I finally had my first big show this past saturday (3/3/07).
My dad found three sets of tall, thin, bi-fold doors and we put them to good use. He anchored them on a 3'x3' piece of thin plywoodmaking one set stationary in the center with a set flanking each side. The end door was not secured so it could be pushed out or pulled in depending on the size of bag that would be hanging. We then got all of the metal hangers from our workshed that hold up our non-exsistant tools on a pegboard and just drilled holes to put them in.
It worked really well and is easy to take apart and transport.
I also had a small table for stationary, mailing list sign up and my business card. On an old record player table I had a wash tub with hats and a small tv stand with zippered pouches. My main colors were green & orange and it seems to bring people in despite me being stuck behind a pillar. It was an akward space. Instead of 8'x8' like most spaces were, mine was closer to 7'x14'. But we made it work.
I sold my stuff for the first time this past weekend. It wasn't really a fair or bazaar, but my friend's salon was having a customer appreciation day. They were doing makeup and hair demonstrations and there was a DJ and food. There weren't a lot of people there to shop, but none the less, I made $47. I was happy that I just made back my table fee. There was 1 other girl selling bags, but they were store bought bags that she embroidered.
I wasn't sure about my bag set up but it worked until I can get something better and more bags. This set up of a clothes rack with bungee cord and clothes pins were perfectly fine for the size of the show.
My entire set up.
My table.. too small, but okay for my first time... hairbow holders, make up pouches, stationary...
I will be in my first fair this coming weekend. But, it really isn't a fair; it is more of a bazaar type thing. My friend works for a big salon in the city and they are having a customer appreciation day and she is releasing her DVD. There will be a DJ, food & beverages, she will be doing make up demonstrations and more run of the mill vendors (Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, etc.) I think there may be one more girl there selling purses, but not sure yet.
I haven't had a lot of money to invest and since it is my first time at a 'fair', I wanted to get your opinion on how I will be displaying my purses. I will have a table for my stationary, accessories & and small stuff.
Basically, it is a clothes rack that I put bungee cord on and clipped my purses to the cord. The picture is with wooden clothes pins, but have since found my color ones. I secured the cord with foam tape so it won't slide down the pole.
Do you think this looks too shotty? Is it okay? I would love your input.
So here is my itty bitty office/craft room. I wasn't sewing when we bought the house so it was okay for the occasional crafty endeavor and being on the computer. But, now that I have so much fabric, it's damn near impossible to keep things straight. It is currently "cleaner than usual" because my cat decided to eat a bunch of my sewing thread and had to have it all removed and just got her cone off theo ther day...GRR! So, I have to make sure all the thread is vacuumed off the floor. I tend to be really messy when I craft/sew so stuff goes flying. Needless to say, I have to vacuum pretty much every day... they can get the door open unfortunately.
So here it is in all it's glory. - From the door - the room is roughly 8'x9'
from the opposite corner
a spliced image of my craft/sewing table and the junk on the shelves - mostly scrapbook stuff which i don't even have time to do
my 'storage' solutions - yeah its a pain in the butt to try to get something out - the bags in the floor are party supplies for my daughter's 1st birthday - there is literally no where else in my house to put them
The printer & bill paying shelves - until yesterday it housed books and scrapbook paper - those got moved to the bookcase
Finally the computer desk - I didn't feel like tackling this yet...
It will look like a tornado came through at around midnight when I go to bed after sewing.
I have just spent 2 hours going through all the pages & pictures and love all of them! I am reminicing about my wedding day now so I might as well shar some pictures.
It was pretty traditional except that we got married at the UU and had Buddhist scripture in ceremony. We also paid homage to our loved ones that we there in spirit by calling their names. It was an Asian vibe and the colors where silver & lavender. I wanted those colors for as long as I can remember.
The reception was pretty informal & buffet style. We had lots of sushi and Asian inspired finger foods but nothing to scare my down home relatives off too bad LOL. My cake (I wish I had a pic scanned) was white chocolate pound cake with lemon filling with white chocolate butter cream icing. The favors were little take out boxes with our names and date on the outside and a couple of fortune cookies inside printed with special scriptures and messages of love with our name & the date.
My DH Matt fixing his dad's tie - too cute
my fave - just married in the room where we used to go to Sangha
my uncle waiting for his chance at the bouquet - "Always a bridesmaid never a bride." he said
I <3 Matt
His "groom's cake" was 9 different flavors of cheesecake - his mom made them and the wedding cake
I got some interfacing in my bag this time but, I also worked with a really heavy taupe canvas for the outside of the bag. I decided to add a little more green to the bag so it wouldn't look so blah on the outside. To achieve this, I made my strap extra long and sewed it all the way down the sides. It was fairly easy except that the canvas plus the interfacing made it damn near impossible to manuver. I left about about a half inch from the top when sewing the strap on so I wouldn't sew over it while it was all inside out. I then just sewed the decorative stitch over the strap when it was right side out... if that makes sense. I also added some stiff grograin ribbon with velcro sewn to the ends as a closure.
When I first heard of Crafster last year, the first thread I was directed to was this one. I have never sewn eventhough I got a sewing machine last year for my b-day.
This was such a simple design but I thought I would get lost. So, I dove in and I am proud to say its not half bad. Its far from perfect but, I did it! I added a big front pocket and made the strap longer to I can wear it over my chest while carrying my daughter. I am going to stitch some velcro in it shortly. I will DEFINATELY be making more.
The Hancock fabric by my house is going out of business so I got the fabric for a song. There is no innerfacing because I was too antsy to get started.