I've been trying to keep my little Etsy shop fresh by adding a couple of new items each day. So far the only thing slowing me down is the photography portion - creating new items is fun but taking photos and listing is not my strong suit!
The US Thanksgiving holiday was last Thursday and it's always a busy time in my house. Fortunately, my husband is a total gem and handles all of the cooking (I peel the potatoes - light duty!) while I clean house in the morning. That afternoon generally finds us snoozing and watching movies (it's just not Thanksgiving without a viewing of "It's a Wonderful Life") while the turkey and cranberry sauce settles in our tummies.
This year my two brothers decided to pay me a visit after the holiday. My younger brother, Scott, had spent the holiday with my Mom in Maine and was on his way back to his family in Wisconsin. My older brother, Danny, drove down from Maine with his family - I had a full house! Isn't that what the holidays are all about?
We had fun shopping and chatting and arguing (good-naturedly of course!) - I really do miss not having my family close by and this time of year it really catches up to me. Now that they've returned to their homes, my house is feeling a bit empty and Amber (re: collie) is looking a bit glum since she's not getting all of the attention she had over the weekend.
OK - now to post a couple of my new pieces of jewelry - more to come!
Oh my - time certainly moves quickly this time of year! My poor little blog has suffered due to the general craziness in life but I didn't forget about it - it just got put on the back burner for a bit.
Well, I've got 5 shows down and only 1 left on my hectic craft show schedule. I've certainly learned a lot from all of the customer comments and what people have purchased once they actually see my jewelry in person. Another great fringe benefit on all of the craft shows is that I've actually been able to meet some of the people on the NH Street Team!
Jodi, from Happy House Quilts, was my first visitor at the Concord show. Along with her hair accessories, she also carries cute items for pets and craft kits for the younger set (or older set if you like to try new crafts also!).
During the Manchester show I was able to hook up with Michelle from Pandy's and Griffin Gear who also happened to be participating. Sherry from ThreadFed also visited during the show - she has really fun embroidery style earrings in her shop.
And last (but certainly not least!) I met Melanie from Bags by Melanie fame. Melanie joined me at the Derry show and was right at the next table. It certainly makes the day shorter when you have someone to chat to during the long hours after setup and while customers stroll through. Check out my favorite (yes! she had this one at the show and I absolutely LOVE it!) from her shop:
Melanie was so much fun to have as a show buddy and I also found out she makes everything without a pattern! This is totally impressive to little ole me - especially since the sewing machine looks like a huge monster that bites. Her fun fabrics and creativity certainly show in her bags - they're fabulous and great quality!
My next show is in Hudson NH on Dec 1st - would love to have more visitors!