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Craft Show Tips


A few Saturdays ago I had the opportunity to “showcase” some of my handcrafted wreaths at a local holiday (bazaar) craft show. The hubs and several others had been encouraging me to sell my crafts for months now and I finally had the guts to give it a go. It was a somewhat spur of the moment decision which left me with just a few weeks to create about 10 wreaths to display and hopefully sell. So all of my efforts and time were put into creating and crafting, and not much else. Let me just say that my first craft show was definitely an eye-opening experience, to say the least. Here a few craft show tips I discovered after doing my first craft show….

Craft show tips

Do your research!

I’ve attended several craft shows in the past but the experience is completely different when you’re a vendor, which I knew going in but I still wasn’t as prepared as I should have been. I was so busy creating wreaths I didn’t once stop to think about ways to help me actually sell them. So I advise doing your research on craft shows in general (especially about those held in your area in the past). Also research selling tips, advice and techniques. And don’t be afraid to ask the craft show coordinator (or point of contact) about the upcoming event…ask about the general customer base, vendor space and location, past craft show successes, etc. All this information can be a big help!

Invest in your table setup and signage.

Being an avid shopper, I could just kick myself for slacking in this area; when I’m out shopping I’m always drawn in by pretty colors, signs and cute set ups. I so missed the mark on this one and I was totally disappointed when I looked around the room at all of the awesome displays (as I continued to struggle with mine). So I advise taking the time to invest in your table and set up! A few days before do a trail run set up of how you want your table to look at the craft show, hopefully this will help you avoid some unwanted frustrations the day of the event. But keep in mind to always be flexible with your set up,just in case the vendor site is not what you thought it would be. Make sure you have signs displaying your vendor name, pricing and other important information about your crafts. You don’t have to invest a lot of money in this area just a little time and effort. Remember to be creative, you want your crafts to stand out!

Craft Show Tips

Do a giveaway or freebie.

One way to draw people to your table is by offering something for free! Or is that just me that loves a good freebie…lol. Two of the vendors near my table had drawings for a featured products at their table, I noticed that it not only caused people to stop but was a great way to draw them in to take a look at more of their products. Other options to offer are a free gift with purchase, percentage off future purchases and/or samples…it really depends on what crafts you are selling. Even offering a piece of candy (which is what I did) is nice, however next time around I plan on attaching my business card.

Take a friend and make a friend.

Ask someone to tag along with you to your craft show. It’s always great to have helping hands with you when setting up. You may also need someone to keep you company during the down time and to stand in for you during you bathroom breaks. And while you’re there try to make friends with the other vendors around you too! Not that you’re in a rush but it can definitely help the day go by a little faster. Plus, they may be able to share a few craft show tips or information about upcoming craft events in your area.

Be organized and prepared for the unexpected.

Nothing is worse than being ready to purchase something and the seller is nowhere to be found or is not prepared to take your payment. I have left things behind for that very reason. So have everything you need to make shopping easy for your customers…keep extra cash for change handy, if your selling expensive goods have a credit card swiper (PayPal Here, The Square, etc.) and receipt book if necessary. Make sure you have an emergency craft show kit on hand too, with things like extra pens, notepads, tape, safety pins, markers, scissors, and snacks (trust me you’ll get hungry). Basically you want to be prepared for any and everything that could happen. And don’t forget your business cards…lots and lots of business cards and don’t be afraid to hand them out!

Set realistic goals and expectations, and have fun!

I went into this craft show with a very open mind! Of course I would have loved to sell every single wreath plus take orders for more but I didn’t…but I didn’t go expecting to either. I told myself that if I sold just one wreath that I would be happy and I ended selling two. I really just enjoyed the experience and I had fun!

I had such a rewarding feeling when I left my first craft show, not because I sold out or received such great feedback but simply because I stepped outside of my comfort zone. And I learned so much from the experience. I haven’t signed up for any other crafts shows just yet but I will definitely be using these craft show tips when I do!

Do you enjoy going to craft shows? What tips do you have for a first time craft show vendor? What handmade goods do you look for at craft shows?

