A Look at Our Boutique

In two days it will be a week since our boutique. Right about now, last week, we were going crazy getting everything pulled together. Now, looking back on it, I know it was worth it. And now, I will finally get to doing a blog post about the event, with lots of pictures included!

A view of Haynes Park from just about where we set up. This was probably almost 8:00, so it was quite pleasant and cool
A view of Haynes Park from just about where we set up. This was probably almost 8:00, so it was quite pleasant and cool

We got the essentials into our car- ourselves, food, Etsy items, a table and a shelf plus various things including badminton equipment- and headed over to the park about half an hour late. Basically we were ready for the day, but several trips were necessary to get everything in order.

The cold coffee in the new container our sweet mother got especially for the occasion. It was ready to be enjoyed in- what else- small mason jars
The cold coffee in the new container our sweet mother got especially for the occasion. It was ready to be enjoyed in- what else- small mason jars

We got everything set up pretty quickly, and a tent was kindly provided by a friend who joined us for science in the park. We had lots of fun with water balloons, and exploding them with lemon juice, but unfortunately I didn’t think of taking pictures.

About nine o’clock we were completely ready, blueberry muffins, peanut butter honey milk balls and mini quiches ready, not to mention our Etsy items hung up and looking nice.

One of Hannah's heads for showing hats and scarves
One of Hannah’s heads for showing hats and scarves

There was last minute preparations, as Abigail finished some of her beautiful calligraphy letters that look like fairy tales and, sadly, I forgot to get pictures of while I was there, and final prices were decided on.

Before it got hotter, or the pleasant shade of a tree got too far from our spot, Hannah and I played some badminton, which is our favorite sport besides all the things we want to try. We did not play as long as I would have liked, because soon after we got started, we were rejoined by our mum, and setting up continued for another shelf and a table.

Two of Hannah's hats, both available on Etsy, before they were taken off to be tried on by our friends
Two of Hannah’s hats, both available on Etsy, before they were taken off to be tried on by our friends

We got a lot of people passing by who glanced our way, and maybe even thought about seeing what was under the tent, but they usually had dogs or else were in cars, so they couldn’t stop.

Pretty soon friends started coming by to see us. The food was uncovered- sense it was generally covered to be protected from the flies- and I felt that the boutique had officially started.

Pic 5 for Ribbons

We had everything there (well, actually some items were not easily accessible) from small to large, Christmas to Summer. There was a small Christmas section, where I included some Christmas gift bags- which I think have made an appearance in some recent pictures, but which I’m waiting to put on Etsy. Abigail made a couple of these wonderful ornaments for our Christmas tree- I personally love to decorate Christmas trees in the grand, memory-borne and unique, and these are some of the best for bringing some of the wild from whence the tree came into the home.

My Blue Pink Tote Bags, now on Etsy
My Blue Pink Tote Bags, now on Etsy

One thing I noticed upon preparing for the boutique was that my items are generally the largest. Among them were these bags I’ve just put up on Etsy (they made their debut appearance at the boutique) and here is a link for them: https://www.etsy.com/listing/242224830/blue-pink-tote-bag?ref=shop_home_active_1

As the days passed, we had other visitors, never in full mass, but coming in a trickle to enjoy seeing our things and getting some refreshing coffee. It was wonderful seeing them there- some of them friends who I have not seen recently.

Anniversary cards and Thank you cards, made by Abigail
Anniversary cards and Thank you cards, made by Abigail

These cards were made with great care, thoughtfulness and enjoyment. I believe they are available on Etsy.

Among these cards were several other cards, made both by Abigail and Hannah. I took a picture of several of them at once, but there was so much prettiness it was hard to take it all in.

About the time our last visitors came, it was quite warm and I was getting my third glass of mint green tea. I had already eaten most of the peanut butter honey milk balls.

One of Hannah's heads, wearing one of her hats, Thank you cards, which, I think, Hannah made, and a couple of Abigail's wonderful sachets. The goldenrod one is on Etsy
One of Hannah’s heads, wearing one of her hats, Thank you cards, which, I think, Hannah made, and a couple of Abigail’s wonderful sachets. The goldenrod one is on Etsy

We made several sales there, I sold three of my garden pockets- but it was just a pleasure to be able to talk with our friends.

