10.23.2012

busted

Well, the show I did this past Saturday was not a good one for me. After an hour of no one stopping into my booth I had a bad feeling that things were not going well. I sold four things all day, not enough to cover the booth fee, the item I was required to donate for the gift basket raffle, and probably not even the gas it took to drive there.

I made a couple of mistakes here, and maybe you can learn from them. I'm certainly keeping it in mind for the future.

#1—I listened to other crafters who said they'd heard it was good show. And I shouldn't have. Like people's opinions about restaurants, movies, and good places to vacation, that's very subjective. People have different tastes and are looking for very different things. For me, this show was too country craftsy, with too many hobby craft vendors with low-priced items. I just didn't fit.

#2—Not checking out the show beforehand. Had I skipped the idea of being a vendor this year I could have attended the show as a customer and I would have known immediately that it wasn't a good fit.

#3—Making too much stuff. Because I thought the show would be good I made a lot more items than I would have. Now, having too much inventory isn't necessarily a terrible thing provided you have space to store it. I have two more shows coming up in November, one of which I've done before and know will be good. I can send extra product this month to the shops where I consign. And I can take a much-needed break, too. Maybe catch up on paperwork.

Even though the show was a bust, it wasn't all bad. I met a woman who has a bunch of vintage handkerchiefs to sell. Several people took my card and promised to visit my website to do some holiday shopping (the discount code I gave them may provide some extra encouragement). And I met a young girl who excitedly told me that she'd just learned to cross stitch and loved vintage transfer patterns. You go, girl :)

7.03.2012

vintage needlepoint

Yes, I know. I haven't posted for a month. I've had to cut back drastically on spending so haven't been visiting my usual vintage treasure hunting spots or spending much money at all this spring and summer. No hunting, not much to write about.

But I have bought a couple of things on Ebay that I want you to see - vintage needlepoint. The partially-completed kind where the motif is already done and you fill in the background with whatever color you choose.

needlepoint birds
A vaguely Asian-themed bird design

bird closeup
Closeup of one of the birds—great detail!

orange lilies
How could I resist one of my favorite flowers. And the colors are perfect!

These are both for my future dining room redo. Not sure when I'll get around to that but these will take a while to complete anyway. My dining room is actually part of the kitchen—one big room—and it's pretty basic now. A table and chairs in the center of the space. And a rug with black, cream, rusty red, golden yellow, and sage green.

There's strawberry print wallpaper from the previous owner and too much white in the kitchen area. But, there's a very nice window seat along one wall and I'd love to move the table near there and create a nook-type eating area. After I redo the walls, that is. I'm thinking light sage green for those, and possibly for the kitchen cabinets, too.

I'm picturing a box cushion on the window seat with lots of plump pillows and a few of these needlepoint cushions. I already have a bird theme going on with the framed needlepoint birds I found a few years ago (see this post). They'll be hanging nearby, too.

3.06.2012

what to wear?

My last post was about spring cleaning, and what better way to celebrate spring than with a new apron. Well, really an old apron because these are all vintage. I've added a few pretty ones to the website...

appliqued apron

This is a very cool bib apron with gorgeous detail. Her skirt is appliqued pink and white gingham (also used for the binding and ties) and outlined in black embroidery. There are embroidered flowers on her bonnet, bodice, and skirt—all expertly done. I'm thinking this is from the 1960s—the illustration style looks very familiar. It's one of those on-the-tip-of-my-tongue but I can't quite remember things :)

appliqued apron detail

embroidered apron

The next one was probably done from a kit. Heavy cream cotton with cross-stitch embroidered flower packets—rose, daisy, lilac, and tulip—and a geometric border. Very spring, as our thoughts turn to getting our flower seeds ordered and planted. Although, to be realistic, you don't grow roses, lilacs, or tulips from seed.

embroidered apron detail

feedsack apron

A simple design for this next apron—a floral feedsack in red, pink, and a touch of blue that I haven't seen before. The scalloped bottom border and three tiers of creamy white rick rack are what make this one special!

feedsack apron detail

yellow floral apron

Last, but not least, is a reversible apron in a pretty yellow and blue floral with sheer yellow layer, bright yellow binding, notched bottom edge, and a row of rick rack on the pocket. So pretty!

yellow floral apron detail