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Getting ready for Christmas.  Got lots of scraps, random selection of colors, but my head keeps telling me, get some "red" going--Christmas is coming.

IMG_20191101_062700895 (1).jpg  Red Dining Room Christmas 2019.jpg 
I have lots of work to do getting ready for Christmas Craft Show and Victorian House Tour Dec 7-8, 2019 at my home.  We are expecting 600 people.

First Floor there will 8 vendors at our event selling their handmade items: bed quilts, table runners, hand beaded purses, vintage style kitchen aprons,  loomed area rugs, chocolate candies (made by a retired chocolateer), fresh bakery, jams, jellies, salsas, teas, infused oils, sterling wire wrapped jewelry with gemstones, Christmas tree ornaments, and lots of tasty cookies to nibble on as you shop.  

Today, this is my red dining room pictured with Christmas tree at the left, and Singer 27 treadle I sold today.  Having the event is keeping me focused, and encouraging me to sell off some machines.  

Tonight we are gathering in the dining room to hand-sew Christmas tree ornaments to help out one of our vendors.  When several gather together, we can make lots of them in one evening!  Wish I had some M&Ms.


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Hosting an event like this would ramp up the Christmas decorating schedule.  Sounds like wonderful assortment of vendors, and I am licking my lips from your descriptions!  Great runners you've made.  You go, girl!
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How do you hold such an event and make people aware that not every thing in the house is for sale? Do you, yourself have a table? Do people just know, even 1st year of a show??? I have seen people have an open house and sale items are displayed throughout the house. Ideas appreciated.
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How do you hold such an event and make people aware that not every thing in the house is for sale? Do you, yourself have a table? Do people just know, even 1st year of a show??? I have seen people have an open house and sale items are displayed throughout the house. Ideas appreciated.


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There are 8 vendors at our event selling their handmade items: bed quilts, table runners, hand beaded purses, vintage style kitchen aprons,  loomed area rugs, chocolate candies (made by a retired chocolateer), fresh bakery, jams, jellies, salsas, teas, infused oils, sterling wire wrapped jewelry with gemstones, Christmas tree ornaments, and lots of tasty cookies to nibble on as you shop.

Each vendor has a room with a table and (their own) stands in my house to sell their items.  Each vendor also watches to make sure my things aren't stolen.  Most of the vendors are on the first floor.  Each vendor is responsible for their own sales.  

I have a kitchen manager, and the door greeter is from the local Humane Society who collects admission fee of $2 per person.  We have a couple gals who relieve vendors when they take a break.  It works out very well. 

For instance, I have the north bedrooom upstairs.  I use two singles pole hat racks to hang purses, and there are small tables in the room for potholders, cell phone carriers, etc.  The quilts are folded and lay across the bed.   

During the open house I walk around constantly.  Answering questions about the whole house restoration, and giving tours.  I talk about the photos hanging on the walls of the people who used to live in our house.  Lots of cool stories about the previous owners. 

As we restored the house over 8 years, several hundred photos were given to us by living relatives.  I re-framed all the education certificates, land patents, and family portraits, individual portraits.  Worth every penny to decorate the house with images of the real people who lived here.  I speak their names often, and their spirit helped us along our restoration journey. 

Below is John Olsen Wrolstad (Wraalstad), the man who built our house in 1893.  He immigrated to U.S. in 1854 with his parents and siblings.  He served in the U.S. Civil War from 1861-1865.  The Wrolstads made their fortune as loggers. John Olsen W. died at home (my house) December 23, 1907 at age 69.  His youngest daughter was Mabel, and I correspond with Mabel's great granddaughter who filled in lots of details about the Wrolstad family.  I have photos of the Wrolstad children.

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Just wow.....


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You & Jon really were meant to have that house.  You have done right by it and pass on the history lessons it gives.  Wish more of the historic places ended up in the right hands.
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Linda,
I loved your house!  You made it into a “living museum” ...many locals have those now.  For instance, in Indianapolis, Rockton, IL  and Naperville, IL.  They are sought after places by many people to bring back and remember the old times.  It is a way for us to carry history into our fast paced & hectic lives.  Your restoration of this wonderful house is just stunning.  I was in total awe of it during our June get together.

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What a beautiful and meaningful way to keep this history of your house and the original family alive.   And I'm sure it's a lot of fun along the way!
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"You & Jon really were meant to have that house. You have done right by it and pass on the history lessons it gives."

I agree. I think Linda knows the history better than the blood relation. Linda's definitely adopted them!

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This is just so cool! I would love to visit and see this!
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Since you like our Victorian, I will get your rooms ready for your visit. I am making Sponge cake with caramel coconut frosting today and squash soup with ham and mixed veggies. Made homemade yeast rolls yesterday with garlic butter seasame seeds topping. No wonder my middle has expanded.

I was going to make myself a long skirt for the holidays, but when I started the project I realized I list something--lost my waistline!

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LOL. I wish I could, both visit and eat cake! However, I'm on a Triple D diet plan and will have to pass. This year! (Lost my waistline too, working to find it again!) [wink]

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