Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Storie Park Club House

When Anna (the woman who organizes the Hungarian Culture Club craft show twice a year) called me to ask if I was interested in participating in another one, I said: Sure, why not?

She mentioned that Karen was one of the vendors at the Spring Hungarian show and this was to be the first craft sale she organized. Been there. Done that. I know how terrifying it is, so I definitely wanted to support her.

So, Saturday past, I was at the Storie Park Club House in Oshawa.

When I arrived, I re-introduced myself to Karen. She told me her reason for organizing the show, and I teared up. Her mother died two months ago and Karen didn't want to stay home and cry. Since her mother was a volunteer at and huge supporter of the Humane Society, Karen was donating all proceeds from the show to the Human Society. A great cause and a fabulous idea.

Given that it was Karen's first craft show, it really wasn't that bad. It could have been better attended, but it was the day before Mother's Day and it was gorgeous outside. No one wants to be indoors.

Karen was upset that it wasn't as successful as she'd hoped, but I told her this was a learning experience. I thought it would be a good idea to do it every year in memory of her mother and it will get easier each year. She seemed to be encouraged by that.

The day was successful enough for me. I can't complain. The tote bags I made looked great, if I do say so myself. And I had a few placemats and table runners.

There were some interesting vendors. Of course, Shandell was there. She made me a bauble to hold my USB sticks together. Thanks, doll!

Maxine, from The Madstone Soapery, was selling handmade soaps and lotions. I bought Cocoa & Cream hand lotion. This stuff smells so good (like fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies) it's all I can do to keep from licking my hands all day. I'm sure it doesn't taste as good as it smells.

I also bought cupcakes from Denise Reid of Deelish Cakes & Catering. So good. So fattening. So worth it!

And to top it all off, Angie came out to help out with my table. It's not that I need help, per se, but it's always great to have the company. I don't get to see Angie much now that she's moved to the boonies, so it was great to catch up with gossip and people watch.

I don't have any other shows lined up for the summer. I was planning on taking it off to focus on organizing our DRCC event in November. But if something comes up, I'll definitely consider it. Why not, right?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Totes Awesome!

As I mentioned in my last post, I don't have much inventory for the craft show on Saturday. I do have some placemats and table runners, but that's about it. I sold out of tote bags and bookmarks. Of course, these are my best sellers. Especially at a craft show just before Mother's Day.

So, what does this mean? Road trip!

It wasn't far. About five kilometres. But it's a road trip, nonetheless. To where? Where else?! Fabricland. How sweet is it that I live that close to a Fabricland?

I spent the day cutting fabric. They now await assembly:

My favourite, of course, is the martini print. Sadly, it didn't come in a scratch-and-sniff pattern.

Over the course of the week, I'll sew them together and post pictures of the final product.

The remnants will be used for bookmarks.