Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuestorial: Candy Corn Vase

Tuestorial: Candy Corn Vase

I can't believe it, but Halloween is almost here! There are many craft-inspiration ideas for this time of year, but I thought I would be inspired by my favorite seasonal candy...the humble candy corn. Some love it, some hate it (we aren't friends), but you can enjoy it in this unique form with most items you probably already have around your house.



Materials Needed:
  • Empty wine bottle (easy find in my house)
  • White paint (acrylic or glass friendly)
  • Yellow paint
  • Orange paint
  • Paint brush
  • Painter's tape

Step 1:

Clean your empty wine bottle of any labels or dirt. You want a pretty surface before you start painting. Once it's clean and dry, apply at least two coats of white paint to the entire bottle. This will provide a good base for the other colors too.


Step 2:

Once the white paint is dry, mark the section for yellow with painter's tape. The edges don't need to be neat (should be uneven to look more like candy corn), but this makes it easier when painting. Start with yellow at the bottom!


Step 3:


Once the yellow section is dry, remove the painter's tape and mark off the top (just below the neck of the bottle) for the orange section and go to town. See how delicious it is looking?




Step 4:

Once the orange section is dry, just remove the painter's tape and you are done! You can go back to make the other edges less neat or touch-up any boo-boos (technical term). Put it on display for all your trick-or-treaters! 


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Tweet Chat Recap (10/14/2014)



Below is a recap of last weeks Tweet Chat.



NOTE: The first post is at the bottom.


 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Enjoy the rest of your week folks ... good night!! Go team! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 22:00
 
 
block Wonderland Organics @wonderlorganics
@RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg thank you!! #sfetsy


block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @ESDhandmade @sunsetshutterbg I did, thank you! And just reaffirmed that I'm not alone in this! :)#sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:59
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg thanks for the chat! I certainly learned some tricks #SFETSY Good luck to everyone!


block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Next week we'll be talking about displays. Join me next week and share your favorite tips/tricks to have an amazing display! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:59
 
 
block Wonderland Organics @wonderlorganics
@sunsetshutterbg @rjsaylor yes thanks! Looking forward to our show #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:59
 
 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@sunsetshutterbg I did, thank you! And just reaffirmed that I'm not alone in this! :) #sfetsy

 
block Red Kerria Designs @RedKerria
RT @RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg thanks for the chat! I certainly learned some tricks #SFETSY Good luck to everyone!
2014-10-14 21:58
 
 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg thanks for the chat! I certainly learned some tricks #SFETSY Good luck to everyone!


block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Well I hope you all got some tips and learned something about inventory for your upcoming shows.#sfetsy

 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
@AstridEndeavor yeah please no candy! Lol #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:57
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @AstridEndeavor one year I had candy, but that just makes their hands even dirtier! So, I think stickers will be the trick!! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:57
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Yes, it's almost 10! The hour just flew by. #sfetsy

 
block An Astrid Endeavor @AstridEndeavor
@rjsaylor one year I had candy, but that just makes their hands even dirtier! So, I think stickers will be the trick!! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:57
 
 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
Ok guys so good to see your ideas :) I'm sleepy #sfetsy

 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@AstridEndeavor @rjsaylor Stickers sounds like fun for the kiddies. #sfetsy


 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
@AstridEndeavor that's a good idea! Distractions :) #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:55
 
 
block Wonderland Organics @wonderlorganics
@AstridEndeavor @rjsaylor maybe bring samples for them? #SFETSY


 
block An Astrid Endeavor @AstridEndeavor
@rjsaylor It depends on whats going on sometimes I have to intervene. Maybe this year I'll bring stickers to give to the kids. #sfetsy


 
block Wonderland Organics @wonderlorganics
@AstridEndeavor @rjsaylor good to keep in mind! #sfetsy



block An Astrid Endeavor @AstridEndeavor
@rjsaylor #sfetsy I have a hard time with parents that let their kids paw all over everything. It's pretty amazing. (and I love kids!)

