Wednesday, January 30, 2008

San Francisco International Gift Fair

Carl and I arrived in San Francisco on Friday in the pouring rain. I wish I had taken pictures of us when we finally checked in. We were soaked!

It has been a long four days. The show was much slower than we expected but we meet some great exhibitors, got some great feedback on our booth and got some good orders. Here are a few photos of our booth. Next time we will paint the walls and be sure to have more merchandise so our booth is packed with stuff.

We also updated my website--thanks to my wonderful friend Josephine. The website reflects what is being presented at these shows. You can download my catalogue to see exactly what we are selling.

I am now in the San Fran airport waiting to get on my red eye to New York. I will update the blog soon with photos from NY.

Until then....

Carl setting up the booth.

Diane in the booth on the first day...

The aprons got a great responce at the show!

Below is a photo of my pillow in a display that the buyers walked past to get to the show.

More to come....

Monday, January 21, 2008

Diane Gets Ready for the Big Show!

Diane continues to be busy preparing for her shows in San Francisco and New York. She'll be out of town for two weeks spending long days selling her textiles to store owners. She is four days away from her first show. Wish her luck!

Happy New Year ~ Italiano Style!

On New Year's Eve we spent a wonderful evening with our good friends, Aniello and Antonia. Aniello made some amazing seafood dishes--mussels, lobster, shrimp, scallops. Antonia provided dessert, noisemakers and sparklers. We added a couple bottels of our favorite Italian Champagne--Banfi rose.