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Ze Market

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2008 at 6:59 pm

So the Farmers Market.

It went better this week, much better than last…but still not as good as the first. That sounds down doesn’t it? I dont’ mean it, I actually had a great time and was completely satisfied with the amount of money I made. I also received a couple special orders, which was a bonus…and it just so happens that I have the right fabric at home to fill one of those orders. Simple! I sold $100 worth of bags, which I hope will be come a pretty standard amount.

I need to come up with a plan on how much money to put straight into savings and how much money to invest in new fabric and supplies. If anyone has any ideas or wants to share what they do, that’d be super interesting!

I was talking with more of the sellers at the Market, just chatting about business and their products. One of the sellers mentioned to me that she has more sales if she has more items. Pretty simple idea hey? I’m still learning about this stuff, that’s my excuse (: So my goal is to make a ton more bags for the next Market I go to, hopefully I’ll have a bunch more sales because of it.

Now to go and fill those orders…

Farmers Market #2

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Well, the trip to the Farmers Market this week was quite different than the last weekend…actually, it was the complete opposite. If It hadn’t been for my husbands Grandma coming around, I wouldn’t have sold a single thing! After all my preparation and getting up super early on Saturday, it was really dissapointing. It would have been even worse if I had been the only one that wasnt’ getting much response from buyers, but all the other stalls were saying it was a slow day for them as well.

I’ll be going back next weekend since several people mentioned they thought it would be a good week for sales. The Market will be having more live entertainment and refreshments since it will be BC’s 150th Birthday. It’s supposed to be a huge event so hopefully that will lead to more customers.

I was also talking to one of the other girls there and she mentioned a few craft fairs coming up that were known for being huge successes. I’ll be going to several of those this winter, I can’t wait! I’ve never been to a craft fair as a vendor before and I’m really excited to be involved a bit more!

Over all, the Farmers Market this week was a learning experience. I tried to stay positive, after all, it’s only my second one! And I will be going back, I realize it isn’t a reflection on my work…but it’s still a bit hard not to be discouraged.

                             

Lists

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2008 at 7:00 pm

There’s a thing I have with lists. I write tons of them! I just love lists! Writing down my goals for the day, either in my personal life or at work, really helps me accomplish the things I was wanting to do. It feels great to cross things off and move onto the next project.

                          

                                    

Todays list is for the Farmers Market (tomorrow!!). I have a ton of finishing up things to do this evening…sometimes I hate working a full time job as well as my crafting! As much as I really love my job, I wish I could just do crafting full time!

The two biggest things on my list to do is printing out business cards and sewing another Kj Bag. I finished two last night but I’d like another one done for tomorrow. I’ve decided not to worry too much about the Zippies, they just take a few minutes to do so they’re perfect for last minute stuff.

My hubby finally brought home a printer (he’s a computer tech, you’d think we’d have everything we needed in the computer department!) so I can print my cards off at home instead of going down to his office. This’ll save a bunch of time! I can’t wait until after this FM though, then I’ll to be able to afford the business cards I’ve purchased from Apples And Chalk Dust. Yay (*:

I’m still working on that “BIG PROJECT” and I’m hoping to reveal it SOON!! Keep checking back to stay updated!!

The Market

In crafts, etsy, seller, sellers, selling, sewing, store, stores, Uncategorized on July 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm

For the first time on Saturday, I went to the Farmers Market here in town. I had to be there by 8am (on a Saturday, this just about killed me!), I grabbed a Tims coffee before I went and then drove to the parking lot where the Market is held. I set up my table and waited for the customers to start arriving.

I seriously had so much fun! There were so many people enjoying the hot day, everyone was so friendly, and there were so many great booths set up. I actually met another Etsy sellerthere too, from a town just north of us…the first Etsy seller that I’ve met! I really should have taken a picture of us…didn’t think of that.

                            

Financially, the day was a huge success…to me anyways. I’m not sure what the avarage Farmers Market booth would bring in, but I sold $190 of products! I was hoping for a minimun of two sales, and I ended up selling:

  • 1 Kj Bag
  • 5 Zippies and
  • 3 Kitty Bags!

I’m hoping that this success isn’t just because I was a new and unique booth at the Farmers Market…I mean, that’s great, but I’d like these sales to continue even after people get used to seeing me there.