 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
So much information! Do other folks have any pressing questions or bits of advice to share about inventory? #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:50

 
block An Astrid Endeavor @AstridEndeavor
@sunsetshutterbg @rjsaylor @kmknits #sfetsy good point.



block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @rjsaylor As things sell, you don't want your booth to look sparse or over picked, so keep it stocked :)#sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:48
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Plus moving things about keeps you moving instead of sitting around looking bored like I've seen at a lot of shows. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:48
 
 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
As things sell, you don't want your booth to look sparse or over picked, so keep it stocked :) #sfetsy



block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Yay! RT @wonderlorganics @rjsaylor @kmknits thanks! This is my first fair so any advice is great #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:47
 
 
block Red Kerria Designs @RedKerria
RT @sunsetshutterbg @rjsaylor @kmknits You may walk by a booth and 30 mins later see something new you didn't see the 1st time. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:47
 
 
block Wonderland Organics @wonderlorganics
@rjsaylor @kmknits thanks! This is my first fair so any advice is great #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:47
 
 
block Red Kerria Designs @RedKerria
RT @rjsaylor @wonderlorganics @kmknits just move things about - reorganize your booth, just keep it flowing :) #SFETSY


block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@rjsaylor @kmknits OH yeah, that's smart. You may walk by a booth and 30 mins later see something new you didn't see the 1st time. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:45
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @rjsaylor Q6: my booth mate last year @kmknits taught me 2 constantly shuffle stuff around to keep it moving out #itworks #sfetsy


 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @rjsaylor Q6: my booth mate last year @kmknits taught me 2 constantly shuffle stuff around to keep it moving out #itworks #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:45
 
 
block Wonderland Organics @wonderlorganics
@rjsaylor @kmknits switching the products around? #sfetsy


 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
Q6: if i see the demographic is diff then i'll try to switch up pretty early. #SFETSY or change my display people aren't looking
2014-10-14 21:42 - Question 6
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @rjsaylor A5: I echo the sentiment of "don't bring one" there is some shopper psychology about having choice, but not too much :) #sfetsy


block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
A5: I echo the sentiment of "don't bring one" there is some shopper psychology about having choice, but not too much :) #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:42 - Answer to question 5
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q6: How often do you change up your inventory during a show? Or do you usually keep it the same for the entire show? #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:40 - Question 6


block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker I used to just make one of a new product now I always make 2 so i have an extra if i sell one #SFETSY or make 2 diff sizes
2014-10-14 21:39
 

block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker Q5; when you start or you have brand new product it's hard to know what's going to sell #SFETSY you have to trust your gut
2014-10-14 21:39
 
 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg I used to just make one of a new product now I always make 2 so i have an extra if i sell one #SFETSY or make 2 diff sizes
2014-10-14 21:39
 

block Wonderland Organics @wonderlorganics
@ESDhandmade this is great advice! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:38
 
 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg Q5; when you start or you have brand new product it's hard to know what's going to sell #SFETSY you have to trust your gut
2014-10-14 21:38
 

block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Oh yeah! RT @ESDhandmade And just because you bring it all doesn't mean you have to display it all - bring some to restock sales! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:38
 
 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@sunsetshutterbg And just because you bring it all doesn't mean you have to display it all - bring some to restock sales! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:37
 
 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@sunsetshutterbg Maybe, don't underestimate? For most of our lines/shops, bringing extras can't hurt.#sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:37
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q5: What are some experiences/lessons that you've learned when it comes to inventory that could help others avoid the same mistake? #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:36 - Question 5
 

 
block Red Kerria Designs @RedKerria
RT @sunsetshutterbg @rjsaylor get crafty during downtimes during the show. It's a great way to have customers see you creating! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:34
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@rjsaylor This would be great if you create things that can come in different sizes and colors. Makes ordering easy peasy. #sfetsy



block
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Good tip! RT @rjsaylor Well just have photos of your products whether it's online or printed, so you can show customers #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:32



block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@rjsaylor Oh yeah, or get crafty during those downtimes during the show. It's a great way to have customers see you creating! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:32
 
 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
Well just have photos of your products whether it's online or printed, so you can show customers#sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:32
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @rjsaylor A4: I've also been known to make things the night of the first day so I have more inventory on the second day :) #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:31
 
