So thanks to my recent shows
I've had interest from
a few new places to sell.
Always a good thing!
Thinking about revisiting a few places
I am very interested in selling the
right product, to the right store,
in the right packaging.
I'd like to keep my vintage
vibe going wherever my jewelry is.
I'd like it to be identifiable and obviously
portray a certain image.
Not every shop however wants your info all over
so I like to offer a few different images.
Up top I played with some things besides my logo.
Vintage images and funky playing cards.
How to package all this and travel from shop to shop?
Sweet little suitcase from TJMaxx...
The inside was a bit rough.
A little sand paper and spray paint to seal it.
I then cut and papered some foam core
for a more finished look.
I thought about how to keep everything organized.
Then I ripped apart an old display.
I pulled out the innards and recovered them with linen.
I will probably attach something
to the lid not sure yet if I
want to add hooks or
mini dressforms hmmmmm.
In any case this and a few idea boards
I brought with me worked well
and I have a new client!
I'll show off a few more quick ideas
over the next few days.
So funny how you forget about things.
Had a great conversation with another mom.
She was in my craft room and said,
"I can see you with a little tiny boutique."
Yeah I was that girl.
I didn't dream about my wedding or
meeting Prince Charming -
I totally fantasized about a tiny shop of my own.
I kinda forgot about that girl.
That was a blast from the past!
We have a four day weekend so
I'm putting on my referee uniform.
Hope everyone had a great week!
Happy Friday! Patty
Woke up Saturday to torrential down pours
and was thinking my goose was cooked
as far as the craft show was concerned.
Hauled my most awesome 14 year old out of bed
and he came and worked for me for the day.
Kid was a huge help!
Plus I had a food runner and
extra eyes to watch the booth.
He brought me lunch which consisted of a
shish-ke-bob and box of popcorn!
I ment "fries" or "coleslaw"
when I asked for something on the side!
My even more awesome bestie
came on Sunday
and made the day run like butter!
I started with one set up
but as we ended up having huge wind gusts
Things got switched around quickly!
After getting taken out by wind
the large frame in the back
got tied to the top of the tent
and did MUCH better!
(Did I mention I got smacked
in the head by a flying display
from the booth behind us?)
....Five minutes after saying,
"Well at least I didn't get hit in the head today!"
( Lesson one and two for the day)
Some ribbon and fancy bows and
the display became tip proof!
I was very excited to have a corner!
It gave me 3 surfaces for customers
to make contact with the jewelry.
Two inside the booth and one along the outer wall.
I took advantage of this and put the sparkley earrings
(although they did get turned around during the day!)
I wanted my tent to feel like a little boutique
in the middle of everything and I think I did that.
The ladies went crazy in here!
No idea who the hand belongs to -
I guess she couldn't wait!
Of course Lola was a big hit!
She has a great way with helping the customers too!
My best decision
( which was actually a totally random act)
was to place candy, stud earrings and hairclips
on the table in front of check out.
Candy got cutoff to the left!
I can't tell you how many people
came in to get candy and
bought a pair of earrings for their daughter.
I can't tell you how many young girls
came in for a lollipop then
came back with their mom to buy earrings
and sometimes other stuff!
I had to go home Saturday and make earrings!
So it totally pays to have something
fun and inexpensive by
the check out!
Many goodies went.
This bracelet was bought by a lovely lady
who went out of her way
because I'm not accepting credit cards yet.
Next on the list for sure.
I only had 3 people ask for it
and all three did figure out a way to work it out.
I def would have made a few more sales with it.
I still have more things I have to convert to store listings.
This was my favorite but it sold!
I still have the red.
So my question of the day is
where do YOU prefer to purchase you goodies?
I've got a lot of uploading to do
and I'd like to make it easy for my customers
so voice your opinion!
Her name was Lola...
She was a show girl...
and then she moved to the suburbs
and had four kids.
This is a wicker mannequin
I picked up years ago mainly
because of her price of about $25.00.
I never quite got over her
Madonna - esque top half.
She was covered in plaster cloth.
I fully intended
to cover her in book pages.
Well.... until I stuck my finger through her.
The thought of covering her in paper then
having her blow over
and ruin herself
made me not want to cover her in paper.
So after a year or two encased in plaster
I ripped it back off.
Luckily I had covered the base in Saran Wrap
so she was in pristine condition.
So Lola had a little surgery and a nice spray tan.
I thought about making her a nice linen
apron to give her a softer look.
Walking through Marshalls
I spied a $10.00 clearance dress that was
nuetral AND vintage looking.
Girl has got it going on now!
You don't have to cover
the kids eyes when you pass my booth!
She also came in handy twice as a model
for two lovely ladies
that wanted to layer some necklaces
have an idea what they would look like!
Lola is modeling again -
revived and feeling good about herself!
So even if you don't like something
the first 15 times around...
16th time is a charm!
Keep looking until you see something you like.
What do you have that you would like to see in a different light?
I want to thank all the fantastic people
who came out this weekend to the
I have tons of pictures
( and a few new goodies to share ).
So far my favorite new display
started with this baby tutu
from that new French shop
I was hoping to just dull the color a bit
but once I started spraying
the brown floral spray
I really like the dark side of it!
So I took my mannequin from the first picture,
some cotton duck and adhesive spray
and I LOVE the result!
My eldest son helped me out this weekend.
He said I should sell the displays since so many people commented on them.
Another big hit were my jugs.
GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER!!!
Here is my pre-show mock up to see what fits.
I found these milk jugs at
The Christmas Tree Shop
for $2.99 each!
My "side of the desk" bracelet diplays
worked out great too!
