Monday, October 20, 2008

Whew... it's over

The Craft Fair that is and now I can breathe (and eat and sleep) again. I have to say, I don't think I did too bad for a first timer. I took to heart all of the great advice everyone gave me and I think my set up turned out pretty good.



Yes, that is a look of slight irritation on my face. Really a person can only have their picture taken so many times. My Farmboy got a new camera that morning and evidently chose me for his subject. But that is all I can complain about. I have to tell ya, I really think I'm the luckiest person in the world when it comes to that Farmboy! He was so there for me this weekend... 110% in every way imaginable! Love that guy!!!

Anyway, I was up until 2AM the night before making sure I had everything and that all was just right (OCD, yes I know). I set everything up in my sitting room just how I wanted it and then took a picture and printed it out. When I got to the church the next morning (with a Venti Caramel Macchiato and my picture in hand) I got everything set up in less than 30 minutes and then had nothing to do for the next hour and a half before the fair opened.

There was a really good turn out and I had quite a few friends show up too! A GINORMOUS THANK YOU to you guys! Totally made my day! My little family even came by in the middle of the day and hovered for awhile (that's my E, looking bored out of his mind, in the picture up there).

I finally got to meet my blogging friend Allie. And what an absolute sweetheart she is too! Look what she brought me!

Is that not the most wonderful stack of old sheet music?! Again, thank you SO much Allie! Don't forget to email me... we still need to do McKinney!

I did this show with a MeetUp group I'm a member of, which in my opinion, is such a great way to do a fair. It was really nice to have the support of other vendors set up right next to me. There were 7 of us all together. One of the seven was a fellow Etsy Cottage Style/ LolliShop member... Stevie of SugarLoveHoney. She is just as sweet as can be and I'm not the only one who thinks so! Capin' Davy Cannon Swine was quite taken with her. Bless her heart! When the pirate wasn't outside hitting all of the carnival games winning tickets, he was standing in front of Stevie's table talking nonstop to her. But that's just him and she was an absolute doll to sit and listen to his constant chatter. She made such an impression on him, he continued to talk about her all through the evening after the show! You have a fan Stevie!

And speaking of LolliShops, I need to give a big shout out to Sadie! Sadie was so sweet to feature me on the LolliShops blog this weekend. Thank you so much Sadie and thank you to all of you who stopped by over there and left such wonderfully sweet comments for me! I really, really appreciate it!

Okay, I'm off to focus on Silver Bella now. Have a beautiful Monday!

21 comments:

Becky said...

Im glad it turned out well for you.Have a great day also.

Becky said...

By the way Im saggatarius as well,my birthday Thanksgiving day.And yours?

Sandy Michelle said...

That's awesome that you had a great turn-out! Everything looks great! I hope I have the same luck in November!

Sandy:)

Sherry said...

Alisa, this looks wonderful...you did a tremendous job in setting up and I'm glad you found it to be worthwhile... Allie is so sweet to bring you that sheet music - I hope you took photographs together that you will share!

Gail said...

Alisa!
What a cute set-up, your wares look so yummy! I love your style, we could be sisters in that regard!!!!
Thanks for visiting my blog, and congrats on your interview with Sadie, it was awesome and I just can't wait for the shops to open.
Have a great week!
Gail

Charlene said...

I sooooooooooo wanted to come & meet you! As I told you I worked at the Anatole but, my hours were extended & I did not get off until 3:00 I could hardly make it before you were packin up. Glad it was a success.

Becky said...

Oh ok December.

Allie said...

Alisa,
It was great to finally meet you and I can't believe I had my camera with me and didn't get a picture of the two of us....sorry, Sherry! I have to admit that coming to the show and introducing myself was out of my comfort zone. You'd think that being a teacher I wouldn't be that way, but alas. I LOVE my flower pin and I'm kicking myself that I didnt' go ahead and get the green one, too. I was pulling out my fall and winter stuff and finding all kinds of things I could wear them with. If you have any left, I hope you'll consider putting them up in your etsy shop. Can't wait to see what you make with the sheet music......I need the inspiration to do something with the rest of that sheet music I inherited!! Relax and enjoy your Monday.
~Allie

Gail said...

Alisa,
I just tagged you, please go to my blog to find out what to do!
Have a great day...
Gail

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Sounds like it was a sweet success. I know how you must have worried about it beforehand. I would have been the same way, stewing about something coming up. It's an anal thing, I think.
Brenda

SunshineandRavioli said...

Your table looks so pretty! Neat and easy to find things but really pleasing to the eye also....great job! Makes me miss doing shows....almost...
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Steph

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Alisa, your table looked lovely and I'm glad things went well for you!

Stamptini Girls said...

I'm so sorry I had to miss it. I was on a retreat with 50 women from my church. Your booth looks amazing! I'm so glad you did well! Can't wait to hear more about it!

Kara Ward said...

Everything looks so lovely...I am eyeing that sheet music. I am sure you will create something lovely. Kara

Whitney Johnson said...

Congrats!! Well, It's just amazing how we're on parallel lines...check out my blog and see what I was also doing this weekend. :) You and your table look fabulous!!

Lori said...

Alisa, your table looks gorgeous!!! i'm glad you had such a great turnout...and how wonderful too that you got to meet some of your blogland friends...it sounds like the fair was a lot of fun!!!

Elly said...

OMG.... this looks great!!!!!! You really did a good job, nice to hear you had a great time! Your way of displaying all your things is lovely. Now time to eat and sleep!

Caleen said...

Looks like everything went well.. I am sure it was a great experience. you have some great creative ideas and stuff so, no worries.. I love your halloween decor in your home. Hope you have a wonderful time at Silver Bella.. What a dream...

Beth Quinn said...

oh so glad to hear your event went well !! the first one is always the hardest but it get easier i promise !!
xo,
beth

AnastasiaC said...

your stall looks great...glad to hear it went well!! i also had my first craft stall last month - i enjoyed it!!
it was a bit like that leading upto it...late nights, last minute rushing around!

Brandy said...

Your table looks amazing!I think a little OCD makes you successful. Just look at Martha Stewart! At least that’s what I tell myself;)

Have a great weekend,

Brandy