 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@rjsaylor THIS THIS THIS! Or, during the show. Like fingerless gloves. Oops! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:31
 
 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
A4: I've also been known to make things the night of the first day so I have more inventory on the second day :) #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:30 - Answer to question 4
 


block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@rjsaylor Can you elaborate on the photo and order forms? #sfetsy


 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg Haha, SAME! That would be lovely... #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:29
 
 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
A4: Make sure you bring photos and order forms. Also have your answers for customer questions ready#SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:29 - Answer to question 4
 
 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg Q4: I hope to have this problem one day #sfetsy :)




block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q4: Have you run out of inventory during a show? If so, how did you handle it? #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:26 - Question 4
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @rjsaylor I recently read that typical small retail businesses make 25-50% of their annual revenue during the holidays #sfetsy



block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
I recently read that typical small retail businesses make 25-50% of their annual revenue during the holidays #sfetsy


 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg Q3: I try to get info on number of expected attendees and use that as a guide#SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:24
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker A3: I've been bringing around 50 pieces to smaller shows and going to bring over 200 or the holiday shows #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:24
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Colors! Yes! RT @ESDhandmade A3: I need to start bringing more colors! That's my goal - a few great/popular styles in more options. #sfetsy

 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg Q3: I try to get info on number of expected attendees and use that as a guide#SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:24
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker A3: I've been bringing around 50 pieces to smaller shows and going to bring over 200 or the holiday shows #SFETSY



block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedKerria RT @rjsaylor A3: always bring more than you think :) #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:24
 
 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg Q3: I've been bringing around 50 pieces to smaller shows and going to bring over 200 or the holiday shows #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:24
 
 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
A3: I need to start bringing more colors! That's my goal - a few great/popular styles in more options.#sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:24 - Answer to question 3
 
 
block Red Kerria Designs @RedKerria
RT @rjsaylor A3: always bring more than you think :) #sfetsy


 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
A3: always bring more than you think :) #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:23 - Answer to question 3
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q3: This was touched on a bit by Rebecca, but how much inventory do you bring to a show? That's a common question people have. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:19 - Question 3
 

 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
@RedIcebreaker that's what I love about square - the reports #sfetsy



block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @ESDhandmade @RedKerria @RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg That's so smart! Excel is great for organizing. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:18
 
 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@RedKerria @RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg That's so smart! Excel is great for organizing. #sfetsy



block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Keep it real! RT @ESDhandmade Hand-write! There's something cathartic about it for sure. BUT maybe for the bigger shows this year - #sfetsy



block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg I love excel because I can run reports on my inventory and sales #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:17
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg A2: I have an Excel spreadsheet but now that I have almost 100 items it's getting harder to use #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:16
 
 
block Red Kerria Designs @RedKerria
RT @RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg A2: I have an Excel spreadsheet but now that I have almost 100 items it's getting harder to use #SFETSY



block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@sunsetshutterbg - I'll need to make more inventory, and have a more formal system! Eep. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:16
 
 
block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg A2: I have an Excel spreadsheet but now that I have almost 100 items it's getting harder to use #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:16
 
 
block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@sunsetshutterbg Hand-write! There's something cathartic about it for sure. BUT maybe for the bigger shows this year - #sfetsy


block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @rjsaylor A2: Personally I track everything in Square #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:15
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Sweet! RT @ESDhandmade @sunsetshutterbg I make a list! My pieces are big enough that I haven't had TOO many to count... yet! #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:15
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
For the list folks, do you hand write it or go electronic? I'm always curious? #sfetsy



block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@sunsetshutterbg I make a list! My pieces are big enough that I haven't had TOO many to count... yet!#sfetsy



 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
A2: Personally I track everything in Square #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:13 - Answer to question 2
 


block Red Kerria Designs @RedKerria
RT @AstridEndeavor @rjsaylor #sfetsy and a wide variety of items in various price points.
2014-10-14 21:13
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q2: How do you keep track of your inventory? From packing to when you're selling items? #sfetsy