People really like touching the jewelry
and I don't like putting it behind glass.
Unfortunately you do have to watch out for theft.
The fact everything was attached by a gigantic tack
makes it hard to just grab and pocket.
You can easily touch the necklaces but
the unlooping makes them harder to pocket.
I did "lose" about 3 hairclips - not thrilled -
but I'm glad it wasn't more.
My large upcycled frame
with easel did not work so well.
Althought I love the look of it
it is incredibly aerodynamic
when it is windy!
It ended up tied to my tent!
So with display - much like everything else -
the best laid plans may need to be changed.
Not a big deal.
Always bring string, tape and scissors
and you'll be able to fix what ever ails you.
It's been a crazy two weeks I almost missed
Going into my forth year I can only say
from the bottom of my heart!
I am honored by each and every visit,
each and every comment and friendship
that has formed!
You guys are awesome.
...and just in case you are wondering
where the *HECK* my blog name comes from
check out my first post EVER!
...and there aren't any pictures because
I couldn't figure out how to load them!
Happy Birthday to me!
So far 48 is looking pretty good : )
Come back all week for more pictures
Working on more stuff to put my stuff on.
So here is my poor friend Lola
as she has been for about the last year.
Under all that make up she has a wicker base.
Originally I wanted to cover her in paper.
I just never got around to it
and the more I thought about it
the more I didn't love the idea.
I ripped the plaster back off.
(Thank goodness I had
wrapped her in plastic wrap)
This time I went with spray paint.
From the back she is great.
She needs a bit of a halter top
in the front.
She's still perky for a gal from the 70's!
I think the dark color minimizes her flaws
and all that wickeryness
( I just made that word up)
and shows off jewelry a little better.
I have my other display boards
made from old frames that were in the kids rooms
So now they are spray painted.
I used spray adhesive and fabric
on BOTH sides of the foam core board
so I can appease my ADD
and use these for more then one thing.
They are now also in focus - lol.
Now I need to come up with some lettering-
inspired by Barbara Bechtel
and her sign making.
It's a work in progress.
Oh and Tessa says *HI*!
...and "You going to give me that?"...
That little face gets what that little face wants!
If you are following my upcycling journey
here is my $25.00 tag sale desk.
Using the obvious I upcycled the actual desk into
.... a new desk for me.
Which left me with the hutch.
I challenged myself to use as
much of this as possible.
The top of this hutch went to complete
a storage hutch in my craft room.
Say hello to my new crown moulding!
Using just a little spray paint
( my favorite condiment)
I finally got a top with moulding to
complete this melange
of my old kitchen island
and three cheap bookcases.
I still had the guts of the hutch left
and certainly don't want to put them to waste.
Next I took the sides with the
bit of moulding on them.
They sit at a great angle off the table
so I thought I would use them
for jewelry display.
I spray painted then used spray adhesive to
attach some fabric.
To have a nice finished edge
I used the tacks ( $1.99 from JoAnn's).
Now I have 2 more new displays for my table!
Now I need to make more jewelry!!!
Here is the back view with the moulding.
I'm the only one who will see it
but it has a nice finished look to it.
Front has tacks.
I also put to in either corner
on the underside so it sits
off the table.
I still have parts left!
I am thinking more display items.....
best $25.00 I ever spent!
If you are here because of
I am thrilled to be included
in their jewelry storage post!
What are you recycling?
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My lovely husband brought home this
baby as a surprise the other night
and I almost slept with it!
Didn't even edit these babies!
I am madly in love!
In other news I am still spray painting
my way through props
I am having conflicting ideas of signage versus
display boards..... I can't decide.
I've already got the piano hinges to stick these together.
...is that really what I want to do?
...what if I need more display space?
I have the foam core all covered with
fabric and spray adhesive either way.
Just realized I can have a different finish on each side
of the foam core.
That could be interesting!
I moved on to my old friend Lola
for a bit.
This is an old wicker dressform.
I got her cheap but she does have issues .
I tried to make them better by
covering her in plaster fabric.
I was originally going to paper her but it hasn't happened.
So I stripped her again and just grabbed the spray paint.
Baby got back!
She still has major frontal issues.
Let's just say she could stand in for Madonna on tour.
I'll have to find a good cover up.
Who the heck wants to look at that all day?
Although it could expand my male audience...
Any fun planned for this weekend?
Ok so room is at peace
even though kids are still on summer break.
Not sure how long it will take me to paper the walls
- it's a process.
Now the ceiling is another matter.
I love the high ceilings in here as it makes
the room feel much larger then it is.
I would really love to paint the ceiling white.
First because at some point this MUST
have been used as an
*Anti Gravity Chamber*
Human and dog footprints
up there would prove this out.
I'm no physics expert but the evidence is pretty clear.
Plus can you imagine all that reflected light?
My hands are NOT appreciating this idea
Well on to other painted stuff.
I have a 2 day show coming up
which means I need more stuff to put stuff on.
These were two frames from the boys rooms .
They once had some nursery pictures in them.
I am thinking they'll be brown.
I've already fitted them with foam core and I'm going to
use spray adhesive to attach some linen.
A few piano hinges and I'll have a sign board.
I have the spray paint running hot and cold.
Some display boxes , a thermos
I covered in book paper and the candle sticks
I picked up the other day.
I would like to use the candle sticks
for bracelet displays
but haven't perfected them yet.
Thermos seems to work well.
I always start with the jewelry
then run out of time for the display -
so I am doing the opposite this time!
What else can I stick some paint on?
I have the two pieces from the side of the desk painted
and the moulding holds them at a great angle.
They need some distressing.
I'll take a picture of them for tomorrow.
What have you put some paint on lately?