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Monday, July 14, 2014

Crafy Fair Fun

Well, my sister and I both overslept on Saturday for our very first Craft Fair as Strong Arts & Crafts. But we had plenty of time to get set up by the 9am start time. Then we cooled our heels as the crowds were slow getting out of bed and to the fair!

Morning traffic picked up and we did fairly well, but as soon as the rains started, the crowds began to scatter.  We toughed it out for awhile, but with no sunshine on the horizon, and the wind beginning to pick up, we decided we'd call it a day.

Tearing down in the rain was the most fun!  Here are the pictures of our booth before we began scrunching further and further into the center of the tent. :)

We got an awesome paper banner from Sign Pro in La Crosse, but sadly it was soaked by the end of the day.  Next time we'll have to get a vinyl banner!

Hopefully we will get another opportunity to try our hand at the craft fair again soon!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Craft Fair Busyness!

So my sister and I have joined creative forces to bring Strong Arts & Crafts to the Trempealeau Catfish Days Arts & Crafts Fair this Saturday, July 12th!

We have been considering pooling resources for awhile now and at the spur of the moment decided to try our hand at a craft fair. Why? Because we're crazy like that! I've been reading up on everything I need to know to be a successful craft fair vendor and combined with my event planning background, I think we'll do just fine.

However, right now I'm in crazy list mode. I'm trying to make lists of everything I have to do, have to finish, need to set up, must buy, must prepare for.... Tell me again why we decided to throw this together at the last minute for the first time?

Here's why.... we make awesome crafts! I'm super excited to sell the furniture and crafts I have been making directly face to face with real people! If you're in the area for the festivities make sure to stop by and say hi between 9am-4pm on Saturday.

Here are a few of the projects I prepared this week especially for the fair.
Garden Mushrooms on old garden tools.

Repurposed yard stick sign on pallet wood for hanging or on a shelf.

And some additional items to see there...
Portable Ironing Board Bar.
Pallet wood Wine Bar.
One of many repurposed wind chimes!
One of my repurposed lamps.
Plus of course my sister's embroidery, felt crafts, gnomes & fairies from This Mom Loves...! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Back In The Workshop!

After a week spent at the theatre auditioning Mary Poppins hopefuls and a weekend spent relaxing at various drinking establishments, I'm back in the workshop!

Before all of that business, I stopped by a friend's rummage sale and picked up a car full of reasonably priced treasures for repurposing.

I took two chairs and made them into a bench with the help of a few salvaged baseboards. Tonight it got a coat of paint along with a lovely end table and a chair in such poor condition it could only be a garden chair. 

I'm feeling the creative juices flowing through me again!

As I was painting the table legs I was thinking about how I used to try to paint them vertically. It seems logical, right? 

But it is actually far easier to run your brush from side to side, in essence slapping the leg. I keep a small amount of paint on the brush and go slowly to avoid splatter on nearby finished pieces. 

Using the method, and because the paint is slightly thinned with plaster of Paris and water, the paint usually comes out perfectly smooth. It also is less likely to drip because your brush follows the creases with each detail.

Just thought I'd share with you in case you're still struggling painting table and chair legs vertically. Happy painting!


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