For the last twenty minutes or so- before taking things down- we pulled up some chairs and talked in the warmth of the day and the shade of the tent. It was really the killer flies that drove us away (to Cold Stone ice cream)

Business is a lot of things. Obviously a part of it is selling your items, but some of it is just making sure there is a business. And what makes up a business is having things to fill it out, having a way to give it to people, having a reason to give it to people and, in the meantime, having something to help pay for those cold stone trips. And basically that’s exactly what I found the boutique to be. I got to hang out with friends and family, to show them what we have in our Etsy shops, and I pray my things bless people. God has bless us so far.

Here are links to our Etsy shops, if you want to see everything that was there on Friday

The Raisin Fairy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheRaisinFairy

Annvania: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Annavania

and SallySewing: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SallySewing

Three New Items

As promised, I have just got up three new items in my Etsy Shop. And it’s just the beginning – there will be more soon! And I’m all excited to get them up, but I’m running out of time today!

Sarah wearing my one of my favorites out of my new batch of hats in my shop
Sarah wearing my one of my favorites out of my new batch of hats in my shop

My first is the blue one, the one pictured just above. I like this one a lot, probably because blue is one of my colors! Here is the link.

The next one is what I call my Latté Hat. It really does have the color of a nice, frothy latté! You can check it out here. And here is a picture of the hat itself.

I covered my model heads with news paper, and was going to paint over that, but I liked the look the way it was - a little bit Steampunk.
I covered my model heads with news paper, and was going to paint over that, but I liked the look the way it was – a little bit Steampunk.

And last but not least, my Pink Jasmine Hat. This one has bigger yarn, but it’s still in cotton, so it’s just as breathable in hot weather as my other ones. Here’s the link to my shop, and here is a view of what it looks like on my lovely sister!

I used a V-Stitch for this pattern
I used a V-Stitch for this pattern

Well, that’s all for now. I’ll be getting a few more things in my shop before long, so check back soon to see what’s new.

Etsy Boutique

Yesterday morning saw, at last, our long-planned Etsy Boutique! We finally made it happen, we had a good amount of items to display, and it looked really nice.

Our boutique tent in the park! Thanks to our friend Lesley for the use of her tent, and for the beautiful sign (even though it’s crooked in this picture! oops…)

I’m not sure I would call it an unparalleled success. We had half a dozen visitors – friends who made the trip to see us; though a couple of friends who I was extra hoping to see didn’t make it! Half a dozen is few when we were hoping for many.

But it’s also a good, comfortable number! I love hosting parties, but a few guests are better (or at least easier!) than many. This whole marketing and selling thing does not come naturally to me; so a small boutique to begin with is a good way of easing into it.

A variety of items from our various shops, on a very useful collapsible shelf (also courtesy of Lesley)
My wee Woodland Creatures ornaments, in a nutshell. And some of Sarah’s Christmas bags!
Some new items for my shop – hand illuminated and hand-drawn initials. Part of a new and continuing and hopefully definitive line for The Raisin Fairy.
Sarah's beautiful bags. They are hanging on the white picket fence shelves that we almost completely forgot we had, which made excellent displays!
Sarah’s beautiful bags. They are hanging on the white picket fence shelves that we almost completely forgot we had, which made excellent displays!

It was an excellent learning experience! I mean that in the best possible way; it was great to do a first run, throw a party, work out some kinks, and see where we could use a little work. In fact, we have lot’s of ideas – and can’t wait to do another one!

Ok… Maybe I can wait a little. Right now, actually, I think I’ll just collapse!

The Extra Mile

As you know, if you’ve seen our last few posts, our Etsy Boutique is coming up in only three days. Only three days! Allow me to repeat that for extra, somewhat panicked, emphasis: 3 DAYS!!!

3!

Ok… I’ll be fine. Just give me a moment to breathe!

