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my first craft fair

Saturday was the long-awaited day!   After knitting and sewing in every spare moment for weeks, I was finally ready to fill a table with my wares and see if people would buy.

The location of the craft fair was flooded with light and so beautifully decorated!  Since there were several other events going on around base at the same time (Breakfast with Santa, Winter Wonderland crafts for kids, and the Relief Society gift sale, among others), the hall was filled with people going to and from events and stopping in to buy Christmas presents.

I shared a table with my sweet friend Anna, who is the woman behind BB&J Bakery.  She designed all her own patterns for chef hats and play food made out of felt.  Her stuff is sooo cute, as everyone thought as they walked by our table!

Each of her chef’s hats has a little snap on the front; she sells darling interchangeable snaps.

And here is some of her felt food… pretty enough to eat!

On the other side of the table, here is what I was selling:

It was fascinating to watch what people gravitated towards and then what they eventually bought.  For instance, everyone loved the felt baby shoes, but I only sold 3 pairs in the end.  Meanwhile I had just 3 pairs of fingerless gloves to display (too many Christmas orders and not enough time to knit more!) but ended up selling 5 pairs total thanks to several custom orders.  Other popular items were the bean bags and tooth fairy pouches, which I had never made or tried to sell before in my Etsy shop and thus were a bit of a gamble.

Looking back now, I’m so glad I decided to sell at the fair and then threw myself into it.  As I said in an email to my family the other day, “Most importantly, I had a blast.  I’ve wanted to sew and knit a lot of things that I made for the fair for awhile but just haven’t motivated myself to do it.  Yet now for the last 3 weeks I’ve been knitting and sewing in every spare moment.  And I loved it.  I got such a kick out of watching simple and beautiful things form quickly in my hands, and it made me so proud to sell those things and receive the affirmation for my [art]work.”  And that’s what really counts!

Later this week I’m going to publish a post with a few things that I learned at the craft fair, such as what supplies you shouldn’t leave at home.  At the very least this will be a resource for me for the next craft fair (because there will be one!), but hopefully it will be a help to my fellow crafters, too!

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craft fair preview!

Saturday will soon be here, the day of my first craft show ever!  I’ve been working in every spare moment to prepare sweet knitted and sewn items for sale, and I’m imagining how to arrange everything on my table when the day comes.  No matter what sells, though, the point is… I am going to actually sell at a craft fair! 

Here are a few of the things I’ve been working on:

Little jelly bean-shaped bags of rice will be fun “bean bags” for kids 
or can be hot/cold packs for adults.

felt tooth fairy pouches & felt baby shoes
For the pouches, the child tucks their tooth in the tooth-shaped pocket on the front and then Mom tucks the money inside the pouch!
knitting baby hats and attempting to read at the same time… not always successful
sewing up fabric beach balls
& my smallest fabric ball wearing a baby hat I just finished
fingerless gloves are ready to go
& every crafter deserves a chocolate break!
For those of you out there who have sold at a craft fair before, do you have any advice for me?
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Giveaway winner announced!

According to Random.org’s integer generator, our winner is #29, Bethany!  I totally agree with her comment. 

Bethany said…

Becca, these gloves are gorgeous! Fall is by far my favourite season–crisp mornings, warm drinks, layers & scarves (though I do miss apple-picking and colourful foliage now that I’m living in Texas!) Seeing the holiday decor displays go up in stores makes me happy, too, even though I know it’s obscenely early & a marketing ploy. :) 

Bethany, please contact me to claim the gloves at making.room.blog {at} gmail {dot} com. 

Happy fall weekend, everyone!

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Giveaway winner announced!

According to Random.org’s integer generator, our winner is #29, Bethany!  I totally agree with her comment. 

Bethany said…

Becca, these gloves are gorgeous! Fall is by far my favourite season–crisp mornings, warm drinks, layers & scarves (though I do miss apple-picking and colourful foliage now that I’m living in Texas!) Seeing the holiday decor displays go up in stores makes me happy, too, even though I know it’s obscenely early & a marketing ploy. :) 


Bethany, please contact me to claim the gloves at making.room.blog {at} gmail {dot} com. 

Happy fall weekend, everyone!

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Making Room’s first giveaway!

Now that fall has officially begun (yay!), I thought we could kick off the season with something warm, snug, and free!  I’m giving away a pair of fingerless gloves from my Etsy shop Making Room {Handmade}.  I’ve sold several pairs of these gloves over the past year and everyone loves them.  I find they’re great for texting, typing, driving, and wearing indoors or out.  These will make a beautiful gift for your mom, sister, best friend, girlfriend, wife… or even yourself!

Here’s a description of the gloves from my shop’s webpage:

“Knit from a luxurious blend of Chinese Tussah silk and extra fine merino wool, these will be a treasure for any recipient!  Eyelet and seed stitches add modern and delicate details to these lovely gloves. Across the back of the hand a contrasting color is knit into the pattern. These gloves are light enough to be worn three seasons of the year but warm enough to be cozy even on the chilliest days.

“I knit these gloves by hand in Sicily, and thus they are truly Italian made.”

Size: Women’s Medium

Dimensions: Approximately 7″ in circumference and 8″ long.

Care: Dry clean only.

How do you win the gloves?  Easy!  Just comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about fall.

For additional entries, you can:

  1. Become a Google Follower of Making Room blog and leave a comment telling me you did so
  2. Follow Making Room through Blog Lovin’ and leave a comment telling me you did so
  3. Blog about the giveaway on your own blog and leave a comment with a link
  4. Tweet about this giveaway, mentioning makingroomwithus.blogspot.com and leave a comment telling me you did so

Winner will be announced on 9/28! GOOD LUCK!
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