Sunday, May 26, 2013

One More Week!

Eeek! Only one more week until the TEST Springtime Marketplace! I'll admit, I kinda (really) slacked this week. Didn't do nearly as much as I should have. So now the final few days will be last minute errand running and sewing! I only have a few more things I'd like to make so if it doesn't get done, it's not the end of the world. I also need to get change from the bank, snacks for the day, more paper bags etc. The little things! For now I have borrowed a suitcase from my friend and have started getting myself organized by packing things as I think of them. Still on the lookout for the final piece for my display. I got that basket on the right last week and it's not quite right but in a pinch it will do!

Can't wait!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sequins and Signs

When I first set out with my Etsy venture, I wanted to make things with sequins. Who doesn't love sequins? But I held off because $$$ and lack of patience. But this craft show is the perfect excuse to do a little bit of splurging. And since I'm so ahead of the inventory game, I can take the time to do battle with the rebellious nature of the sequins. And damn, is it ever worth it.

My three new babies.

Mad love.


As stated in this post, I wanted to burn a wooden owlswakeup sign. It didn't happen. And I think that's for the best hahaha. I had a small amount of a certain tapestry fabric leftover in—whaddya know—a perfectly sized rectangle. Oh and there's still the matching vinyl left? Score. I wanted my sign to be relevant to my shop and, well, to cost me nothing. I laughed when I found this piece of fabric because it couldn't have been more perfect.

As for the DIY itself, I kept it simple. I printed off the text in the size I wanted, cut out the letters to act as stencils, traced them onto the vinyl and then cut them out again. Finicky, but not as time consuming as I had expected. I then trimmed and hemmed the fabric and glued the letters. Simple yet effective!

Multitasking: my table was totally in craft-show-test-run mode.

Ready to glue!

I'd say I'm almost ready for the show. My main concern is finding one more display item. I must consider a plan B if I can't find anything suitable. Thank goodness for Pinterest! It's actually been saving my butt when it comes to display ideas! Check out my craft show board for inspiration!

Happy long weekend!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

TEST Lookbook


The gorgeous lookbook is out for the TEST Springtime Marketplace! Check it out! Lots of amazing sellers are going to be there. Can you find me?

Not much to report over on my end; busy spending this week getting the display elements ready which includes a test run of my table as well as making my sign! I'll definitely post pictures when I'm done! This is going to be a busy weekend :D

The table cloth I borrowed from my mom is perfect.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

First Craft Show: Progress

Right now my life is all craft show, all the time. Because it is my first show, I am literally starting from scratch. I have no sign, no display, limited inventory etc. But I must say that this past week has been insanely productive. I made 12 clutches, got my business cards printed, thrifted a few baskets for my table, (finally) figured out what to do for my sign etc. Off to a great start!

This week will be about starting round two of the sewing spree (but not just yet because I am le tired), shopping for supplies and making various signage for the table. Also, keep thrifting. I don't have enough display items. I also need something to put my business cards in. The problem is, I don't want to buy too many large things because then they'll just be sitting around in my apartment. The baskets I've bought I actually really like and can find purposes for after the fact. But I still have three weeks. And once I get that sign done I'll be in amazing shape.

Basket #1. Angular.

This thing is the coolest of all the things.

YAAAAY! It works, too. I charged myself a dollar and it was exciting.

Thursday night was zipper night.

Basket #2 and partial results of my sewing rampage. 

I really have no idea how much inventory is too much. I'll probably keep sewing until the actual day because worst case scenario, leftover clutches get listed in my shop. Anyways, that's all for now. Hopefully next time I post I'll be able to share all my finished craft show DIYs!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wednesday Wishlist: Earrings. Finally.

I stretched my ear lobes in high school. Ten years later, I am only just letting them go back to normal. It was such a struggle/commitment to stretch them that I wasn't ready to let them go. That plus I liked the subtle silver tunnels I wore—people rarely noticed that they were able to see straight through my ears haha.


My obsession with stud earrings took over and one morning I took the plunge and removed the tunnels (silently screaming NOOOO the whole time). Then I went out and bought earrings that I had been coveting for weeks. And then ordered a bunch more. And then started making some out of buttons. I want them all!

*I've totally already ordered the last ones :P

Sunday, May 5, 2013

TEST Springtime Marketplace

Guess what? I'm doing a craft show!

The fabulous ladies at the Toronto Etsy Street Team are running the show on Saturday, June 1st at 918 Bathurst Street. Check out the Facebook event!

It's my first one and while I have been to many shows, I have absolutely no idea what to expect being behind the table. How much stuff do I make? What should my display be? I NEED A SIGN?? Ahhh!

In the coming weeks my focus will be on getting my display/stock ready so I will still be blogging, but there won't be any DIY tutorials for a bit!

I've already put in an order for business cards and started thrifting for display items ;) Today I need to buy replacement blades for my rotary cutter before I start cutting all the fabric ever.

I might add things to my Etsy shop between now and then, but this month is going to be such a whirlwind that I can't make any promises!

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Favourite DIYs Lately

There are some seriously fabulous DIY tutorials out there. Here are some of my favourites:

Honestly WTF—DIY Pearl & Safety Pin Necklace

Design Sponge—DIY Wall Organizer

For the Makers—Fitzgerald Floral Embroidery

Swell Mayde—Gold Gilded Geode Ring

Of course there's always the one unattainable DIY. A friend has promised that when he wins the lottery and becomes a carpenter, he'll make me a piano desk. Until then… Until then…

Apartment Therapy

There's already a B on it and everything. Just be mine!