My Day at the I Love to Create Booth at MIWS


Last Saturday, I had the chance to volunteer at the Michigan International Women’s Show in the I Love to Create booth.  I had such a great time!  I had never been to a trade show before, so the whole experience was new to me.




The exhibition hall was filled with great booths from vendors of unique craft supplies, home improvement companies, gourmet food distributors and more.  I could easily have spent a day wandering around and checking out all the exhibits.  But I was lucky enough to spend my day at the most popular booth at the show, the I Love to Create Make and Take booth! 


tie dye make and takes


I Love to Create set up a make and take station where guests at the show could use Tulip’s Tie Dye Kit to create their own one-of-a-kind t-shirts.  I got to help dozens of people rubber band, dunk, and dye a shirt for themselves or a friend.


ilovetocreate booth


The t-shirts were amazingly popular.  I should have taken a picture of the line of guests waiting to tie dye; at some points they waited up to an hour to make a shirt.


That’s Lish from Lish Dorset and CRAFT working the middle M&T booth.


tie dying t-shirts


I was shocked at how many people had never tie dyed before.  Those who had were impressed at how much easier Tulip’s kit is than the old-fashioned tie dye method.  No dunking in individual colors, no rinsing with vinegar, no messy pouring and mixing. All they had to do was wet the shirt, squirt the dye directly onto the fabric, and bag it up!


guest presenters


Across the aisle from us was the I Love to Create stage where famous faces like Pattie Wilkinson (seen above) were leading workshops for creating fantastic projects using products from  I am really excited to try the watercolor marker shirt that Pattie was working on in this presentation.


I did get to meet Pattiewack and she is extremely nice AND a Mad Men fan.  Bonus!


alexa and me


All of that made for a great day, but my favorite part was getting to meet Alexa from The Swell Life!  Alexa ran the social media for I Love to Create and was the one who clued me in to the opportunity to volunteer.  She and I have been online buddies, but I finally got to meet her in person at the show.  She is just as great in real life as she is online, and that’s saying something!


I was really glad I was able to be a part of the show and meet so many fabulous ladies!  If you are in the area, make sure to check out the Michigan International Women’s Show next year.  In the meanwhile, the I Love to Create blog has tons of great information and project ideas too!

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