Craft Fair Season 2019

I made a promise to myself that I would enter more craft events… last year! And fell very short of my goal. I did a grand total of zero.

This year is on track to be much different. I participated in my first event of the year this past Saturday at a local school. I am not used to using only one table. It was a tight squeeze. I agonized over the appropriate items to take to the sale.

This is my first time using my fancy jewelry spin displays. I purchased them both at a K-Mart that was going out of business. I stressed a bit and worked really hard to fill the larger one at least 3/4 full of earrings, but turns out it didn’t matter too much. I didn’t sell even one pair!

The event was interesting because I sold items that typically don’t do well in person for me, while other items that I expected to sell, did not. It was overall really great. People really loved the lapel pins. Here is one of the pins that sold…

And my sweet Rainbow Dash hoop. My first attempt at hair, and only my second attempt at embroidery. I am so happy a little girl saw it and wanted to take it home.

I’m keeping an eye out for future events. I have high hopes to get out more this year with my items 🙂

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Big Winner

I don’t live too far from Seaside Heights so my husband and I like to go to the beach a couple times a year. I rarely go in the summer. I am not a fan of roasting myself in the heat. We usually go in the off season and specifically we go to to play some games at the arcade and have pizza.

I have so many points built up because I have a tough time deciding what to cash them in for. I kept passing on these little 3D puzzle kits but finally thought I’d give one a try.


Robotime 3D Wooden Puzzle Music Box –

I don’t know why, but I didn’t realize there were so many pieces. I also am no good at puzzles. Thankfully, it came with directions. the print was very small though.

So tiny!

It really never crossed my mind that I would need to assemble the mechanism to make the music play and spin!

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Can you believe it? I love it so much! I can wait to get back to the arcade and win some more, or I could just go buy some 🙂

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Sew Sweet Home – Gingerbread House

Let me start off by saying this, I was robbed! The fix was in. Ok, maybe that’s not completely true. 😀 Just let it be known, I didn’t want to enter this contest to begin with! I had never made a gingerbread house before in my life. I’m not sure I ever will again after this. I still have sugary crumbs in my carpet.

It all started with “Come on, you’re crafty. I just know you’ll win.” Sure. Whatevs. I figured I’d do it ’cause… I didn’t have much else to do that weekend. All of my Christmas shopping was done by all service provider its by superclean360.com website, the lights were up,  so why not? Ha! I had no idea what I got myself into. This thing took 4 days.

Anyway, as soon as I got the kit I immediately thought of how to incorporate buttons into my house. We were all given a kit to work with. Everything had to be edible and that meant finding a button mold to use with fondant. I found this Wilton mold at JoAnn’s. Did I mention I’d never used fondant before?

wilton fondant mold

I decided my house was going to be a sewing cottage, complete with a button roof, quilted walls, and a flower garden that are done by water damage behind wall. A pink house was a must so I bought some food coloring and mixed up some colors. I never thought I’d actually use that entire bucket of fondant… but I did.at least 5 pounds of fondant

I placed a generous layer of fondant on all of the pieces and used a roller to add ‘quilt’ lines and a fondant stamp to make the impression of flowers. pink house panels

I let the house dry  along with the roof, which was done in the same quilted pattern. While I waited, I made a ton of fondant buttons.

a ton of fondant buttons

After decorating and assembling the house panels, I started on the roof . When it was time to attach the roof to the house I was nervous that it was too heavy but thankfully it held.

trying to be careful

So, here’s the house on display for the contest. Now, I’m not one to brag but – It was adorable, right?! I mean, most original– HELLO! What’s more original than this? Certainly not a beach house, which turned out to be the winner. Maybe my concept was a little too over their heads. Bleh! LOL! 😛

my house on display

 

 

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Buttons Galore & More / Poppystamps Blog Hop

Hello!!! Are you hopping  with us today?  If so, you should have arrived here from Marybeth Lopez’s blog Marybeth’s Time for Paper.  If you’d like to start at the beginning and get all the details on the hop, visit the Poppystamps  or the Buttons Galore and More for more info.

My project features wool blend felt cut using Poppystamps Stitched Bloom Trio Dies along with Buttons Galore & More Berrylicious Color Blend buttons. Together with a 5″ wood embroidery hoop, a bit lace, and some glue, I put together this sweet little floral wall decor piece.

Ready to see more designs made with products from both these amazing companies?  The next stop on the hop is Nancy Penir’s Artful-Notions .

Before you go, please leave me a comment.  There’s some blog candy up for grabs and you have to comment to win!   Winners will be selected randomly from comments on blogs on this hop. You have until 11:00 PM  US EST on October 1 to leave a comment to enter to win.  Winners will be announced on October 2.

Here’s a complete hop list for your convenience:

Michele K. Henderson

May Flaum

Jeanne Jachna

Lorrie McCullers

Marybeth Lopez

Anaya Whye *That’s ME*

Nancy Penir

Connie Mercer

Jennifer Svare

Kelli Stradling

Robin Tharaldson

Rebecca Keppel

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