The Savvy Housewife

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Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies

I love sweets!!! I mean, I am the true definition of a junk food junkie! So when I discovered these Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies, I couldn’t wait to whip up a batch…

Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies

I really can’t take any credit for this recipe! A few months ago the hubs and I were volunteering at a local church and during lunch he tried these Cookie Brownies. He said that were so yummy! And the lady that made them was kind enough to share the easy recipe with me, so I’m passing it on!

Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies

What you’ll need:

  • 2 (12 count) muffin pans
  • Cupcake liners
  • Non-stick Baking Spray (or cooking spray)
  • Brownie Mix
  • Oreo Cookies (or cookies of your choice that will fit into a muffin pan)
  • *Optional* Nutella (or Peanut Butter)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup of Milk
  • 1/2 Cup of Vegetable Oil

Easy steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Place cupcake liners in the muffin pans, lightly spray each one with a non-stick baking spray and place one cookie inside each one. Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies
  3. This next step is completely optional and here is where you can get creative…I added about half a teaspoon of Nutella to the center of each cookie. But you could add peanut butter, a Hershey’s Kiss, a caramel bite…the possibilities are endless! I only did this to 12 of the Oreo Cookie Brownies since the kids don’t care too much for Nutella. Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies
  4. Mix brownie mix according to the directions on the box. I used the “cake like” instructions which calls for an extra egg. And I substituted milk for the water.
  5. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full. Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies
  6. Bake approximately 20 minutes
  7. Remove the Oreo Cookies Brownies from the muffin pan and let them cool completely.

My boys loved the Oreo Cookie Brownies and can’t wait for me to make more. The hubs even took some to work and his coworkers enjoyed them too. I just loved the fact that they were super easy to make and that you can play around with the recipe…next time I plan on adding icing per my oldest son’s request and maybe even a caramel bite instead of the Nutella.

My favorite way to enjoy the Oreo Cookie Brownies!

My favorite way to enjoy the Oreo Cookie Brownies!

Will you be making these Easy Oreo Cookie Brownies? What will you add in the center? What is your favorite dessert?

The Savvy Housewife

I did it!

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I did it! Yes! Finally after a whole year of procrastinating, I did it! I now have my Vision Board completed and hanging on my wall. I’m so ready for the new year!

2014 here I come!

The process

The process

The rough draft

The rough draft

Y’all know I struggled with getting my vision board started but I’m happy to say it ended up being a lot easier than I thought (once I committed). And I even finished well ahead of my set deadline…woot! And although I’m still not quite what my “vision” is for my future, I do see somewhat of a pattern on my board. I highly recommend that everyone do a vision board at least once…it was such awesome feeling when I hung my vision board on my wall!

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I’m so excited about 2014! Are you?

Have you created a vision board before? Do you plan on creating a Vision Board for 2014? What goals have you set for 2014?

DIY: Wind Chime

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So with the 4th of July approaching I wanted to do a fun patriotic themed craft with the kiddos. I’ve been saving vegetable cans for a while and thought that this would be a great time to use them. I remembered that a few weeks ago I saw a pin on Pinterest where old soup/vegetable cans were used to create a wind chime. What an awesome idea, unfortunately I didn’t repin it…ugh! So I decided to search Pinterest in hopes to find it and of course I found several. I swear Pinterest never disappoints. So after reading through several crafters post on DIY wind chimes I decided to pull out my fav tips and wing it. Check out what the kiddos and I came up with…

Materials used:

  • Soup/vegetable cans (labels removed, cleaned and dried)
  • Spray paint
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Stickers, glitter, etc. used to decorate the cans
  • Ribbon
  • 2 wire hangers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Nuts and bolts (to add variation in the sound of each can)
  • Hammer & nail (to poke holes in the top of the can)
Spray painting the cans red, white and blue.

Spray painting the cans red, white and blue.

Hammering a hole in the top of each can.

Hammering a hole in the top of each can.

Close up of the hole.

Close up of the hole.

The oldest getting creative.

The oldest getting creative.

