Preparing for a Craft Fair: Cormorant Daze 2017

Hello Fellow Bloggers, Crafters, and Friends!

I am finally posting about something super fun I did this summer – a craft fair! As you know from my blog, I love making things. When you make more things than you can keep, it is always a great idea to start to sell them. I have had my Etsy shop for over five years now. However, my favorite form of selling definitely comes in the form of craft fairs.

 

 

I did my first craft fair about two years ago, and I loved it! There is something so special about getting to talk to customers in person about your crafts and finds. I have found several other people who share a love of flower pressing. At this latest craft fair, I was also able to get others interested in the process because I now sell handmade flower presses!

Each of these craft fairs have been a success for me. Not just in sales, but just in a really great experience. I am including a few tips for any fellow crafters looking to do a fair themselves.

Here are some ideas and tricks I have to share:

  • Do a mock-setup in your garage or house a few days beforehand. This will help you know how you want to arrange your items. Make sure to take a picture when you are done so you know how to set up the day of the fair.
  • Purchase a card reader! I use a PayPal device. Some people just don’t keep cash on hand, and this will help you get their sales. The company you use for your sales may take a portion of your profits, but I believe it is still worth it.
  • Do not just sit on your phone or stare at people when they are at your booth! Try to be interactive. As a shy person myself, I always feel awkward doing this. However, after a few interactions it starts to come more naturally.
  • Keep your business cards visible and easy to grab. Some people may not buy something in person, but they may want to revisit your items later.
  • Have a treat for the kids set out. This is just something I like to do because little shoppers can get bored at events like this!
  • Have fun. No matter how many sales you make or don’t make, just make the best of an awesome opportunity to share your work!

 

 

A friend of mine designed this sign for me. I think it adds a little extra something to the booth, don’t you?

Let me know if you have any more tips or tricks for craft fairs in the comments.

XOXO…PB

Birthday Crown for the Baby Boy

Baby Boy’s first birthday was coming up a couple of months ago, and my mother-in-law and I were planning the details for his party. We knew we wanted to do a smash cake, and my husband’s family got Baby Boy an adorable little outfit for the festivities! Since I had a little extra time on my hands, I thought about making him some sort of birthday crown. I had seen several online, but I did not want to buy something that small that would only get used once.

This is where the piles of felt I have in storage came into play. Making my son a special crown for his birthday sounded like the perfect idea!

Supplies:

  • Felt: I used three different colors
  • Fabric cutter or scissors
  • Iron for the felt
  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric crayon or pencil

Instead of looking up a DIY, I thought I would wing it and hopefully come up with something new and fun to post on the blog. Here are the steps I took:

First, I ironed the felt. Sometimes when I am crafting I skip this step, but since I was going to use this crown in photographs, I thought it would be best to take the extra time. Then I cut the felt. I had a detailed list of my dimensions, which I seem to have misplaced. I guess that’s mom life :P. From the photographs, it looks like I cut the main piece to about 6 inches x 12.5 inches.

 

 

I then marked on the fabric how wide I wanted the points of the crown to be, as well as where I would have the two sides meet up to make a circle. I divided the length of the crown evenly between 12 inches, as the extra 0.5 inches would be used for bringing the crown together. I made the height of the points about half the height of the crown.

 

 

 

Next, I used the fabric glue to make the crown circular. For the 1, I free handed the cutting with scissors. I am sure you could find many templates online, though! I glued this on with fabric glue as well.

 

 

Lastly, I added a thin trim along the bottom to give it a little more personality.

 

 

Although I did not add any string, I would recommend it if you are planning on having your baby wear it for an extended period of time. This crown was just made for pictures, so we “expertly” balanced it on his head.

 

 

I love how fast this project was. It also has the potential to be used for any birthday and even with pets! Let me know what you think!

XOXO…PB

Decluttering the Laundry Room

My husband suggested I do this post since not every DIY requires a cute little product as a result!

Our laundry room is the location of all of my craft materials, laundry essentials, and dangerous electronics that we need to keep out of the baby’s reach. It also houses the utilities. Despite this, it is a pretty big laundry room that just needs a little love. I will probably do a couple of posts about the progress we have made in making it a great place to clean clothes.

The first step was simple…more shelving! Ideally, we would have come up with a beautiful, vintage-inspired hideout for all of the random paint and fabric I own. Realistically, we don’t have the time or energy. This doesn’t mean we can’t have organization and simplicity, however.

We already had a white wire shelf above the washer and dryer, so we just decided to add a few more higher up. The effect was less clutter on the ground and just a bigger looking room in general! I know this shelving will last and we can use cute baskets to make it fit our style over time.

 

 

It is definitely a work in progress, but at least we now have floor space!

XOXO…PB

How I Added a Sweet Touch to Our Apartment Nursery

When we were moving into our new apartment, I was very pregnant with our little baby. I wanted to do something special for him, but I knew we couldn’t really paint or do too much to permanently change his room. I hit Pinterest to try to find some inspiration!

One of my favorite ideas involved using washi tape to create a temporary, wallpaper-like finish. Not wanting to take the time to do this to all the walls in the nursery, I picked the far wall with the window to create an accent wall.

Here are some before pics:

 

 

 

I bought thick washi tape from Michaels, and got to work.

 

 

 

An important thing to note: I did NOT take the time to make straight lines. My excuse was that I was tired and pregnant. Instead, I just said that it was “whimsical.” Since we were only living here for a short time, this decor was very temporary. If this is something that you want to keep up for a few years, you may want to take the extra hour or two and use a straight edge for a cleaner look.

 


 

Another touch I added was creating a sealed look by lining the corners of the wall where they met the ceiling and window.

 

 

Once it was done, we brought in the furniture and created a cozy space for our little one.

 

 

 

XOXO…PB