Perfect lemon muffins

Whenever we stumble across an amazing recipe, we love to share it with as many people as we can and we have a really delicious recipe to share with all of you today from Catherine Robinson at Cat Can Cook.

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These lemon muffins are a perfect way to celebrate spring and the delicious citrus scent from the lemon zest makes the kitchen smell so fresh and lovely.  We threw on our favorite Pretty in Gingham aprons, cranked up some jazz and whipped up a few batches.  They’re perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack with tea or dessert!

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You can check out the full recipe from Catherine Robinson here.

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Getting down and dirty with refinished furniture

We all love Craigslist, right?  It’s such a great place to browse for inspiration and inexpensive furniture items that can take your home decor to a whole new level.  Sometimes all it takes is a little TLC to turn one man’s junk into another man’s treasure.

I’ve been on a mission lately to find some great white wicker pieces to furnish a guest room.  I scoured Craigslist trying to find the perfect items to fulfill my shabby chic vision for this particular room and hit the jackpot a few weekends ago when I brought home a headboard, night stand, dresser and mirror that are still in pretty good shape.  All they need is a new coat of paint to freshen them up.

Furniture projects can get kind of messy.  Not only do you need to worry about protecting the surfaces you’re working on or near but you also need to work on protecting your own clothing as well!  Throw on one of our Pretty in Gingham aprons to keep yourself clean and make use of the two extra large pockets on the front to hold on to any miscellaneous items you may need like nails, a hammer, painters tape, an extra paint brush, a can of spray paint or a measuring tape.  Make clean-up a cinch by storing an extra towel, cleaner, or trash bag in your apron pockets.  There are an unlimited number of ways our aprons can help you get your projects done!

I can’t wait to start sprucing up my new wicker bedroom set!

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Countdown to a new Pretty in Gingham item

Hi friends, we hope you have been enjoying all the beauty and sunshine of spring.  We have been working on a brand new Pretty in Gingham item that we will be debuting on the blog very soon and we can’t wait to share it with all of you!  We are so excited about this particular item and all of the many ways it can be used.

Please check back for more updates and be sure to follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/prettyingingham to stay up to date on all of the latest news!

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Spring things we love

We love spring.  Everything is so fresh, fun and beautiful.

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Here are some of the awesome ideas we’ve seen lately:

Tulips are our favorite flowers.  This idea is amazing:
how to grow tulips in a vase indoors

Such a great way to add a festive pop of color to a party:
easy DIY streamer garlands

We’ve tried this recipe and it is absolutely delicious and just as colorful as it looks in the photos:
Tuscan chicken skillet 

These cute little boxes make organizing pretty AND fun:
fabric covered boxes

DIY herb gardens…enough said!
DIY herb gardens

Vertical gardens are so creative and pretty:
vertical garden on a fence

 

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Craft Show Recap

This past weekend was a whirlwind of a weekend that included an all day craft show and celebrating Mama Karen’s birthday with dinner at her favorite sushi restaurant.  You can read more about her love for sushi here and here.

Set-up started bright and early on Saturday morning at the craft show in Orange County, CA.

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Unfortunately the turn-out wasn’t as great as everyone expected it to be but we made the best of it by getting to know our awesome fellow vendors.

Thank you so much to all of you who came out to support us, the other vendors and BAOC!  We truly appreciate you!

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Happy birthday Mom!

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Happy birthday to the best mom a family could ever ask for!  We are so appreciative of everything you have done and continue to do for all of us.  We are so proud of you for following your dreams and embarking on this Pretty in Gingham endeavor and we are excited to support you wherever the journey may take you.  We love you from the bottom of our hearts and hope this year brings you all the happiness, laughter and magic you deserve!

Love,
Your Family

7 Tips for creating an eye catching craft fair display

Today I’d like to share some tips on how to display your products in an exceptionally eye catching way at a craft fair.

I’ve been an independent Cookie Lee jewelry consultant since 2008 and have learned a lot over the years about how to create a visually appealing display at a craft fair or home show.  It’s amazing how the type of display you create can really help you attract potential customers and draw attention to your product, no matter what that product is.

Here are some of the display strategies that have worked the best for me:

1. Keep it neat.  First and foremost, keep your table neat and clean.  I always put a clean, ironed tablecloth (usually white or black) over the table to give myself a neutral palate to work with.  Nobody wants to dig around through meaningless piles of tangled items so make sure to keep your products neat and orderly.  Customers usually seem to come in waves so take advantage of some of your down time to periodically reorganize and straighten up your display to make it look as put together as possible for the next wave of customers who walk by.
2. Pair like items together.  Make it easier for customers to find what they are looking for by pairing like items together by style, color, size or function.  Necklaces with necklaces or an entire set of jewelry together.  Adult items grouped together and items for children grouped separately.  Silver with silver, gold with gold, brass with brass.  You get the idea.
3. Make it pop.  Adding simple decorative items can really jazz up a display.  At our upcoming craft fair, we’re adding battery operated fairy lights to our table to make our display really stand out.  In a room full of other vendors, we want to make sure that we are drawing as many eyes as possible over to our table.  At my Cookie Lee shows, I would often add little touches of hot pink or bling to create an element of fun along with information about career opportunities, sales or hostess gifts.  People are attracted to things that are different so get creative!  The sky is truly the limit!
4. Keep it organized.  No one likes a visually disorganized table.  No matter how amazing your product is, potential customers will not want to take the time to dig through piles or search through your entire table to find something that catches their eye when they can easily move on to the next vendor.  Find a way to organize your products so that they make sense to the customer.  We’re planning to have separate baskets in different shapes and sizes for each of our different products.  That way we’ll ensure that our items stay neat AND organized at the same time.  Hooray for killing two birds with one stone!
5. Add some height.  It’s always a great idea to add some height to your display so that you take advantage of all the space you possibly can.  Since you will probably be limited in terms of the table size you are allowed to use, using height can really open up your space and give you a ton of extra room.  Try displaying some items horizontally and some vertically.  Use a cake stand as a display platform or prop some items on top of a hand painted crate.  If you’re selling jewelry, display some of your trays vertically and some horizontally.  We’ll be using a plant rack to hang some of our aprons from and we also found a cute little plant holder in the shape of a chair that we’ll be balancing a round basket on top of.  We made sure to create signs for our table that are different shapes and sizes as well so our display does not look too bland.
6. Always have your “check-out” items handy.  When you make a sale, make sure you  have all of the items you will need to “check-out” your customer organized and at hand.  A calculator to total up the sales, a money bag with cash in different denominations to make change, a pen and receipt pad to track purchases or a bag to place the items in, business cards or other promotional items.  You will come across as so much more calm, collected and professional if you have all of the items you need close by and ready to use.  I usually keep a little basket or tote bag nearby with all of these items in it so I know exactly where everything is at all times.
7. Business cards, business cards, business cards.  Do not forget to have business cards ready and available for any potential customer who walks by.

Craft fairs can be such a fun and exciting way to meet new people and share your product with others.  We would love to hear if you have any other great tips for creating a craft fair display to remember!

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