As you know, I do not live in the country, so why then is my website called countrynmore? Well, when I did craft shows, the shows were located out in the country. I did the show at Hillsidefarms (www.hillsidefarm.org) in Norco, California for about 11 years, which was out in horse country. While some people wanted country theme aprons, others liked other themes as well. It was actually my husband who came up with the name countrynmore, to signify that we made country theme items, but other themes as well.
We stopped doing craft shows over a year ago. I honestly miss doing the shows, but setting up our booth was too much for the family, and made for some stressful times. When I started doing the show at Hillside Farms, my oldest son was about 11 years old. Times have changed and the boys are all grown up. The booth in itself was hard to set up and that caused the most stress. I finally told my husband and sons that if they helped with setting up all of the heavy grids (weighing over 600 total for all of the grids) that if they helped me set up the grids and canopy, that I would do the rest myself.
Now, the things I will miss most this holiday show season are the long visits with Bob and Karlene (promoters). I would spend the weekend at their place in my motor home, and would help with packaging up the ginger and chocolate cookies (to die for). Every year volunteers would help Bob and Karlene make, package, and sell the cookies.
The profits would help benefit the mentally challenged, and other community organizations. I have heard that they can sell up around 70,000 total cookies in one year (May, Nov. & Dec. shows). Of course, I will miss the customers, friends, and fellow crafters.