 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @AstridEndeavor @rjsaylor #sfetsy and a wide variety of items in various price points.
2014-10-14 21:12
 
 
block An Astrid Endeavor @AstridEndeavor
@rjsaylor #sfetsy and a wide variety of items in various price points.
2014-10-14 21:12
 


block earthquake state @ESDhandmade
@rjsaylor GENIUS #sfetsy



block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @AstridEndeavor @rjsaylor #sfetsy speaking of getting sick- remember for inventory at fairs- wipes, hand sanitizer and paper napkins!!!
2014-10-14 21:11
 
 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
RT @AstridEndeavor @rjsaylor #sfetsy speaking of getting sick- remember for inventory at fairs- wipes, hand sanitizer and paper napkins!!!
2014-10-14 21:11
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Totally!! RT @rjsaylor A1: always bring plenty of your best selling items :) #sfetsy



block An Astrid Endeavor @AstridEndeavor
@rjsaylor #sfetsy speaking of getting sick- remember for inventory at fairs- wipes, hand sanitizer and paper napkins!!!
2014-10-14 21:10
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker A1: I guess the demographic; sometimes it's hard to tell. Sometimes more mainstream pieces or more edgier pieces #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:10
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Good tip! MT @rjsaylor A1: I like to start w/ the end in mind. I figure out how much $ I want to make & bring 4x amount in product. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:10
 
 
block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
A1: always bring plenty of your best selling items :) #sfetsy


block Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg A1: I guess the demographic; sometimes it's hard to tell. Sometimes more mainstream pieces or more edgier pieces #SFETSY
2014-10-14 21:09



block Rebecca Saylor @rjsaylor
A1: I like to start with the end in mind. I figure out how much $ I want to make and then I bring 4x that amount in product. #sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:09 - Answer to question 1
 
 
block Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q1: First off, how do you figure out what the heck to bring? How do you decide what products to sell?#sfetsy
2014-10-14 21:08 - Question 1
 




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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Feature ~ Timberly Designs


Happy Friday Folks!!!

This week we are featuring Timberly Designs. Timber Johnson is a jewelry designer who mainly makes necklaces and earrings.


1. What is your shop name and URL? 
www.etsy.com/shop/timberlydesigns

2. To which Etsy Teams do you belong?
I joined SF Etsy, EtsyMoms, Moms of Etsy and New jewelry shops

3. Please tell us about the items in your Etsy shop. What do you make? How did you learn your craft? What is involved in your creative process?
Timberly Designs is a jewelry shop featuring earrings and necklaces that, for the majority, are beaded with silver wiring. I have always loved anything arts and crafts and have had a lot of hobbies, including acrylic painting, leather work, crochet, batik, needlepoint. Making jewelry is a new craft for me but I have always loved jewelry design. I used to try to make new pieces of jewelry from older jewelry but many would not last very long. I took a wire working class with a friend of mine several years ago and everything just fell into place. Since then I've been obsessed with jewelry. My creative process is very fluid. I usually start with the supplies, mostly beads. I gather whatever catches my eye, I'm drawn mostly to cool colors, silver and mixture of textures. Then I take my treasures home and see what happens! 


4. Tell us two (or more) other interesting things about you
 Jewelry making is just part time for me. I have full time day job as a small animal veterinarian at Redwood Animal Hospital in Castro Valley, California. At home, I have a beautiful family, my husband and our crazy 3 year old son (and 2 silly cats!). 


5. What inspires your creations?
The most inspiring thing for me is to imagine someone wearing the jewelry I made. In everything I do and all the other art forms I've dabbled in, I have this need to make things that have purpose and can be touched, felt and used. I've always loved jewelry and enjoy the design aspect and the materials. The weight, texture and color of the beads and wire I use kicks off endless possibilities in head. My husband has a much more "zen" approach to art and feels that the act of making should be enough. I love the simple act of creating my pieces and would be happy to work on them all day long, but to have the end product end up with someone who will use it and find some small happiness through what I make is the real goal. 


6. How did you get involved with Etsy? 
I have been an Etsy shopper and buyer for several years. I discovered it through a friend. I loved Etsy as a way to find unique and handmade items that support a small business or hobby. I've purchased things for myself as well as many presents. Also love to window shop and favorite amazing things! I always daydreamed of opening my own store, but until I began making jewelry I didn't have something that I produced that I thought others would enjoy looking at and buying. I was so excited when I was finally able to make that happen! 


