Wilson Living Holiday Expo & Giveaway Winner

We’ve lived in Tennessee for a few months now and, like most relocations, it has been a challenge for me. 

Our quiet house in the woods is actually surrounded by annoying roosters and loud dogs, I basically have no friends, and despite my efforts, I’ve found no successful opportunities to grow my business. Partly I am too tired and stressed out to try harder, but still. 

In addition, for whatever reason, my online sales have been weirdly slow, so I was having some doubts about my business when I stumbled upon a Facebook post about a local vendor event, the Wilson Living Holiday Expo. 

I immediately emailed and found that they still had a couple spots left. I wasn’t sure if I could afford it, but it was really well promoted and seemed too good to pass up. 

Once I’d committed, I had a busy week of event prep ahead of me, but luckily I’d already done a lot of the work for a previous event. 

I was also stressed about running my booth by myself for a day and a half. Most of all I really hoped it would be worth it.

But I got everything done in time, my husband helped out so I could take breaks, and I practically didn’t notice twelve hours pass on Saturday as I ran my booth on two hours of sleep, because everyone was wonderful. 

I made some money on top of my booth fee, I got email signups and potential custom orders, and I met all kinds of people who talked to me about their lives and told me that my work is amazing and that I am awesome.

It’s not that I never hear those things (though sometimes I doubt them when things get hard) but it’s nice to know I live in a place where more than a couple people actually care about what I’m doing, and that I can take a risk and not fall on my face. 

So I just wanted to share my experience and thank you guys for showing your support. 

And now for the giveaway results! If you visited my booth and signed up for email updates via my blog, please head over to YouTube to watch this video and see if you won a custom ornament! 

While you’re there, feel free to subscribe for future giveaways, craft tutorials, and more. Thanks for reading! 

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

As promised, here is part two of my late holiday post series, where I will share some Thanksgiving dessert recipes. It’s so late it’s just in time for this Thanksgiving! Can I pretend I did that on purpose? 

Last year, much like the year before, we invited some friends over for a sort of potluck style meal. I’m not all that social but I do like to be hostessy from time to time and I really enjoyed it. Living in a military town with most of our families miles away, it’s nice to come together to create a nice holiday experience for each other.

Everyone brought stuff, so I think we just made the turkey and a couple other things. I love baking and really wanted to try this Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie. I ended up looking up a couple other recipes and modifying it cause I like to mess with things, but this one is nice and simple. 

My other dessert is a little more extravagant and actually from Halloween, but it works for Thanksgiving too. I’d been watching Eugenie Kitchen on YouTube. She makes a lot of slice and bake cookies. They’re kind of like polymer clay canes, so of course I was intrigued. 

I was inspired to create my own design and, at the same time, decided to try a No Spread Cookie recipe from Pinterest. It didn’t work that well for this technique. They turned out okay but next time I would probably use a regular sugar cookie recipe or these amazing Pumpkin Sugar Cookies.

I get that making art out of food is probably not everyone’s thing, but if you like that sort of challenge, it can be fun. 
So there’s a few recipes and ideas; try one or all and let me know how it goes! I’d like to do some more experimenting myself but wanted to get these posts done at least before this year’s holidays!