For the first post in this series: My Journey to My First Handmade Show
You can find the 2nd post in this series here: Preparing for my first Handmade Show 2
I have failed.
Ok maybe that’s a bit dramatic, especially since I didn’t fail at the artisan fair….I still have 19 days to get ready.
But, I did fail at the $0 budget.
I have so far paid $50 for my table, $60 for more beads, $20 for display stuff, and have another $25 to pay for my second show less than a week after the first.
This puts me at a current grand total of approximately $155 out of a $0 budget. That means that the money had to come from elsewhere….like borrowing and canceling other business expenses.
Ok, So What About the Show?!
After my initial panic wore off I pulled out ALL of my jewelry making supplies.
Yup. Now they’re everywhere! (I have no table space to work on so I’ve had to pull out a casserole dish,
put some felt material down and work in it on my couch.)
So of course after panic came overwhelm. I probably shouldn’t have just pulled everything out…
Next came some sorting and pulling out of projects I had always planned but never completed.
Then came picking out all the colours that I wanted to focus on for the show. Those colours being reds, greens, silvers/grays, black, gold, and whites/creams.
I should mention at this point that I still had no freakin’ clue what I was doing.
Let the brainstorming begin!
I realized at that point that I just had to start making something to get my mind going in the direction I needed it to.
So I made this:
Yup. I hate it…..
However, it did give me other ideas…just not the ones I needed right now.
So What Did I Do Next?
I went to my all-time favourite place: PINTEREST!
I looked up holiday jewelry ideas and of course ended up watching some YouTube videos. In the end, I had a great, big, fantastic idea.
I knew that the first location was very big on kids, (Oak Learners is a tutoring and special education school for kids.) so I decided that half a table of beaded beads for them to pick and choose would be awesome!
Until I started making beaded beads. Then started getting ideas about how to use them. Then realized that I needed more beads….
Yup, I hate these too.
Here is a picture of some of my first tries, and I’m not so keen on them either.
I’m keeping the ones I’m making now a secret though 😉
Next Up The Table Display.
No pictures here yet but at the dollar store I grabbed some things to create the table skirt and cloth, as well as silver paint, and a little container to hold the beaded beads.
Also coming but not yet paid for are 3 black velvet fold down necklace displays to flank the white one you see in the first picture above.
Today I pulled out my Christmas decorations and when going to grab a paint brush I found that I had a bunch of unpainted wooden boxes.
Lots of great table display ideas coming right up!
Keep count with me by checking the countdown timer on any post in this series: