Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter (and weekend happenings)

Happy Easter everyone! I hope that you've been able to relax and spend time with family and/or friends today. I have. :)



I've also gotten a lot accomplished with making jewelry, taking pictures, etc. No sales but otherwise no complaints for the weekend. I made fourteen vintage button stud earrings, retook pictures of four older pieces, took pictures of five new pieces, made progress on two cuffs, and started another pair of earrings. I still have a lot of photo editing work ahead of me before any of my new or reworked listings will be ready, but taking all of the pictures was still a big accomplishment. Here's a picture of the vintage button studs in progress.
My in-laws gave me a ton of vintage button cards for Christmas. I sorted through all of them this weekend and picked out one pair from each color/style: fourteen in all! There are a couple smaller (less than 1/2") buttons as well that I didn't use for earrings. I'm very pleased with the results. More details on these to come.

I applied for the Iowa Arts Festival a while back and found out this week that I'm on the alternate list. They'll let me know if a spot opens up by mid May. There are a huge number of applicants for it so I'm glad to be considered at all. It's still a little let down of course that I didn't make the first cut, but that's okay. At a friend's urging, I've been looking into the North Liberty and Iowa City Farmers' Markets, both of which have booths available for crafts. I sent an e-mail to the North Liberty contact today and will send my registration form to the Iowa City office tomorrow. We'll see what happens!

11 comments:

  1. Happy Easter to you too! Looks like Angel enjoyed her weekend! You sure got a lot accomplished and congrats on being an alternate for the art festival! Hope you get in and good luck with the others too!

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  2. Angel definitely did. :) Thanks!!

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  3. Sorry you are not first choice, but are on the alternate list. I personally know what that is like, so feel free to e mail me directly to vent. Your items are appropriate for the farmer's market type events because of your price points. You probably don't need to take credit cards to do them. The craft shows you need to watch out for are ones that allow everyone to sell jewelry; a better run show will enforce the rule of only selling what you juried in for and limit the number of sellers in each category for a balanced show. The November craft show at the Oak Park H.S. had about 150 vendors and each was selling jewelry. Good Luck! Happy Easter!

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  4. Thanks Karen, I just e-mailed you! Happy Easter!

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  5. Sounds like a great weekend :)
    Good luck on all the shows!

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  6. Hope you had a wonderful Easter with your family!
    Angel looks adorable in the pictures :)
    I love those vintage button earrings!

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  7. hope you get into the Iowa Arts Festival. Good idea to apply to some of the smaller ones - get experience and yourself out there! Hope you had a nice weekend with family!

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  8. Ope you enjoyed a beautiful Easter!
    You have definitely been very productive and I will keep my fingers crossed that you are able to get into the shows you've applied for and the farmer's markets. GOod luck!
    Sewngmom :-D

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  9. Thank you so much everyone for the well wishes about the shows/markets! And I did have a good Easter. :)

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  10. Good luck with your shows! And that's a great idea for using those buttons!

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