Posts Tagged: handmade + craft fairs

shop crush :: zelma rose

shop crush: zelma rose 1shop crush: zelma roseshop crush: zelma rose 3These cross stitch necklaces by Lisa Anderson Shaffer, the designer of Zelma Rose design are absolutely stunning.

“When I sit down in my studio to design for Zelma Rose, I reference a kaleidoscope of ideas and images. As an artist, I am a hunter and a gatherer. A visual editor, a collector, a cultivator, and a farmer of ideas and design. Sometimes a design will come to fruition in a single afternoon, other times it is the careful cultivation of successes and failures over the span of a year.”

Inspired by quality craftsmanship and storytellers, Lisa comes from a long lineage of seamstresses and carpenters who believe, in her words, that function + quality + artistry = beautiful design. We couldn’t agree more!

See more of her work here:
etsy | blog | facebook

images via Zelma Rose

DIY :: glitter letter banner

DIY glitter banner1DIY glitter banner2DIY glitter banner3DIY glitter banner4DIY glitter banner5Hope you had a good weekend. I’m feeling a bit off with the time change, but this DIY project using gold glitter is sure to help! We made this handmade sign for our Indie I Do booth last January using paper, some fishing line, glue, and glitter! Customize your message for parties or booth displays!

things you need: cardstock, computer, printer, scissors, fishing line, glitter, glue, tape.

Step one:
Choose what you wish to say!

Step two:
Determine the size you wish your banner to be and print out the letters using your computer.

Step three:
I’m sure there are plenty of fancy tools that can help you, but I just hand cut the letters on to card stock. The banner pictured above took me about 1-2 Gossip Girl episodes to complete (don’t judge me!).

Step four:
Cover your table with newspaper to keep the glitter mess to a minimum. Using spray glue (I bought this at Michaels) or a glue stick, spread the glue on one side of the letter and dip it in the glitter. Make sure that your letters are the right side up to ensure that your letter is orientated correctly (The letter ‘p’ and the letter ‘d’ can be tricky!).

Step five:
Shake off excess glitter and let dry.

Step six:
Here comes the difficult part! Line up your letters from right to left with the non-glitter side facing up. Measure a long piece of fishing line across the entire banner section making sure you give yourself extra string on both sides of the banner for tying. Use tape to secure the fishing line and lift the banner up gently to make sure that everything is secure (you may need more tape). For a lower case ‘i’, we used a toothpick to hold the dot in place.

->> For a simpler method, you can also hole punch each letter prior to glittering and string up each letter individually instead of using the fishing line! <<-

DIY :: confetti business cards

DIY biz card1DIY biz card 4DIY biz card2DIY biz card3We commissioned the super talented the pauhaus to help us redesign our business cards last year. Aren’t they cute? They say ‘can’t wait to hear from you!’ on the back. I’m such a sucker for heart shapes and polka dots!

To get ready for Indie I Do this Saturday, I hole punched some neon card stock that I already had to make it look like the “confetti / polka dots” on our business cards. I then placed a handful of confetti and the card into a glassine envelope that I purchased on Etsy and sealed everything with a piece of washi tape. Find me at the show to pick one up!

biz tip :: craft fair applications

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As makers, a part of our income comes from craft fairs and to do that, you will need to put together a top notch application to shine above the rest and show us why you are Got Craft? (or any event) material!

tip one: Submit a well rounded application with better photography

“The first thing I look at when reviewing applications are the images. If they don’t catch my eye, I’m hesitant to read the rest of the application no matter how good it may be.”

Got Craft? requests that you submit 3 images that best represent your handmade products.  Take a few moments to clean up your photos, invest in a professional photographer to shoot your work, or take a photography class. You don’t need a fancy camera or mad photography skills, but make sure you show your work properly.

  • Find a spot with natural light and play around with it to avoid shadows. No flash please!
  • A little styling will go along way, but too much will distract away from your products. Be aware of your background and remove any clutter.
  • Avoid using the camera on your phone and editing them with a filter.
  • Show your range of products by creating a collage.
  • Make sure your photos are low res unless otherwise requested.
  • Don’t have photoshop? I use PicMonkey, a free online photo editing website.

tip two: Check it twice!

We are all guilty of a misplaced word, but do your best to proof read your application before hitting submit! Make sure you answer the question asked. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received a question in the “Please describe your product here. If accepted, this description will be used on the website”. Have you participated at Got Craft before? Tell us what new items you are working on!

tip three: Update your website and online links.

“It’s always disappointing when people submit a dead link or a link to a blog that hasn’t been updated since 2009″.

We don’t expect you to be a social media queen or king, but if you submit a link to your etsy shop, please make sure that your shop has at least a few products listed! If you don’t blog anymore, just let us know. Love facebook and twitter!? Share your updates with us! Your online presence shows us how active you are and in turn, how much you will help spread the word.

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Online applications to the Got Craft? 2013 Spring Edition on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th at the Maritime Labour Centre are now open. Click here for details!

image via sassy contessa

got craft? :: 2013 spring applications

fox and fancyApplications for the 2013 Got Craft? spring edition are finally ready!

Got Craft?
Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
in the gym at the Templeton Secondary School
727 Templeton Drive, Vancouver (corner of Templeton and Turner in the East Village / Hastings Sunrise area)

Submit your application here. Check back next week when we share our tips on putting together a top notch application! Happy weekend!

image of Fox & Fancy by {stu-di-o} by jeanie