So you know how I sell custom painted growth charts on Etsy right? Well I got an order from a girl in Denver for a present for her nephew. She wanted it to include snowboarding, snow skiing, tennis, and Brazillian soccer. Her BIL is from Brazil. It took a while to come up with a way to incorporate all that, and even longer to paint it, but I think it came out ok! I emailed her the pictures and she loved it. She’ll be getting it tomorrow!
Today my sister Sara & I participated in our first Arts festival. She sold her photographs and I sold my jewelry & growth charts. I was up practically all night fretting about everything. “Don’t forget this and be sure to bring this” etc. I literally got 2 hours of sleep. We arrived at our location at 7 am and got set up. Now, we weren’t official vendors in the arts fest. We bought our spaces from a girl scout troop who was selling spots in their church parking lot as part of their twice a year yard sale fund raiser. It just happened to coincide with the arts fest. So we were able to set up for just $10! Woohoo!
I made a bunch of earrings and a few bracelets and put together a photo album of my growth charts. I spent an hour prepping gift boxes. I brought 500 business cards. I made a mailing list sign up sheet. I was ready. Or so I thought. Once the real arts fest started Sara walked down and looked at some of the vendors and came back laughing. They had tents and shelving and hundreds of items to choose from. She had 5 frame prints and I had a handful of jewelry! I didn’t even have any professional displays, just a fun tiered server from IKEA and some bowls!
My friend Heather had a fancy tent and we were in awe of her set up. She makes amazing things. But even her booth wasn’t as fancy as some of the other vendors. Some even had electricity and took Visa! Oh well, everyone’s gotta start somewhere right?
My goal for the day was to just make my booth rental money back. And I did. And then some! I’m pretty pleased with myself! I even have an order for two custom sets of earrings & bracelets. Although I was surprised that most of my fans today seemed to be in the Hannah Montana set. Women would come over and look at my stuff and say “oooh my daughter would love this. She’s 7.” I would have a gaggle of giggling girls oohing and aahing over my earrings and their moms wouldn’t even look at stuff for themselves. Good thing I spent an hour making my first pair of chandelier earrings! Oh well, a dollar’s a dollar!
After the arts fest I went home and took a nap then met up with Christina and Jessica to paint pottery. I still have to go back and finish my piece, a spoon rest to replace the one I made my Nanny (grandmother) then broke the day I picked it up from the pottery shop. After pottery we grabbed some dinner. On my way home I noticed my friend Kim was at my friend Kimberly’s house so I went home and let the pugs out then took Zoe to Kimberly’s for a play date. Zoe played with the Kims’ daughters while the adults played the Wii. So fun. I so want one of these! Kim & I were boxing and bowling and playing baseball & tennis. Although I got a little too excited during my tennis serve and konked Kim right in the shoulder. No wonder they put wrist straps on those controllers!
I just painted 2 growth charts for Shannon’s sister’s kids. I hope she likes them! Click to enlarge.
I made a list of everyone who entered my little contest to win a free pair of earrings:
Then I cut the names in to strips: Then folded the strips:I put the lid on the big Tupperware bowl and gave it a good shake:Then swirled them around one more time and drew a name with my eyes closed: And Magnolia Sun is the winner!!!
So I was thinking and I’d like to name some jewelry items after my favorite bloggy peeps….that’s you! So when you leave a comment entering your name in the free earrings contest, be sure to leave me your favorite color. And you just might see something cute named after you in my shop!
And check back often for new products! Coming soon….more earrings! more bracelets! necklaces! more growth charts! so much cuteness!
To celebrate the relaunch of my little jewelry making business I will be holding a little contest! Up for grabs, a free pair of earrings custom made for you in your favorite color. Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered. Drawing to be held Sunday February 27.
And a special contest for you graphic artisty types. Make me a banner for Bellatini* and I’ll make you a coordinating custom set: earrings, bracelet, and necklace. Email me at bellatini at mac dot com if you’re interested.
Along with jewelry I am also offering custom painted growth charts for sale. And in 2008 Bellatini* will donate $1 from the sale of each pink themed jewelry item to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer via Women’s Circle of Giving.
So now you can look good and give to a good cause all at the same time!
Now, go check out my shop! It is chock full of way cute new designs!