Reader Weigh-In: Craft Shows

This one is short and sweet: What kind of items do you like to buy at craft shows (assuming that they are reasonably priced)? I’m getting started with my crafting business after a lifetime of being asked to make all kinds of crafty things for friends and family and I’d like to make as much as possible while the summer is here and life is uncomplicated.

I can make a broad range of products (honestly, I can mimic just about anything I see) and here’s what I’m planning to sell so far:

  • Hand-embossed stationery – I love stationery and I love to buy it as often as possible, but people usually charge around $20 for a set of 8-10 notecards! I plan on charging $8 a set. Each set is embossed with a monogram and either comes with flat or folded notecards and envelopes, tied together with a ribbon.
  • Prints – I’m now up to 70 sell-worthy shots, so I’d like to pick about 10-15 to print as 8x10s and put in white mattes. These would sell for $5.
  • Puppets – Yes, I can make hand puppets. A family friend commissioned me to make puppets for her grandchildren two years ago and I have to say that they turned out pretty well ๐Ÿ™‚ In fact, I saw them being used the other day and even after being thrown around (which I witnessed lol) they have held up pretty well. I would sell at set of 3 (boy, girl, and animal) for $20 with accessories and clothing for an additional $3 each (they would come with one outfit each). I also have a great idea for a tabletop puppet theater, but I need to do a sample piece before I decide to sell those, which would be $20-25 depending on the materials cost.

So, what do you think? Leave me a comment or question to help get the ideas rolling!


Reader Weigh-In: Sweet Summertime

What do you think of when you hear summertime? My very first thought goes to Kenny Chesney’s song and driving down a country road with the windows down in Jason’s truck. But what other images come to mind? I decided to consult the Google monster to see what other people thought. Here are some pictures from “summertime”:

But what about your home? So I googled “summertime home”, and here is what I found:

What makes you think of home in the summertime? Do you have any pictures to share that show what you think of?

Reader Weigh-In: Art for Clark?

Obviously, my number one project right now is finding all the perfect pieces for Clark’s future home, and I’ve been trying to find some art to work. My question is this: Would the print below (one of my recent photography pieces) look good for a nursery? I was thinking in a dark wood frame, either with or without a white matte? What do you think?

Reader Weigh-In: Favorite Springtime Activities

First of all, yay to all of my awesome blog readers! I had 350 page views this last month, which isn’t a lot in the world of blogging, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere! And definitely feel free to pass on this link to whomever you wish ๐Ÿ™‚

It has really warmed up here in Cincinnati this week and all I want to do is have a picnic! This weekend, Jason and I are planning to go to a local state park this Saturday and have a nice little picnic to enjoy this beautiful weather (and maybe I’ll get to take some interesting pictures?). I’m super pumped to make all kinds of yummy food to take with us and get out the picnic basket that we got for our wedding.

So what kind of activities do you enjoy during this beautiful weather?

Reader Weigh-In: Weird Objects

You know you’ve done it before. You’re at a store and you see something odd. When you do a double take, you wonder, “Who would buy this?” That’s exactly what I’m talking about today, friends. So pull out your camera phones and go a-hunting for the weirdest objects you can find.

Object #1: Plastic Moose and Pal

Jason and I came across this one in K-Mart the other day while browsing through the garden section. Yes, that is a large, plastic moose. Yes, that is a cardinal sitting on his back, which he is bending awkwardly to look at/kiss. YES, THAT IS THE CORRECT PRICE. When would you ever feel the need to spend $80 on a plastic moose???

Object #2: Salt and PANTS?

Okay, this one is so awkward that I might actually have to buy it. Can you imagine being at a barbecue and asking for the pepper, only to get handed a pair of pants? Love it!

Object #3: World’s Largest Gummi Bear

Okay, so I can see people buying this ridiculous thing for a novelty, but $30???? And check out a bit of the description:

“Topping the scales at 5 pounds, this mammoth mass of sugar comes in a variety of flavors and is the equivalent of 1,400 regular sized gummy bears!ย  It’s BIGGER than a FOOTBALL! With its monstrous size and at a mere 12,600 calories per gummy bear, itโ€™s definitely not a bite-sized snack.ย  Don’t fret- it comes in a plastic storage bag so you can take a bite or two and cover it back up for future snacking.”

Sheesh. Hope you have a giant toothbrush and bottle of mouthwash after that one.

So what are some weird things you’ve seen at stores? Share pics and links and you may end up in one of my follow-up posts!