Purple Painted Lady 2016! #thepurplepaintedladybarnsale

We were so happy to be a part of the Purple Painted Lady’s 6th annual festival!  What an event!!  We were a vendor here last year as well, and we were hooked from last year.  To be honest, we are a little sad it’s over!  I always try to take several pictures of the show, but we were just SO BUSY, I did not get a chance to take any pictures after I took a few pictures of our booth first thing in the morning.  In fact, these pictures were taken before we were even fully set up and didn’t even have our banner up yet!

This was my setup this year at Purple Painted Lady!  Slightly different than last year’s setup, and much different than the other shows I’ve done this year.

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Rolls of Unpaper Towels were VERY popular!

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And my soy candles & melts are always a big hit.

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This was the first show where I was selling my handcrafted soaps!  Several scents, all handmade by me, in small batches.

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Soaps, Frizzies, and pet products on this table.

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There isn’t a thing I would have changed about this show!  This is all held on the Purple Painted Lady’s property – 20 acres, and another 40 acres across the street! Trish and Steve are the owners and they run this entire event all on their own.  There were almost 170 handcrafted vendors, food trucks, the blogger Miss Mustard Seed, demonstrations, raffles, a live band on the front porch all day, this show is absolutely INCREDIBLE.  I had customers tell me they drove long distances just to get to this show.  They even had drone coverage, which was live on Facebook!  Click here to check out one of the live videos.

In 2017, the date will be 9/23/17, so mark your calendar, this is a DO NOT MISS event!!  We will be there!

 

OATKA Festival in LeRoy, NY

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Eartherella was a vendor at the OATKA Festival in LeRoy, NY this past weekend.  This was an hour-long trip one way for us, as we thought this was a much bigger show than it was.  It turned out to be just a small town festival.  But, we made the most of it.  We had lots of soy candles, melts, unpaper towels, frizzies and lots of all natural pet products too.

It was much busier on Saturday, especially right after the parade was over.   Sunday was very slow, but we still had fun passing the time with our fellow vendors.

Thanks to everyone who stopped out to visit and/or make a purchase from us!

Below are some other pics of the show.

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NY Lavender Festival in Red Creek

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This was our first year to be a vendor at the Lavender Festival in Red Creek, and we were so glad we decided to do this show!  This was one of the most fun shows we’ve ever done.

This show was from Friday night through Sunday, but we only did Saturday & Sunday.  And from what I hear, it was pretty dead Friday night, so I was glad we did not do Friday night.

We arrived early Saturday morning. It was a beautiful, sunny morning, and the weather cooperated with us most of the day. At around 2pm it rained for just a few minutes, and then the sun came back out.  It did start to get windy though.

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About 1/2 an hour after we got home, we received a call saying there were “tornado like winds” and several vendors lost their tents and/or products, and that our tent had a severely broken leg.  We were fearing the worst – we didn’t know what we were going to walk into Sunday morning.

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But, when we got there Sunday morning, our tent was still fully intact.  One of the legs was indeed bent, but Chris was able to straighten it out.  One of our shelves inside the tent did fall over, but we secured our glass candle jars before we left on Saturday, so there was no damage to our products. Our tins fell but were not damaged. Crisis averted!   At least, for us.  A few other vendors were not so fortunate.  One vendor’s jewelry went all over the place when her tent flew away.  This was definitely another learning experience for us.

Overall though, this was a great festival.  They had lots of activities scheduled throughout the day, including horse & wagon rides both days.  We were right next to the booth for the wagon rides, so we got to watch the beautiful horses both days.  There were also a few miniature horses at the festival, with two of them being walked around so kids could walk them, and people could pet them.  They were just TOO cute!  Had so much fun learning about the miniature horses, and seriously wanted to just take them home with me.

This show had the best atmosphere – we loved our crafting neighbors and the customers too.  The lavender fields were all around us, and people were picking the lavender both days.  Sunday it was much colder (low 60’s) and I forgot my jacket, so I had an extra tablecloth wrapped around me for most of the day.  But we are definitely looking forward to attending this show again next year.

Below are some more photos taken of the festival.  Thanks to everyone who stopped out to see us – and see you here again next year!

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Chaz Bono purchased an Eartherella soy candle and we have the photo to prove it!

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We sell our products at local shows, there are a few retailers locally that carry Eartherella’s products, and we also sell them online through our website, on Etsy, and on Amazon, to name a few.

