Tuesday, June 12, 2012

That Thing Called Life...Setbacks

Hi everyone!
I hope you are all having a great start to the summer.  I'm very sorry for the long pause between posts, but our family has had a lot going on and I've needed to put my focus on my family first.  I wanted to write a quick post to update you all on what has been going on the past few weeks.

1st-Trying to prepare for a craft fair
2nd-Last 2 weeks of school for my daughter were slam packed with field trips, awards, field day, beach blast day, ect, ect.
3rd-Dance-extra practices, photos, recital practice and the big recital
4th-We had a total of 4 kittens to die and found in our front yard.  A neighbor's dog got out of his kennel and from what we can tell, just wanted to play with them-but it was a 100+ pound rott.
5th-My son was ATTACKED by a cat.
6th-My daughter's lab work came back and shows that she is borderline diabetic, and has to go back for additional testing.

It felt like we had more drama going on around here than one story line of a daytime soap opera could pack in to a week.  Right now I am trying to focus my extra time on gaining more knowledge about diabetes.  It runs in my family so I do know some, but not near enough.  We know for now that even if my daughter stays on a borderline level we will still have to make changes to diet and add exercise to our daily routine.

Okay, so that's all I'm going in to for now.  I've got a lot planned and more poor little brain is on over load with everything that is going on.  I haven't even been on Pinterest to browse around lately!  I do have more crafty ideas I'm working on and I promise to be back as soon as I can.  Our next round of testing is on the 22nd and then we wait for results.  So if I'm not around before then I wanted everyone to know why.  I've not disappeared into cyber space!

Until next time...


Amy~The Dixie Diva

Friday, June 1, 2012

Craft Fair Set Up

Happy TGIF y'all!

We have one more week of school here, and hopefully things will settle down and I can find my groove again.  This week we have been re cooperating from the past two weeks.  I saw that my home town was doing a festival on Memorial Day and the proceeds were to benefit 3 local families that have children battling different forms of cancer.  I decided (at the last minute) to be a vendor.  When I signed up I thought I had plenty of time until Memorial Day, but I really didn't.  So began the frantic dash to prepare.  Here's what I did to set up my booth, and kept things very inexpensive.

First, I have really been wanting a good way to display my bows and new key chains I had made.  The little stand my father in law made ended up not being big enough.  I wanted my hubby to make me a stand, but there wasn't enough time.  However it's on the "honey-do" list now.  For the time being, I went to good old Wal-Mart and bought tri fold display boards.  You can find these where you find poster board, and they have all different sizes.  These were less than $2.50 each.

For my bows, I took some ribbon and wrapped it up/down the boards, securing by overlapping in the back and hot gluing in place.  Then all I had to do was fasten the bows on the ribbon and viola!

For the second board, I had some heavy duty magnets that came in perfect for my key chains.  Some of the magnets were an odd shape and some were too thick to use in any of my everyday crafting, so I had no use of them before now.  I hot glued the first row, placing a key chain on one to determine my space, and kept adding more.  I even gave myself room to display some necklaces I had made.

Obviously I could have added more magnets, but I tried to use just what i had on hand.

These worked out pretty good, except when the wind picked up it knocked them over.  I had to brace them from behind with my crates of ribbon I brought with me.  I used the sides of my tent to display my dresses and tutus, but when an unexpected down pour came I was rushing to get them all down.  Here are some more photos of the set up.

I threw this together in less than 2 weeks.  I had no intentions of doing another booth until this fall, so I was completely unprepared.  On my to do list for any future shows:

  1. Buy at least 2 more tables.  The one in the photo is my main crafting/measuring table that belonged to my Granny.  It goes everywhere with me.
  2. Get my hubby to help build me some nice display boards.  I would really like try fold, but I'm trying to decide:  Add short nails and hang everything, or cover with magnets/ribbon again.  Any advice?
  3. Make my own table covers.  I used the 97 cent ones from Wal-Mart and taped them in place for this.
  4. I will have a LOT more stock ready to take.
  5. Weights for table covers and tent if doing an outside event.  Last fall I did one and had to go buy some gallon waters at a local gas station (pricey) and tie rope from them to the tent as it was very windy.
I had a really great time at this venue, meeting new friends and see old friends.  It was a very touching day being there to remember a sweet little girl who gained her angel wings in April, supporting another young lady who was diagnosed late winter with A.L.L. Leukemia, and then finding out the young man being supported is the son of a high school classmate. All proceeds from vendor spots along with numerous other booths and donations were split between the families.  I'm glad to know I was able to help in some small way, and that prayer from all of us will help the families more than anything.

I would love to hear from you about my booth set up.  Have you ever had a craft vendor booth?  What are some of your do's and don'ts?

Until next time folks....


Amy~The Dixie Diva