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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BAOC Craft FairIf you’re in the Southern California area, come check us out at the Business Alliance of Orange County’s Spring Boutique on Saturday April 12, 2014!

Admission is free and open to the public.  April is a great time to get an early start on Mother’s Day gifts for the special women in your life.

We will be featuring our handmade aprons, handmade doggy bandanas, dish towels and a few other surprises. It’s also Mama Karen’s birthday so come out and celebrate with us. We’d love to see you there!

Join us at the BAOC Spring Boutique on 4/12/14!

The Liebster Award: Encouragement for Emerging Bloggers

We are so honored to have been nominated for the Liebster Award by the ever talented Brianna from Lookbook Style and Design.  The Liebster Award was developed as a way of encouraging new bloggers by providing a forum to connect with others.  It’s an amazing concept and we are super grateful to have the opportunity to participate in it!


Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

1. Answer questions from the blogger who nominated you.
2. Nominate 11 new blogs with 500 followers or less.
3. Post 11 new questions for your nominees to answer.
4. Tag your nominees and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been nominated.

 

Now Kristy will take it away and answer the 11 fun questions from Lookbook Style and Design:

1. When did you start your blog and what influenced you to start it?
My mom, Karen, decided to start sewing on a more regular basis after retiring from a long career as an elementary school teacher.  She’s always loved sewing but never had the time to really devote to it while she was working.  She started putting together the most adorable handmade aprons, doggy bandanas and dish towels and after getting a really great response from family and friends, we decided to start our blog in January 2014 as a way of chronicling her adventures in sewing and sharing her creations with others.  Since she is slightly on the technologically challenged side, I’m usually the one who oversees the blog.

2. Describe yourself in one word.
Dog-lover.  Does that count as one word? =)

3. What day of the week do you enjoy the most?
Since my mom is retired now, she’ll say that everyday is a holiday so I don’t think she has a favorite.  My favorite day of the week is Saturday.  I love any opportunity to sleep in, relax, and forget about the stresses of the work week!

4. Do you collect anything? If so, what?
My mom doesn’t really have any collections but I started collecting shot glasses from places I’ve been to and places others have visited when I was young.

5. What is something you’ve done that you’re proud of?
I think my mom would say that she’s proud of completing a long and meaningful career as a teacher and that she can now live out her dream of enjoying retirement with my dad and their puppy.  The one thing I’m proud of is learning to cook!  I wouldn’t say I’m Ina Garten in the kitchen but I’m definitely getting much better.

6. Currently, what song makes you happy?
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams.  Talk about a feel good song!

7. What is one piece of technology that you can’t live without?
iPhone.  We would both be lost without it!

8. What has challenged you about blogging?
Figuring out how to navigate through the technological aspects of blogging since this is all still so new to me.

9. What would a perfect day be for you?
A perfect day for my mom would be getting to spend time with her family.  A perfect day for me would probably be at the beach with a book.

10. How does your blog inspire others?
I don’t know if our blog actually does inspire others or not but we hope that we can share our enthusiasm for finding ways of doing things in your everyday life that make you happy.  Sewing and creating are things that make my mom really happy and it makes me happy to see her happy.  So if anything, we hope that genuine happiness comes through in our posts.

11. What is your favorite food recipe?
Shabu shabu!  Check out our post about it here.

 

The 11 awesome blogs we would like to nominate are:
My Love Affair With
So Many Crafts, So Little Time
My Knotted Life
Turquoise Imagination
Heathers Bunting
Patsy Ann’s
On the Upcycle
Sweets Eats and Crafts
Purple House Blog
J. Govan Sewing and Design Studio
My Blog by Meg

 

Our questions for the nominees:
1. Why did you decide to start blogging?
2. What are your goals for your blog?
3. Where is your favorite place to travel?
4. Name one thing that makes you happy.
5. Where are you located?  (Country, city, state, etc)
6. What is your favorite way to spend an afternoon?
7. What is your all-time favorite dessert?
8. Do you have any pets?
9. What are some of the biggest challenges you have encountered while blogging?
10. What is your profession (if blogging is not your full-time job)?
11. What hobbies do you enjoy outside of blogging?

 

Thank you again to Brianna for your nomination!  We are so excited to read all of your answers and get to know everyone a little bit better!

Karen and KristyJPG