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I said YES!

2 Nov

This week I got a package in the mail from a very important person in my life. Inside the package was this wooden box:

 

As soon as I pulled it out of the package, Emma screamed, “A TREASURE CHEST!” and boy was she right!

 

Emma’s eyes grew huge. She shouted, “Mommy a question! Mommy a question!!” Her excitement grew as much as mine did.

 

I flipped over the card and a huge smile crossed my face. Most presents from this important person are for Emma, this one – was just for me! I jumped up and showed it to Brian and giggled at what an amazing way this was to be asked 🙂

 

and of course .. I SAID YES!

 

Here’s to an amazing wedding for an even more amazing person – I love you Tiffany!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

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

A Special Surprise

3 Oct

This past weekend we went to Front Royal to celebrate a special person for her birthday 🙂

 

Here’s Emma’s view of the event!

Nana and Emma patiently wait for Ninny to come be surprised!

Ninny sure was surprised!!!

Then it was time to eat all the yummy food

Emma hung out with Aunt Sarah

and Uncle Josh!

Then it was time for family pictures – here’s Ninny with all her grandchildren and significant others.

And Ninny and Pop with Emma

Then Emma with her two soon to be cousins!

Emma had a blast – this was everyone’s view of her that day!

A successful surprise party and a great day to spend with family 🙂

Love Always,

J

Cork Key Chains

28 Sep

Lately I’ve been working on easy small crafts to take to my show. Now that I have all the big stuff ready, I wanted to make a couple different small and cheap knick knacky items. I know when I’m out at a craft show, I’m always looking for fun little knick knacks for stocking stuffers or just as a memory from the event.

I got the idea to make cork key chains from my sister’s wedding. She took all the wine corks she got from the winery (where she had her wedding) and made these cork key chains to give out to everyone that came as a little memory of the wedding and the winery. I love the idea and I also love that it’s quick and easy to make!

So what you’ll need are some corks, some key chain rings, and some screw eyes!

Screw in the screw eye to one side of the cork.

Attach the ring – and tada! You have a cork key chain 🙂

Having these at the show will give me a little more variety on prices and since they were so easy to do I knocked out 100 in on time! Now I’m trying to figure out what to do with all these left over corks 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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Taking it Easy Today!

27 Sep

 

I have two little girls here today and we are going to be taking it easy! Most days we spend half the day inside and half the day outside but since the weather is going to keep us from going out – I decided to take a practice day of keeping them entertained inside!

 

Since they are 2 and 3, their attention span is about 30 minutes. Here’s our usual schedule for a day that includes outdoor time:

8:30-9:00 Excitement to see each other which involves, hugs, kisses, chasing each other, and showing each other toys. Then they’ll usually “help” me get breakfast ready.

9:00-9:30 Breakfast time!

9:30-10:00 Free play time in the house.

10:30-11:00 We go for a walk.

11:00-11:30 Color or Play-Doh

11:30-12:00 They help me make lunch

OR

10:30-11:30 Park Time

11:30-12:00 They help me make lunch

12:00 Lunch

12:30-1:00 Quiet Time

1:00 -4:00 Nap Time

4:00 – 4:15 Snack

4:15 – 5:00 Puzzles, Reading Time, or Blocks usually.

 

So what I’ll need to do is find an indoor activity to keep us busy from 10:30-11:00. Some days we’ll bundle up and play out on the back patio but for those really cold or yucky days I wanted a few options to keep us entertained.

Today we are going to try music time. I’ve got a bunch of musical toys ready and I’m hoping it will include lots of dancing and giggling to get out all their energy!

Do you have any great ideas you’d love to share?

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Love Always,

J

 

 

 

Crafty Party!

20 Sep

This past weekend our team had a craft party! Everyone met up together and got crafty 😉 There was food, drinks, and craft supplies galore! I thought I’d take a break from the usual crafty posts and let you in on what a crafty party around here looks like!

 

I think we all have enough supplies here to keep us busy for days!

 

You can’t have a craft get together without some crafty inspiration!

