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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Round 2!!

So, I was asked to be a vendor at another boutique!!! It's on a Saturday this time, so I am hoping it will have a better turnout. I don't know details yet, but I will let you know (in case any of you dears wanna stop by).

It is Tuesday night though, which means it's party time!!!! Let's see what you have to share with us this week!! I still haven't been able to get a picture of Bucky in his pirate costume, little turkey!!!

Uhh . . . something is wrong with inlinkz, the site is too busy or something. I will keep trying!!!

*** It's up and running, sorry it took so long!!! ***

Monday, October 25, 2010

Boutique Pics!!

Hey all!! Hope you are doing GREAT and are getting excited for Halloween!! Bucket's costume is DARLING, but the little turkey doesn't like putting it on . . . uhhhh that could be a problem on Saturday HAHAHA I guess I'll just have to hurry up and force it on him then distract him and he'll be fine. It's weird, he doesn't mind wearing it, just doesn't like putting it on . . .weirdo!!

Anyway, I thought I would show you all the pics of my "booth" at the boutique. I'm still kinda bummed about the outcome, but the next one will be better!!

I was outside and it was one of the best spots, makes me wonder how the other girls did that were inside :(

You can see my subway art luminaries on the back of the table, I'm rather proud of them because I haven't seen anything like them out there YET. Maybe I actually have a semi-original idea ??!!! I'm going to get them on my ETSY store later today, but it's kinda hard to get a good picture of them . . .

I whipped these little blocks up last minute so I could have some more Halloween stuff on hand.

When I was little my mom made us a plate like this one, only it was before the days of cricuts and vinyl, so she used a paint pen . . . we put it out every year and LOVED it. I know Santa cookie plates aren't a new idea, but I have yet to see one that gives a treat to the reindeer. They are the ones doing all the work!!! ;) I'll be putting these in the ETSY store as well.

Super cute and simple Santa blocks.

I really like the way my table turned out so I can't call the boutique a total bummer and I met some fun ladies!!

*** If you make a plate like mine or the luminaries, please only make them for personal use and don't sell them. I spend a lot of time coming up with my ideas and I would like to keep them mine, THANKS!! ***

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Shoe Dazzle

Umm . . . have you heard of Shoe Dazzle yet??!!! It's AWESOME!!! You sign up and create a profile, they show you pictures of shoes and bags and stuff and you choose which ones best suit you. Then, every month, they send you 5 choices of shoes, bags and jewelry, that best suit your profile. And you get each item for ONLY $39.95 and shipping is FREE!!! You don't have to make a purchase every month either, you can skip as many months as you like. And when you first sign up, they send you an email for 50% of your first purchase!!! KILLER!!! So, click HERE and check it out!!! Seriously, go now!!!

Well . . . I have good news and bad news

Let's start with the bad news . . . the craft fair yesterday didn't turn out the way I had hoped. The turnout wasn't that big and it seemed like most of the people that did come just wanted the free swag bag. I made two sales and one of them was to my mother in law. Kinda sad . .. I ended up buying something from another vendor so I ended up with a whopping $3!!! hahahaha can you believe it?? At least 3 bucks is better than no bucks!!! So that's kind of a bummer but I met some great new ladies!!

Now some good news . . I was thinking about putting together my own little Holiday boutique. I don't know how many of you live in the Salt Lake Valley area but I would LOVE for some of you to join me. It will be a great time!! Even if you don't have an ETSY store you could bring some of your crafts and trinkets!!

Let me know if you would be interested or if you know anyone else that would like to do it!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Show Us What You're Workin' With #32!!

Oh my heck!! Ive been so busy preparing for the boutique that I almost forgot about this week's party . . . SORRY. I am making this short and sweet but I do have some fun new things to show you . . . I will post this weekend!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

My First Boutique!!!

So, I was contacted last Friday and asked if I would like to be a vendor at a boutique, THIS FRIDAY!!! A weeks notice isn't much time, especially since I was asked if I could offer something for a raffle AND goodies for 50 swagbags. Obviously I was hesitant because that's A LOT of work in 7 short days. We've had received some rather devastating financial news earlier in the day and I felt like being asked to do this wasn't a coincidence, so I said yes.

So, I have to come up with something for the SWAG bags and I am kinda stressin about it because I don't want to have to buy any supplies . . . I was thinking about making some Christmas gift tags. What do you think? I've never actually made any, but I figure with the Cricut I can whip 'em up quickly. Oh, but what is your opinion on how many gift tags I should put in each bag? And how should I present them, I don't really want to just toss 'em in the bags. Maybe use those clear treat bags and tie a bow? This is my first boutique and I just want to be prepared and make a good impression. Obviously, I'm crafting away this week like a crazy woman and I still need to come up with some sort of Business card and price tag design. Holy Moly!! I was thinking I would just run the business cards off on the printer, not my first option but I don't really have time to send out for them.

