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American Craft Council show part 2: craft show planning

 

Click for you FREE copy of the craft show packing list

 

You’ve probably walked a few shows, and felt intimidated. You look at the work, the booth set up, the promotional materials, and packaging, and feel like you would have no idea where to start.

Even if you don’t have a show on your schedule, go ahead and join me in the process of creating a production schedule, it’s a good practice no matter what. Choose an end date, decide how much work you would  like to have created by that point and go through the process.

Below I’m giving you a snapshot of one of my production weeks. You’ll see that I’m really not getting much weaving done this week. When I create my production schedule, I also look at everything else that is already scheduled, and work to create something that I know I can actually make happen. You MUST be realistic when making a production schedule or you won’t follow it.

I’ve also put together a 20 page craft show guide, which you can get by clicking on the image below.

craft show planning guide

 

Weaving all white on this wonderful winter white day. #accprep

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Weaving all white on this wonderful winter white day. #accprep

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Lots and lots of new tags just arrived….. just in time for lots of new work. #accprep

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This is on the loom right now and let me tell you..it’s pretty awesome. #accprep

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Making magic happen in the studio. #accprep

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FREE Workshop: How to prepare for a craft show , Part 1

video one getting ready for a craft show from louise kane on Vimeo.

 

When I first started doing craft shows, I just wanted someone to tell me what to do.

  • I WANTED THEM TO GIVE ME IDEAS FOR SETTING UP MY BOOTH

  • TO TELL ME WHERE THE BEST PLACES ARE TO BUY BOOTH DISPLAY ITEMS

  • WHERE TO BUY PIPE AND DRAPE

  • HOW TO DETERMINE MY INVENTORY

  • AND SO MUCH MORE

Now that I’ve been doing shows for several years, I’m creating for you exactly what I wished I had when I started. After watching the video above, leave a comment below asking me all of your craft show questions. And grab yourself a copy of my  master craft show packing list.

craft show packing list

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What to buy your wife for Valentines Day

This one is for the guys, for the husbands and boyfriends.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Valentines Day, ( I’m sure you aren’t either). And in all honesty I don’t expect anything from my husband ( no, I don’t have time to convince your wife to have the same feelings about v-day as I do)

I know you’re thinking, that I say I don’t care about Valentines day, and then get really mad and upset when my man doesn’t do anything. False. He usually does cook me an awesome dinner, but he does that on a pretty regular basis. However, I’ve discovered that I’m not the norm, and most women, girlfriends, wives, want you to acknowledge Valentines Day… well maybe do a bit more than acknowledge it.

 

A few things not to get:

  • - a box of chocolates ( unless it’s some really awesome chocolate, and a small box) While most women love chocolate, we try to keep from binge eating it… and when you hand me a whole box, just for me, nothing good ends up happening.
  • - Stuffed animals, no grown women wants a stuffed animal, no matter how cute it is, she doesn’t want it.
  • - Heart shaped jewelry.. NO. NO . AND NO. Go ahead and get her an awesome piece of jewelry, but ditch the we’re still in elementary school heart shaped deal. It screams, I had no clue what to get you.
  • And no to the lingerie… really ,that is you buying a gift for you. And it’s you opening a dangerous door. Things aren’t going to go well if she tries it on and it’s too big, also not going to go well if she tries it on and it’s too small… and not going to go well if whatever you purchased makes her feel uncomfortable.

Ok, now that I just ruined all of your ideas

Jewelry is a good choice, but like I said no hearts…. Click on the image to purchase, as well as to see more jewelry ideas.

what to buy your wife for valentines day

 

Next idea, scarves are an awesome way for women to add some style and color to their look, but don’t pick them up a scarf at Walmart or Target, and I’m not just saying that because I make them. You’ll get major bonus points for getting a unique scarf… which means that you put some thought into the purchase.

Click the scarf image to go to the scarf shop

What to buy your wife for valentines day

 

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What to wear to Alt Summit this year

You signed up, booked your flight and hotel and ready to head to Alt Summit….. Now you figure out what you’re going to wear. You’re going to be networking, meeting new people, making connections. You want to make an impact with your clothes, but you also want to be comfortable.
Here are three great looks.
What to wear to Alt Summit: the women who loves black
Casual Chic style for Alt Summit
How to make a statement in jeans
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You have permission

you have permission

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Why I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions

daily resolutions

I’ve never been one to make new year’s resolutions, for a long time I skipped them simply because everyone else was doing them.. I don’t do trendy.

 

Now I pass on the resolution because I don’t know what I will need a year from now, so much can happen in a year if you’re willing to let it. Most of the time I need courage and grace, and I don’t make it a resolution because I’m human, and already know that some days I will fail .

 

There will be days that both courage and grace escape me.

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And on those days where I’m already down, when I’ve lost my courage, and I’ve stopped having grace for myself and others, I don’t need to also add to the list… broke resolution, because that mindset just pushes down deeper, and has nothing to do with courage or grace, and everything to do with fear and limitation.

So instead of making a new year’s resolution, I will make a new resolution each day. To wake up, be thankful, be courageous, and both graceful and filled with grace.

 

What will be your daily resolution?

 

tips on making daily resolutions

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3 Outfit ideas for New Years

3 outfits for the holidays

 

This time of year you have parties, meetings, and gatherings to attend that require different style than what you already have in your closet. Here are 3 funs ways to dress up for New Years.

 

 

New years eve party style
New Years eve party style
New Year's party

what to wear to a new year's eve party

 

 

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10 Outfit ideas for the Holidays

-POP

New Years Eve Party Fashion
Red and black holiday style
Holiday Party
Going to the theater
Magazine Editor
casual and fancy all in one
Pretty women
Fashion forward
golden girl
running errands
what to wear for the holidays
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