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What A Show!

26 Oct

I’m Back!!! I missed you all so much! After a super long weekend at the craft show and a long week getting everything back to normal around here – I am excited to say I’m back 🙂

Thank goodness for my trial set up or this would have taken ages to figure out. The PVC pipe held everything extremely well! My favorite part was the bar to hang my scarves on. This was my first attempt at having things up off my table and although I’m so happy with the outcome I do want to do things a little differently.

I want to find different hangers to put the scarves on – it wasn’t easy to get the scarves off and on the hangers which I don’t think is helpful for customers who want to try things on. I also would change up the shelves a little differently. People don’t like pulling things in and out of shelves if they have to figure out how to fold them and put them back! I’ve decided to put one blanket in each shelf instead of two and to hang up the other scarves instead of folding them in the shelf.

Other than that I was super happy with the set up!

My most picked up items were my cork keychains, cup cozies, scarves, and burp cloths. It seems like everyone that came through was touching and feeling everything and amazed at how soft everything was. Since comfort is one of my number one priorities when it comes to my items – that made me very happy!

Another thing that was picked up a lot was my business cards. So much so that I’ll be ordering another pack of them as soon as possible! I didn’t expect my cards to go as fast as they did but I am definitely okay with that 😉

For those of you who are considering doing an outdoor show there are a few things I wasn’t quite prepared for! Wind was one of them. Everything was secured tightly with zip ties and didn’t move much in the wind but my frames that were hanging from the lattice weren’t on tight. I’m still trying to come up for a solution for that one.

Another was dust!! We were in a wooded area with lots of dirt and when people walk through it – dust kicks up and gets on EVERYTHING! I wasn’t expecting to have to wipe down my items on a regular basis or have to wash & dry them when I came home. I wish I had a swiffer or duster with me so that I could have continually wiped off my items – that might have made my aftermath of cleaning a little easier.

Prepare to spend a day after the show sorting/cleaning/re-organizing everything!

One thing that REALLY helped during this show was sharing it with a friend. This was Ashley’s side from Leapinlilypads. Because we split the space we both saved on money, as well as having someone to be there when we went to go get a meal or use the restrooms.

It also made it easier on my traveling to share some of what we were bringing. We each brought two tables, our chairs, and our supplies so one person wasn’t overwhelmed with too much packing or unpacking. One thing I didn’t expect going into this was all the last minute spending I’d need to use. I planned for gas money, food money, and extra for spending (of course I’d find something I’d want to buy from other vendors).

What I didn’t count on was all the small last minute things for the show like: cash for change, stickers for my bags with my business logo, chalkboard markers (because they work so much better than chalk), 3m hooks to hang my frames, and a bunch of other little things that add up so fast! Next time I’m going to also plan for an extra $100 bucks on miscellaneous things before the show actually happens.

Some things that Ashley did that I love – used wrapped boxes to create height on her table, used cardboard and ribbon to hang her bows, and found things like baskets and vases to use to hold her items. Any way that you can save money by using things around the house as part of your table design is a great way to be budget friendly!

Some perks from our tent that I didn’t see around other ones – bright colors, hanging things from the tent walls, a dedicated table space to use for working on, clear banners so people will remember who you are, and free goodies just for stopping in (I had dum dums for the little ones).

Finding ways to be remembered is key to future purchases. Just having a business card isn’t always enough – so I like to make as many memorable pieces as possible!

We had a fantastic time at the show and are proud to say we’ll be doing it again next year! Hooray for a successful weekend – and hooray for being back home 😉 because this girl is ready to get back to being crafty!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Work In Progress Wednesday: Cork Business Card Holders

22 Feb

One thing I’ve been excited to try out is cork business card holders! They looked super easy to make and I was hoping they would be super cheap as well. I went around to the local wine shops and asked them to save me their corks as well as buying them off a friend of mine 😀

What you’ll want for this project is a serrated knife, an exacto knife, a cutting board, a cork and maybe a pen to mark where you want to cut!

