My pictures didn't come out very well - they were rather blurry so I will take some more tomorrow and post them in a new post....sorry....but you all have been so kind and supportive and generous with your comments and I so wanted to share them with you right away.

Doug took me out to dinner tonight and now we are totally pooped out. Bless his heart he manned the cash register for two straight days - I certainly couldn't have done it without him and it gave me a chance to mingle with the customers and answer questions.

This is Carrie from Reedsburg, WI. Her and her husband Matt drove 2 and a half hours to get here! Sweet kids.

And me with Lorry from Illinois - she drove over 3 hours to get here and she brought a friend along and they stayed overnight and came back here this morning to shop some more before heading back home.

This is Jackie from Twin Lakes, WI about 35 minutes from here along with Lorry.


  1. so glad you had a wonderful show! glad you got to meet some friends from the forum too~hope you get to relax a little now!

  2. I'm so glad everything turned out great! And how exciting that you met some of the gals. i can't wait for the pics. Go rest and can't wait to see more. have a blessed day!

  3. Oh Karen i am soo happy it all went well. Your home does look beautiful I just wish I could have been there too.

  4. I am so excited for you that everything went so well! How nice to have met online friends too!

  5. I am so glad it turned out so well. and how awesome is it to meet online friends.
    Rest now and be blessed!

  6. Oh Karen-YAY...I am so tickled that your Home Show went so well! Good for you!! I'll bet you & Doug are pooped-you guys put 110% into this and it showed!!!
    That's so nice that ya got to meet some of your friends from the forum too!
    I can't wait to see more pictures!

    Have a wonderful day!


  7. I am so glad your show went well- I was pretty sure It would!
    Your house looked wonderfulI am sure everyone was so impressed!

  8. Oh, how wonderful you met some new friends and I'm so glad your in home show was a huge success. I know how hard you work to get it ready & your products are beautiful.

    ~ Pam

  9. Congratulations Karen, I'm so very happy for you. Your work is wonderful and I'm not the least bit surprised you did so very well.


  10. I sure would have loved to have been there. It looked great from the pictures. I am so glad that you did so well. I look forward to the pics.

  11. How fun was that to meet gals from the Forum!! Must have been the icing on the cake. Looking forward to more pics after you have a chane to relax.

  12. Hi Karen,
    I'm so glad to hear that your show was great! And how wonderful to meet the gals that traveled to come and see you.
    I also noticed at my show that we had more buyers than I thought we would. It rained all day Sunday, but we still had customers that came to the show.
    I can't wait to see more pictures of your home show.

  13. Karen, Believe me when I say the trip was well worth it! Lisa and I enjoyed ourselves so much, and I feel so blessed that I have two new friends in my life. You and Doug are wonderful people and have a wonderful home. Thank you. Jax

  14. How wonderful to have met some friends from CSF, I think I remember Jax:) they looked like they had a wonderful time.

    So glad too that you had a profitable two days and your DH must be tired also.

  15. How wonderful Karen!! I hope you can take some time to rest now.

  16. Hi Karen,
    Thanks for adding my blog to yours. So glad you had a great turn out at your open house. You home is beautiful!

  17. There I am! I made a blog - how cool is that!!!! I'm even in the preview picture - woo-hoo! I had so much fun - I was giddy the whole way home! I am so happy with my purchases and everything is already placed in the house! I could have bought a lot more too! I got a lot of cute ideas after seeing your house in real life. It is a very warm, inviting space! I was thinking about you yesterday as the winter storm warnings were centered over your area. I'm happy the folks kept on coming but after last year's extreme snow I guess a measly 8 inches of snow isn't going to stop us! Hope you two can find time to relax because you deserve it!

  18. I love the idea of an in-home show! It looks like you had many beautiful goodies available to draw folks from so far away.

  19. Karen, I am so very happy that your show was successful!


  20. Karen I love your blog and what a terrific idea to have a show in your home!

  21. Woohoo Karen...I am so nosy I was searching and peeking and moving your friends out of the way in the pictures so I could have a better visit with you..(big smile)...Everything looks wonderful - no wonder you were "over the top"...a great feeling when you work hard to make a welcoming presentation...wish I lived closer cause I know I would have had a great time. Relax and enjoy your holiday...XO Judy


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