My youngest decided that he wanted to paint his blue can with blue paint...lol

My youngest decided that he wanted to paint his blue can with blue paint…lol

The middle son adding on the details.

The middle son adding on the details.

I decided to use a two wire hangers to create the top portion of the wind chime. However, I did seen on Pinterest where someone used an old crochet loom and someone else used the top of an old lamp. I suggest that you get creative with this portion too…

The first hanger was fashioned into a circle.

The first hanger was fashioned into a circle.

Close up of the closure.

Close up of the closure.

I decided to wrap the hanger with ribbon.

I decided to wrap the hanger with ribbon.

The top portion of the wind chime completely wrapped.

The top portion of the wind chime completely wrapped.

After the kiddos decorated theirs cans, I sprayed them with a clear protective gloss in hopes to protect the wind chime from the outside elements. I also added ribbon and washers/bolts inside each can.

I used a "washer" at the end of the ribbon inside the can.

I used a “washer” at the end of the ribbon inside the can.

The finished cans.

The finished cans.

I simply tied each can to the top portion of the wind chime and hung it outside.

Our Patriotic Wind Chime.

Our Patriotic Wind Chime.

The boys love it and I do to! Now if the wind would just blow…lol!

What fun things are you doing for the 4th of July?

Michael’s Passport to Imagination

Being a SAHM (stay-at-home) I’m always on the hunt for inexpensive/affordable activities to help keep the kiddos busy and me sane during the summer…If you follow me on Facebook (and I hope you do) then you may have seen a post earlier this week mentioning the Passport to Imagination Craft Adventure at Michael’s. I was thrilled when I discovered it…

Michael’s Passport to Imagination is a 7-week crafting class for kiddos. The “2-hour crafting adventure takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to noon” at your local Michael’s Store. And it’s just $2 per child per session. The crafts are designed for children ages 5 and up. Like I said I was thrilled…it’s affordable, offered several times throughout the week and indoors away from the scorching heat.

Be sure to pick up your Passport to Imagination Guide Book next time you're in Michael's.

Be sure to pick up your Passport to Imagination Guide Book next time you’re in Michael’s.

I immediately checked out the Travel Itinerary for the Passport Imagination and I couldn’t wait to take my boys! But my youngest is just 3 years old and class was for kids 5 and up. If you have kids then you know that no one can be left out….so I called ahead to my local Michael’s store to see if it would be ok for me to sit in with my youngest to help him with his craft and they said that it would be fine. WOOT! Be advised that I’m not sure if that’s the norm for all locations so be sure to call ahead first if you too have a little one under the age of 5. I decided that today would be a great day to do, it’s week two of Passport Imagination and Michael’s headed to South America. The craft today was something simple and not to girly, perfect for my guys….

Week 2 Crafting Projects

Week 2 Crafting Projects

My oldest

My oldest busy crafting his vase.

This guy is so creative!

This guy is so creative!

By youngest trying to keep up.

By youngest trying to keep up.

Some of the kids' crafts

Some of the kids’ crafts

My boys had a blast! And the instructors were amazing! I’m so glad that we went on today, we will definitely be going back. Like I mentioned it’s Week 2 of Passport Imagination, so that leaves 5 more weeks of crafting fun. If you still on the hunt for something fun and affordable to do with your kiddos, I highly recommend that you check out Michael’s Passport to Imagination!

Have you checked out Michael’s Passport to Imagination? What summer fun activities do you have planned for the kiddos?

DIY: Patriotic Wreath

 

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So lately I’ve been going DIY crazy! Who knew that doing crafts could be so fun and rewarding! Not to mention it’s an awesome stress reliever…for me anyway.

Of course this DIY was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest. A few weeks ago I came across a really cute wreath made with clothes pins painted to resemble the American Flag. After reading the instructions, I decided that I was going to give it go but as the days passed I realized I didn’t have much time if I wanted to have the wreath up before Memorial Day. So I headed to Pinterest again….after checking out a few patriotic wreaths I decided to combine a few ideas from the ones I liked the most and create my own.