You are going to want to cut one edge of the cork to make a flat side that’s going to lay down flat on the table. I used the serrated knife for this job!

Then I used my exacto knife to mark where I was going to cut on the opposite side. I cut with the serrated knife, then used the exacto knife to pull out the little pieces of cork that were still stuck.

And TADA you have a cork business card holder! I say this is a Work In Progress because I’m not 100% satisfied with how it came out. Two things I want to fix are the opening for the cards (there has to be an easier cleaner way to do this) and then the fact that the cork is so light that you can’t put more than two cards in it without it falling over. I’m going to try to add a weight to the bottom to see if that solves the problem! So more to come on this post 😛

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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26 Aug

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“Silkhope86 is a formally educated and practicing Graphic Designer who specializes in logos, branding, and marketing materials with positive feedback. She also works on a side project called Doggie Woggie. It’s a Zine she created and currently works on with a friend. Doggie Woggie is an Art and Design driven kitsch independent zine for man’s best friends and their owners. She’s got a lot to offer for those of you who are starting out a business and might need a little help with marketing and promoting your store!”

What got you interested in crafting?

I have always been very creative since I was young. My Father is an illustrator/graphic designer as well and he taught me how to draw at an early age. My parents and a favorite Aunt really fed my creative outlets and always got me fun toys and kits that taught me different crafts and techniques. I was also able to teach myself things, like how to sew, by watching my Father sew his patches on his Navy uniforms. I’m very mechanically inclined and good at trouble-shooting technical issues so that kind of helps in my Design and capability to build things.

What has been your favorite project to make and why?

I just completed a pillow in May for a weaving class I had to take as part of my BFA. I have just fallen in love with weaving because it is another way to build images. It’s like a crafty form of Graphic Design

What’s the secret behind your etsy name?

My favorite Aunt I mentioned before was married to a bicycle maker who died at a young age. Silk Hope was the name of his bicycle company. The 86 stands for the year I was born. I created my account long before I ever thought I would have a shop.

If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?

It would be called Flotsam & Jetsam which is actually the name of the umbrella in which all my projects fall under. I was raised in Virginia Beach so I really like old nautical terms and generally the phrase is kind of like a this & that or an yin & yang of the sea.

It would look like a kitschy-foo-foo cottage, or a shop down a cobble-street in a place like Middleburg, VA. I would sell a little bit of this and a little bit of that (*hint Flotsam & Jetsam). My hand-made goods, design services, and paper-goods. 

What is the most challenging thing you have made?

I built myself a vanity in a Furniture Design class when I was in college. It was challenging to learn how to use the tools. I guess not so much how the tools work but tools are not made for women and they are bulky and large so they can be a bit hard to handle. I hand-turned the legs on a lathe and I carved out all the joints that made the box that holds all my make-up. I also had to cut the reflective plexiglass plate that I used as the mirror.

What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?

In the next year I really hope to get my Zine off the ground, start making rugs out of recycled materials, and coming up with a prototype for a Dog Bed I invented, ALL WHILE I maintain my clients. I recently moved to Northern Virginia after I graduated from ODU. I work a normal day-job as a Graphic Designer full-time but I have a client that I design websites for in Norfolk, VA and a client here that I am currently implementing a new identity for which entails all their marketing material.

What inspires you to be crafty?

I like to window-shop but I don’t like to spend money so when I see something I like I say why do I like that? Most of the time it’s the colors or patterns and I say I can make something in the like that I might actually need or that I might give to someone. Now I am using my little talents to try to make some extra money 😉 

What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?

Not to be pretentious, but I am very good at selecting color combinations. I love color theory and it was one of my favorite classes I took in college. Luckily, or unluckily, I got to take it twice because it didn’t transfer from one college to the next. 

If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?

Two things that I think everyone wants, money and time lol. More money to promote my store on etsy and different sites. More time so I could do all the little projects I want to do. It’s amazing that even when you aren’t married or a Mom you still don’t have time 😉

If you haven’t stopped by her shops go ahead now! For graphic design go here and for her zine go here.

She also has a website you can reach her at here.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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