Saturday, April 28, 2012

Preparation for a Craft Fair

As you can tell I'm very excited with my upcoming participation in the June Festival Palang Pintu Fair in Kemang (Jakarta, Indonesia). It's going to be my first craft fair - and I'm glad that I'll be sharing the booth with 3 other crafter friends (with me being the most inexperienced one). I know it's way over one month away, but being the Mad Crafter, I always LOVE to prepare ahead of time. So, after a bit of researching here and there, here are the list of things that I'll need later:
  1. Cash - in various denominations - need this incase I need to make change - plus a waist bag or apron to hold them.
  2. Receipt book - to record my sales, duh ...
  3. Business Cards - lots and lots of 'em .. and/or other promo items such as a DIY bookmarks/mini calendar as giveaways, etc.
  4. Cardboard sign 
  5. Notebook + pen + scissor - a must
  6. Calculator - I'm not my best when it comes to math, will certainly need this
  7. Merchandise bags - I'm planning to use recycled paper bags for this, got to order some soon :P
  8. Tape
  9. Rubbish bags
  10. Camera for documentation
  11. Wet & Dry tissue
  12. Mobile phone - can't do without it
  13. Containers/Cardbox/Suitcase to carry all my stuff.
  14. Table cloth
  15. Display sign & Price Tags
  16. Displays to showcase my items
  17. Chair/Stool
  18. Food and water
  19. Craft Work - that I can work on to pass the time
  20. Inventory list + of course, the stuff I'm going to sell + extras.
Now, for the number 15 and 16, I did a couple of research on several olshops in FB to get some displays for my accessory items, but heck ... the prices just blew me off the roof!  
God, they're expensive!

SooOOOooooo ... ooooo ....

to make the story short I made my own thang ... (so to speak) ;)

[Note: I got a lot of inspirations from the pins I saw on Pinterest.  It's truly a key to a lot of great ideas where we could work on, not to copy, but if possible, make a better version of (that's the spirit!)]

Made my own DIY - Display Tag from stock card, a jumble of vintage images plus printer
inspired by:

here's the link

also made this DIY - Accessory Display 'Tree',
(although I still have to wait for my daughters to come home w/ a perfect light weight tree branch to put in, lol!)
inspired by:

here's the link

aaand, TA-DAHH ..
a DIY - Makeshift Display Board from my son's 7th grade art assignment!
inspired by:

here's the link 

Next step, make a simple cardboard sign for my part of the booth, or if my other partners in crime agreed, a communal board instead! ^^

Stay tuned! ^^

Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found."

— James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

Happy Crafting!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Adieu Picnik :( ...

Well, it's official, Picnik is NO MORE since April 19, 2012 ..

Boo hoo ... I really love using this free online photo editor as it was oh-so-simple [and we could store our images up to 100 pics if I remembered it right (w/ premium membership)] - I hope I did remember it right, if not my mind is already slipping :P .. I had created numerous designs using Picnik, including pictures I edited for my blog and of course, my BBC shop ...

But never fear, PicMonkey is here! (thank you Picnik for the recommendation!)

So ... last night I made some trial run and here's the result:

Inspired by a pin from Landseelandeedo that I saw on Pinterest:

I made this version:

Ta - daahhh!
Heyyyy, not bad ... not bad at all!

Oh my, if only we could store our pics like Picnik, it would be oh-so-purrfect!

Yay, I'm officially HAPPY again!