Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sewing for Grandtwins

Today I decided to sew for my grandchildren. The college football season will be next week. I wanted to make them something to support The University of Georgia. I bought some UGA themed fabric last fall; so, I took a break from preparing for this fall's craft show. They will look really cute in their new overalls. I am not sure these will be the correct size. Carlie does weigh a few pounds less then Grant; but, I made the both the same size. I am sure they will be a little to long.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Getting ready for Craft Shows.

Here it is the middle of August. I can't believe several weeks have already passed since I made an entry. I have spent the day getting ready for some upcoming craft shows. The first is in Suwanee, GA an upscale town. This is always a good show. It is the 3rd Saturday in September. My best sellers are bibs with cute sayings. People enter my booth and spend a great deal of time just reading them. This makes my booth look busy; which, attracts more people. I have also been working on key fob, headbands and handbags.

I enjoy making the handbags the most. I found the design for this handbag from another blogger. As soon as I find the blogger's page again I will create a link in the My Favorite Internet Places. Anyway, it is very simple. Cut 8 strips of fabric for each side. The strips measure 11 inches long and they are 3 inches wide at the bottom and then taper to 2 inches at the top. Assemble the strips using 1/4 inch seams. Then use the completed piece of 8 strips to use as the pattern for the interface and lining. I used a purchased shoulder strap for the handle and added a tab closure with a covered button.

I think it turned out really cute. What a great way to use all of the pesky scraps.

Anyway, let me get back to how I am getting ready for my next craft show. I hope to have about 100 bibs finished, along with 50 headbands, 100 key fobs and other miscellaneous items. I should also have about 50 handbags ready to go. Everything still has to be priced and packed. I know this sounds like a lot; but, the following week I will be participating in the Duluth Fall Festival, in Duluth GA. This is a super great show. I will take everything I have to both shows. I like to set up my booth the night before the show begins. It takes me between three and four hours to get everything displayed just right. I am always amazed at those who can set up their tent and have everything display ready in an hour. How do they do it?

I have been a little concerned about sales for the upcoming craft show season. I have been reading a lot on line about how slow sales have been so far this year. I guess the price of gas has affected sales. The price of gas has gone down over the past few weeks. I saw a gas station near me yesterday that was selling gas for $3.52 a gallon. That's down over 50 cents a gallon over the last month. If the gas continue to trend down, that will be great for sales.

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