Our business has been growing, but imagine my surprise when I received an Amazon order and the name of the customer was Chaz Bono! I looked at the address and it was in the Los Angeles, CA area. But, I am skeptical by nature and was afraid this wasn’t THE Chaz Bono.  Lets face it – his mother probably has the most impersonators ever!  So, I went to Google Earth and did a search for the mailing address on the order. I then searched for photos of him on Google and YouTube, and there were several matches! Yes, Chaz Bono actually ordered one of my candles.

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He ordered a Gingerbread candle, but I sent him several other scents of my soy candles, as well as a few packages of my soy melts. This was for Chaz Bono, after all!

In my package I sent him a letter, thanking him for his purchase, telling him that they were all hand poured by me, and I also mentioned that I loved seeing him on The Bold & The Beautiful a couple days last week (my favorite soap by the way!).

I also added a PS – “If you wanted to send me a selfie of yourself with my candle, I wouldn’t be mad at ya! lol”. I figured it was a long shot, and I didn’t want to sound like a stalker fan (lol) so left it at that.

I shipped his package out 2-Day Priority Mail, and all day Friday I kept checking the tracking number to see if his package was delivered. It showed it was delivered at around 3:30pm (6:30pm our time in NY). A couple of hours later, I received an email and it said it was from Chaz Bono. I literally screamed when I saw he had emailed me!

Hi Valerie, thank you so much for the candles, they smell excellent, and are just the kind of sweet spicy scents I’m attracted to. Having to 2 dogs and 3 cats, I like to light candles in my home a lot, and will definitely be a return customer. Here’s your selfie with your candle in it, as per requested. Thanks again for the goodies, and the complement about my work on B&B. I don’t know what’s happening with that show in the future, but I’ve got other projects I’ve shot or will soon, coming down the pike, including a movie I’m in, being released next month.

Best,
Chaz

I was beyond thrilled with the email from him.  But when I went to see the attachment, the image did not come through. It said it was sent from his iPhone and for some reason, his attachment was a broken image. I tried opening that email in every application possible but I could not view the image. I was so bummed! I was dying to see the picture!

So, I emailed him back and thanked him for the email but let him know the photo did not come through. He ended up emailing me a couple more times trying to send me the photo, but it did not work. I told him I thought it was because it was being sent from his iphone and for some reason it wasn’t coming through. I didn’t want to bother him anymore and went to bed.

When I woke up Saturday morning, I had received another email from him:

Hopefully this will work better being sent from my computer, let me know if you still don’t get it, and I’ll try FB tomorrow.

And this was attached to it:

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I about lost my mind!!! I was soooooooooooo excited I cannot even begin to tell you! First, I emailed him back and thanked him for going through so much trouble to get me this photo. (I had also told him in a previous email that I wanted the photo to share on my website & social media, so he knew this was going to be shared).

Can you say BEST DAY EVER??? I’m small time. I pour my candles with my own hands, in my own home in a tiny little town in Upstate NY, which has a population of maybe 2,000 people. Out of all the zillion candles out there, he chose MINE to purchase. This meant the entire world to me! And not only did he purchase one of my candles – he took time out of his very busy schedule to send me a personal thank you email, and then went through the trouble to send – and re-send this photo to me several times until it finally worked on my end.

What other celebrity would go through even HALF this trouble for someone? I don’t know of any.

I learned a lot about Chaz in this little transaction. He’s a real person, he’s down to earth, and he’s a genuinely nice guy.

I also want to add that you should check him out on Facebook. He has a lot of projects coming up, which I can’t wait to see him in. You can check out a clip of him as Jerry the Hoarder in the movie Dirty which comes out July 12th! I think we will be seeing a lot more of him on tv and in movies and I wish him nothing but the best!

And one last thing – if you want to purchase one of my candles (jars, tins or melts!) – use coupon code “ChazRocks” and save 20% through the end of June!

 

Sulphur Springs Festival in Clifton Springs!

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I’ve lived in Clifton Springs since 1999 and I’ve attended the Sulphur Springs Festival a few times over the years, but have never been a vendor at this event.  This year I decided I would be!    The Craft Show started Friday at 4pm through 8pm, and was on Saturday from 9am through 8pm.  There were a lot of festivities going on the entire time.  The crafters were located in a new spot this year – in Rotary Park, which is right on Main Street.

The Flint Creek Band played Friday night and they were fantastic!  I’m a country girl (musically speaking!) so I thoroughly enjoyed the music, and I thought they were great.