Like I said I didn’t have much time, so I wanted to keep things simple. So instead of hand-crafting fabric flowers I went with artificial ones from Micheal’s. Luckily they were on sale for $.99 each (with 5-6 flowers per stem) and I was able to pair it with a 25% off your total purchase coupon..woot! I also purchased my wire ribbon from there too. And the grapevine wreath was purchased from Hobby Lobby…using the 40% off coupon of course.

Materials used.

Materials used.

Blue flare and painted wooden letter G.

Blue flare and painted wooden letter G.

Modge Podge + blue glitter...used to give the wooden letter some extra pop!

Mod Podge + blue glitter…used to give the wooden letter some extra pop!

The wooden letter covered with modge podge glitter mixture.

The wooden letter covered with mod podge glitter mixture.

With glitter.

All dry with glitter.

Cut flower.

Cut flower.

Adding the flowers.

Adding the flowers.

Adding floral wire to the wooden letter.

Adding floral wire to the wooden letter.

All done.

All done.

Finished product!

Finished product!

I think the “G” looks a little crocked but other than that I love it! The hubs suggested adding some blue flare to the flowers to make them pop and he was right! I’ll be using this wreath for the 4th of July too. What do you think?

Have you tried any of the things you’ve pinned lately? What things do you do to help relieve stress? Do you enjoy crafting?

 

DIY: Cake Carrier Upgrade

Dear Pinterest, oh how I love thee…lol.

Inspiration Interpetation

So I’ve been stung by the DIY bug again…thanks to Pinterest. A few weeks back I came across this simple DIY that allows you to personalize an inexpensive cake carrier from Wal-Mart. Well I’m not a professional baker or anything remotely close to it. But I do enjoy the hobby and often bake cakes for my fam, friends, church, etc. And I when I saw the personalized cake carriers I thought it was such a cute idea. Not to mention its a great way to label my stuff so it doesn’t grow legs and runaway…lol.

The first pin I came across that inspired this DIY didn’t provide any instruction but led me to a site that sold the personalized cake carriers for $20+…I’m not knocking their hustle but I’ll pass. So I decided to google it. Again several of the sites sold the personalized cake carries and I only found a few that actually provided instructions on how to actually do it. The few sites that did, mentioned using a circut machine, a machine used to create and cut vinyl letters/shapes. And the machines alone cost anywhere from $89 up $349. *insert side eye*

Of course I have no need for a circut machine, at this moment, so I got to thinking…aren’t the wall art removable/reuseable stickers made of vinyl? You know the ones you can use to decorate a child’s room with all the cool characters, sports teams and such without damaging your walls. Yep, those. So again I hit up google and just so happened to come across one of my fav deal/mom bloggers Birmingham Bargain Mom. She stated that the you can use the vinyl letters from Micheals or Hobby Lobby to decorate you cake carrier…woot!

Well to kick off my kiddos Spring Break, I decided to take them to the Dollar Tree…don’t judge me, it doesn’t take much to make my kids happy, lol. While walking the isles what did I see? Vinyl wall art and yes it was just a $1! Woot! Jackpot! So of course I had to buy it and as soon as I got home I decorated my cake carrier.

The vinyl letters and shapes from the Dollar Tree.

The vinyl letters and shapes from the Dollar Tree.

Materials for this DIY:

  • Cake carrier (Wal-mart, Target, etc.)
  • Vinyl Letters and Shapes (Dollar Tree, Micheals, Hobby Lobby, etc.)
Materials

Materials

The finished product.

The finished product.

The back/side

The back/side

The other back/side

The other back/side

This DIY was really inexpensive, I only spent $4 and I still have vinyl letters/shapes left over for future DIY projects. Although my lettering isn’t as fancy as some of the one’s I saw on Pinterest I think the cake carrier turned out really cute. And it definitely fits my personality. I may add some ribbon on the handle for a little extra spunk too. And then all I have to do is bake a cake to put in it…lol.

What do you think about the cake carrier? Will any of you bakers be doing this simple DIY:Cake Carrier Upgrade? What projects/DIY have you found on Pinterest?