Here is our booth at the craft fair. It underwent several quick changes as the days progressed. I would love to say that we sold out of everything but I can’t. I am glad to say that we did do very well considering it was our first time at this venue.
Here is one side of the booth on opening day. It looks pretty good and I think we did a pretty good job. The babys breath flowers were fresh and started causing some allergy issues for me. So, I had to pitch them in the trash.
Here are the aprons and the baby bibs. I also added baby hats to this as the day passed. The potholders and aprons were not as big a hit as I wanted them to be but the super hero capes were! Our ten foot booth sure did get filled up quickly. We ended up using my craft fair tent instead of the backdrop as it worked better. This put our set up time behind. It was a really busy and long day.
Here is a close up of the baby items on the second day. People sure liked the giraffes.
Our son had made these great blanket ladders and had them for sale. They are about 18 inches wide and just under five feet high. They made great displays and it was good to see them get so much attention.
I was iffy about pricing so I changed my prices throughout the weekend. I had a great experience and passed out almost all of my business cards.
I jump right into Thanksgiving this week and like you, I have so many things to do and not enough time to get them done. I will see you after Thanksgiving day. I need to get my house clean and dinners cooked because I add four more people to our house for the weekend. I am not sure how much I will be around for Black Friday and Cyber Monday but if you do shop ChocolateDogStudio please use 7THANNIVERSARY as your coupon code for 20% off any purchase $20 or more, unless you are getting Affair of the Heart special pricing. This coupon is good until December 5th to give everyone a chance to save money!
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Today is all about table covers as I work to create table cloths for the craft show. I have a wide variety of fabrics and textures to use and I need to figure out a way to use them creatively without buying anything new. My supplies consist of
- burlap. real burlap bags that I have washed and dried three times
- canvas …left over from sewing the slip covers on the couch
- a white bedskirt that has eyelet ruffles and embroidery all in shades of white
- white tulle left over from the wedding
- off white and white muslin left over from a variety of crafts
I just need to figure out the most attractive fabric layout so I can stitch up these table cloths.. That is the challenge for today. We will see how it all goes together.
Some bunting or banners would also work well in white and off white colors. We are working with neutral colors. We hope that these colors will stick in the background and all the items to stand out more. The balance might be off color wise but I can’t tell until I lay out the colors and see.
I really don’t want to buy any more fabric but we will see how it looks when I’m done.
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This weekend I am working on packaging. It is the little things that count. Packaging, finishing work and tagging all speak for about the quality of your work. All the work that you put into your items should speak through your packaging and style of your booth. So, my booth has been getting an overhaul, I used to have green and white polka dot table covers and a fabric banner for the shop sign. So, it was time for a change. This is a much better sign than the one I had before, though it was good. It is easier to read from a distance and will stand out in a crowded marketplace.
It feels like things are starting to come together. There is a ton of work to do. I still need to make table covers for the show and they need to look good. I have been searching out ideas via Pinterest and have quite a few ideas for good table covers. There are several with pockets on the back for calculators and small things. That is the style I am thinking about but I’m just not sure what I will end up with.
The trees here are lovely in their orange and red leaves. The oak tree in the yard is dropping all its acorns. The squirrels are trying to evade the dogs in the yard. They seize the minutes when the dogs are in the house to scrounge as many as they can. There is a nip in the air that promises colder weather in the future. Winter seems to have held off longer than normal this year. Friends and family were still getting harvest from their gardens this weekend, but the end is in sight. My rose bush is still blooming and I need to trim it back and harvest the sage and basil. We are busy on fall home improvement projects like caulking and getting the house ready for the winter. I hope that you are enjoying glorious autumn weather at your house.
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It is Friday and I have 14 days left and two full weekends. I am spending one day with my family, one day at Church and taking a date night as well. I was getting worried about getting everything done until I completed my inventory. I do have my back up help lined up for the show so that is a great thing.
I still have tons to do and today my focus is on boot cuffs and getting supplies for packaging. The image of what we buy is so much wrapped up in the packaging and styling. Things that look average somehow change their image with labels, tags and packaging. How can you tell the difference between a scarf, boot cuff, and infinity scarf when they are all set out on a table? This is what I am trying to solve.
These are a couple of pairs of boot cuffs in process.
Sitting here in my living room and looking at the trees outside my windows. There are about 20 trees out there but what do I see the red, yellow and orange trees. That is what I want for my products a chance to stand out from the crowd. Tags and labels help but packaging can also make a huge difference. I have been to craft shows where all the knit stuff blends in together. It is hard to figure out what each piece is. Packaging and labelling is the way for me to solve that issue. It will also keep everything from look messy.
Talk to you later,
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but right now you can find me at home churning out lovely items for you and your family!