Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Pat and I have had a roomate or a few ever since we moved in together about 2.5years ago. There was a short period of time where we lived together alone without a third person. Well in a couple of weeks that will all change and for the better--our roommate of about 2 years is FINALLY moving out! Now don't get me wrong-the extra rent money was nice but I really don't need a third person in the house to deal with or clean up after...We are married and shouldn't have to have a roomie!!! Even though he's not moving far--he will be out next door neighbor--it will be awesome just to have the house for me and pat like its supposed to be!!
I'll finally be able to expand my scrapbook room and move the ferret city into the other room :) I'll have my fridge, pantry and garage freezer back--no more hoping that groceries fit! I won't have to share the laundry room any more!, only downfall is now I'll have a third bathroom to clean...but I'll take that to not sharing the house anymore anyday!
On the crafty front...I have been working on wedding invite samples for a couple of people-I'll eventually post pictures of them --I don't want to ruin the surprise of invites to potential guests so it will have to wait. I have 2 craft shows that I should apply to soon to guarentee that I get a booth, and I have to add more inventory to my shop on etsy and also have extras for the craft shows. I'll be adding some fall/halloween themed items soon :)
Happy Scrapping :)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Its currently only the bare minimum. I will be adding details tonight and the rest of the week as new stuff gets posted to the store. I'll also figure out how to add a facebook button on here to share.
Facebook also offers and add option to advertise your store but this comes with a small fee so for right now I'll take a pass on it.
In the mean time I am working on wedding invitations and paper stuff for a November 2009 wedding--pictures will go up when I get the brides permission and when she sends out the invites to her guests--don't want to ruin the surprise :)
Working on a program fan sample and another wedding invitations--hopefully those become actual orders and not just mock ups.
I'm having fun and realizing how much I really missed wedding stuff!
Happy Scrapping :)
Friday, July 17, 2009
Last night I spent time cooking up a yummy meat and spinach lasagna to share with everyone tonight. (I'll update this blog entry with pictures later!)I can't wait to see everyone again and hang out in the downtown condo drinking yummy drinks, eating yummy food and hanging out--maybe even by the pool tonight and definitly by the pool tomorrow!
Busy schedules are always a challange to overcome with friends. I'm glad that my H.S girls can always find time to get together for at least eachothers birthdays. I love making cards for each person and even better is their reaction to the cards I make for them...
So tonight will be a start to a crazy fun and BUSY weekend for me. Here is a quick look into my weekend:
Friday to saturday afternoon--hanging out with the girls :)
Saturday afternoon to evening--driving my aunt around to different stores--who knows maybe I'll even buy something for myself!
Saturday night--bbq dinner with Pat at friends house and then meeting up a few other friends for karaokee --I just watch-you'll never find me behind the mike!
Sunday--I intend to sleep as much as I can! and maybe get some wedding invite samples ready...
Here are some pictures from the downtown condo:
Happy Birthday Sher!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I took the advise of many craft boards and practiced my booth set up before the show. I used a tape measure and blue painters tape to mark off a 10x10 spot in the driveway. I used 4 folding folding tables, table covers, card holder, and standing pegboard, the raised shelves were made out of boards and soup/veggie cans covered in red napkins :)
I arrived to the show about 545am! yes that early!! It took me about an hour to set up all my merchandise and tape my 50ft extention cord to the ground. I relaxed and ate my breakfast-a cream filled donut :) I then started to work on an explosion box for the show.
One thing I was glad I didn't get was DRAMA--there was booth across from me with nothing but yelling bickering as they set up! it was pure entertainment as I scrapped away waiting for the show to start.
The following are are pictures of me in my 1st booth and close ups of my tables:
I had a blast working my 1st show. I made some $ and more importantly I got my name finally out there and got some contacts that were interested in my work wether it be in personal scarpbooks, invitations or even teaching classes!! this exposure was priceless and I can't wait to do my next show !
Happy Scrapping :)
Monday, July 6, 2009
Here is a list of things I learned since doing my 1st show:
*leave enough time to organize your products and have them in your car ready to go the night before the show. It took me 2-3 hours to do this! but saved me tons of time the next morning.
*definitly have floor length table covers--I borrowed some from a friends mom. They definitly make it look more professional and put together. Plus its great for storing all the boxes you bring along.
*make sure you have extra supplies to make additional crafts. I sold out of all my Cubs themed stuff and was able to make extra during the show and sold them as well!
*even if you are tired stand and smile and greet everyone that passes by. Boy was this tiring but well worth it--I had people stop in my booth even if they were just scanning/walking by just because I said Hi to them. Also this helps prevent thieves from stealing since they know you have seen them. I had a chair with me at the show but never used it to sit on instead I held my recipets and bags on it.
*Give yourself plenty of time to set up. Fortunately mine was very simple and I was able to set up in 2 days--I set up tables and peg board the day before and merchandise the morning of. Also make sure you set up merchandise where its not cluttered.
*Make sure you have something to drink during the day-you'll be surprised how dry your mouth/lips get! snacks aren't bad as long as they are not smelly or messy.
*Have someone man your booth for bathroom breaks. I tried to ignore this but when Pat brought over some supplies I forgot at home I was glad to get a bathroom break!
*Do NOT pack up early--even if the show is slow, there are still people walking around and they don't want to be rushed. I was surprised to see many booths starting to pack up 15-20 minutes before the show ended. I stayed open and made a few last minute sales. People appreciated that I wasn't packing up.
*Never tell people how much you made at the show--I had a few RUDE people do this--I just smiled and told them I did well and more importantly I made contacts and had fun.
* I rounded my prices to dollars which worked great for not having to deal with coins less of a hassle
*even if the person does not want a recipet write down what they bought/price for your own records. It shows what sold at the show and a quick way to tally up sales.
*Make sure you get email information from customers and people interested in your products and had out price lists and business cards. I went through about 100 business cards during the show!
*collect and store other craft show applications and do not lose them--I think I picked up applications for 4-5 other shows!
I'm sure there are more tips that I learned and I'll post them as I remember them.
Be on the lookout for show and merchandise pictures coming soon! (hopefully tonight)
Happy Scrapping :)