… That most of my items are unique and one of a kind? Obviously this doesn’t apply to things like finished cross stitch most of the time, or some of my stuffed toys, but things like jewelry are almost always one offs that won’t be made the same way again.
Often this is because there were materials sourced from closeouts or liquidation, and I literally cannot buy these components again.
Other times it might be because I created some of the components with raw materials (like with polymer clay) and each piece is truly unique.
This is why I always say if you are something you like, you should grab it, because once it’s gone, it’s gone!
P.s. I added about 20 new items to the shop tonight plus removed some that sold over the weekend. There’s adjustable rings, some knitted and crocheted hats, hair accessories, a new cross stitch pattern… And I have more items I need to add still.
Even more exciting is I currently have a month off from classes, so I can make some new things again!
First though, I need to finish cleaning my craft room!
Saturday night was the Holidays on the Homestead event at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum and I think we all had a good time.
I did fairly well, making a lot of small sales, and I passed out a lot of business cards. I also sold a couple $15 items, which was great.
Jami of Accent Allusions did really well at the event- no surprise as she makes some easily wearable pieces.
After I got home, I used the money I earned to pay off two small bills in full and part of a third. Saturday night’s income will let me pay off and close an account a month earlier than I thought I would be able to, which is always a plus. That’s what supporting small business does! It lets an individual improve their lives.Anyway, a great night, we got to have a great chat with Jean and it was super nice to spend a productive evening with friends!
I spent some time this evening making small adjustments to the theme, which did change the appearance quite a bit, arranging menus, removing things that weren’t needed… And then I went through my products.
I removed anything that was on legally shady ground because of copyright, and I also removed most of the brick stitch earring patterns except for the few that generally sell.
This took about 75 items out of my inventory, but overall I’m pretty happy with what I accomplished.
So come by, have a look around, and remember, next Saturday I’ll be at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum from 5pm to 8pm with lots of great items, some of which aren’t even on the website yet.
It’s going to be a great night, a lot of fun, and filled with friendly people and families!
On Saturday the 7th, 2019, I will be at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum selling my stuff!
The address is:15701 E Ave M, Lancaster, CA 93535
The event begins at 5pm. There’s a chili cook-off contest, a cowboy singer, a campfire and coffee and cocoa (weather permitting), and great craft vendors!
Pop on by and see us!
Saturday evening I loaded up my car and drove out to East Lancaster to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. The AVIM is way out in the middle of nowhere but the drive isn’t too far from town. About 15 miles.
Once I arrived, I pulled in behind the Joshua cottage and unloaded my stuff carrying it inside. I’ve done this event I think three times before, and the lady who runs it knows I like being by the door. She stuck a post it now on the table she knew I’d pick with my name on it. Nobody else got a reserved table… Lol.
I got set up, and my table was so cluttered but I was hopeful it would be okay.
As you can see, it was kind of a mess.
The first hour, we had almost no one come through. I got the first sale though of two face scrubbies at $3 each. And then there was nothing for a while.
I think we were all feeling a little let down by how slow it was, but going into the second hour, it got really busy and people started buying.
I had set prices on all my items except the stuffed toys and the paintings, which I told people I was open to offers. I didn’t really expect anyone to want the paintings; I had nearly left them at home.
I was happily surprised though when people loved my paintings! I ended up selling 2 of the 3. Not for a lot but they didn’t take a lot of time to make either and costs were super low.
All in all, I sold a little of everything except for earrings. It was a really good night, and I made enough over my table fee to pay off a small bill in full, and in the next few days I’ll replace one of my tires on my car.
What’s that? Oh yes! Thirteen days until I’ll be live at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum with my awesome stuff!
I’ve been trying to work on some other inventory over the last few weeks and things are slowly getting added. I’m also adding to shop inventory while I’m at it.
I managed to get all my beading patterns up, all my crochet patterns (some of both of those are free, BTW!), and I just did a much needed cull of my commercial sewing patterns and listed I think 36 of them, most of them brand new, up for sale. I’m hoping to get some cross stitch patterns up soon too but that might take a while.
