Monday, December 17, 2012

Craft Show Sharing

Hello Blogger Friends!

Warning! this is a long post. So grab your favorite drink and read on.  I am done with my craft show season.   I kept forgetting to bring my camera;  therefore, I only have a few photos from my craft shows to share.  I am one of those people who still use the old cell phone that only make calls.  This was from one of the show.

I made clear plastic pockets on poster board to hold my cards.  I didn't sell any card from this poster board.  However, I did sell some cards when I put them in boxes and purses.  So I will do that from now on.

I had A LOT of crochet hats, scarfs, hat bands, and crochet flower ID badges.   I sold some of those items.

HOT items were the Hershey's Milk Chocolate snowmen wraps.  I used 1/2 inch circle punch to make the snowmen eyes and buttons.  If you google snowmen wrap, you will fine tons of inspiration.

I made three of these wooden basket filled with gift tags.  I sold only one.
As always I decorated both sides of the basket.
 This is the other side of the basket.
Tags that were in the basket.

These four frames were sold right a way.

Last item that I am sharing is the ghirardelli chocolate purses.  Are you ready for the number?  I made  about 320 purses!  I made 150 of them over the summer.  Then I made the rest less then two weeks ago. I sold 240 of the purses without the chocolate to two ladies from churches.  They told me that they needed something affordable for their churches.  I showed them the ghirardelli chocolate purses for $1 each.  One time, I tried to sell that for $1.25.  I sold only two purses. They said they needed something less then that.  So I told them that I can give them just the purses at 50 cent each.   They were happy and I am happy to get rid some of my papers that I had been hoarding.

For these purses I didn't add the crochet flowers like I normally would .  I just added a flower punch on the front and added a hanging tag.  I always used ribbon for the handles because I threw these purses when they were done in a paper shopping bag. I once used card stock for the handles and the handles were crashed.  I also found an easier way to make the handles.  I hot glue the handles and that, my friends, were a lot faster and easier to make than using brads to hold the handles. 

Click here for purse measurement. The handles were 5 1/2 inches long. I had used  1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 inch wide depending what I had in my stash.

Over all, I was very please with the craft shows this year.  I did only 6 shows this year but I sold at least 25% more than I did last year with 8 shows.  I signed up for 5 shows but I had a last minutes bonus show with was surprisingly awesome! Thank you Ann Marie!

I hope I haven't bored anyone with this long post.  

Thanks for stopping by!



Mihaela said...

Hi Helen!
I see so many beautiful works here, basket, tags, frames....all are wonderful!!!

Esther Asbury said...

Wow -- you put a lot of work into those items!!! Glad you sold some --- it's my dream to do a craft show.........someday!

Dr Sonia S V said...

Helen though I am not a professional crafter I did so enjoy reading your craft exhibition experience.Your frames are adorable and no wonder they sold super fast.
Dr Sonia

eva said...

Your post is impressive.

chillin with Quillin said...

awesome post, love your set up, your creations are wonderful, I also do the wooden frames and purses, I found out by adding a little spiral note pad with a pen wrapped in green floral tape with a flower on the end that they sell better, just thought I'd share it with you!!!

Panda8ngel said...

what a great job! I hope to be able to meet you at a show one year! I hope you will post when and where your next craft show will be. :)

Patty O'Malley said...

Glad you did better this year. Sorry I missed the show.

Ann said...

Not bored at all with your post. I love all your creations and congratulations on a successful season.

SUGANTHI said...

How can you create so much in so little time. They all look neat and lovely. I am happy you did well this year. Nice to hear your experience.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Hello Helen!

So nice stopping by to visit with you and see all of the lovely things you have made. I have enjoyed perusing many of your posts ~ so many gorgeous projects!

Kindly, Lorraine

D D said...

both your paper craft and crochet work are beautifully done!