Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Apple Festival Craft Booth

I'm back!  I am done with the craft booth I did with my friend this past weekend. I did alright I think.  I definitely don't think these type of things are huge money makers (especially when it's held in a tiny town) but I did make enough to buy a serger (a cheap one) or maybe redecorate my living room I can't decide which I want more!  I won't be holding my breath though because when it comes down to it I will probably end up doing something boring responsible like putting it towards student loans or something.  My husband is getting his MBA right now so we are still living the student life.

I tried to remember to take pictures of everything, but it didn't happen so here are the few shots I did get!
All of the adorable platters you see were made by my friend Jenna.  That incredibly cute pleated tablecloth was made by my mother a few years ago.  I got those huge antique barn windows for F-R-E-E! What can I say, one man's trash is my treasure.  The window with the wreath on it is mine, it's going up in my living room.  I had to bring it with the wreath attached so people could get an idea of what you can do with them.  It was funny listening to all the wives trying to convince their husbands that it would be cool to have an older than dirt, beat up window hung up on their wall, many of the men did not agree, kind of like the silly guy that gave us all those windows in the first place because he said they were junk and he was taking them to the dump!
  

Here is the left side of the booth.  I didn't even take a picture of the other side, sorry I got distracted and never remembered to go back to finish taking pictures.  I made all that crazy stuff including all the pants which will soon be available to purchase.  More info on them later.
  
I can't even tell you how many hours I spent on this stuff.  The night before the Festival I stayed up all night and never went to bed in hopes that I would finish everything I started.  I still didn't!  I have several half finished pairs of pants and a thousand half finished flowers and headbands, so needless to say I am going to finish everything and open an Etsy shop so all that work doesn't go to waist! ;o)

One of my favorite parts of this whole thing had to be finding and fixing up things to display all my stuff in.
 
 I already had this beat up, wooden crate.  I gave it a quick coat of some aqua colored spray paint and then put some leftover glaze I had on top to play up all the cracks it had it in it.  I didn't take an official "after" picture but you can see it in one of the pictures below.
 I found these stocking hangers at the thrift store for 50 cents each.  I am not a big fan of pure gold but I loved the design. I gave it a coat of white spray paint with help from my "assistant".





I thought they looked a little boring, so I scuffed them up to let some of the metal peek through.


I turned the crate I painted upside down and added the stocking hangers on top and it made the perfect place to hang the headbands.  You can kind of see it in the first picture.


I also found this tray at the thrift store for 50 cents.  I first spray painted it black and let it dry which I don't have a picture of, then I rubbed a candle on the edges to get wax where I wanted the black to show through.


Then I spray painted it white on top and let it dry.

After it was dry I took a rough sponge and rubbed it all over the edges.  Everywhere I had put the candle wax the white paint rubbed off, but left the black paint untouched, unlike what using just sandpaper would've done.  I used the tray to hold hair clips which once again I didn't take a picture of!  I'm sure there will be more of them to see in the near future as soon as I get all my half finished ones done.

and do you remember these little compotes (is that what they're called?) in the back of that first picture?  They made the perfect spot to hold some jewelry and now I use the one on the right to store bracelets at home.

I also found this thing at the thrift store for 75 cents.  What is it anyways?  I don't have a clue.  Anyways It was perfect to hold more headbands!  I wish I had close up pictures so I could show you all the stuff I made.  I will just have to finish up all the half finished stuff I started making and then post pictures of that.

1 comment:

Corrie said...

Looks like a crazy lot of work. Enjoy your money...or be responsible. :o)

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