Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The holidays are such a busy season for us crafters and I finally have a few minutes to update you on my recent endeavors! What's consumed my life for the past 2 months or so? My first really big holiday craft fair! Yep, I took the big plunge and had a booth at the Yulemart right before Thanksgiving. I can't tell you how many all-nighters I pulled preparing for this thing and while it wasn't as profitable on the spot as I would have liked, the exposure has generated several custom orders. So, for any of you contemplating a big fair and not sure about profits, if you do custom orders you will probably see a return on your investment in the near term! The downside of being so sleep-deprived is my brain was just a tad numb during the fair which is why I don't have many pictures! I made good friends with some incredibly talented artists, like Tandra from Prim and Proper who inited me to sell some items in her shop! Along with providing motivation for new art, like the hand-colored and -glittered digital stamp tags, I have a sense of what the "popular" items were. Overall, this fair was a wonderful experience...I'm already planning for next year!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
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Monday, July 6, 2009
If you've followed me for any length of time you know I love all things beachy, hence the beach-inspired notebook.
I'm putting my Wild Saffron paper to good use with this All a Flutter Creativity Book
Friday, July 3, 2009
Going on an impromptu beach trip...wish I could take these items created by my crafty Cafemamas with me! Which one is your fave???
Friday, June 19, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
- The 1st tip, unfortunately is, stay away from venues that are not specifically geared towards "handmade". While the press release for this event called for "handcrafted vendors", out of the 12 booths onsite, only 4 of us actually made what we were selling. I ended up next to the lady who sells really inexpensive mass-produced jewelry at one of the local flea markets, whic is exactly what the fairgoers were interested
- So, how do you find out info on upcoming shows in your area? There are many online eventlister services, some are free and others provide you a list of fairs a few months in advance for a membership fee such as Eventlister. Your local Etsy Street Team will probably also have a list on their blog or forum. Start looking early, at least 2-3 months in advance as some shows have a fairly large list of established vendors and are very competitive to be selected for. For example, applications for Ft. Bragg's November Yule Mart go out in the summer and are usually due by September.
- When choosing a venue, seek as much info as possible about the fair, ie., is it new? Been around for several years? Is there an admission price for fairgoers? Will there be onsite concessions? All of this will affect your potential sales, especially in this economy.
- If possible, set up your booth in advance, either in your yard, or wherever you have space (I used my living room) and take pictures to facilitate quick set-up at your event. Be creative with your booth, afterall, it's HOW your booth looks that will draw people in. Look around the house for interesting items, like baskets, picture frame stands, you can use for display. Use on-hand items like boxes hidden under your tabloth to create "risers" or heighth on your table. Check out Etsy for great banners, design your own (with cardstock and vinyl lettering that you can have laminated) or take advantage of free offers from internet marketing companies like Vistaprint. I use their free rubber stamps to stamp the back of all my cards. For smaller items, I print my shop info on a mailing label and adhere it to the outside of a clear resealable bag. Business Cards with a punched hole can also be tied to bags and larger items.
- Draw more attention by offering freebies or having a drawing to win some of your wonderful goodies. Use up those scrapbook paper remnants by creating little matchbook notepads. Sometimes I enter people in the drawing just for signing up on my email listing (have a clipboard set up for this and one for custom orders too).
- Set up a Make N' Take Station. Big Kids as well as wee ones enjoy craft-making so why not set aside a little space to let them make a card on the spot. Since the fair opened just before Mother's day, I assembled several card kits from leftover paper and cardstock and sold them for $2.00. I printed out various Mother's Day sentiments on cardstock and let the kids choose their desired phrase. Be sure to advertise your station and the price for making the craft.
- Prepare for varying whether conditions. We had to contend with rain and strong winds, either could spell catastrophe for our fragile papergoods! Relied on this memory board to keep cards from being blown away. I displayed cards with a greeting inside on this board. I hung blank cards in clear resealable bags (to protect fragile ones from too much handling) from this photo "tree". Don't forget to snap pics of your booth for future craft fair applications if needed.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I'm supposed to be cleaning my house right now for friends coming over for a cook-out tomorrow, but I just had to blog about a question that I've been grappling with for some time now...WHAT IS MY STYLE??? Why does this matter? Well, in my hours and hours of blog-hopping and virtual window shopping on Etsy, the most successful sellers are branded and seem to have a style. If you see their work, then you automatically say, hey that's Papercakes' shop, or Boodybabies, or Wylesstyle or Rockerchic or whomever the seller may be. Is the same true of my work? Does it need to be? I go back and forth on this, because some days I feel like a little vintage, some days something polka dot, strawberry and chocolate will tickle my fancy, and then some days I can go totally rustic. Deep down inside, I think I prefer all things cute and sweet. So, why don't I just focus on this? All my life I've been told, I'm so cute, which is fine when you're 8 years old, not nearly 40. Funny how my own cuteness seeps it's way into my work. I've tried to do edgy or beautiful, but it just keeps coming back to CUTE. At the craft fair I recently did, someone wanted to buy a card and asked if I had anything not so girly and cute...I thought, nope, that's what I like, so that's what I make! I think I've been stretching myself too thin trying to create a little of this and that for everybody instead of a lot of what I love for the people who will love it too! What's your STYLE?
