Sunday, September 23, 2012

Waiting [im]patiently

The two new Halloween Buntings on display in my Farmer's Market Booth

     Well, I didn't quite make my once a week posting goal I was striving to meet, but I didn't take into account that September 21 and the Farmer's Market would sneak up on me so quickly! Anyhow, here I am again. My second farmer's market wasn't quite as busy as my first, but the entire market and the farmer's markets in the surrounding cities were also painfully slow this week. I honestly think it's the relentless heat we've been having here. Not many people want to venture out when temperatures are in the mid-high 90's. In any case, I covered my booth fee and made a little profit, but more importantly, I made some great new friends and handed out a heap of business cards. So it was well worth spending the afternoon in the hot (hard to believe it's not Summer!) Autumn weather.
     As for the title of this entry, I suppose I should explain. Just as I did a couple of years ago when I decided to open my Etsy shop and again when I applied to be a vendor in Artisan's Alley at the Farmer's Market this Summer, I have once again decided to go balls out and I applied to be a vendor in a VERY cool Indie arts and crafts show we have here called Patchwork. Acceptance or rejection e-mails are supposed to be sent out September 26. So...I wait, impatiently, to hear if I'm in for this awesome event.
     I hope everyone had a great week and an even better Autumnal Equinox! I'll pop in later this week and let you know if I'm in or not.
    Thanks for stopping in!
Peace, Love and Throwing Stars~Amy


Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Sequel

My booth in the setting up process
As promised, I am back! Last night I was telling you about my new adventure-Selling LIVE and in person to the fine people of Orange County! I am obsessed with a huge fan of shopping at and supporting local farmer's markets, so one morning, whilst visiting with my good friend who sells delicious produce and divine fresh juice at farmer's markets, I asked him how you get to be a vendor. Being such a great friend (who may or may not be reading this as he may or may not know that I have this little blog-o-rama), he introduced me to the market director who gave me all the contact information for the vendor co-ordinator so I could fill out an application. A few weeks later, I got an email that I was in! YAY! My glee was briefly interrupted by panic as I realized that maintaining an Etsy shop was much easier than selling to people face to face. Crap! Now I had to sew and sew and sew...and sew some more to try and stock my booth. From June until mid-August, I was my own one woman sweat shop and I loved every second of it! The market debut went smoothly, I only had one sobbing meltdown all Summer and I  am now busily preparing to sell in the market again on September 21!
One of the tables of nifty stuff
 If you live in the area, the Mission Viejo Farmer's Market has "Artisan's Alley" the third Friday of each month. Come on out and see the nifty stuff in person!
Placemats and napkins

 I have been sketching and stitching my little fingers off for months now, and hopefully this week I will get some photos of the new items so I can list them on Etsy. Right now, I'm indulging my love of Halloween and perusing the Halloween fabrics in the shops before I start the big Holiday rush!
As of right now, I have 7 custom stocking orders already...But it's still too warm to wrap my mind around the Winter holidays.
Only 2 of these aprons came home with me! I sold the rest!
Well...I'm off to make some dinner and then back to my sewing machine! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a great Summer! What kind of adventures did Summer hold for you?
☮, ♥ and throwing stars~Amy

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Do Not Adjust Your Monitor!

Due to circumstances completely within my control, I have had my hands quite busy with a big new chapter in my life...On August 17th, my little etsy shop went LIVE in the form of a 10'x10' booth at the local farmer's market artisan and crafter's event. I want to tell you all about it and share a few photos of my first booth EVER, but I need to get to bed so I can be rested and ready to kick some butt in karate tomorrow morning. Make sure you come back tomorrow night as I will be picking up where I left off and posting some fun stuff!

Thank you to everyone who loves and supports me, even when I am fortressed in my little workspace sewing like a woman possessed for months on end! I truly appreciate it!

Peace, love and throwing stars~Amy