7. What is your biggest challenge related to your Etsy shop?
Creating a handcrafted item and opening and maintaining an Etsy shop takes a lot of time! I love doing it, but being a full time working mother means that my time is at a premium. I would love to be able to spend more time each day on my jewelry and shop, but don't want to sacrifice quality time with my family. Luckily they are very supportive and my son loves to play with his toy beads right next to Mommy.


8. What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?
This was one of the first necklaces I made for my Etsy shop. I used to hate turquoise jewelry until I got some of these turquoise magnesite beads. Once I had them in my hands, I fell in love with them and it inspired me to be adventurous and try new materials that I hadn't worked with before. 


9. If you had a gift certificate to Etsy for any one item you wanted, what would you buy? 
This was one of the first shops I favorited. I love all of the artwork on these plates and have been meaning to make a purchase whenever I have some extra fun money!

10. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations? 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tweet Chat Recap (10/07/2014)


Last weeks  tweet chat was a information filled session with lost of useful tips about how to prepare for a craft fair. Below is a quick checklist, followed by the tweet chat transcript.



NOTE: The first post is at the bottom.

Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
We'll keep the #craftfair chat going next week! Craft show prepping all month long so you can do awesome at your shows! Weee! Nite!! #sfetsy


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
Get in habit of having a mailing/email list .. offer show specials to local customers - incentive 4 them to find you at other shows #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:57
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Well folks, thanks for a great chat!! Hope you got some info that will help you gear up for the shows this holiday season. #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash Consider cash box situation & how you will handle $. All you need is to be distracted 1x & your day is ruined #sfetsy


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
Consider your cash box situation & how you will be handling your $. All you need is to be distracted once & your whole day is ruined #sfetsy


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
all you need is a hole punch! RT @bluehour23 @tickleandsmash Ooh. Great idea! #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Yes!! RT @tickleandsmash i use MOO mini cards for hang tags.Its pretty affordable if you catch a sale#sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:53
 
 
Debbie Styer @bluehour23
@tickleandsmash Ooh. Great idea! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:53
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
i use MOO mini cards for hang tags.Its pretty affordable if you catch a sale RT @bluehour23 Yes, and easy to read price tags too. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:52
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Amen to that! Don't make customers work hard! RT @bluehour23 @tickleandsmash Yes, and easy to read price tags too. #sfetsy


Debbie Styer @bluehour23
@tickleandsmash Yes, and easy to read price tags too. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:51
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg stuff on wheels totally rocks... especially come 6 oclock #sfetsy



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker I have a dolly to lug heavy stuff back and forth #sfetsy but youre right, pack light where you can
2014-10-07 21:51
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash Don't forget signage for your booth.. signs either answer questions or encourages conversation #sfetsy


Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@tickleandsmash @sunsetshutterbg I have a dolly to lug heavy stuff back and forth #sfetsy but youre right, pack light where you can


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
Don't forget signage for your booth.. People usually hate asking questions. signs either answer questions or encourages conversation #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Portable! MT @tickleandsmash If you have heavy items in your display you may want to rethink it.. it needs to be compact & light #sfetsy


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@sunsetshutterbg Heavy things.. If you have heavy items in your display you may want to rethink it.. it needs to be compact & light #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:48
 
 
Urban Air Market @UrbanAirMarket
RT @sunsetshutterbg: Here's Handmadeology's big craft show list http://t.co/oFhOndQAia #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Anything folks should just leave home? #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:47
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Etsy's What to Bring to a Craft Fair https://t.co/THDd9qHGeU #sfetsy



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Yes, and a jacket and scarf for SF ... even though it's been a warm year, @karlthefog still likes to hang out ALL DAY! #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @tickleandsmash Sun Glasses, water, hat and Asprin.. because sometimes its just that sunny #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:45
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Here's Handmadeology's big craft show list http://t.co/oFhOndQAia #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash The Apron. Craft Show Accessory Must! It keeps hands free & you can keep several tools on you at all times #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:44
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
The Apron. Craft Show Accessory Must! It keeps your hands free and you can keep several of your must have tools on you at all times #sfetsy



