Sunday, July 25, 2010

Weekend Entertainment

Yesterday was a fun filled day. I had asked some friends (one from out of town) to go to Picnic with the Pops yesterday evening. My out of town friend said she would love to come down and also spend some of the day doing some fabric shopping.

Who could turn down an invitation like that? Not me!

Not that it mattered, but the local quilt shops were having their shop hop also. We didn't get an early enough start to do all the shops - the driving distance this year was pretty substantial. We picked ones that we hadn't been to recently, along with one of my favorites!

I was looking for more black and white prints, as they are very popular. Most things I make from them sell quickly!

I've also been on the lookout for a new masculine fabric, since the brown herringbone is gone.

Of course, I found some cat themed fabrics that I just couldn't pass up!

And here's the rest - including my two free fat quarters from a couple of the shops!

Now, to have time to make things from all this, as if I didn't already have enough fabric in my stash!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Craft Show Preparation

I've been doing craft shows for a few years now and I think I finally have a routine down for the week before a show.

After each show, I evaluate what I sold so I know what to make between shows, and I try to work on those items on a daily basis. A couple of my big sellers are the zipper wallets (now in two sizes), what I call the 'mini pack purse' which is a small hipster style purse.

We pack up the car the night before the show with the following:

1. tent and weights when it's an outdoor show
2. grid wall, hardware and shelves
3. chairs
4. bags
5. inventory

The morning of the show, we load the cooler with the needed refreshments to keep us through the day, and of course, the cash box for change.

Now - what did I forget?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Road Trip - GASP!

Last weekend, the husband and I set out for our first vacation together (without family) in about seven years. We headed to Asheville, NC, to Biltmore. I had been there as a child - I'm thinking I was probably 9 or 10 - so many years ago - and have talked over the years about going back.

It's about an 8 hour drive from Columbus OH, and all interstate, so really a pretty quick drive. We spent the first night in Bryson City NC and took the Great Smokey Mountain Rail Road trip on Sunday. The weather was pretty much as we had been having at home - warm and humid.

We spent a couple of days in Asheville, toured the Biltmore house and grounds, took a trolley around the city to see more and learn some of the history, and headed back home on Wednesday. I would attach some pictures from our trip, but we really aren't picture takers, so there were only a few.

Why GASP! in my title, you may be asking? Well, I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've been anywhere that I didn't go to a fabric shop of some sort. So my fabric stash didn't grow with this trip!