13 January 2012

wizard of odd

In May, my Etsy shop Tudor Rose Designs will be appearing at its first craft show! I selected to make my craft show debut at Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird in Hudson, Ohio and I've spent the past few months being a very little busy bee getting all my ducks in a row.



Since it's my first craft show, there's so much to do aside from just building up inventory. So many little details! I signed up for a Square device so I can take credit cards on my iPhone and have applied for a vendors license so I can start purchasing many of my supplies at wholesale cost. (Plus, if I keep doing craft shows some of them require you to provide proof of license, so I figured might as well do it now.) I also ordered some brown kraft bags to put purchases in and I'm going to make stickers to put on the front of the bags so they can act as walking advertisement after someone has purchased from me!

But the biggest bulk of my time has been figuring out displays. I have been having a really, really hard time figuring out how to display my figurines. For the ornaments I bought a small artifical Christmas tree, but I've been creating a lot of other-holiday figurines that aren't in my Etsy shop. They can't hang from the tree and I don't want them just sitting on the table as one of the number rules of craft show displays is to build height. But I don't just want them sitting on boring ol' boxes, either.

The other day I was at Jo-Ann Fabrics and, while wandering, came across some really fabulous planter trays that if flipped upside down have a flat base perfect for what I needed. Bonus: they were cheap and the colors perfectly matched some frames I had painted for jewelry displays. Sold.

But it was while thinking about those frames of mine that I decided it might be fun to do some posts about all of the DIY projects I've been working on for the craft show. I'm usually not a DIY girl, let alone one to blog about it, but this craft show has brought out the creative forces in me and the projects have been fun and easy. So starting next week sometime, each month between now and May I'm going to pick one of my projects to blog about. Complete with instructions and pictures, a couple of the projects can be used in your home, too, not just craft shows.

Thing is, doing all this DIY stuff has made me want to do more so who knows what sorts of crazy things I'll come up with for my apartment.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

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