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A little press-

A little press-

on Jan 12, 2009 in blogging others, business, craft fair, etsy | 2 comments

I am so happy to report that my Etsy shop, designs, & Seamingly Accurate were featured on Funky Finds. They are based in Ft. Worth (right up the road) and have a large Funky Find Fair in the spring. We’ll see if I’m able to make it down in April. In the mean time, check out their blog and find more Funky items over in there shop collective. Tell a...

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Craft Fair

Craft Fair

on Nov 16, 2008 in business, craft fair, inventory | 0 comments

The craft fair was this past weekend. I have to tell you… it wasn’t all that great. I don’t think there was much advertising for it. Which is a shame, because, a couple years ago, I participated in a Craft Fair in Albuquerque which did NO advertising for the show. The ABQ one did heavily advertise for vendors though- So the vendors estimated they raised $4500 in booth fees- but WE did no business. After learning that lesson the hard way, I now always ask, up front “What kind of advertising will you be doing for this show?” The coordinator for this show assured me there would be advertising and publicity. As it rolled up to the big day, many people I knew still hadn’t heard about the event. In fact, there was a total of 13 vendors. They were all super nice, since we had ample time to chat and get to know each other better. In fact it was through those vendors that I learned of a big craft fair over in Lawton this coming weekend. 180 vendors! I think I’ll go to that one as a shopper and see about handing out a few fliers for my Recycled Uniform Bags. Ft. Sill is a really big Army base, and the Army seems to really like my bags. All in all it wasn’t a total wash. I had a handful of friends come out to support me and chat. I did have some sales. A big thank you, though to those members in the community who did come out to the little craft fair. It was nice to meet you. And I had the whole morning off from “mommin” Which- as you mom’s know, is a really refreshing morning in itself, from time to time. Maybe I’ll be able to do the Lawton fair next year. Now, back to my morning hot chocolate. Have a great Sunday! ~jen~ Tell a...

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If you’re local-

If you’re local-

on Nov 12, 2008 in craft fair, etsy, Seamingly Accurate | 0 comments

If you’re local to the SW Oklahoma area, I’m going to have a booth at a little craft fair this weekend. Its at our city community center from 8a-2p. Stop by if you can! I’d love to see ya. Email me and I can give you more details. Many of the items in my Etsy shop will be available at the craft fair. Oh- also, I’ve got 20 new Seamingly Accurate Seam Guides in stock and I’ll have those at the show as well. They’re also listed in my online shop over at Etsy. I’m proud to report my first 20 are already sold out, so this another “batch”. Sorry, I don’t have any pictures of the new latest and greatest. I’m working on a little project and it seems to be consuming all my extra “sew and photo” time. I’ll have a picture of something for you soon, though. Thanks for stopping by my bloggy. ~jen~ Tell a...

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The Craft Fair

The Craft Fair

on Oct 13, 2008 in Army Cube, craft fair, etsy, inventory, quilt, Seamingly Accurate | 2 comments

This past weekend was the *big* craft fair. The fair is a big fundraiser for the Air Force Bases’ Spouses’ Group. I think the did well. Oh- The quilts in the photo are not mine. Those are from my mom, over at Karen’s Quilting Service. How cute is that airplane quilt?! As of Saturday at 4p, it was still available, if you’re thinking it’d make a GREAT Christmas gift. I had a TON of stuff out at the craft fair. I brought my entire Etsy inventory. Honestly, it all fits in a rubbermaid (not the military purses), but once its out and displayed, it takes up quite a bit of room. I had two tables and two hanging bars. I had clothes and purses on the hanger, fabric scraps in the basket, fabric by the yard on the table next to my patterns and SEAMINGLY ACCURATE, then aprons & stroller blankets and lastly I had my uniform purses. Wow. I did make my sales goal, so that was good. I also was right about my hunch- with this being a USAF town, and the first 3 bags I photo’d for you were USArmy. In fact, I’ve added those 3 bags into my shop, just today. If you’re looking for an ACU bag, please surf on over to my shop. Let me know, when you check out, and I can get it wrapped for Christmas for you. It was a pretty good weekend. I do think the fair was great for generating local business. It was quite nice to meet TONS of ladies (and a few guys) from the community. Nice to meet’cha! Do your part to help out the economy and shop shop shop! Have a great day! I’ll be adding 4 more Cubes (with green BDU fabric) into the inventory sometime this week, so do check back. ~jen~ Tell a...

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The Army Cubes ARE DONE!

The Army Cubes ARE DONE!

on Oct 7, 2008 in Army Cube, business, craft fair | 0 comments

.busy.busy.busy. All 8 cubes are done! Haven’t photo’d all of them yet. They are coming with me to a craft show on Oct 11th. I’m hoping they all sell and I don’t need to list them on Etsy. In my efforts to maximize my time, I’m going to just plan on taking photos AFTER the craft show. BUT, I did start thinking- this craft show is in a USAF town, with an Army town near by. Sure, we might get some traffic from the Army town… but you never know. So I did photo the 3 bags made from ACU fabrics. I have to say, they look excellent. I’ve made the first bag with Kaffe Fassett fabrics and my first mono-chrome bag with Jennifer Paganelli’s scroll fabric. The last one is Denyse Schmidt, who I’ve mentioned before…. Check ’em out. How cool is the black and white bag? It uses a sleeve pocket, so you can take the actual rank, nametag or patches and just stick them on the velcro. OR you can velcro ANYTHING you like. The Blue bag also has the original uniform velcro, the size of a nametag. These three ARMY cubes are not yet listed on Etsy, as they are heading to the craft show. BUT if you must have one before Oct 11th- please email me. You can see more pictures of the bags over on my flickr site, under the Recycled Uniform set. Thanks for stopping by my blog! ~jen~ Tell a...

