11.16.2010

the craft fair...

Saturday I participated in my first craft fair.  It was an okay day.  I sold some pieces, met some nice people and Andrew Henry got to eat chocolate chip cookies - mostly I learned, which is always a good thing.  The main thing I learned is something I already knew - location, location, location.  Both the location of the craft fair and the location of your booth.  I was a late entry and therefore at the very back.  That's not the best place to be.  No it's most certainly not.

Last week was a crazy blitz of making jewelry and displays, pricing and packing.  My poor house is covered in beads, wire, tools, metal etc. (and lots of dust).  While I go about getting my life (and house) back in order, I thought I'd share some of what it looked like around here prior to the fair...





It's not all shiny and pretty - it never is.  I broke all 10 of my fingernails steel wooling (word?) these puppies...


Totally worth it though...


Now, back to the dust...

26 comments:

Mermaid Glass said...

Your jewelry looks beautiful and I love your cards. Your weekend sounds exactly like mine! First craft fair (with my beads and jewelry), late entry, sketchy locale, ruined manicure. In addition, we had hideous judging and blazing heat. Still, I insist that it was fun. :)

Diana Mieczan said...

You are so talented ,sweetie and I really love your stuff. Have fun cleaning the house:)
Happy Tuesday

Maria said...

Until the dust is so thick you think you have acquired new doilies - I just wouldn't sweat it! I am coming to believe an overly clean house is a sign of insanity :-D

Love you work! Just beautiful stuff!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Love the chandeliers! And live and learn on those things, I think you're right, that's the kind of thing that just comes with experience! XX!

Reya Mellicker said...

Fantastic jewelry. Oh man I am jonesin' for some Everton Terrace earrings!! I bet you're on Etsy. Must shop now!

bronwyn said...

Meeting nice people is always good. Congrats on your first show. :) Those crystal earrings are gorgeous.

Krystal said...

Oh my goodness, lady - those coin earrings are SO incredibly cool.

Silver Strands said...

Oh my word! I would have LOVED to have shopped your booth at the fair! What a ton of fun.
oxoxox
Denalee

La Dolfina said...

Your jewelry is so unique and was beautifully displayed. Location, location, location is a proven thing.
I'm proud of you for going out there and doing your thing, it's all part of the journey and like Mermaid glass said, I'm sure you had fun and the memories will only improve with time!
xo

Teenage Bride said...

WOW!!! I love all of your stuff.

I don't know why but this "and Andrew Henry got to eat chocolate chip cookies -" made me laugh

MJM said...

Daddy and I did the same thing this weekend!

Debby said...

Your earrings are so pretty! Yes, I would think that location would be important! xo

Fire Byrd said...

What a clever lady you are. Love those clear crystal earings, like drops from a chandelier!
xx

Jude said...

I just *love* (LURVE) your stuff! I love the pretty aesthetic - it's even more special because you showed us the sweat behind it :) You're so motivating me to get back on my (casual) beading bandwagon!

kroney said...

I love the 'Farthing' earrings, the Wren is just precious!
Regarding AH and the choc chip cookies...you both deserve any treats which come your way!

Andrew H. said...

I did come clean about the chocolate chip cookies yesterday...

I'm thinking about them right now and craving.

pamela said...

so glad you did have some success and your table looked great. did you give away cookies? people always LOVE free stuff. next time have AH hand a free cookie coupon to come back to the booth! did you do a free drawing? let us know the next show!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Couldn't do a drawing as the people putting on the craft fair were doing one (I had to donate an item) and no AH was buying the cookies. I had some candy to put out but forgot it - next time.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Great finished product! I am glad you got to learn new things- that really is the most important thing!

willow said...

Sounds fun. I love your stuff and your snazzy Everton Terrace tags. Wish I could have been there!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely jewelry - I know what you mean about location though.

OneCraftyFox said...

Congrats, sweetie!! Your displays look beautiful. It is always great to learn, I have lots left to learn :)

Zabrinah said...

So gorgeous. Those cards are awesome. You have so much talent. It seems as if the craft fair was a pretty good experience for you to participate in!

~Zabrinah

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Look at your beautiful pieces.. too bad people missed seeing your gorgeous wares at the fair. xoxo

Kellie Collis said...

These pieces are lovely! Are those charms? Yes, they are totally worth it. Enjoy a wonderful day, Kellie xx

rockinj9designs said...

Spectacular presentation on your items. Is'nt getting out there fun? I'm looking forward to my boutique saturday. Hope to pay off my visa, wish me luck! PS, did I mentioned I've discovered Ebay? :)