The most exciting part of the day was when a lady came up to me and asked “Are you Katelyn Jane?”. My eyes went wide…people are actually starting to know who I am! I’m getting famous (:

Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to the Market next week, but I’m planning on making a ton of bags in the meantime and going again the week after next. I’ll be on my way to owning a grommit maker, a button maker and fixing up my craft studio in no time!

A Serious Addiction

In etsy, store on July 9, 2008 at 3:00 pm

                        

I found a new favorite shop on Etsy and have ordered new fabric from her. They’re SO CUTE! The pink japanese linen fabric is from Milco Tiger Favorite. Even though she’s located in Japan, the shipping was super fast…I got the package within the next week!

The other fabric I found from a store on Ebay, I just couldn’t say no!

I have this serious attraction to colorful and bright fabrics lately! I’m hoping this is a good thing. I used to be attracted to fall colors, probably because these colors are what I normally wear.

I’ll be posting more pictures of my projects with these fabrics and others! I’ll be working my buns off this week since I’m planning on going to the Farmers Market! SO EXCITED!

Traveling Adventures

In crafts, etsy, store, wedding on July 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm

                         

Well, I’m back! Not that you missed me much since I was posting while I was gone out of town (:

Our trip to Yellow Knife, North West Territories was great! I’ve never been that far north, it was pretty exciting to see everything that I’ve been told about the area and to have that bit of adventure. The drive up was the most interesting part of the trip, we were surrounded by the biggest bolts of lightening at one point. I remember praying “Lord, please keep us safe. And if you decide not to, help us to live through a lightening strike because that’d be pretty awesome”.

I had heard tons of horror stories about the amount of bugs in the north and so I wasn’t surprised when we would park the car and be bombarded by a herd (yes, a HERD) of mosquitoes and flies. We decided to sleep in the car the first night and had brought mesh to tape over the window so we could leave it open. Somehow the tape slipped off during the night and we woke up to several (ha, that’s a slight understatement!) bugs eating us. You could hear the swarm of mosquitoes at the window even though our heads were at the opposite end of the car. Awake at 3:30, we couldn’t get back to sleep and decided to continue driving.

Probably the biggest excitment on the way up was the siting of a young black bear (not unusal but still pretty cool) and herds wild buffalo. I’ve seen buffalo before, although the ones in our area aren’t wild, but these ones were much much bigger than I’d ever seen.

We were going to Yellow Knife for a friends wedding and so the weekend was stuffed full of wedding prep and family visiting. Decorating the wedding ceremony and reception hall was something else. The bride had said she had been overwhelmed by the planning, but I looked around and couldn’t understand what she had done. There were no decorations at the ceremony, like…none…and if it hadn’t been for her new mom-in-law there would have been no table clothes at the reception hall. Matter of fact, the only thing that decorated the reception hall was the centre pieces which consisted of three roses and some babies-breath per table.

The new sister-in-law and I decided to take charge and help this bride out. We pulled several fake trees from the rest of the church into the ceremony hall, covered big baskets and old milk urns with white flowing fabric and put ivy in them, flowing down the sides. Then we went to Wal-Mart and bought some cheap fabric that matched the napkin colors (the napkins were bought days before by the new mom-in-law, otherwise there wouldn’t have been any at all), cut the fabric into 1.5 meter pieces and tied them around the back of the bridal parties chairs.

The flowers were another story. I knew I should have gone with the guys to the florist, I just had this feeling they were going to be screwed over and I was so right. The groom ended up paying $800.00 for 9 table centre pieces (like I said above, each with three roses and a bit of babies-breath), the main table centre piece, two bouquets and 5 boutonnieres. I couldn’t believe it. I wish I had lived closer to the bride so I could have helped her out some more…I could have even just given her more ideas on decorating. To make the price of the flowers even more shocking, the florist hadn’t even started on the flowers until the night before and the groom had to pick them up at 8 in the morning…even though the pictures started at 9am. If I had known the flowers were going to cost this much and cosist of so little, I would have offered to go to Safeway, buy some roses, and do all of them up for the bride at a quarter of the price.

On that note: If anyone is getting married, I’d love to hear about it! If you’re looking for fun, money saving ideas, let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can come up with. First come, first served!

Now I’m back in town, exhausted and getting ready to go to the Farmers Market this weekend. I can’t wait, even though I’m going to need the sleep, it’s going to be worth it!