Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Just Joey

I'm relaxing tonight with Joe and my homework assignments, when I found one of Joey's first toys as a puppy. How it has made it without being torn to shreds, I'm not sure, but I thought I would post pictures to show how much Joey loves and missed his kabob...

Monday, August 30, 2010

"Tomorrow is No Place to Place Your Better Days" - DMB

So I'm back at school now, and I must say it is hard to get back into the swing of things. School hasn't started for me yet, because I do not have classes on Mondays or Fridays :) I got an e-mail the other day from one of my teachers for an online class saying that there were two mandatory class meetings this semester. One of those days happened to fall on the day of the festival that my friend and I will be doing! I e-mailed her back telling her the issue, and she said she was considering adding an alternate day. I was so relieved!

Now, I am working on some online assignments before classes start tomorrow, while the preparation for the festival sits on the back burner for a bit.

It's going to be a pretty busy semester!

This is Sophie. She is my roommate's dog, and is the same mixed breed as Joey, just smaller.

Joey and Sophie get along pretty well, except Joey gets greedy with toys and bones. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"Wouldn't stop until I found something beautiful" - n2b

So, by complete accident, I stumbled upon an awesome website tonight! It's called eWillow. It's a great blog to read for craft inspiration, and you are able to sell your own crafts on the website (like Etsy), but for free! There is no limit, and it is so great! I'm wondering how many people know about this already?

I've posted pictures of my different displays for the festival! I think I'll have more than enough ways to display the bobby pins, but I'm thinking it will be one of those things where you need to be prepared!

This is a birdcage I found with my dad and sister on clearance for $10! I love the "weathered" look of the cage!

This wooden rack is something I found at a teacher's garage sale. The woman used it as a filing system, but they are from the late 70's, early 80's and were used in her husband's corporate meetings before Powerpoint came around!

Side view of the wooden filing rack. I will probably use these for my initial bobby pins. People will easily be able to find the initial they are looking for this way.

It holds 26 cards, perfect for the alphabet!

My mom and I found this at Home Goods. I love it! I thought about hanging the bobby pin cards on the black branches. The festival will be two weeks before Halloween, so it would be great if it looked festive!

I got this idea off of Bug a Boo Baby. Theirs looks great! Because I made mine with somewhat flimsier ribbon, I will probably put cards in the ribbon slots, instead of the bobbies without the cards.

 So now that I feel more comfortable about the displays, I have moved on. I read some advice that other people posted about cash handling at festivals. I thought a locking box would work just fine and would be the easiest to make change with, However, the majority said that in some instances, it can be taken from you right from under your nose! They suggested an apron or fanny pack. So, I looked into the cost of different aprons on etsy. (I was wanting to go with the whole handmade theme) They were just too much for something I may only use once. I found a carpenter's apron at home depot for only $0.80 and plan on doing something with that. The size is perfect, and has two large pockets for cash handling.

The only downside...it has a huge orange Home Depot logo on the front of the pockets. I considered turning it around and wearing it backwards, which is probably what I'll end up doing. (it's safer that way too, I'm guessing!) 
Then, I was checking my e-mail and received a 40% coupon off an item at Hobby Lobby. I ended up finding iron on fabric paper that fits right into the printer. The possibilities with this stuff are endless for me! I plan on printing out the Joey B. Logo and seeing how that looks on it.

The countdown is getting smaller and smaller to school starting back...6 days! Then, there will be much less time for my festival planning.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Getting Close!...

It's getting down to the last week of summer break, and there is so much left to do!

My dad bought a tent a few days ago, which is so so great! Those can be pretty expensive! So, he will let us borrow it for the festival.

I found an antique-looking birdcage for $10 while shopping with my dad and sister, which is perfect for displaying bobby pins.

I also just ordered a yard sign for the festival to put outside the booth to draw people in for only $11!
The picture below is the background of the yard sign with words and webpage added. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"I'll lean on you, and you lean on me, and we'll be okay." - dmb.

So after a nice break from work and a fun night in downtown Atlanta, I realize it's not very long before I should have my summer assignments for my distance learning class complete. This will slow me down on my preparation for the festival, but I still have quite a bit more time!

I recently have made buttons from fabric remnants and have used those for the bobby pins, which makes them even more fun to make!

The majority of these buttons are made from fabric remnants, while there are two or three that are made with stickers.

The display was also finished today! I decided to go with a frame with ribbons across the backing as a way to hold the bobby pins. Hope it turns out to be ok!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 6, 2010

"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list" -S.S.

So it's been pretty busy lately at my work at the teacher supply store...which is a good thing! More hours!

In Joey B. world, I'm working on decorative clipboards for the arts festival, which is a lot of fun!

A friend of mine will be sharing the booth with me, so we are excited to talk about what all we need to do to prepare for it.

The festival is all about using recycled materials and being eco-friendly, so I'm trying to think of ways to display the items using these types of materials! Any ideas?

The clipboard bases are made from 100% recycled materials and paper is printed with soy-based ink, so that's good!

I'm hoping to finish the majority of the bobby pins and clipboards before school starts back so there is not as much to do when class starts. I hope this all works out!

Monday, August 2, 2010

"Celebrate we will because life is short, but sweet for certain" - DMB

And so the countdown begins... 4 weeks until the start of my senior year of college! It's going by fast, and there's still so much to do to get ready for it! On a positive note, I've been living off campus so there is no moving in involved in going back :)

So I've been busy here lately making items for a Music and Arts festival in October, that I'm super excited about!

In the past few weeks, I have made a couple decorative clipboards and over 100 embellished hair clips. (Check out some of my items on Etsy!)

I didn't realize how many things there can be to prepare for selling at a festival! I'm currently looking for clever ways to display the Joey B. cards with the bobby pins, so if you have an idea, comment please! This is a first for me, so any tips would be awesome :)

For the little ones :)

Bobby pin with card

Some of the bobby pins for sale :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Everything has its beginning...

To introduce myself...
My name is Paige. I have spent most of my life in Memphis, TN, but am currently working and living near Atlanta. I have an older brother, older step-sister, and younger sister. I am currently finishing up my bachelor's degree in education, and have a 2 year old poodle mix named Joey.

I absolutely love crafting, reading, and watching the TV show: Friends. (Hence the name of my dog: Joey)

I'm new to the blog world, but love to catch up on family and friends, so hopefully this will be of use!

Thanks for stopping by!