We started setting up our booth at 2pm and the heat was in full force!  Weatherbug said it was 77º but it felt like 97º!  It was brutal.   But once we were all set up, we were able to cool down a bit.

Right next to Rotary park was a parking lot for the Clifton Springs Hospital employees, and they emptied this parking lot for all the food trucks.  There was no shortage of food at all!  They had everything from burgers, to Mexican, to German food, a lemonade stand, ice cream, and more.

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Saturday, there were a lot of events going happening on Main Street.  They had part of Main Street blocked off for the festivities, but the part that was blocked off was not the part where the vendors were located, it was on the opposite end.  So for the crafters & vendors, there was a lot of downtime on Saturday, but it picked up significantly at around 2pm when people started getting ready for the parade, which started at 6pm.

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And the parade was great.  We really enjoyed it.  We were told it was going to be at least 2 hours long, but it was just under an hour long.  There were some festival goers who were shopping during the parade.  But after the parade ended, there were swarms of people shopping everywhere!

The event coordinators checked up on us regularly (and even called all crafters the night before to let us know where our spots were), and always came around to make sure we didn’t need anything.  I thought the coordinators did a great job.  We also had great neighbors at the craft show who also made the overall event even that much more fun.  We are looking forward to coming back next year!

Thanks to everyone who came out to say hi!

Here are a few more pictures of the parade!

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The Old Hilltop Market in Webster!

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We are super excited to be a part of The (new) Old Hilltop Market on Empire Blvd in Webster!  They just opened a couple of weeks ago, and they are growing quickly!  They have lots of awesome vendors inside which include foods such as honey, syrup, mustard, granola, grass fed meats, baked goods, dairy products and more!  But it doesn’t stop there!  Lots of awesome gift products, too – such as candles, melts, jewelry, and lots of home & garden decor such as bird baths, bird houses, flowers, ferns, and so much more!  You really must stop in and see everything The Old Hilltop Market has to offer!

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This is our spot – Eartherella! We have soy candles, soy melts, and frizzies!
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Our booth is right next to Crimson Bramble! Her jewelry and decor items are so beautiful!

 

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Here we have Thainna’s Gift Shop with her yummy smelling soy melts, smelly jars, and her beautiful etched glass!

 

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Here we have maple syrup, honey, granola and more! (We bought some of the Cinnamon Raisin granola and it was delicious!)

Check out The Old Hilltop Market’s facebook page for lots more pictures, updates and more!

Rochester Lilac Festival, 5/7 & 5/8

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We were at the Rochester Lilac Festival for the May 7th and May 8th weekend!  We lucked out with some beautiful, warm, sunny weather on Saturday, but it was freezing and raining on Sunday! But that didn’t stop the festival goers!  I was shocked at all the crowds, especially considering how the festival moved the crafters to a completely isolated part of the festival!

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We experienced some issues with our display setups, and the uneven ground didn’t help matters any, but we made it work anyways!

 

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On Sunday we added a few baskets in place of the shelves to keep the candle jars a little more secure.

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We met so many nice people at the festival, and we thank you for stopping out to see us!  Be sure to check out our event schedule to see where we will be next!  We still have lots of dates to add!    Our products are also being sold at a few retail locations, so check them out here!

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OVES Craft Show in Ontario, 4/30/16

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We were at the OVES (Ontario Volunteer Emergency Services) craft show in Ontario today.  There were lots of vendors!  We were there with our soy candles, soy melts and unpaper towels!  There wasn’t too much foot traffic, but still had fun talking with the vendors we knew, and met some great new vendors, too!  OVES has two shows a year – a spring show and a fall show.

School of the Holy Childhood Art & Craft sale 11/7/15

We were a vendor at the School of the Holy Childhood in Henrietta this past Saturday.  This was our 3rd year at this show, but our first as Eartherella,  and as usual, we had an amazing time!   We met so many nice vendors and customers, and saw a lot of familiar faces from the previous years we were here.
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We received so many compliments on our soy candles and melts, and had a few compliments from customers who purchased our Un-Paper Towels last year who stopped by to either tell us how much they still love them, or to buy a new set!

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A couple new products we had at this show were lemon frizzies, and “stinky dog spray”! Which were both a hit!

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Our upcoming schedule is:

11/14 – Neil Armstrong Elementary School in Greece
11/21 – Ionia Bloomfield Middle School in Bloomfield
12/5 –  Charles Carroll #46 School in Rochester
12/12 – GoMad Greece Olympia Music Boosters in Greece