Well, we’re all very busy getting things ready. I haven’t crafted this hard since my 4-H county fair days! I will definitely not have everything done that I was hoping to: But then, I always dream too big – it’s a very annoying fault. As it is, perhaps I can showcase a little bit of everything that is in my shop, and be content with introducing new lines later!

In the meantime, I want to acknowledge everything that the non-crafter/sellers around us are doing to help us out. Think of this as one of those acceptance speeches at the Oscars or something – except totally deserved. Our mom and dad, especially, have supportive and helpful and full of good advise and enthusiasm, sponsoring us and just as interested as we are in what we’re doing as we are. Best parents in the world!!! And our brother Jonathan is also a great support: He doesn’t craft, but he happily tolerates what we do, offers welcome advice and compliments, and is a good crafting partner. Plus, today he bought us Panda Express for lunch. Awesomely yummy! Hit the spicy-salty cravings of creative hunger!

I was going to put in a picture of something that would perfectly symbolize the collaborative effort of everyone; more than those wielding crochet hooks, paint brushes, and sewing machines. But I can’t think of a good image! So let my word-pictures be enough.

It’s hard to wield a sewing machine…

Getting Ready for the Boutique

Today, Abby, Sarah and I went with a friend of ours to our local park to figure out how to set up the tent we’ll be using for the boutique.

A pretty good sized tent
A pretty good sized tent

We can zip this thing up all the way – and in fact we did, and I couldn’t figure out how to get in for a moment – or you can have all sides open. It’s a good size, so we’ll be able to have a couple of tables set up to show the work of our hands.

My lovely sisters, under the tent
My lovely sisters, under the tent

And while I’m doing a post, I’ll just show my readers one of the things they’ll see at the boutique. This is a painting I did last year of some sunflowers that grow wildly in our neighborhood.

A close-up of my painting of the wild sunflowers.
A close-up of my painting of the wild sunflowers.

Many more paintings will be there at the boutique, and afterwards I will be posting the many paintings, hats, and cards onto Etsy for all of our readers to view. And my sisters will be likewise filling their shops with various creative endeavors, so be sure to stop by soon!

Oh, and before I go, don’t forget to look at our boutique page on Facebook, where we’ll be having regular updates.

Our Boutique

I glanced over my sisters posts, because sometimes one tends to miss certain things, but it looks like there hasn’t been an actual post about the boutique, so I will go ahead and talk about it briefly.

We planned this boutique to show friends and potential customers what we have in our Etsy shops. We will have food to eat, friends to have fun with and- hopefully- beautiful weather and scenery to enjoy. In case anyone happens to live in New Mexico, in the Albuquerque area, it will be at Haynes Park, on Friday the 24th.

Final Triumph

Here is a Facebook page for the event, and I hope you enjoy taking a look: https://www.facebook.com/events/1053313971362950/1087368044624209/

This is the first time we’ve done this sort of thing (being a part of a craft fair doesn’t seem to be the same, but I think the experience will help) and so this is certainly a new adventure. Of course, I should mention that this Boutique will be online, and I invite everyone to take a look at our shops and tell all your friends about it.

A Boutique Update (with a few random visitors)

The date of our boutique rapidly approaches, and fingers fly crafting careful and artistic objects to satisfy the discerning tastes of an insatiable public! In between trying not to panic over the shortness of time, freaking out over not having enough done, and actually making stuff, we will be posting a lot about our process: What we are making, plans, set up, ideas, implementation, finished works of art, and pictures of everything!

Look! It’s a very tiny toad! That’s a hand, to give you context… No, this has absolutely nothing to do with the Boutique or our creative projects. It’s just cute!
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And, here’s a snake. We encountered these creatures on one of our favorite walks through the Bosque last week. We’ve been having so much lovely rain lately that wildlife proliferates!
Toad
In case you couldn’t see it, here’s a larger view of the toad. It was about half an inch long and amusing to hold! We must have seen two dozen toads, some no bigger than a large fly. The largest was ordinary toad size, I suppose – equivalent to a peach. Lot’s of fun!

And, after all, even artists need to rejuvenate their creativity by a walk through the woods, or encounters with random woodland creatures!