Friday, May 22, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
|Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade|
If you're looking for an end-of-the year teacher gift, check out Etsy first! Which one is your fave?
Friday, May 8, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
greeting cards monogram notecards little ladybug journal
So, I've been tweeting quite a bit about my upcoming 2-week fair preparations...found out about it kinda last minute and I've been working like a mad woman to have "enough" stuff. Just what enough is I don't know, but I figure I better have enough to actually turn a profit! Wanted to share these incredibly cute handmade promo mini lunch sacks...celestefrittata's shop is one of the many reasons I adore the etsy community. She's making 50 of these sacks for me to send home with customers the many, many goodies I will sell at the fair! Above is a little peek at what I've been creating...now, off to make more stuff like cupcake toppers and scrapbooking supplies!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
|Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade|
Today I want to give props to my sister paper crafters! While some might not consider paper crafting an art form, I truly believe it takes an artistic eye to create works as beautiful as these. Which one is your fave?
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I just stumbled upon Redsoxmommy's blog and boy does she have some incredible giveaways. I just entered her giveaway for this fierce eenamaria totes. It's an "I Mean Bizniss Travel Tote in blue", like the one pictured above. This bag is a $69 value and is perfect for packing for a weekend getaway or even a picnic to the park this summer. Visit Redsoxmommy's blog for more details and to enter!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Check my blog out every Friday to see the new Etsy shops I've hearted during the week. You never know, your shop could be one of my favorites! This week I'm in search of the perfect tutu for my new little bambina. I want something different from a traditional Easter dress and look at all of the fabulous choices! Now, I just need to decide if I want full-on color or something a little more subtle...which is your Friday fave?
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
1. Opt for a "destination" shower:
My girl, Kelli, and I hosted one for a really sweet friend of ours today. Like me, she's having her 3rd baby and didn't really want a traditional shower with a lot of people; so we went for something more intimate and held it a cute little tea house, McDuff's Team Room and Emporium. It saved me on time and money because I didn't have to clean my house or buy and prepare all the food, decorations etc.
2. Focus theme on the guest of honor:
Instead of a baby-centric theme, we wanted this luncheon to be all about the mommy-to-be, so I went with this cute, but stylish pregnant lady because she fit Julissa to a T! Little bitty arms and legs and nothing but belly! Create your own invitations to match your theme. Need a little help in the wording department? Try Birth Announcements Galore for free ideas.
3. Handcraft or buy a handcrafted gift:
I wanted to have as much of the shower items made by hand as possible, so I purchased this beautiful diaper cake from my lil sis Aisha over at Gifts for All NC. For the DIYers, here's a tutorial for making your own: http://cinnamonspicecrafts.blogspot.com/2008/04/baby-shower-bliss.html
4. Create a babyshower keepsake book:
And I made my first babyshower memory book, where there's room the invitation, for photos and a place for each guest to write a message to the mom-to-be. I blinged it up a little and I think it turned out well. I am so lovin' the brown, green and pink "Spumoni" colors!
5. Give the guests party favors they can eat or will actually use! Let's be honest, sometimes we leave the shower with some cute baby-oriented momento that we'll never use again... I used take-out boxes and accented them with the expectant lady, a circle tag stamped thanks, curling ribbon and color-coordinated satin ribbon. I filled them with hershey's kisses.
6. Last, make sure you leave the mommy with a set of thank-you cards. These are a pocket-style card, stamped thanks but they can be monogrammed with a stamp or on the computer. Instead of purchasing cards, you can make your own inexpensive ones by using textured cardstock and scrapbook paper. Each guest can self-address the envelope for mom so all she has to do is fill out the card! Got any great tips? Leave 'em here!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
**My Etsy shop will be reopening within a few weeks. Check back here for details on my huge reopening sale!