Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"The future is no place to place your better days" - dmb

Have I mentioned how much I love festivals? :) I am hoping to be a vendor again sometime soon! There are a few festivals in the spring around the area I will be living for student teaching. I have found some new items to make and sell, as well!
Also, I bought a domain! I am so excited to start with the web hosting and learning about web design! It will be a while, so I'll keep you posted :)
The coaster idea ended up being kind of a flop. I did not make them in time for my first festival so I am hoping to have some ready by the time I sign up for another one!
I also found a really cute lanyard at a gift store in Atlanta this past weekend that gave me an idea to make some of my own! (I have found that teachers love having unique lanyards for their school i.d.). My other idea is to make tote bags out of t-shirts. Both the lanyards and tote bags will require sewing, so I went to look for my sewing machine in the attic...
I went in to the attic for one thing and, two hours later, came out with a bunch of memories!

Some of the things I found:

Two of my baby blankets
"Uggy Baby" - a.k.a. Ugly Baby - complete with gumm-y band-aid marks on the knees
Pictures of my awkward pre-teen years with my middle school buddies
and my mom's college scrapbook, which was so neat to look at!

Also this weekend, my sister and I checked out Auburn University while on a short vacation to the spa. What a cute town Auburn and Opelika are! The campus is gorgeous and it was fun to see the last of the tailgaters from the game the day before.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

It's finally time!


Now that it is over I feel a little uncertain of where to go next. But I have found some great outlets to continue to sell things, which is so awesome!

Recap of this weekend:

My friend (she shared the booth with me) and I drove in to Tunica yesterday. We had all day to set up before the people came today. The RiverPark is so pretty! Our booth space was right on the banks of the river, it was gorgeous! It was incredibly windy yesterday, though, so we could not fully set up for fear that our items and other things would blow away. My dad surprised me and drove down to help! Thanks so much, Dad!
We checked in to our hotel (a Casino hotel!) and met up with the coordinator and some staff for dinner. 
Time to hit the slots! It was my first time to set foot in a casino. We mainly played the penny and nickel slots to get the hang of everything!

Today: Festival Day! We finished decorating and setting up our booth, and got ready for festival goers. The event was put on for and by the Girl Scouts, so the majority of those attending were with their Girl Scout troops. The festival featured live music, Riverboat rides, Geo-caching, Retail, and much more! 
We were a little slow to start. Because this was the first year for the festival and our first time as vendors of a festival, we were not expecting too much in sales. Since most of the festival goers were associated with Girl Scouts, the majority of spending money was spent on the Museum and a ride on the River Boat. However, as the day progressed, sales picked up! More of my big items sold in the last 45 minutes than all day!
Overall, it was a great experience! It was also a good learning experience for a first-timer like me.

Here are some pictures of the set-up:

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The last few days before the festival are pretty crazy! My dad just made over 200 dog biscuits, and we iced them with dog-friendly yogurt coating. We made fun shapes and are going to bag them and sell them at the festival. I got a great picture of Joey licking the spoon after we finished. :)

I finally finished all of the clipboards and need to get busy on more of those bobby pins! I had over 100 before school started, but have sold a lot, which is so awesome! But now, I have about 3/4 of the amount I will be happy with.

We went to an arts and crafts festival today, and I got some more last minute ideas that I can use with my booth. I absolutely love festivals! I wish they went on all year!

I'm not so sure what everything will be like after the festival is over with. It is what I have been thinking about for a long time now! In our apartment at school, we have a large spare room now, so I have turned part of it into my craft central :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

"But I do know one thing Is where you are is where I belong" - dmb

Exactly 14 days until the festival I have been waiting and preparing for for 4 months!

Since yesterday, I...

  • Set up my table to get an idea of how things should be arranged
  • Found a tablecloth (finally! I am using a full size sheet from my dad's house = $0)
  • Finished the clipboards for the most part
  • Found a way to display the coasters (hanging fruit basket from my dads = $0)
  • Made 30 bobby pins
  • Found a "wall" to go behind the table to hang clipboards from (wall = shower curtain from my dad's)
  • Found a cute way to display the business cards = $1
  • Got glue all over myself (still washing it off...)
The pictures below are what I hope the table will be like at the festival. Except for the fact that: the bobby pin cards have no bobby pins on them, the clipboards are not finished, and the cork in that left corner has not been cut and made into a coaster just yet. Oh, and the table cloth hasn't seen an iron in a while...
These are just for an idea! I will post pictures of the completed product :)

I love my little corner! My dad gave me this super comfy chair, as well as the tent that we will be putting everything under. Thanks Dad!

I love fall weekends! It actually feels like fall right now, but I know it will be hot again tomorrow. We are going to an indoor festival for Christmas shopping tomorrow. (You're thinking: What? Christmas shopping already?! I am, too!) This place has great booths though, and the merchants come from all over. So, why not get a head start (and possibly some great display ideas)?

I would say this weekend was overall productive! Now for homework.....