Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Let's All Go to the {Craft} Fair!

Last week, my life was completely taken over by CRAFTING!  About a month ago, I signed up to have a table at a craft fair at Bethlehem First United Methodist Church in Bethlehem (duh).  Unfortunately, I didn't really start preparing until about a week before the craft fair.  Thus, my office/craft room got completely taken over.

Every single surface was covered in coasters, necklace pendants, and magnets.  Fortunately, by the time Thursday night at 10:30 rolled around, I had all of my items finished, ready to go, and loaded into the car.  I think at final count, I went to the craft fair with 30 sets of coasters, 20 sets of magnets, and 20 necklaces.

My other challenge was figuring out how to display everything.  I ended up using some rolled bulletin board material in 5"x7" frames, and tacking the chains over the top and around the back of the frames.

For the magnets, I covered a baking sheet with scrapbook paper.  I didn't really think about how heavy that would be, so I had a little trouble standing it up, but we made it work.

After school Friday, I went by the church and got my table all set up.  It took about an hour, but I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. It was a little cramped, but I wanted everything out because you never know what might catch somebody's eye.

The craft fair started Saturday morning at 10.  Tamara had warned me how boring craft fairs can be, so luckily my friend Robb agreed to come hang out with me for the day.  I should have known that he would not approve of my table set-up, so he spent a good bit of his time there rearranging my table.  Good thing I like Robb's style!

The craft fair itself was pretty boring, but I did make some sales.

My only goal was to make at least $25 so I could feel like my table was paid for, and I made that with my first customer.  She bought three sets of coasters and two necklaces!  After that, little sales trickled in for the remainder of the time.  By the end of the day, I had made $115.  Not bad, considering this was my first craft fair!

I'm looking forward to getting all the new items up on my Etsy shop so I can hopefully sell some more of it during the Etsy Christmas rush.

A Wine Tasting and a Beautiful Vineyard

In mid-October, my group of friends from high school and I gathered in Nashville for our annual (well, supposed to be annual) girls weekend.  Our friend Annemarie has a townhouse there, and Nashville was equal travelling for those of us in Georgia and the one of us in St. Louis, so it seemed like a good choice for girls' weekend.  We weren't sure what exactly we would do for the weekend, but luckily Annemarie had some activities planned for us.

On Saturday, we headed out to Arrington Vineyards.  Arrington is owned by Kix Brooks, one of the members from Brooks and Dunn.  It is clearly not a huge vineyard, but it was the perfect size for what we wanted to do.

The vineyard was mostly just a large field for picnicking, the grapes, and one building for wine tasting.

We didn't bring any picnicking stuff, so we put our name in for a (FREE!) wine tasting, bought some bottles of wine for while we waited, and set ourselves up at a picnic table for some afternoon wine sampling.

Two bottles of wine later, it was time for our tasting.  We each got to select three wines to sample.  I think Vanessa and I liked the snacks almost as much as we liked the wines!

We had a great time at the vineyards.  Arrington was GORGEOUS, and the wine was quite delicious!

Project 365...BIG Update

Day 210: Baby Jack (#20) at his football game

Day 211: Checking out the wedding decorations at the rehearsal dinner

Day 212: With my date for the wedding

Day 213: Fall colors in Iowa

Day 214: Loving my sparkly Toms

Day 215: A very cute letter one of my students wrote to James.  She is concerned that he will miss trick-or-treating

Day 216: You know it's getting chilly when I'm wearing leggings and running shorts in public

Day 217: Milo loves his Uncle Robb

Day 218: All the cool kids wear Toms

Day 219: My fake proposal to Amanda at Arrington Vineyards

Day 220: Another great girls weekend

Day 221: Pasta and meat sauce using a Subway meatball sub.  Too lazy to make it to the grocery store today.

Day 222: Bedtime walk with the buddies

Day 223: Crazy hair day at school

Day 224: My bamboo.  One of the first plants I haven't killed.

Day 225: SES, my 2nd home at this point.  My real home misses me, I think.

Day 226: Dinner for the week: Chicken tortellini soup.  It must be fall.

Day 227: Finally felt like fall today.
Day 228: Homemade mouse ears.  Ready for the storybook character parade tomorrow.

Day 229: Storybook character parade

Day 230: Look what came in the mail!  Can't wait to go to this game with my husband.

Day 231: UNO while we wait for buses

Day 232: Expressing our feelings at Camp

Day 233: The red group

Day 234: Balloon release at Camp

Day 235: Three dog tug-of-war

Day 236: Election day!

Day 237: A new notebook was just what I needed to inspire me to write back to my penpal

Day 238: PTO Literacy Night at school

Day 239: My weekend visitors
Day 240: Nothing beats a cute dog on a nice fall day
Day 241: My shoes for the upcoming Thomson/Jones wedding

Day 242: Mega crafting in preparation for the craft fair Saturday

Day 243: My buddies are tired of all the crafting and wish I would play with them instead

Day 244: Dinner with friends

Day 245: Love the picture on this one

Day 246: Ready for the craft fair tomorrow

Day 247: Robb wasn't happy with how I set up my table at the craft fair, so he rearranged it for me

Day 248: Love this little guy and his bedhead

Day 249: The view driving to the grocery store from Tamara's house.  I'll take this over suburbia any day

Day 250: Using my week off of school to play for.... school