Tuesday, May 26, 2015

2015 Fall Craft Shows

Hard to believe, but the fall craft shows will soon be upon us!  Below is the listing of the shows I will be participating in again this fall:
  • Plainfield Central High School
  • Carl Sandburg High School
  • Marian Catholic High School
  • Geneva High School 
The Mokena Show is the same weekend as Geneva this year, so I won't be able to participate in the Mokena Holidaze show.  Hopefully, they will be on separate weekends next year, as I enjoy both shows. 

I will be updating the "Craft Show" page on this blog as I get more info as to times/ space # / etc.  Let me know if you are aware of any other local shows that may be appropriate for my type of merchandise!

I have been busy since January trying to keep one step ahead of my inventory.  I have been using some gorgeous variegated soft and thick yarn for the infinity scarves that are one of my top sellers.  I think my total infinity scarves inventory is at a count of 30+.  I am working on a purple tone scarf right now and it is gorgeous!  Told you I've been busy!!!

Due to many requests last year, I have knitted about five dozen 100% organic cotton dish cloths (just like grandma's!), double thickness.  Some are in the French Stripe design, a Loganberry stitch, Waffle stitch, and the original diagonal stitch.  These dish cloths are indestructible!!!  And they get better with each washing!   You can't beat the price, either, at only $5 each!  I even designed labels for the dish cloths, printed on kraft cardstock, that wrap around the center of the folded dish cloths.  They look really professional and unique (of course!).  

Another popular seller are my cowl neck warmers -- my order of the thick boucle yarn and the large designed coconut shell buttons arrived.  Love the quarter-shaped moon buttons! Really make the cowls one-of-a-kind!  The yarn is also scrumptious!  I look high and low to find the perfect yarns...I am really pleased with this last order of yarn for the cowls.  

Something new I am designing this year are what I decided to call "Anthropologie Bracelets".  The bracelets combine various knitted yarns and chains --a nice combination of varied textures.  They slide onto your hand, so clasps are not needed, which is always nice!  I also attach a small charm onto the area where the chain and yarn meet to give the bracelet a "finished" touch.  I saw similar bracelets at the store selling for $185 each! 

The wooden dowels have been purchased and are ready to start making into my scarf pins.  These were also so popular last year -- I have some gorgeous beads to use as toppers on the dowels, so I am quite confident they will be big sellers again this year.  

So, as you can see, I have not been sitting around idle all winter!  I will post pictures of the finished products throughout the summer.  

Let me know your thoughts!!!