Monthly Archives: November 2012

Dog Silhouette Gift Sets

Over the weekend I asked my Facebook friends what their favorite breed of dog was and why.  I had some really great responses that inspired me to create some dog silhouette magnets and buttons.

Here are a few that are already in my shop:

Border Collies

French Bulldogs

Great Danes

I can make any breed of dog (or animal) and customize the design with a name or words that describe your favorite pet.  These images can be made into 1 inch magnets or pin-back buttons.  More sets will be listed soon, including Corgis, Chinooks, Shih Tzus, and rescues.

Well, I’m going to create some new silhouettes and work on my craft show display for the Atomic Holiday Bazaar.  Have a great week!

Peace & Love,

Billie

Stuffing, Traditions, and Sales

I thought I’d stop prepping for the Thanksgiving festivities to say “Hi!” and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!  I also wanted to share one of my favorite recipes: “Unstuffing Stuffing”.

It’s easy, super yummy, and comes out perfect every time!

Prep Time: 15 min, Cook Time: 40 min, Yields: 8 servings.

What you’ll need: oven, skillet, large bowl, large spoon, measuring cups, measuring spoons, cutting board, knife, 2 qt. baking dish with lid.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter or Earth Balance

3/4 cup chopped celery

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

6 cups unseasoned stuffing croutons or dry bread cubes

2 1/2 cups veggie broth

Directions:

Warm oven to 350 degrees F.  In a skillet add butter or Earth Balance, celery, and onion.  Saute 2-3 minutes or until onion is tender.  Stir in poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.  Transfer to large bowl, add croutons or bread and enough broth to moisten.  Place in greased 2-qt. baking dish.  Cover and bake for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake 10 minutes more.

Looking for a new tradition to add to your family dinner?  Give guests strips of colorful paper to write down what they’re thankful for.  We like to make one serious and one funny.  Fold the pieces of paper so nobody sees what anyone wrote and place inside a bowl.  Pass the bowl around and let each guest pull out a note and read out loud.  It’s a fun game that will warm your heart and make you laugh!

Before I go I’d like to let you know that I’m thankful for you!  I’m so happy to do something I love-to run my own handmade business.  It means the world to me to have supporters like you!

If you plan on doing some online shopping this weekend I’m offering 20% off everything in my shop.  Use coupon code GIFTS20.  This coupon will be good from Friday 11/23 – Monday 11/26.

Hope you have a peaceful, joyful, and fun Thanksgiving!

Peace & Love,

Billie

Free gift wrapping is now available at www.zulidesigns.etsy.com.

Christmas is around the corner, as I’m sure you already know.  Here are a few quick and fun gift wrapping ideas to make your holiday jolly and bright:

Roll a gift inside a reusable grocery bag.

Do as the Japanese and wrap your gifts in pretty cloths.  Furoshiki is an eco-friendly way to make your gifts pretty.

Add some pom poms!  I remember I used to make these cute little puffy pom poms when I was younger.  You can try making fork pom poms.

Gift wrap with pom poms.

Short on time?  Find a retailer that offers gift wrapping.  I now offer FREE gift wrapping by request!  I can also deliver directly to the gift recipient and send the wrapped gift with a gift tag.

Let me know if you have any gift wrapping ideas that you love.  Now, get shopping so you have some gifts to wrap!

Peace & Love,

Billie

Craft Show Display Smackdown

It’s that time of year again when I start preparing for the Atomic Holiday Bazaar, a yearly craft extravaganza in Sarasota, FL.  Touted as “not your Grandma’s craft show”, Atomic draws the coolest people around town.

One of my very first craft shows was at a church where I sold my handmade glycerin soap in cute little shapes like rubber duckies and snowflakes.  I remember I crammed that table full with as many products as I could!  My display was pretty boring.  I used a white sheet to cover the table and some cardboard boxes to put under the cloth to lift some items up.  That’s it.  No signage, lights, cute containers, nada!

Later I had my first jewelry show at a spa during one of their events.  I didn’t bring a table.  Oops.  I ended up setting up my display on top of a long table and a microwave!  I made some colorful handmade boxes that I placed my beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings on top of.  It was pretty sad!

Since then I’ve smartened up and studied the art of creating appealing and successful craft show displays.  I’d like to share some tricks I learned to make your next craft table stand out.

First, make sure you know whether to bring a table and chairs! ;)

You must have some sort of cloth or fabric to cover the table.  If you know the dimensions you can purchase a fitted table cover.  Otherwise, you can use sheets or table cloths.  Matching cloths look the best.  Mismatched prints along your table can be a bit distracting.

Cookoorikoo uses a light teal table cloth that’s eye-catching, yet doesn’t distract from her displays or products.

A sign with your store name is a good idea.  I ordered my banner from Vista Prints and have used it over and over.  I attach it to the table cover using 1 inch squares of Velcro.  I place some on the back of the banner in all four corners and along the top and bottom of the sign.  I then line the banner up on my cloth and add Velcro to match up with the banner’s Velcro.

Fantastic Toys had this banner made at Spoonflower. It’s printed on upholstery weight fabric. A fabric hem was added using a sewing machine. It’s hung from a wooden pole.

To give your booth some excitement you must raise your items up on boxes, shelves, suitcases, etc., otherwise, your display will look flat.  Adding colorful baskets, plates, and containers to stash your lovely crafts will give your booth a pop of color and texture.

Crinoline organizes and lifts items up off the table in creative ways. Love those trees!

Lighting is a good idea (check to see if the craft show facility offers electricity).  You’ll want the lighting to shine onto your crafts like a spot light.

Emily’s Escape uses lighting to showcase her jewelry.

If it’s a Christmas show, something festive is a good idea.  I like to have a little Christmas tree on my table & tree lights are a must!  Maybe add some garland, tinsel, or whatever you can think of.  I once used pillow stuffing as “snow” on my table.  I recommend thinking outside the box and trying new things!

The Christmas tree makes Kitsch Cafe’s table festively cute!

Make sure your stuff is priced.  Having small signs with the prices is a nice touch.  At the very least make sure you have them individually priced if you don’t want signs.  I don’t know about you, but if I can’t find a price I probably won’t ask how much.  You don’t want to miss out on sales!

Amy is the Party does a brilliant job pricing her products with easy to read signage.

I hope these tips help you out and inspire you.  If you have any ideas that you recommend I’d love to hear them!  Leave a comment!

P.S. I’ll be at Atomic December 8th this year.  Stop by and sale hi!

Peace & Love,

Billie