Wednesday, November 24, 2010

best anniversary gift

My dear hubby surprised me with a lovely drawing (based upon two old pics of us) for our anniversary.

Sneaky devil, he quietly asked a friend of mine  - the uber talented Harmony Carrigan to make it for us.  I love it!  She also drew a picture of our daughter last year when she was just a month or so old.  That picture is amazing as well.

surviving the craft fair

Well, I did it.  I took part in my first ever craft fair.  And I did learn a few things:

1.) Do not forget the folding chair to sit on.

2.) Do not put cookies in a basket.  For some reason people were wary about digging in the basket to see what I had.  I ended up baking snicker doodles, pecan caramel shortbread, chocolate chip, ricotta cookies, gingerbread, double chocolate cookies and walnut tassies.  Even though they were packaged so nicely, I sold very few of them.

3.) Next time, make lots of pink items.  My pink rose magic wands were the first to go, and I was asked about pink dress up jewelry.  Girlie girlie craft booth = lots of pink items (and to a degree, lots of purple items as well.)

4.) Perhaps invest in making small signs for each item.  I guess I'm still uncomfortable with the "hard sell" pitch.  I always hate it when people press me to purchase things, and I dread being that sort of vendor.  And saying the same schpiel time after time, perhaps the signs could help, and maybe even entice questions from the lingering shopper.

5.) I really, really, REALLY need a space of my own to work on my crafts.  At this time, poor Tom and I are on top of one another sharing an office space at home because the baby took the room which was formerly his man-cave/office.  Alas, I took over our current room AND the dining room table during this whole craft process.

All in all, it was an OK time.  I really had expected to sell more things, especially the cookies and the headbands for babies/little girls.  I now know I over-baked and over-crafted.  Ah well.

I did get many complements for my work, I think most were sincere.  Though strangely enough, most of the complements came from folks who either had girls in their families that were way past the age of my wares, or the only had little boys in their family.  I wonder if I did not price everything correctly.

I'd definitely try another one again.  But first to start a website to sell what I do have left over!

Oh my . . and so many leftovers!  Especially cookies and headbands!

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