Today we get nice and cheery with Chippy Chipmunk. Kathy Miller talked to us about the unique books and other items she will be selling at the big show.
Thanks for being an exhibitor at the 2018 PA Christmas & Gift Show.
How many times have you joined us?
This is my 7th year!
Outstanding! What do you enjoy the most about our Christmas show?
I enjoy seeing familiar customers who stop by to see what’s new. Some even bring treats! Some tell me stories of how the gifts they purchased from me were well received. It’s fun to meet new people and see how excited they are about nature. I hear a lot of stories of their own nature encounters. This show has a wonderful energy!
The energy here is certainly unlike anywhere else.Tell us more about the things you will have at your booth.
I’m a local author/photographer of the award-winning “Chippy Chipmunk” picture book series. I love to personally inscribe each book to make it a special gift. This year I have expanded my puppet inventory and paired them with great books. I also carry a wide variety of items that feature my nature photography on functional items such as jar openers, magnets, notepads, note cards, as well as framed art. I also carry items for nature lovers such as socks, hand painted ornaments, and hummingbird swings.
How long have you been creating these wonderful stories?
I am a cellist and teacher who launched a nature photography business in 2007. “Chippy Chipmunk Parties in the Garden”, my 1st book, was published in 2009. The series has won over 30 awards. The first two books, illustrated with photography and include fun facts, provide a glimpse into the life of a chipmunk and his family. My 3rd book helps children with grief/loss, and the latest is “Chippy Chipmunk Feels Empathy” which deals with empathy and diversity. After the first two books, I went in the direction of tough topics, as there is a great need for these resources for children.
That is very admirable. What do you love the most about Christmas?
I love the excitement of children, traditions, the music, the gathering of friends and families, and the feeling of love and kindness in the air.
We agree on all accounts! What else would you like to say to everyone coming to the show?
As a local artist, I really appreciate that shoppers choose to shop at the PA Christmas and Gift Show. It is a wonderful place to meet so many artists and artisans who create unique and beautiful things.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Thank you, Kathy. We hope you have another enjoyable year with us.
CHIPPY CHIPMUNK will be located at booth #1408 this year. Don’t forget to pick up a beautiful picture book for that special child (or parent) in your life.