Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
As long as we enjoy and honor one another, it will be a happy Christmas!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
My daughter, Suzanne, had the booth right next to me; she sells vintage style aprons on Etsy.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Canned pear halves
Canned cranberry sauce
*optional: cinnamon & mint sprigs
You will need a flat casserole pan, either 8 inches square or a larger rectangular one. Put a layer of canned pear halves in the pan with the cored side up. [one half makes a nice single serving size. You can gauge the number of pear halves (& pan size) you will need by your guest list.] Then take a can of whole berry cranberry sauce and pour it over the pears. Continue with pears and sauce as desired. Pop in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes (or under a broiler for a shorter time), or until the pears are heated and the sauce bubbles just a bit. Do not over cook--this is just a heating process.
Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired, and add mint sprigs for a touch of green. Add a large spoon and serve in the casserole dish. Enjoy!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Anyway, here goes: (maybe ya'll will get some ideas from my mistakes)
1) I should have tagged everything! A few things did not have price tags and and in the rush and push of the beginning of the day, my memory failed me in a couple of instances. Sold too low in these instances, but I will never know if I could have actually gotten the higher price or not. At least the items sold!
2) My "loss leader" $2 earrings (last year's stock) sold very well . . . but they were not located in the proper place on my table. They were in the middle of the table and thus blocked access to other items as customers rummaged thru two trays of earrings.
3) My quilts, quilted wall hangings and aprons still were not displayed well. One reason was that I had a lack of space with just one table. In the next two craft sales, I will have more space--two tables. I have purchased a rack for better display of the quilts and their patterns. Quilted wall hangings were hung too low, the rack will help.
4) Signage could have been better, i.e. two signs for each of two earring trays--not just one sign. Questions surfaced: "Is that the price for both trays?"
Observation: Most customers were 30 something and older, mostly buying for self. Since it was held at a school and just before Thanksgiving, there were a few younger customers buying Christmas gifts. A couple of older ladies bought an apron for a gift. Almost sold another 'gift' apron, but it wasn't large enough.
**Note to self for next year: Make a few more aprons for women with a larger girth!
I have a two day show beginning tomorrow, and another show on Saturday. The first sale is on a college campus and it will be interesting to see what sells. I would imagine that I will sell more coffee cup cozies and small Christmas gift items. My etsy shops will on vacation mode till next week. I will try to do another critique or "exit interview" next week on these new shows. It will be fun to compare them!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
3 1/2 cups sifted Flour
3 cups sugar
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup oil
2/3 cup water
2 cups Canned Pumpkin
Sift dry ingredients. Combine eggs, oil, water & Pumpkin. Stir into dry ingredients. Turn into 3 greased 8x4 inch loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until a wood toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool before slicing. Tastes best slightly warm, spread with butter. (You'll just have to imagine the wonderful smell!)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Visit my design shop to see the rest of the line!
Can't wait to do the first bazaar this Saturday! Hoping I've thought of everything and planned well! We'll see.
Monday, November 16, 2009
I haven't even thought about making my Christmas list yet--have you? I love Christmas and I love giving gifts, but with the economy as it is, I really have to pare down my list and buy wisely. You too? Well here are a few suggestions from Etsy:
Beautiful earrings from SparklyPark
Custom order of a child's apron from HerApronStringsShop
And don't forget decorating for the season!
(This is from my handcrafts shop)
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I still do have decorations for Thanksgiving and Autumn. It's not too late to decorate for the season!
Autumn Quilted Wall Hanging
Or how about a new apron for all of that Autumn baking and cooking?
This apron is reversible with a turkey fabric on the bib portion.
(Click on the picture to see more about this apron!)
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Check out her shop!