Friday, September 30, 2011

Show and Tell Friday

Join us this weekend in Boulder City for Art in the Park.  It looks like it's going to be great weather and the parks will be full of fabulous artists and crafters for your shopping pleasure.
We'll be in the same space as the last 4 years (393-394) in Bicentenial know...the park with the playground and the gazebo.  It will be the row to shop...Kathy Hafen from Heartfelt Treasures, Rachel Whiting with For All Seasons, and us (Crystal, Diane and Autumn) Twiddlebugz are all on the same row.  Good times will be had for sure.
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We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bridal Bouquets

As if I'm not busy enough, I'm now an independent contractor for a local reception/event hall as their florist.  It's been good so far, only part time but that's okay.  I need to get better about taking photos of completed work.  I thought I would share some of the one's Idid remember to photos of.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Show and Tell Friday

Whew, it's been a busy week.  I caught up on some household , met with a bride, and relaxed a bit.  Timm's been working on the dining hall all week.  I'm pleased to say that the outside lights are installed and working.  The facia is installed and the first coat of paint has been put on.  Last night we worked on the interior window trim.  It's looking awesome.  I've gotten 8 ghosts and 8 witches painted.  Chris has cut wood for me so I have more time to paint.  Oh, and we've had rain! 

I thought I would share some photos of our booth at Harvest Festival from last weekend.  Enjoy and have a great weekend. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

More Display Ideas

Last time we discussed tables, so I thought this time around we'd talk about walls and hanging display ideas.  Seriously, I think I have tried just about everything to make my booth creative, effective, and easy to transport.  I really don't think there is a perfect solution to fit everyone but here are some that might work for you.  Depending on what you sell, you may not need lots of wall space.  For those of you who do, I hope these ideas help. 
Pegboard:  It comes in 4x8 sheets.  I suggest you cut it down to a more managible size.  I had cut mine down to 2x6 panels and framed them with 1x2's for stability.  When I got to shows, I would screw them together through the 1x2's to make the size and shape I needed.  One advantage, they are fairly lightweight, peg hooks are easy to find, and unfolded paper clips will work as well.  It lets customer focus on your product and not through your booth into the next one.  You can make a folding screen out of it without framing it as well.  Simply use a few hinges with some nuts and bolts to secure.  This can make it freestanding and easy to transport as well.
Gridwall:  I finally gave in and bought gridwall after years of craft shows.  It's heavy, which is why I avoided it like the plague...but I finally gave in, and you know's great.  It's weight has been an advantage for me at outdoor shows when the weather hasn't been so nice.  I zip tie mine together...quick and easy.  I have 2x6 panels, but they come in 7 and 8 foot lengths as well.  It can be put together to form shapes, shelves, etc.  I normally completely wall in my booth on 3 sides, clip sheets to the back side of them and have my own little space.  You can get smaller pieces as well.  I've even layed it down on it's side and a table to give a short back wall.  It comes in white, black, and chrome.  Check Craig's List, that's where I got mine and only gave $10/panel.  New can be pricey.
Draping:  You may not need a place to hang items.  In this case fabric draping will work out well.  I've made a pole and drape system for shows out of PVC pipe and fittings and solid color sheets.  A friend of mine did made this system and used organza curtains in gold and burgundy for her jewelry booth.  If you have a tent/canopy frame, you can simply clip your fabric to the frame.  If you don't need to hang your items, consider having larger photos created of some of your items or you creating your art to hang from the draping to catch the customers eye. 
These are just a few ideas to get you thinking...there are as many ways to display your work as there are types of work I'm sure. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Harvest Festival Review

Excited shoppers showed up in droves this past weekend to the Las Vegas Harvest Festival eager to shop and get their hands on some great handmade products from an event filled with really talented vendors.  We filled our booth with mostly Halloween, Harvest, and general Fall items.  We offered a few Winter/Christmas items but really didn't have room for them.  Seldom was our booth empty...most of the time it was full of customers oooing and awing over things.  They were so excited to hear we were local and they could get on a mailing list and get more items in the future.  We passed out postcards of our upcoming events, added folks to the mailing list, and were pleased to have my scarecrow on the front cover of the current issue of the Country Register.  Thanks to Glena for the opportunity to feature a local crafter on the craft show issue.  I really appreciate it.  Our larger items sold like crazy, in fact I sold all of my posts, large BOO ghosts, and witch on moon pieces.  We would like to thank all our customers for shopping with us, we really do appreciate each and every one of you.  We need to work our tails off and we'll see you in three weeks at Art in the Park.   So until then, enjoy these photos of our booth from Harvest Festival.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Join me at the Harvest Festival

Yup, that's right...I'll be showing at the Harvest Festival with my friend Diane this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Cashman Field.  It's the first craft show of the season for Las Vegas and really gets people excited about Fall, decorating, holidays and more.  Please come out to shop with us for some great new handmade pieces you'll surely fall in love with.  Look for discount coupons to the festival in the local papers this week.


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