Posts Tagged: handmade + craft markets

biz tip :: craft fair checklist

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With summer and (the quickly approaching) holiday handmade markets, I have been busy gathering up all my supplies. Instead of opening and closing every single drawer and relying on memory as to what I need to bring, I decided to create a checklist that I can refer to before every show!

Things I need to bring:

  • Lighting
  • Extension cords
  • Power bar (the electricity kind!)
  • Phone charger
  • Tape
  • Thumb tacks
  • Pen + notebook
  • Scissors
  • Calculator (or use your phone)
  • Safety pins
  • Clothes pins
  • Mirror
  • Credit card slips (in case your reader breaksdown)
  • Credit card reader
  • Lint roller
  • Bags + Boxes + Other packaging material
  • Mobile phone + iPad
  • Mints (Tic Tacs are small + easy to chew, so you can keep talking to customers!)
  • Business cards
  • Signage
  • Snacks + Water
  • Cash float (I like to start with 1 roll of $1, 1 roll of $2, and $75 in $5 bills)
  • Sunscreen + hat (for outdoor events)
  • Table linen + Display materials

Extra supplies: Bandaids, packaging, price tags, glue and sewing kit, promotional material (giveaways or cards for upcoming events)

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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:
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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! <<-

shop tour :: Brick & Mortar Living

shop tour: brick and mortar 1shop tour: brick and mortar 2shop tour brick and mortar collage1shop tour: brick and mortar 3shop tour: brick and mortar 4shop tour: brick and mortarshop tour: brick and mortar 7shop tour: brick and mortar 5We visited with the lovely ladies from Brick & Mortar Living last weekend, a beautiful shop that carries a selection of locally handmade and vintage / reimagined goods. Located in one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, the shop is a part of the Arundel Mansions, a building built in 1912 and chock block full of the character details that I love.

With a keen eye for styling and displays, sisters Julia and Emma (with the help of their mom!) fill their shop with plenty of inspiration from repurposed mason jar pendant lamps and tennis racket cork boards to handmade goods by Pretty Paper Please, The Beautiful Project, Belvedere, and more. They pride themselves in providing a memorable face-to-face customer experience so make sure to stop in and say hello!

Brick & Mortar Living
42 Begbie Street, New Westminster
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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!