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Craft Booth Confidence

Here are the photographs from my booth on November 13th. I finally found that camera! I’ve set up a few other booths in my day like the guild boutique at a quilt show and guild opportunity quilt at the rubber duckie race. (Yes, that’s a thing. It was pretty cute but not so good for ticket sales on the quilt.) Anyway, with those experiences under my belt I had a pretty good idea of how I wanted my tables to look. I started out by getting to the meeting room extra early and draping the tables with bed sheets.

booth setup 1

 

Next I tried to make all of the quilts fit on the table. There was quite a big of adjusting at this stage as I wanted their motifs to still be seen even with the overlapping. If I had decided to add a third table it would’ve been ridiculously long and I would have been running sprints to talk to customers on either end. booth setup 2 Hey, are those customers’ legs? Why yes, I think they are. 🙂 You can see I filled in the other items on top of the table: purses, pillows, bibs, and table runners. I ran out of table room for the Christmas Tree Skirts so they’re to the left on stacked boxes. It’s not perfect but I’m proud.booth setup 3Being proud of my setup and art helped me find the confidence to self-promote. I could put aside my introvert side for a few hours and speak as the artist-in-residence, business owner, expert. I can hold off on buying this t-shirt. 🙂 sorry i'm awkward sorry

Have a great Thanksgiving everybody!

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are coming up in a few days. There are some great gifts and deals in my Etsy shop. Be sure to check it out! I’ll be adding more items as they’re ready, including an I-Spy quilt that’s being bound tonight.

I specialize in custom projects. Do you have someone or something special in mind? Let’s talk! mrs.megan.null @ gmail.com I’m being very productive these days so the waiting list is getting shorter. It’s likely I’ll have your project done by the holidays, if that’s what you’d like.

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Where’d You Get That Skirt?

In January my Aunt Laurie asked me to make her a custom tree skirt for this Christmas. You can read about that process here. This year another dear customer wanted one for next Christmas. Here’s the story on her tree skirt. But first, my aunt’s skirt under her tree in all its glory.

treeskirt in use

This next customer wanted a tree skirt to fit her artificial tree. So, while I was in St. Louis on vacation, we measured the base of her tree (about 1″) and calculated how large the skirt should be so it looks proportional. She was using a tablecloth wrapped around the base, but would much rather return it to the table and I was certainly the gal to help her out with that.

The second step in the process (the first being measurements) was choosing the fabric. I recommended fabric.com because I’d used them before and was impressed with their selection and customer service. She browsed through fabrics while my brother and I watched a scary movie and put her favorite Christmas prints in the shopping cart before calling me over for advice. I recommended that she choose her very favorite print and then we’ll find a coordinating one. So that’s exactly what she did! She loved the flowery fabric and the red with white polka-dots goes so nicely with it. See?

Sheri's tree skirt

Turns out, she ordered enough fabric (on my request, I usually get more than needed in case of slip-ups) that I didn’t charge her for shipping the tree skirt back to her. I made a second tree skirt out of the extra fabric. It’s up for sale in my etsy shop for $70. Here’s a photo of that one. It’s similar, just the fabrics are reversed. The red pizza slices are larger than the flowered ones.

Tree skirt for sale 70

I’d love to do a custom order for you! It can be a tree skirt, bag, quit, or whatever you can think of.

Also, I’m completely honest about my skill set. If I’ve never done something before but am confident that I can figure it out, or it’s a new patter that I haven’t tested yet, I’ll make a sample before using your chosen fabrics to make sure there are no kinks that need to be adjusted out. If I’m not confident that I can figure it out, I’ll tell you exactly that. Usually I’ll have someone in mind to refer you to as well who can probably do it. I can do almost anything. I rarely say no, but I feel it’s important to be honest.

P.S. To whichever of my quilting friends who suggested I buy a bias tape maker tool, thank you! It has saved me soooo much time when making the binding for these tree skirts. Customers, time saved means less cost since I do charge for my time. We are sew worth it!

Time For a New ‘Do

I’ve been wearing my hair in a ponytail almost exclusively for over a year. What’s the use in having long hair if you can’t be bothered to take care of it? I’ll let it down with a brush and blowdry on special occasions, but most of the time it’s just easier to tie it up. Here’s what it looked like at my sister’s baby shower (she’s due any day now!). I’m the one without a tiara.

esteyandishower

As you can tell from my recent posts, I’m in transition. New city, staying in a motel, job-hunting, all that. I’ve decided that it’s time for a new look. Something to pep me up and help me be more confident in my appearance and hopefully that confidence will trickle down to other areas as well. So here’s what I’m thinking. Something dramatically different like this:

haircut3Here’s something similar in blonde. I think I’ll stick with just the cut for now, and experiment with color later.

haircut2

I’ll post a photograph of myself post-cut. Haven’t done it yet, but this is the plan.

What things do you do to increase your confidence? Eating fish reminds me of my honeymoon and makes me feel special. I’ve also found that wearing dangling earrings makes me stand a bit taller.