Monday, November 14, 2011

My First Craft Fair!

By chance I signed myself up for a craft fair!  I've never done one before but have always been interested.  My main hesitation has been my what to do with them!  My husband works. ALOT. He runs his family's business and then farms on the side (like the few hours left in the day once you've worked a full time job). So we really don't see him much.  But things all fell into place because my wonderful mom & her husband are coming down for Thanksgiving!  They will be here from Wednesday night through Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.  Yay! help!  So, knowing I'd have coverage for my boys I am going full steam ahead getting ready for this thing.  It's in a small town near me & the whole town does an 'open house' type thing so I think there will be plenty of traffic. 
Here's what I've done so far in preparation:
1. I got a smart phone & ordered the 'Square' device which will allow me to accept credit cards.  I got the phone for free since I was available for an upgrade and I went with the iphone 3 (older version).  The 'Square' is free and came pretty quickly.  The app is also free and I downloaded that right away.  It took a little longer to set up the bank account you want the money deposited into. 
2. I've been sewing in bulk!  I think I've made 2 dozen burp cloths & have another 1 dozen to make, and have about 60 t-shirts that I'm doing reindeer & ties.  I've made other things too (did I mention I signed up for another craft fair the following weekend!  It was only $10 so I figured I'd take whatever I didn't sell at the first one).
3. My main focus for this post was to share the child size mannequin I made today.  I bought the pattern here.  It came together really fast & didn't take very much fabric.  It is size 2T& will be a great prop for my table.  Here is how I want to pose it:

On this cute tiny red chair we rescued... it needed a little TLC & still does but the mannequin hides some of the flaws.
With or without the Santa hat?

The tie is one of a set I whipped up last night for my boys' Christmas card photos. 

I feel like this little guy is a part of our family now!  He's a little lumpy because I stuffed him with scrap fabric but with a t-shirt on nobody will ever be able to tell.  I think I'll make a couple more since I have a couple t-shirt designs to display. 

Here's my next project to finish:

A pennant banner to hang on the table. 
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  1. Best of luck at the craft fair, I'm sure that you'll do well. I've never done one, but have been considering doing some next year. I'm excited to hear how they work for you.

  2. Best of luck! Love the pennant fabric I see. The mannequin is cute, leave the hat off.

  3. I vote WITHOUT hat! It is so cute- and I love that it's kind of lumpy! It makes it look charming. Good luck with the craft fair- I'm too scared to take the leap just yet... maybe next year. CAn't wait to hear all of the details!



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