Friday, September 30, 2011

"Turtle Time"

It is now time to start prepping your lavender plants for winter.  You will want to cut off the spent stems and shape you lavender plant into what we like to call a "Green Turtle Mound"  You want to leave two to three inches of green foliage and shape it into a mound.  Doing this in the fall will keep your lavender compact and "shapely". 
3 year old plants ready for fall

2 year old plants ready for fall
Click HERE to see last years exaple of a lavender that I did NOT hedge last fall.

Click HERE to see a couple pictures of Phase 2 from Fall 2010.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Swiss Days - Booth Pictures

When we were getting ready for Swiss Days (way back in March) I was looking, trying to find information to help us with our layout and display; pictures of other booths, tips for signage, something to help us.  This being our first time at Swiss Days, we didn't know what to expect.  In all of my searching, I didn't find much. 
So here is our experience with a few pictures to hopefully help other first time vendors and to show the insanity of it all.
Thursday  09-01-11
Set up took all day.  Ladders, ribbon, canopies, and its a good thing they make purple duct tape. Our set up day was Thursday 7:00am.  Some vendors set up on Wednesday. We made 2 trips, one to bring up the plants and another for all of the product and our cupboards.
Friday 09-02-11
All set up, and ready to go at 6:00am. Early Bird shoppers started to show up at 7:00am with mittens and jackets, the air was a little chilly.  The cool air was a good thing, it meant that the temperatures inside our booth wouldn't get unbearable till afternoon. And lucky for everyone at the show, it stayed in the 80's.  Last year it was in the high 90's and things were melting.
I took a few pictures of our booth set up, but because it was so early in the morning they turned out a little dark.
Lavender Lotion, Lavender Mist, Lavender Syrup, Fragrance Bags, Dryer Bags, and our handmade soaps.
 Herbs de Provence, Culinary Lavender, hand painted cards, lip balm, cuticle balm, lavender mini sachets.
 Live lavender plants, bulk lavender and gardening accessories on our Lavender Hill Potting Bench.
Lavender wands, bath salt, lavender massage oil and lavender eye pillows.
 We sold all of our blankets the first day.  The wreaths were a little awkward to pack and display, but it was worth it. Our customers loved them and I think they added a little variety to our selection.
Dried bundles and gift baskets.
Our gift wrap and check out.
Left side of the booth.
I didn't get a very good picture of our tea shelf, but here is a close up.  Lavender mugs, platters and napkins perfect for a Garden Tea Party. 
Of course we had our Aloha Lavender Tea and our Quiet Evening Lavender Tea in the new square containers. They are easier to open and are more air tight. 
As soon as the sun came out this is what it looked like all day long, hence the lack of opportunity to take well lit pictures.  
Do you see our booth on the right?  You have to look close.
And there we are!
It was crazy and packed like this all day long, we had to take shifts for breakfast, naps and drink runs always leaving at least three people in the booth at all times.
Carli, Jackie (Mom), Carrie
It was usually the three of us girls in the booth and my Dad was the runner for product and more wreaths from the hotel.
Carrie & Ed (Dad)
Saturday 09-03-11
Saturday started early like Friday, but we were ready.  The hump for Saturday was our credit card swiper.  The cell towers were so busy with people on their cell phones processing charges, it slowed everybody's transactions down.  Everyone was patient and understanding.
Our costumes were a hit. In fact we got an "Outstanding Booth" award.
The girls had lavender head wreaths, peasant like vests, matching aprons and white skirts. My Dad had his long socks, hiking boots, purple button up shirt, suspenders, and a Swiss cap with sprigs of lavender tucked into the band.  It was fun to dress up for the day!

Vendor Tip* Bring a flash light for during set up and tear down.  There are lights, but not enough.
My Mom was trying to hang this "kissing Ball" in the dark...thank you neighbor vendor for lending us your light. We ended up going to the store and buying two more lights.
Vendor Tip* Bring a stool or a chair.  8 am - 8 pm are long hours on your feet and a little rest will bring your smile back.
Customer Tip* Make Swiss Days an all day thing. Come and enjoy the music, food, crafts and people.  If you try to rush through it, you will miss out. 
And here are a couple pictures sent to us by friends and customers.  Thank you for your support.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Swiss Days & Credit Cards

Out of the 300 + credit card charges we did over Labor Day weekend we only had 5 that hiccuped. As of today we have fixed 2. If we had your phone number we would call you and go over the steps to getting it reversed, but we don't have your phone number.  So, please give us a call if you have been double charged.  801-745-2744.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Swiss Days 2011 & Lavender Hill

Don't look for us at the Farmer's Markets this weekend, we won't be there. 
Friday: 8am - 8:30 pm
Sat: 8am-8:30 pm

Our booth is on the North side of the park by the honey buckets.  It is a good thing that our booth smells so wonderful!