Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bug and Bud Festival Photos

THANK YOU to everyone who visited us at the Bug and Bud Festival in Milford! It was exciting to see others appreciate our work, especially considering we're still new to the business. The only negative thing about today was the weather - it was COLD! Still, I'll take the cold over the rain any day.

Here's a shot of our entire display. Lots of color!

Daera made a Crafty Crabs sign out of scrapbook paper and ribbon. In the background, you can see the lovely gray clouds that blocked the sun all day.

At the event, we sold purses, hair accessories, pieces of jewelry, candles, magnets, and coaster sets. 

At the beginning of the event, these were our most popular items! A handful of people mentioned that the bug & animal magnets would make good gifts for their children or grandchildren.

We had two stands of handmade bags, ranging from child-size purses to large quilted handbags.

Earrings and candles. 

I don't know why I didn't take a close-up picture of the coaster display from the front. I'll admit, we didn't eat until an hour into the event, and my brain doesn't function at full speed without breakfast. I had a sample set of each coaster at the front of the table so customers could pick them up and handle them. In the back, I had sets of 4 pre-wrapped and ready to go.

The flower frill hair clips were a popular item. By the end of the day, I was able to move some of the headbands onto to board.

Here are just some of Darea's multitude of magnets. She had them attached to cookie sheets so they would stay in place. By the end of the day, one of the sheets was empty!

We are very excited to continue doing shows, especially now that we know which items are particularly popular. I will make sure to post any updates on this blog. Now, I think it's time for a hot cup of tea and a nice, long nap...


Monday, April 23, 2012

Merchandise Display Boards

When planning ways to display our items, we had to get creative. We're well aware that laying all of our merchandise flat on the table is a big no-no. If we want customers, we need them to see our products from far away. 

After a stroke of genius, the fabric flower display board was born!

I covered the back of a large picture frame with fabric and attached rows of ribbon across it. I bought a $9 easel from Hobby Lobby to hold up the board. People can easily clip and unclip the flower frills from the board, and they can be seen from a distance. Hair clips that don't fit will be clipped around a bin beside the board.

Daera's dad made these boards for her earrings. She backs each pair of earrings with a square of scrapbook paper with a hole punched at the top. This way, customers can easily slide the earrings on and off the nails on the board.

Disregard her brother in the background :)

I'm pretty sure my grandmother bought the green fish earrings in this photo!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Multi-colored tent decorations

This week, we focused on creating a colorful, well organized display for our upcoming event. We want our tent to be attention-grabbing! The canopy we purchased does not have walls, but we wanted something in the background of our display. Then idea!

Remember the wax paper and crayon window hanger? Daera and I spent a night creating 6 foot strands of multi-colored crayon circles. With some curtain rods and fishing line, we hung the strands from the top of the tent. 

The strands look great in the sunlight, but they blow a little too much in the breeze. We started adding weights to the end of each string; they still move, but I don't have to worry about getting tangled.

They also look great in my craft room :) Hey, I have to store them somewhere!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Official business cards

With spring shows coming up, I decided to create official Crafty Crabs business cards. The crab one is my favorite!

I only printed one sheet because we're considering starting an etsy shop. If that's the case, I'd like to list our etsy shop on the cards to help bring in shoppers. If you've got any thoughts about whether or not we should open a shop, please share them!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wax Paper & Crayon Window Hanger

I saw this tutorial for a wax paper & crayon chandelier on Pinterest. I wanted to try the project for myself, but there isn't really space for a chandelier anywhere in my house.

I decided to make a window hanger for my kitchen door instead. I'm also making hangers for the back of our tent at our spring craft fairs. I'll post photos as soon as they're done!

I used fishing wire to string the wax paper ovals together. Then, I tied each string to a curtain rod and hung it in front of the blinds I already had.

A funky alternative to traditional curtains :)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Beach Inspired Jewelry

Recently, Daera has been making jewelry with a beach inspired theme. I think we're all ready for warm temperatures on a regular basis; I've been itching for good beach weather! Here are some awesome photos of some of her pieces, complete with beach-y backgrounds. You can see them in person at our upcoming craft shows (unless I take a few things for myself...)

Very fresh, beautiful necklace. Chain consists of round white shell beads, turquoise shell beads, and turquoise czech glass beads.

This elegant sea turtle pendant is combined with a chain of turquoise chips, czech glass beads, and silver spacers.

 Charms are resin with a blue and silver dolphin inside. Each dangle consists of a blue Swarovski crystal, silver spacer, and turquoise pearl.

A Crafty Crab necklace!

Charms are resin with a red coral branch inside. Above the charms are red bamboo coral beads and silver spacers.

Cute silver fishes accompanied by turqouise Swarovski crystals and blue pearls.

Charms are resin with a gold angelfish inside. Dangle consists of two citrine chips, an amber Swarovski crystal bead, and a silver spacer.

Charms are resin with a red starfish inside. Dangle consists of two red beads and a silver spacer.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fabric Flower Frills

I've been making fabric flower frill hair clips, while Cheryl has been sewing some frills onto her handbags for added flare. I'm sure I'll find more uses for them. The frills are easy to make and require NO SEWING!

  • Cardstock or paper
  • Fabric - you could even use recycled t-shirts
  • Scissors
  • A needle and thread - I promise there's no real sewing!
  • Mod Podge (optional)

Make a Template
The first thing you need to do is make a template so each of your "petals" is the same size. Cut a piece of cardstock into a three-inch square and follow the folding directions below.

You need to use your scissors on the last two steps. Cut one side into a rounded shape and then cut the tip off of the triangle. When you unfold it, cut a slit along one of the fold lines.

Make Your Petals

Cut out a square of fabric that fits the entire petal template. Then, fold the fabric into the template, using the following folding directions.

Cut the fabric along the rounded edge of the template. Be careful not to cut the template!

You've made your first petal! Thread a needle and push it through the bottom part of the petal.

Again and Again and Again

Keep making petals and string them together using the needle and thread. 15 - 20 petals is ideal, though I tend to like the fuller frills.

I like to put a little bit of Mod Podge on the edges of the fabric so the flowers don't fray. The edges usually fray a little, but the Mod Podge helps. Once you have enough petals, sew the two ends together to form a circle.

Ta da! A flower frill. I've been sewing them to hair clips and using them as hair accessories.