Color Burst Quilt

My original quilt pattern featuring bright and beautiful colors.

Grab 'n' Go Wristlet

My original wristlet pattern featuring a charming pleat detail and two sizes.

Double Wedding Ring Quilt Along

Quilt along with me and make your own double wedding ring quilt.

Box Pouch Tutorial

All the details you need to make a cute and functional box pouch.

Whack a Bunny Quilt

A mini quilt created for the Doll Quilt Swap on Flickr.

May 28, 2013

Renegade Austin: Recap

I’ll apologize in advance for the murky photos, because the room where Renegade was held in the Palmer Center was essentially a big warehouse, so the lighting wasn’t the best.

I ended up bringing about 160 items with me to the fair, because I wasn’t sure how things would go, and since I knew there was the potential for a lot of people to come through, I figured it was better to have too much rather than too little (because I could always sell the excess in my Etsy shop).  I didn’t get as much done as I had hoped, because I wanted a little more variety by including a few different sizes of metal frame clutches, 40” x 40” baby quilts, etc. But considering the still-crazy workload at my full time job, plus the pregnancy, plus other family commitments, I just didn’t have enough time or energy.

My friend Heather was a godsend and helped me put together my booth the day before I left. She supplied a couple of the props, and also helped me make signs with her fancy Cameo printer thingy. The case for the box pouches is actually the shoe organizer from my closet. I decided it would be perfect for the pouches (and it was), so I violently ripped it from my closet and dumped all my shoes out (which still remain in a giant pile on my closet floor).

Overall I did pretty well, especially for my first time out. After talking to a lot of other vendors, most of whom do several stops on the Renegade tour, I found out that not only is the Austin show one of the slowest in general, but this year was particularly dead. There were a lot of graduations going on that weekend, plus we had 4 other events at the Palmer Center to compete with. Given all of that, I think I was really lucky to have made my money back plus a little extra. If nothing else, it was a really fun vacation! Ray had never been to Austin before, and he loved it. Especially when we went out to Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood  - he was in HEAVEN with the brisket and pecan pie!

In case you’re considering Renegade or another craft fair, here's a quick summary of what worked well for me:

  • By far my best sellers were the box pouches, key fobs, and surprisingly the Strap Clutches, which were one of my most expensive items. 
  • People really liked when the box pouches, flat zip pouches were lined with a laminate/PUL to keep makeup, toiletries, etc. from staining the interior. Huge selling point!
  • While the chevrons and bright colors drew people in, they ended up buying the items made with more unique, one of a kind prints like Melody Miller, Joel Dewberry Aviary, Lizzy House Outfoxed, etc.
  • The key fobs were a great way to get people into my booth. A lot of people were there looking for small, cute gift items, so I put the key fobs right near the front of my booth where people could see them as they passed by. I could have charged more, and several people encouraged me to, but my marketing ploy was to have a quick, cheap item people could easily hand a $5 bill over for, and it definitely worked. I sold 22 out of 30 key fobs, and made a good profit on them even at $5 since they only cost about $0.80/each to make. And since most people had at least $5 in cash on them, I didn’t have to pay any credit/debit card fees. And once I had them in my booth, a good portion of people ended up buying additional items after they had the Fob in their “cart”.
  • There is a shortage of hand-sewn items at events like these, so I was lucky and didn't have much competition unlike the vendors who sold jewelry, soap/beauty products, and art prints. This was VERY encouraging to me, and should be to you too!

May 24, 2013

I'm not dead, just pregnant ;)

So now that I'm out of the first trimester, time to officially let the cat out of the bag! Some of you probably already knew from seeing my posts on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, but for the rest of you - SURPRISE!!!

Baby Telschow is due December 6th, and in terms of the babe itself, everything is going swimmingly - healthy, growing like it should - so we're pleased as pie. Saw the little bean wiggling its arms and legs during the above ultrasound, which was possibly the coolest thing I've ever seen. Would could believe a tiny 1 inch baby would already be wiggling it's wee little arms and legs? *sigh* I'm a goner.

 I've been having my fair share of what I've termed "the barfies", but the past few weeks it's gotten a little better. Just trying to keep my eye on the prize at this point and haul myself to that magical 14-15 week barrier that everyone keeps talking about, where sickness (and hopefully cankles) disappear and I get to frolic amongst the clovers with bunnies and unicorns ;)

Aside from the pregnancy, I've also been MIA because I was busy gearing up for Renegade Austin, which took place this past weekend. More on that (and pictures!) to follow on Monday!!!

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