Thursday, October 30, 2014

October BBA Challenge - Orange

This month's challenge is brought to us by Linda from AbigailJayneART ( ). And here is what Linda has to say about her challenge:
"It's the Orange month! Create something using orange or a pumpkin shape. Do something different, not just a Halloween holiday item, but get creative with the basic color tone of orange or a shade of orange. Or you could use a color combination incorporating orange. Either way let orange inspire you!"
 I have to admit that this challenge really had me thinking. I realized that orange was a color that I don't use very often at all. But to my surprise, I found everything for this project in my home! I had purchased some mini pumpkins a while back (read, 3-4 years ago!) and was finally able to put them to good use.

The little pumpkin kit came with some leaves, gourds and berries as well. And the whole box was tied up in orange ribbon. I had a white acrylic ring left from when I made my clock which worked perfectly for a wreath base.

While I'll admit, I'm no home decor diva, I was pretty happy with my little piece. And while Halloween is almost here, I like that this can hang all through Fall.

Is orange a color you use often? Been working on any challenges at your house? 
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Promote Your Upcoming Shows with Etsy

Did you know that Etsy now allows you to advertise your upcoming events! I'll admit, this might not be a new feature, but I just found it the other day and I haven't heard much talk about it, so I thought I'd share my finding with you today.

If you go to Etsy's new Home Page (boy do I miss the old home page), about half way down the page you will see Shop In-Person.

From there, you will see all the events for the area you select. And you will see a blue box that says Create an Event.

From there you just enter your information and click Submit at the bottom.

Etsy creates the event for you and anyone in your area (I'm unsure of the mileage radius) will see your event. Just one more way to spread the word!

Have you used the Shop In-Person link before?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Features - Coffee Time

Mmmmm.....Coffee! I love the smell. I love the taste. And I love the morning pick me up. I'll take mine straight-up black, thank you :)
And in cute coffee mugs like these, what's not to love!
Clockwise from top left:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Craft Show Displays

I did a lot of work this year to prepare for my fall shows. One thing I worked on was new displays. I've always felt my booth was rather cluttered because I sell so many different products. But I'm afraid people don't always see everything I have to offer when it's a jumbled mess.

 I was very happy with how my booth looked this year. Everything was organized and easily seen. Take a look.
 It was sure nice having a 3-sided booth too! I was able to spread out my products so everything had plenty of space.

I've had this necklace display for a while, but made some improvements. I had my dad add a piece of plywood to the back (previously just cardstock). Then he added some pushpins on the back as well. This allowed me to display the necklaces better and add more to the display.

This next display is new. I found it at Hobby Lobby and had my dad add chicken wire for the magnets to stick to. Before I just laid the magnets on my table where there was space. This is where the jumbled mess came in. They were hard to see, always stuck together and were never arranged nicely. This display really helped show everything I had available and brought them up to eye level.

This last display was such a time-saver. Well, not if you ask my mom. She got the job of cutting all the cotton and putting all the earrings in the But the day of the show, it was a huge time-saver. We opened the box, propped it up...and DONE! Tear down was just as quick!
The first picture shown above is my old display. While it worked okay, it was SO time-consuming! I had to take all of the earrings out of individual baggies and hang them up. Then at the end of the day, I had to take each pair of earrings off the rack and put them back in their baggies! This new display rocks!

Have you been working on show prep? Any new displays or new items this year?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Craft Show Review

This past weekend I had my first fall show of the year. And I have to went great. In fact, my best show EVER! I think the nice weather had everyone wanting to get out. We had a steady flow of traffic from 8am to 4pm! And boy was it nice having my mom there to help! This year I got a prime spot...on a corner and back to back. So I had a 3-sided booth. I manned one side while mom manned the other. I wish I would have gotten some pictures of mom in action, but it was so busy, it never even crossed my mind. We brought two chairs with us and never got a chance to use them. I call that a good problem :)

And the highlight of the day was getting to meet Judy from JN Originals as well as her husband John. I had recommended this show to her and she came as a vendor as well. And since I personally recommended the show, I was really hoping Judy would have a good day. Turns out...this was her best show ever too!!!
After the show, the 4 of us went out to eat and had a great meal and great conversation. There wasn't a moment of silence during the whole meal. We all really hit it off :)
Then Judy and John got to come by and see my new studio. While it's kind of a crazy mess right now, it was fun to get to show it off. Since Judy and I were both so busy, we totally forgot to get pictures at the show together. I'm glad Judy remembered while they were at my studio and we got a picture before they left. (John also got a video, but I'll let Judy post!)

Tomorrow I'll have a picture heavy post with my new displays and my whole booth layout!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Features - Craft Show Displays

Tomorrow is my first fall show of 2014. There has been a lot of prep to get ready! I've made a couple new displays for my booth and I'm lucky my mom and dad have been here to help me get everything ready! But I think all of the work will make for an easier show and setup/tear down will be much quicker with these new displays.

If you will be in the Clarinda, Iowa area on Saturday, the 18th, stop by the Cow Palace at the fairgrounds and check out my booth.
Also, stop by Wibholm Hall and see Judy of JN Originals.

Okay, so onto today's features. Since I've spent a lot of time this week working on the perfect displays, I went searching on Etsy for some cute, clever and creative displays as well. Enjoy :)

Clockwise from top left:

Do you have any shows coming up? Working on any new displays?
I'll be sure to take photos of my new displays!
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