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Test those readers out first! RT @bluehour23 @tickleandsmash Yes...and give them all a test. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:43
 
 
Debbie Styer @bluehour23
@tickleandsmash Yes...and give them all a test. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:43
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash Bring extra readers - Square, pay pal reader etc - and Find out in advance if you will have internet connecivity #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:42
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash bring list of inventory you take so you can easily keep track of sold merch. U think you'll remember but u won't #sfetsy


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
Bring extra readers - Square, pay pal reader or whatever you use - and Find out in advance if you will have internet connecivity #sfetsy



Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
bring list of all inventory you take to show so you can easily keep track of sold merch.. You think you will remember but you won't #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:40
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
What are some other questions, advice, etc. do you have for making check lists for craft shows?? #sfetsy


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
Good Tip MT @UrbanAirMarket Pretend you are making the list for someone else to run the show for you. #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @tickleandsmash you will remember tie downs and weights forever when you see people's displays flying in the wind #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:38
 
 
Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg Other vendors are so helpful with advice #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:38
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @bluehour23 Take notice of how vendors are interacting with folks. Being friendly and awake (& cheerful) make a huge difference. #sfetsy

 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@sunsetshutterbg you will remember tie downs and weights forever when you see people's displays flying in the wind #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:37
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Good one!! RT @UrbanAirMarket Not silly at all. I'd say pretend you are making the list for someone else to run the show for you. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:37
 
 
Debbie Styer @bluehour23
Take notice of how vendors are interacting with folks. Being friendly and awake (and cheerful) make a huge difference. #sfetsy


Urban Air Market @UrbanAirMarket
@RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg Not silly at all. I'd say pretend you are making the list for someone else to run the show for you. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:36
 
 
Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@tickleandsmash Oh photos of the setup! Good idea #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:36
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash I do same thing. It lives in kitchen for a week. Take photos too so I kno where things go the day of show #sfetsy


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@RedIcebreaker I do same thing.. It lives in kitchen for a week. I take photos too so I know exactly where things go the day of show #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@tickleandsmash I'd imagine maybe it might be good to talk to other vendors at shows? Maybe get some tips from them?? #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @tickleandsmash Q4 do your research. Go to a few craft show & make of list of things you found other vendors doing successfully #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@RedIcebreaker Love that!! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:34
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@sunsetshutterbg Q4 do your research. Go to a few craft show & make of list of things you found other vendors doing successfully #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:34
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker A4: Maybe silly, but I do a visualization before big shows where I set everything up as if I were at the show #sfetsy



Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg A4: Maybe silly, but I do a visualization before big shows where I set everything up as if I were at the show #sfetsy


 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Smart! BRANDING! RT @RedIcebreaker @tickleandsmash And I'm bringing gift boxes and gift wrap for holiday shows #sfetsy


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q4: What's your best advice for making a checklist for your first craft show? #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:32 - Question 4
 
 
Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@tickleandsmash And I'm bringing gift boxes and gift wrap for holiday shows #sfetsy



Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@RedIcebreaker @bluehour23 Thanks... I love the forum.. its magic! #sfetsy



Debbie Styer @bluehour23
@RedIcebreaker @tickleandsmash Cool, I will check it out. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:30
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
Its always good to have things like tape, scissors, zip ties or clamps in your tool kit... and gift bags and packaging #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:30
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash I've never bought insurance bc i haven't done shows that require it but think its 4 liability for damage or pain #sfetsy


Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@bluehour23 @tickleandsmash There's a thread in the forum on insurance #sfetsyhttps://t.co/cN6KfwVzUc


Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@bluehour23 I've never bought insurance because i haven't done shows that require it but I think its 4 liability for damage or pain #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:29
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Yes!!! RT @UrbanAirMarket don't forget a buddy to relieve you so that you can use the bathroom and check out other vendors #sfetsy



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Haha and a money tree wouldn't hurt on the table either! RT @RedIcebreaker @sunsetshutterbg A3: Maneki Neko!! http://t.co/eempsCNKfc #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:29
 
