Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Arbor Daze in Euless

I had another show this past weekend in Euless, Arbor Daze. It was a small show in my opinion considering the large tent they had us set up in was not really half full. I would say at least half of the vendors were jewelry and not everything was handmade like it was suppose to be (at least in our tent). They did have other events going on throughout the day and had other tents for businesses and food. It was a great family event. Saturday was a bit chilly in the morning so our traffic flow was little but as it warmed up the traffic flow increased. I didn't have any sales until after 1pm, but in the end I did rather well (on Saturday). Sunday was a different story. Not only did I not have any sales, but the traffic was little to none. After talking with the person in charge to see what he thought of the show, I was a little concerned...he said that this was one of the better years! All and all I am not sure that I will be doing this show again.

Total made: $307
Booth cost: $50 (but I split this with another vendor)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Deconstructress - A New Look

Steph owner and creator of Deconstructress Designs contacted me 1 week and a half ago ago in a panic. She had a show coming up in 2 weeks and wanted a new look for her shop. A new logo, business cards, hang tags and a new brochure. She wanted to know if it was possible to have me design and print everything in time for her upcoming show. I said yes, and why not, I love a challenge. So less than a week and a half later here is the finished products!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Oak Cliff Earth Day Recap

Yesterday I had the pleasure of setting up a booth at Oak Cliff Earth Day. We had great weather, nice people and some fab artists from all over the metroplex. I had a great time meeting some new artists and customers and sold some of my very favorite pieces. My booth pictured below was one of the smallest sizes I have had to squeeze my stuff into so far (but this was my BEST show ever, so I am not going to complain).

I also had the pleasure of having my step dad around to help. This was the first time he has been to one of my shows and he was really excited!

He really was, he actually enjoyed meeting all the people and seeing all that was going on.

All in all it was a great day to say the least. I look forward to next year's event. The pictures below are two of the pieces I sold yesterday that I never got a chance to share with you all. I hope you have a great week!

Friday, April 18, 2008

New Promos

I just got these new promos and I wanted to share them with you.

These buttons were made by DonnaPool. She has a great shop and is wonderful to work with! The image for the buttons were taken from this painting I just finished. I haven't even listed in my shop, but it's already one of my favorites.

If it doesn't sell this weekend at Oak Cliff Earth Day, then I will be listing in my shop later next week.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

How to Promote Yourself

With all the different avenues you have to promote yourself it's hard to decide what to spend your time doing and what to bypass (at least for now). If you are just starting out it can get overwelming!

First thing you should do is find other artists in your area, either by joining some groups or by searching the internet. Look for local galleries and openings, art/craft shows and other events. Go to them talk with the artists, most are willing to share some of their secrets on how they got started. Make sure to have business cards with you to pass out.

If you are selling your items, make sure to have an online store so people can see your items. Try starting a blog too. Give tips that you learn and share what works...(wonder where I got that idea from...) A couple other ideas for you...if you can't start an online store. Try Ebay or even better Craigslist (it's free). Get your name out there. People aren't just going to fall in your lap (per say) It's all about promoting!

Good luck out there, let me know what works for you so I can share it with my readers!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Week 1 - Workspace

So my challenge for you all was to clean up your work areas this week...Have you started. No, I didn't think so. Well here are my pictures of my workspace. (Before clean up, although this is pretty obvious) As the week goes on I will be taking pics of my progress. Let me know how your's is going and what you want to accomplish.

Friday, April 4, 2008


Well this spring has been super busy for me so far! My computer crashed! Not so good since I was in the middle of 3 CUSTOM ORDERS. Yes Spring woke everyone out of their winter slumber all at once, and I had the pleasure of working on these wonderful pieces the last couple weeks...

This sign is a great way to get visitors attention to knock instead of ringing your doorbell when babies are sleeping!

And this colorful sign was for the front door of a Child Psychologists' office.

Of course these are just 2 of the items I have been working on, but the colors came out so wonderful I just had to share them with you! I hope your spring is colorful this year and brightens your day.