Afterwards we decided to make this an ongoing event. Every three months we’ll be meeting up to get crafty together and enjoy each other’s company. This group of people have become a great way to share my experience of blogging, crafting, etsy, and being a mom. When I started out with all of this – I didn’t have many people to share my experiences with and what better way to do it, then get crafty with people who share the same interests as you!?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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Magazine Review: Woman’s Day Specials – Halloween Celebrations

18 Sep

Who’s ready for Halloween magazines? I AM! This week I’m reviewing Woman’s Day Specials Halloween Celebrations!! This is your all around get ready for the season kind of magazines that includes, crafts, home decor, food, and some extra goodies as well. I can’t imagine you flipping through this magazine and not wanting to attempt something in this magazine – even if you hate Halloween – some of these things are worth a look!

Each page is filled with multiple ideas and and things you can try to create on your own but you can also purchase! One of my favorite things about this magazine is it tells you where they found the item, how much it is, and the website for it! Another plus – they showcase Etsy shops 🙂 I love supporting fellow etsians.

Their how-to’s are easy to read and follow and they also have extra instructions and patterns in the back! I’d say this magazine is filled with enough goodies to keep you busy up until Halloween this year 🙂 I already have a list of things I’d love to try as well as a few shops I’ll be buying from. Since this magazine isn’t completely about crafting I deducted a point for ideas & inspirations since part of it is food and that might not interest some as well as a point off for exciting pictures and fun reads because there’s less articles and more shopping.

Halloween Celebrations comes . Each magazine is $5.99 which is a fantastic deal to me. The deal for a subscription is $14.99 for two years or 1 year for $7.99. There are $10 issues a year. You can’t ask for a better deal than that!!!!

  • 4 points for ideas & inspiration
  • 5 points for easy how to and guide steps
  • 4 points for exciting pictures & fun reads
  • 5 points for the amount of issues
  • 5 points for price (5.99 for one issue)

I give this magazine 4.5 out 5 stars which I think is my highest one yet!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

 

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A Special Delivery

17 Sep

This weekend I got a special delivery in my mailbox. A package from a fellow blogger who I fell in love with when I found her blog!

 

The best part about this special delivery? I had no idea what she was sending me!! She followed my blog and said she would get a few ideas from it of what to send me 🙂 It’s like we are long lost best friends because as soon as I opened the package I jumped for joy like a little kid!

 

A collection of goodies that I can not wait to play with / eat / drink!!

What I got:

  1. chocolate herbal tea (yum!)
  2. A dark chocolate bar (YUM)
  3. Buttons and flower appliques (so cute!)
  4. Lace and elastic (oh how I can’t wait to play with these!)

 

Why did she do this? Because she is an outrageously sweet, thoughtful, and selfless person. Which inspired me to send a goodie package to another fellow blogger. I stalked her pages for weeks and weeks and got a collection of items I thought she might enjoy. Stay tuned to see who and what I gave this blogger friend of mine (she has no idea it’s coming!).

 

Love Always,

J

 

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Blogging Book Giveaway Winner!!

15 Sep

So here it is – the big moment where we find out who the lucky winner of this book is!?

If you want to see more about the book here is the blog post I did about it: Blogging Book Giveaway

And the winner is………………………………………………………………….

 

HOLESINMYSOCKS!

Congratulations! I hope the book gives you the guidance to either start your new blog or gives you tips to help you out! Be sure to come back and let us know what you thought of it when you get it 😀

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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Book Wall Art

7 Sep

I saw on pinterest that someone took a mat, a book page, and a letter and made wall art out of it. Well of course I’m going to change it up a little and make it more like me 😉 Since my mom and sister are the bookworms and I’m more into magazines – I decided to take a magazine page and add a letter to it.

 

Since I had all the materials laying around the house – this cost me absolutely nothing 🙂 Nothing makes me happier than free projects! So I got my black vinyl paper for the cricut, my mat board, and a sheet from a magazine for the background.

 

I put some adhesive on the back of the mat board and placed the paper and let it dry while I cut out my letter on my cricut machine.

 

Then I put peeled the vinyl off and placed on the magazine sheet. Simple as that and now I have one more crafty thing to hang in my studio room 🙂 I plan on doing the same thing for the book people in my family! Can anyone say budget friendly Christmas presents?

Thanks for stopping by!
Love Always,

J

 

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