I can’t believe how fast November just flew by! I am glad to say that I survived the craft fairs and had plenty of inventory. While the actual sales was a little less than I was hoping for, I met a lot of cool people, got my name and information for my Etsy shop out there and picked up a few custom orders.
Here’s a picture of my booth at one of the events held last week.
Now I just have to go through all of my items and start listing them on my Etsy shop. I am hoping I can start doing that tonight or tomorrow morning.
I am now working on the custom orders I got this last weekend and today is the perfect day for that. So far we have about 4 inches of snow and it’s still falling. Tonight the winds are supposed to pick up and we are in a winter storm warning. That sounds like “hooking weather” to me 🙂 I also need to get started planning for Christmas. I need to finish decorating and pick a date that will work for the majority of the family to be here. It seems that with all the activities I can’t get everyone here at the same time, but I try. I also need to start my Christmas shopping in between my Christmas gift making.
So now it’s time to start the holiday hustle and Christmas crazies. I hope I can keep reminding myself of the true meaning of the holiday and remember that stressing out about it, not only doesn’t help the situation, but misses the point of this celebration altogether.
I actually had a fairly quiet weekend (a rare thing at my house) and got a couple of projects done.
First thing I did was a pair of slippers for a craft group I belong to on Facebook. Each month we get a partner and “swap” a handmade item with them. It’s lots of fun because everyone has different talents and crafts that we do. These are the slippers I made for my September swap partner. She said she likes pinks, purples and black and also butterflies and lady bugs. I hope she likes what I came up with :).
Then I made some ruffle scarves. I haven’t made them before now because I thought everyone was doing it. But a couple of people have asked if I knew how so I gave it a try. They are kind of cute. I might have to make some more for this weekend.
This weekend I have 2 different vendor events to prepare for. One on Saturday and one on Sunday. As usual I am freaking myself out trying to get everything ready even though I know all will be fine. Still have a few items to price and label and need to find a couple of my display props yet, but I have a few days to get those things ready. I might even have time to get just a couple of more items made (like those ruffle scarves) before then. I just need to keep on hookin’
Well I made it through my first double pointed knitting needles project. I have to say it sounds a lot scarier than it actually is. Once I got into it I was having fun, I like the way the hat turned out, so I will have to make a few more for the upcoming vendor shows I will be attending. This hat is a custom order for my youngest son’s girlfriend. I hope she loves it (and shares with her friends where they can get one – haha)
The vendor fair went well last Friday and I met some great people. I also have a few leads on some possible custom orders… FUN! I have two more coming up in September and am looking forward to those as well. Time to speed up and get some holiday projects done for the upcoming shows. I also have some patterns in the works that I have been meaning to get done and posted. I seem to keep running out of hours in the day. Looks like it’s time to put the coffee on (the STRONG coffee that is)
Well the cloth is finished. My first tunisian crochet project. While I have some improving to do on adjusting my tension, I think I have found a new friend. Lots of fun and more stitches to learn.
Now it’s time to get ready for vendor fair season. I have a booth at our local Corn Days festival tomorrow and am in the process of labeling, pricing, finding my display, packing everything and trying not to forget important items like my calculator and receipt slips. I am getting a little anxious because I feel like I’m no where near ready for this UGH! But I go through this every time haha. I get all excited and freak myself out trying to get everything perfect and convincing myself that I’m not ready, then the event comes and everything is just fine 🙂 So time to take a deep breath… aaahhhhhh. That’s better 🙂 Now back to work.