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Craft Fairs!

Craft Fairs!

on Sep 29, 2008 in Army Cube, business, craft fair, etsy, Seamingly Accurate | 0 comments

‘Tis the season to go to craft fairs in hopes that a few people will like what you do and decide to take some of the wares home as gifts, this holiday season. Well, like many crafters and artisans- I’m on Team-Craft-Fair. =) ::Click on the picture to see the Designer’s Notes in Flickr:: I’ve decided, along with getting my 5’billion squares ready to sew/demo at the Houston Quilt Market for my Seamingly Accurate, I’ve got plenty of time to do two craft fairs. *insert giggle of insanity here* One Oct 11th and another on Nov 15th. I’m taking my entire Etsy inventory to the show and I’m also adding 8 Army Cube purses. They are currently on the studio table. The most time-consuming parts of construction are done; I just need to get rolling on constructing their shapes. I will also be bringing my quilt patterns and hopefully, my Seamingly Accurate. The product just went live this past Wednesday over at Quiltwoman dot com, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to get enough in time for the craft fair. We’ll see. Stay tuned. Subscribe to my blog feed to get all the latest updates. Also, if you’d like info on the craft fair please email me. ~jen~ Tell a...

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Award Winning Army Cube Purse

Award Winning Army Cube Purse

on May 4, 2008 in accessories, Army Cube, contests, craft fair | 1 comment

I entered a contest here in Korea. Its for the MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation- its an Army thing) Arts and Crafts Contest. I submitted a little scrapbook made from drink coasters and I submitted one of my popular Army Cube style purses. I used the Australian designed Prints Charming fabrics on this bag. The scrapbook won Honorable Mention for the Korea-wide contest in the Mixed Media Novice division. And the purse won First Place, Korea-wide, in the Fibers Accomplished division. Both pieces now will go on to Washington DC to compete in the Army World-Wide event. Very exciting stuff. Keep your fingers crossed. Thanks for the continued support. ~jen~ Tell a...

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The Booth

The Booth

on Mar 25, 2008 in business, craft fair, inventory | 0 comments

Well, the booth is done. I took most of my Etsy inventory and a couple of new special items up there for the ladies to peruse. I even took Mannie, my mannequin, up there for display. Check me out. Mannie is in the front seat over there, facing backwards. I suppose that would be quite a funny site in America too. Here, in Korea, it was a spectacle. (Look at me, big nerd, taking a photo of myself! HAH!! See my arm & camera shadow on Mannie’s rear? Sad, and funny all at the same time.) Since the event was held on an Army post, I needed to get onto the base through the secure base gates. Not a problem. So the gate guard looks at me, then looks in my van. He sees Mannie in the front seat and the child size mannequin, Buddy, in the back seat. Then he stops and looks at me like “lady you have lost your mind” and he says, “Oh what is that?” So I tell him, and it seemed to confirm his “lost your mind” suspicions. Good times. And, we’re in! …incidentally, do you think I could go in the High Occupancy Vehicle lane with a family of Mannequins in my van?… I had more stuff than table space, so if I do the craft fair gig again, I think I’m going to need some kind of display rack or wall or something. Doesn’t Mannie look lovely in her apron? And Buddy is wearing one of my children’s outfits. There’s quilts, purses, wine bags, throw blankets- quite a spread. It wasn’t flying off the table, but after a bit I realized many of the ladies attending the function had cutsom bags made/designed by me already. I did get to hand out the ‘ole business card and lock up a few more commission jobs. All in all, it was a pretty good night. I have listed the, ahem, surplus inventory over in my Etsy store if you’re interested in seeing the new items. Have a great day and thanks for your continued support! ~jen~ Tell a...

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Sorting and Pricing

Sorting and Pricing

on Mar 7, 2008 in business, craft fair, etsy, inventory, sewing | 0 comments

Well, I need price tags for all my wares. I decided to type up the tags with a little website information on there as well. We’ll see how it goes. With this much blog-build-up I bet you’re going to expect a full play-by-play the day after the sale. This is the post to just show you the volume of things I’ll take. It seems like “oh I might need one or two more of X” but now, lookign at this pile and pricing this pile- whooh, I think I have enough. Thats the aerial view, so its plenty stacked. I’m actually including 3 quilts in the inventory. They’re baby sized. Each of these are quilted by me and made in my home. I didn’t send these out for quilting. That is the only picture I have, I think, of the Blue/Black Carpenter’s Wheel quilt. Of course, its finished, quilted and bound in real life. In other news, I’m trying to figure out the pen tool in Photoshop. If you have any tips, please leave a comment or email me. I’m so confused. Why does it keep curving my lines in directions I do not want??? ~jen~ Tell a...

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