I really hope I can meet some of you at the AVIM on the 30th and you can see my creations in person. I’ll have items ranging from $1 up to about $45, for kids and adults both.
A few weeks ago I was browsing Etsy and I found myself looking at cross stitch patterns. A few minutes later I was printing out my new purchases to put into a binder, and ordering embroidery floss online to pick up at Michael’s on my next trip into town.
The first pattern I stitched is going to be a gift for Tracy over at Art Resurrected so I can’t post the photos yet. But I can share some of the others I’ve stitched since.
First up is Live Laugh Lube. This one made me laugh and the seller has some even better ones I hope to be stitching soon!
Then I stitched up these little cuties. They, and others, will be going into 4″ x 4″ frames to be sold at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on December 1st.
I’m currently stitching a really fun design (and ooooh all the colors!) but it’s also a Christmas and I’m not sure if she follows this blog, so I won’t be posting it until she’s received it.
I’m having a lot more fun doing this than I thought I would be and I can’t wait to get started on my next projects!
As you know, this last Saturday I did a craft fair at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. It ended up being me, and 3 other crafters, two of which I already know and am friends with. The third was a woman my other two friends had met at another event previously and passed along the event’s info to her.
Another vendor’s husband took this photo of me sitting at my table. My space was a little chaotic, but luckily people weren’t shy about digging through the bins with my knit and crochet pieces, and picking them up, trying them on, and in general checking things out.
My three earring display racks were divided up by $5, $10, and $15, and while I didn’t sell a lot, I did make about $70 over my table fee (the event was only 3 hours long) and that’s money I can put towards my trip to Washington state to visit my friend Nikki somewhere in the next few months. That makes me happy! 🙂
I did sell a few pieces I really didn’t think people would be interested in, though not as many of them as I had hoped. I might be making a donation to the thrift store really soon with some of the items I just can’t move. Not the best outcome, but it happens. Sometimes things just flop.
Anyway, if you came out to see us Saturday, thank you and I hope you had a great night! We had fun and I know I would do the event again if asked to.
Saturday night I will be at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum selling my makes at the craft fair and chili cook-off. There will be a campfire, cowboy singer, chili cook-off, coffee, and cocoa! You can download the flyer for distribution and more details here, HotH Flyer 15.
Chili, Crafters, and Cowboy Songs at “Holidays on the Homestead”
Visit the Antelope Valley Indian Museum on Saturday, December 5th from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. for an old-time country Christmas celebration! Originally a 1930’s homestead, the historic grounds will be decorated in vintage holiday style with live acoustic music around a campfire, a chili cook-off, tours of the grounds, a country craft boutique, real cowboy coffee brewed over the fire, and hot chocolate or cider for the kids! Explore the unique hand-built museum and whimsical grounds at night with soft lighting and the smell of fresh greenery, and the wintery sky sparkling over the desert.
Stay warm around the blazing bonfire while cowboy singer Michael Tcherkassky, “The Saddle Serenader”, croons the romantic poetry about life on the range that cattlemen composed by day during their journeys across the old west, and was then shared around the campfire when the sun went down. Michael has performed traditional cowboy songs and poetry for many years at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and other events around the country.
The country craft boutique features one-of-a-kind handmade gifts. The crafters carry on the artistic spirit of Howard Arden Edwards, who built the Indian Museum to house his collection of American Indian artifacts. The Craftsman-style building is decorated with his colorful representations of Indian culture and creative hand-made furniture. This is a great opportunity to support local artists and find unique gifts!
Rose Edwards was known for her tasty rib-sticking chili and cornbread feasts at their holiday celebrations. Try Rose’s original 1930 Christmas chili recipe and the chili cook-off entries, complemented by delicious cornbread generously provided by The Lemon Leaf Café. Our 2015 judge will be ranger Colin Daxon, who recently joined the department.
Event admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and ages 5 and under are free. This event is a fundraiser for the non-profit Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, which provides funding to help keep the museum open.