 
Urban Air Market @UrbanAirMarket
@sunsetshutterbg @tickleandsmash don't forget a buddy to relieve you so that you can use the bathroom and check out other vendors #sfetsy



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @tickleandsmash @sunsetshutterbg Mints, Hand Sanitizer.. and Business Cards.. you can never have enough #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:26


Debbie Styer @bluehour23
@RedIcebreaker @tickleandsmash What is show insurance and what does it cost? #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:25
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@sunsetshutterbg Mints, Hand Sanitizer.. and Business Cards.. you can never have enough #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:25
 

Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@tickleandsmash Yes! And I just bought show insurance. Some shows require it #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:24
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q3: What are some MUST HAVES for you to keep going for a couple hours (snacks, water, etc.??) since you're on your feet for hrs? #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:23 - Question 3



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash A2 seller permit is a MUST Remember! Everyone needs to contact BOE for each location for all of your shows.. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:22
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @bluehour23 A2 This time I would like to bring a wider range of sizes and prices. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:21
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
A2 seller permit is a MUST Remember! Plus everyone needs to contact the BOE for each location for all of your shows.. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:21 - Answer to question 2
 
 
Debbie Styer @bluehour23
A2 This time I would like to bring a wider range of sizes and prices. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:21 - Answer to question 2



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @RedIcebreaker I bring tools to adjust necklaces to different lengths #sfetsy It's hard to guess before you do a couple of shows
2014-10-07 21:20
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
RT @tickleandsmash A2 Weights for my Easy Up... Wind is a huge bummer & extra Dollar bills in my change. I underestimated big time! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:20
 
 
Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg I bring tools to adjust necklaces to different lengths #sfetsy It's hard to guess before you do a couple of shows
2014-10-07 21:19
 




Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
@sunsetshutterbg A2 Weights for my Easy Up... Wind is a huge bummer and extra Dollar bills in my change. I underestimated big time! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:19





Debbie Styer @bluehour23
A1 Yep, I do have most of my stuff ready to go but I am always on the lookout for new ways to display my work. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:18 - Answer to question 1




Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q2: What's something that you wish you had brought the first time you did a show that you now bring?#sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:18 - Question 2
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
Smart! @RedIcebreaker A1: I have a couple boxes in my garage with most of my stuff, so I can grab and go. I keep and pen/paper list #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:17
 


Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
MT @tickleandsmash I keep a doc on my ipad to take with me & on computer at home. + I have pinned several onto a pinterest board #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:15
 
 
Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg A1: I have a couple boxes in my garage with most of my stuff, so I can grab and go. I keep and pen/paper list #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:14
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
I keep a doc on my ipad to take with me and on computer at home.. plus - I have pinned several onto a pinterest board #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:13
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Q1: How do you organize and track your list of things to pack for a show/fair? Paper/pen, spreadsheets, apps?? #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:12 - Question 1
 
 
Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg My booth display is constantly evolving, so I have to adjust my checklist #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:12
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
So let's get started! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:12
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@bluehour23 Yes, good point! I'd imagine the list would vary depending on the size of the show #sfetsy



Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@bluehour23 Yes, good point! I'd imagine the list would vary depending on the size of the show #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:12
 
 
Debbie Styer @bluehour23
I missed the last chat so I need to make a brand new list. This is the biggest show I have done, so my list will be quite huge. #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:10
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
How are your lists coming along so far? Want to put out some feelers #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:06
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@tickleandsmash Hello my dear! Welcome! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:04
 
 
Lisa Spinella @tickleandsmash
howdy everyone! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:04
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@RedIcebreaker Hello!! Yes, always in progress, love it! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:02
 
 
Andrea Bruns @RedIcebreaker
@sunsetshutterbg Hello I'm here! I have my always-in-progress checklist #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:02
 
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
@bluehour23 Hey Lady! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:02
 
 
Debbie Styer @bluehour23
Hi Everybody! #sfetsy
2014-10-07 21:01
 
Imelda @sunsetshutterbg
Hey hey hey, it's 9pm! Who's ready for tonight's #craftshow chat? Did you all bring your checklists??#sfetsy



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Monday, October 13, 2014

Immerse Yourself in the Season

Fall marks a unique time of the year when so much is beginning to change. As opposed to spring which revives us from the sleep of winter with the blossoms of summer's fruits, fall comes silencing the flirty abundance, leaving us in an awkward relationship with the introverted and coy squash, roots and tubers. There is beauty here among the earthy tones and flavors. Seeing it is just a matter of immersing ourselves in the season.