Ummm . . . the more I think about and type about how much I have to do, I'm thinking that I may have been delirious when I said yes, hahaha!!! Ok, better get back to work!!! Oh wait, if ANY of you darlings are in Utah County or Salt Lake (and you don't mind a drive) PLEASE stop by and say hi, I would LOVE to meet you!!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Check It!!

Meg, over at A Little Knick Knack, is giving away a $65 giftcard to Go over there and check it out so you can enter and win!! WOO-HOO!!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Show Us What You're Workin' With #32!!

WELCOME EVERYONE!!! I've been busy this week making Bucket's Halloween costume and working on some ETSY orders, so I don't have anything to show you. Well, I was going to make the cute cookie pops in the picture below . . .

MAJOR FAIL!!! I'm not even going to show you the after pictures. I had a hard time getting the sticks to stay in the cookies and a hard time getting the whole thing covered in chocolate without getting it on the stick. So, that was it. The good thing about chocolate covered Oreos is that they are MIGHTY tasty without a stick in them :) Anyway, pop on over to How Does She to see how the gals over there made these little beauts!!

Now, let's get to gettin!!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Show Us What You're Workin' With #31

I've been M.I.A this last week, but I FINALLY got caught up on the orders/shipping with the ETSY store!! It felt like it would never end!! But I'm grateful for the extra money, it's helped out a lot around here lately!!

Anyway, I have a GREAT project to share with you. It's kind of a long one, but I PROMISE it's worth it!!

I saw a super cute porch sign on a blog a few weeks ago and I FELL IN LOVE!!! But, for the life of me, I can't remember which blog it was!! So, if it was you, or you know who is was PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know so I can give her proper credit. Anyway, I decided to make my own version of the sign and here she is!!


Pretty cute right? The lighting is totally weird because the porch doesn't get any direct sunlight but I did the best I could.

Here are the supplies I used:

1 - 4 x 4
1 - 2 x 4
1 - 1 x 8

wood glue
nail gun
compound miter saw

I had all the supplies on hand so this cost me NOTHING, but you can buy all the lumber for less than $20.

First thing I did was cut the 4 x 4 to the length that I wanted. I went with 4 feet, then I cut the 2 x 4 to 28 ". You can use whatever measurements you like, these worked best for me so it's what I went with!!

Now it's time to make the hole for the sign arm, the 2 x 4 will become the arm. I don't have an exact measurement, but just do what looks best to you. I marked the shape of the 2 x 4 and used a large drill bit to drill a hole in the center of the area. Then used a jig saw to cut out the rest of the wood. The blade wont be long enough, so you'll have to turn the 4 x 4 over and do the same thing.

Insert the 2 x 4 through the hole you just made, you'll want a snug fit. Don't worry about any gaps, you'll fill it with filler later.

The next thing to make was a base of some sort. It took some brainstorming to make sure that the base would be substantial enough to withstand the weight without toppling over, yet small enough to be proportional.

I used the 1 x 8 and cut four 12" inch pieces. Using my compound miter saw I cut 45 degree angles along both long sides of each 8 x 12" piece. If you don't have a compound miter saw, you could always just make a box without the mitered edges.

I used wood glue and the brad nailer to attach the 4 pieces together.

Now to add some supports to the bottom of the 4 x 4. You'll need these supports to fill in the space in the box. Measure the inside of the box opening and get your measurements from that. I just used 2 x 4 scraps. Attach to the 4 x 4 with the nail gun.

Once the supports are attached, slide the post into the box. Once again, you'll want a snug fit.

Use the nail gun to secure the box and post. Ignore the pic of the hubs' head :)

Now it's time to make a top for the box. I had some scrap thin wood (have no idea what the technical term is :) but you could use 1 x 8. Cut 2 pieces and attach them with the nail gun. Now you can fill all the holes and gaps with wood glue or caulk.

I used eye hooks and the open hooks to hang the sign from the arm. Isn't it awesome that I use the correct terminology? HAHAHA, I'm sure my dad would be appalled!!

She got a coat of primer then a nice sand over and then 2 coats of black paint. I sanded the edges for the distressed look then sprayed a high gloss clear coat, since she will be outside.

I will make a sign for each holiday and/or season and also a generic Welcome sign.

For now I just have the Halloween sign. I use green vinyl and my cricut to cut out the dots and the Trick or Treat is a glittered foam sign from $Tree.

I accessorized with some light up pumpkins and a big scary spider. What do you think? Pretty cute right??

I'm sharing here:
Show and Tell Green
Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden

*** Oh, I should said that when I say "I" made this, I should really say that my dad and husband made it. I just stood by and told them what to cut and all that jazz. I totally could have made it though, don't be overwhelmed by it!! I know my directions may be rather vague at times, so if you have questions shoot me an email and I will be happy to answer any questions!! ***

Now that you've waited around for the party, let's get to it!!!