Monday, March 30, 2015

Craft Show Price Signs

I had to come up with some price signs for the upcoming outdoor Farmer's Market I plan on attending at the beginning of June.

I had a couple Ikea picture frames laying around at home.  Then I found a white one at the thrift store for 25 cents!  Score.  Although brand new, they're only $1 anyway, but at least it saved me a trip to Ikea.  I also had some wooden coin things that a neighbour-boy was selling last summer.  I knew they'd come in handy at some point. 

Here's how you turn them into display signs.

Each frame has two hard plastic sleeves that you sandwich a picture in between.  I suppose you could make a price sign and put that in there, but I wanted little chalkboards. 

We only need one of the plastic pieces for each frame.  Like my fancy painting set-up?  I used little plastic medicine cups for drying.

 Here's one coat of chalkboard paint:

Two coats:

 Three coats and then primed with a big piece of sidewalk chalk:

Here's the fun part.... Placing them in the picture frame:

I have little holes drilled into the wood pieces as an option to hang the them, but I may end up duct-taping them to what I need.  We'll see. There you have it, a low-cost price signage solution.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


I know I've been absent here on me 'ol blog.  I have good reason.  I've been sewing up a storm for one thing, and another is I've been having trouble uploading pictures on my computer.  No pictures = No blog posts :(  I've had to resort to the slow laptop, which is how I'm able to get this post done but hopefully that will be rectified soon.  

Anyway, back to this post.  I wanted to share with you the projects I've been up to lately.  I recently bought this fabulous book; "Sewing to Sell"  by Gingercake founder Virginia Lindsay. It's full of useful info, especially for a newbie such as myself.  It also has some great projects that she has graciously allowed people to sell through your own shop.  Here are some items I've made.   

Purse organizers.  I chose to forego the front pocket. (I should probably iron my backdrop, but let's just say it adds texture to the shot, m'kay?)

And the inside:

Some big totes, also in the book:

Here are also some items NOT found in the book that I have been busy making.  My bookmarks and a bunch of kitchen scrubbies.

I still have much more to sew and create since I am preparing to sell them at an outdoor Farmer's Market in June!  Yes, finally.  It won't be at the one I originally planned to sell at.  For that one I need to have Vendor Liability Insurance.  I figured it will only be worthwhile to pay for insurance if I do more that one show a year.

 No, this year I'm going to start off on a smaller scale with one show at a different market, but at this one you thankfully don't need the insurance.  I'm treating this as a trial of sorts.  Baby #6 will arrive in July and I'm not sure how I'd handle a market and a newborn.  If all goes well and according to plan, I will do more shows next summer.

I still have much to prepare for June.  I can't wait for the snow to melt so I can do a dry set up with my tent. I'll keep you updated with some of the display props I'm still accumulating.

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