When I was younger, a chef I worked for took me under his wing, offering his wisdom. Wisdom shown in bouts of rage. He really did try to impart so much knowledge. He was always yelling at me. As the season's change approached, I would prepare to rewrite my portion of the menu to the tune of him marching around the kitchen before each shift demanding, "grind yourselves in the season!" At a time when seasonal, organic and farm to table fare was still climbing out of the dark ages, he was guiding me into the natural gifts of the seasons. It took me some time to become fully open to this simple concept, which would ultimately set me free. Immerse yourself in the season.

As a chef who currently works with small farmers and farmer's markets it is quite simple for me to follow the seasons as I create my preserves and ferments. Hey, if it's not coming out of the ground or off of a tree I can't use it. However, with my other creative pursuits I still use the seasons to get an inspirational charge. "Art imitating life" is not a new concept and I know many of you out there draw upon your experiences and surroundings to feed your creativity. This is a great process but one which we can overlook.

Pomegranates bursting when ripe remind me of hidden jewels.
As with finding inspiration for being creative during the colder and sometimes drab months we call the fall and winter, as a shop owner it is imperative to find the motivation and follow the natural trends of the changes in seasons to update our crafts, listings, and possibly, shop. Changing tags to encourage search results for the season and upcoming holidays is a good idea, as is placing items suitable for the time of year in your 'featured items' slot.

The holidays will begin to fill up the space in-between the autumn days, bringing about events, plans, commitments, and family gatherings, adding much joy along with stress. The demand of orders for your items will hopefully begin to increase as well, leaving you with a lot to accomplish: baste turkey, pack orders, mash rutabaga, pinch nose, mail packages, chat with aunt Marge. Still many of you will also be taking your shops and wares out to various locations in the Bay Area, ever increasing the demand on your time and energy. In the midst of all of the festive chaos, DO NOT let all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays interfere with the opportunity for you to get out into the world and experience what the season has to show you.

Natural patinas, color contrasts and textures. Autumn brings
so much inspiration to be enjoyed.

Submitted by Klee Wiles-Pearson of Entropy the Shop.


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuestorial: Pick-Me-Up Banners

"Because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and, doggonit, people like me!"

Stuart Smalley and the power of positive thinking

Sometimes you just need a reminder that you are awesome and doing a great job. As we gear-up for the busy Holiday season, I thought a positive-thinking craft would be helpful. This week's Tuestorial features one that is easy to make and will hold your hand while you start the busiest season of the year!



Materials Needed:
  • Felt or wool in two different colors (any size will work!)
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Wood skewer
  • String
  • Printer or alphabet stencils 
  • Bonus: glitter 
Fold twice to create the perfect banner shape
Step 1:

Select a color of felt or wool that will be your background color for your banner. Cut to any size and add the classic "banner" to the bottom (two triangles). 


Plan it out
Step 2:

Select your positive saying to cut your second color of felt or wool from. Here are some examples:
  • "You're Awesome"
  • "Good Job"
  • "It's OK"
  • "That's Amazing"
  • Thumbs-up sign
Make it short and sweet, and meaningful to you.


A beautiful mess
Step 3:

Use alphabet stencils or print your saying to trace from. Outline your second color of felt or wool with the letters. Cut and glue on your first piece on your banner.

Pro tip: Make sure the letters are the right size for your piece before cutting.


Binder clips are helpful!
Step 4:

To hang, take the wood skewer and fold over the top of the banner to create a "lip". Glue the edge of the lip to the back of the banner. Cut the sharp piece of the skewer off so there are no positive affirmations accidents. 

Tie each end of the string to the end of the wood skewer to create a loop so you can hang your banner. 


I feel better already!
Step 5:

Once everything is dry, you will have your completed banner! Hang it above your craft space to remind yourself that you are doing a great job.




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