Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mid America Center Craft Show

Over the weekend, I attended a new-to-me show. It was located at the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. This is a larger show than I normally do and my first 2-day show. But I've come to the conclusion that if I'm going to spend my time at shows, I might as well go big. And it paid off.

While my booth was more expensive, I did get 2 days worth of shoppers. And the payout was well worth the extra booth fee. Luckily I had my mom there to not only help during the show, but take along extra inventory and setup and tear down. After 2 days, were were both beat!

And as always, you can never outguess your customers! My glassware and cutting boards have done really well at shows in the past. While these 2 items didn't sell as well as I had hoped, other items did sell really well. I had lots of new products like leather koozies and coasters, which did well. And recipe boxes continue to do well also. The nice thing is, now I don't have a ton of things to restock before my next show this coming weekend.

Have you had your first fall show yet?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Trading Products for Photos

Once in a while I get asked to send one of my products in exchange for professional photos. Sometimes it's photographers wanting to build their portfolio and other times it's wedding photographers wanting gifts for the bride and groom. While I don't do this often, I do take these offers from time to time.

Sometimes the item gets returned and other times, it is "payment" for the photos.
Most recently I worked with Lauren Werkheiser Photography and couldn't be happier with the results.

I sent Lauren a pair of my Compass Cuff Links and in return got a handful of beautiful photos. The cuff links were a gift for the groom and I love how the photos turned out!

Have you ever sent a product in exchange for professional photos? Or something else?

Monday, October 5, 2015

New Guest Books

Tandem Bike Guest Book
As I mentioned in my last post, after making guest books, I always have paper left over. I've been trying to come up with ways to use this paper for new designs in my shop.

Peacock Guest Book
One new design I've come up with is a smaller guest book. Sometimes couples just want something small and simple to remember the day. These books measure about 5" x 5.5".

Floral Butterfly Guest Book
Another great thing about these books is that they are ready-to-ship. I don't know how many times I've had to rush a guest book because the couple simply forgot to buy one. After all the planning that goes into a wedding, sometimes things like this get put to the last minute. These can ship the same or next day they are purchased.

Love Birds Guest Book
 And they make a great option for the couple on a budget. At just $20.00, these won't break the bank and the couple still gets a beautiful and unique guest book :)

How do you use left over supplies from other projects?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Memories for Life on Facebook

After months (maybe years!) of contemplating, I finally created a Facebook page for Memories for Life! I have been asked so many times why I don't have a page and it really just came down to finding the time to get everything set up. I didn't want a bare page from day one, so I took the time to load photos in relevant categories and I'm making an effort to post at least one thing every day. 

My hope is that when things start to get crazy busy again during the holidays and I'm not able to blog as much, I'm still able to post quick updates in Facebook. I like that on days when I can't write a whole post, I can still post a quick photo, a few words and still reach my friends and customers.

What I'm not liking is the changes I've heard Facebook has made. I don't feel like my posts are reaching many people. I already have over 200 people that like my page, but only get one or two likes on my posts. Maybe I'm just expecting too much too soon?
For those of you with Facebook pages, what are you thoughts? Do you get traffic? Any tips/pointers?

Another thing I'd like to ask your opinion on is a name for my page. Of course Memories for Life isn't available and I'm at a loss of what else to call my page. I don't really use the "sb" part anymore. It used to stand for "scrapbooks" when I first started my Etsy page, but I've gone away from scrapbooking, so I'd like to get away from that part of my name. And I don't feel that adding my name, Edi, somewhere really helps either as it's not a common name and gets misspelled often.
Do you have any suggestions for a name for my page? I'd love any help I can get!

Do you have a Facebook page for your business? Feel free to leave it in the comments as well and I'll be sure to stop by and like it :)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Back to School - BBA Challenge

This month it's my turn to host the Blogging Business Artisans Challenge. My topic...Back to School.
"With the little ones headed back to school this time of year, create a fun back to school project. It could be something fun to do with the kids, something for them to give their teacher or just one last fun thing to do with them before they return to school.
Don't have kids, tell us what this time of year means for you. Do you still love to play with school supplies? Do you love that the local spots won't be so crowded with tourists?
Tell us all about it in a blog post."

I have to admit that I still peruse the school supplies every year, even though I haven't been in school for several years now. There is just something about fresh new supplies!
But instead of buying this year, I made one of the supplies myself! I always have tons of paper left over after making guest books. And I have tons of chipboard left over after making name albums. So I put the 2 together and made myself a nice little notebook. I always take tons of notes during the holiday season to keep orders straight, so this will be coming in handy very soon!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Leatherette Coasters

 Last week was mostly a nice, quiet week at home getting caught up on work. I was even able to get a new item made and listed!

These Leatherette Coasters look and feel like real leather.

They come in both light brown and dark brown and sell as a set of 6.

Okay, now tell me...How many times do you make a new item and wait FOREVER to list it? I just went through some of my photo files over the weekend and wrote down all the items I have pictures of waiting to be edited and listed. There are probably 30 items!
So I'm pretty proud of myself getting these made, photographed, edited and listed within a week's time...lol :)
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