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5 Things I Learned From My First Craft Show

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5 things I learned from my first craft show

Last month I did my very first show as a vendor.  Let’s just get real for a second, I was STRESSED OUT.  I had no idea what to expect and, well, I’d never done one!  However, once I had the products I wanted to complete done and all my branding was ready, I felt much better.  Going into a first time experience is always nerve racking so here are a few tips I learned that I hope can help if you’re headed into your first show.

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1. Know your space.

Find out what is available to you.  Does your booth come with tables? (more than likely not)  Are there tables available to rent?  Do you need an electric outlet?  These are usually few and far between so be sure you place a request as soon as possible.

Another thing to consider is if you will be up against a wall.  If not, having a backdrop is a good way to section yourself off and give more of a shop look.  My dad made mine from PVC pipe and it worked great!

Have a layout in mind for how you’d like to set up.  If you leave your set up open, people can walk into your booth.  If you set the table in front, they can see all of your product but there will be a barrier between you and your customers.

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2. Shop your house.

Having extra design elements definitely helps with the appeal of your booth.  However, if you’re like me and most work out of the home artists, you don’t really have the budget for this added expense.  All I did was go from room to room and looked for little things to pretty up my space as well as larger objects to create dimension.  Chances are, you like your own style and it will mesh well with your shop’s aesthetic.

5 things I learned from my first craft show

3. Have an email sign up list.

Whether you have one person or ten people sign it, that’s more people on your list than before!  Any traffic to your site is good traffic and this way they stay up to date with any other shows you’re doing, new products, or just random info you care to share.

I also suggest having an incentive to sign up like a giveaway.  Who doesn’t like the chance to win some free stuff?!

5 things I learned from my first craft show

4. If you do custom work, have examples.

This sounds like a real “duh” piece of advice but I honestly thought that my display with pictures would be enough.  Turns out, not so much.  People need to see something physical.  Most people just breezed right past my custom order display or hadn’t even seen it when I talked to them about custom work.

5. The first and last hour are SLOW.

It is what it is.  People are out doing family stuff on the weekends and you’ll usually get your rushes after that first hour.

5 things I learned from my first craft show

BONUS TIP: Branding is everything.  Be sure you always have your business cards on hand and your social media info visible!

I had a great time at my first show and it was a great learning experience.  Definitely looking forward to my next show in couple weeks!

 

10 Things Your Dance Teacher Wants You To Know

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10 Things Your Dance Teacher Wants You To Know

Yesterday marked the first day of the new dance season.  This season makes my eighth year as a teacher at my “dance alma mater”.  I love teaching dance.  This artistic expression is one of my passions in life and I get to share that with kids from ages 3-18.  Three nights a week I get to train young dancers and teach them about this great art form.  I also like to think I teach them a little about life as well…#lifelessonsfromMsKelly.

I teach kids from all levels of experience as a recreational dance teacher.  What does that mean?  It means the kids that I teach take class for fun and have a recital at the end of the year.  The classes I teach are not like what you may or may not have seen on Dance Moms.  My kids don’t compete, they take their time learning their end of the year routine, and are simply doing it for fun.  With all of this said, there are still some things that I feel that parents and students should learn about this dance world.

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Guest Post // 10 DIYs Using Old Car Parts

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Hey there!  Today I’m so excited to be sharing a really unique post by Cait from Cait’s Cozy Corner.  Being a boy mom, I know my boys would love to have some of these projects done in and around our house!  Hope you enjoy it!


When it comes to amazing DIY projects, I love thinking outside the box. Using materials to make into something else has always fascinated me and I’m always inspired by what others can do! A friend of mine loves going to junk yard and finding inspiration there from used car parts and I thought was a fabulous idea. So many old car parts can be upcycled into some of the most phenomenal and creative DIY projects I’ve ever seen! A friend had made a wheel rim fire pit to add to their other patio decor, so it got me thinking about more projects and crafts to make from old car parts. I was astounded to find awesome DIY decor, upcycled furniture ideas, and projects that will go perfectly in the backyard.

I love looking at the different car parts, the rustic and tailored finish that these projects can take hold. In fact, the more I think of it, the more I’d love to add some of these projects to my my own home decor. Some even for a man cave that my husband is thinking of putting together in the next few years. I bet your man would love these projects too! Some of these projects don’t have all the tutorials attached to them but you could purchase or buy them for your own cool DIY inspiration!

So what are these cool projects you ask? Well are 10 of some of my favorite motivational projects to work on this summer!

Coil Spring Mail Organizer – This is probably my favorite of all the car parts because I love it’s industrial look! It’s super simple to use the coil spring and without having to do much to it’s detail.

Seat Belt Key Holder – With this new idea of keeping the keys safe and intact, everybody is surely going to be benefited and feel secured at the safe handling of the keys of either his home, locker room or of his car. Another striking factor about this buckle up key holder is its look which makes it attractive, easy to hold and good to be kept hung.

Tire Rim Hose Reel – I’ll be trying to do this at my house this summer because I hate having our hose in one big pile. How cute is this tire rim reel. All you need to do is spray paint it your favorite color, find a rod and grab study nails to put it together! One simple and easy clutter free projects ready in minutes!

Car Ramp Bar Stools – I love how fun and different these bar stools are! Using car ramps adds a bit of flair to each stool and makes for a great statement piece in your home!

Patriotic Bench – This is one of a kind, quite whimsical & won’t blow away in a major wind storm! Using an old tailgate, coils & leaf springs. The wooden seat is recycled old painted outdoor deck boards in a cheery patriotic. Each bench is a little different in size & with the use of one of a kind materials but they are so fun and unique just the same!

Car Hood Head Board – If your son is a huge car lover why not add it to his bedroom with this car hood head board? I love the old rust and the ease of adding this as a fun piece that you know he’ll love and talk with all his friends about. Plus the extra storage in the back is great to hide favorite books!

Car Door Handles – My son would love this simple project to add to his dresser instead of the boring handles he has. Vamp it up with these car door handles!

Headlight Lights – Need extra lighting but not sure where to put them? Why not grab some headlights and mount them to the wall. How unique and easy is that? You can put them high or low depending on what you are wanting to do!

License Plate Garden – One of the most creative ways to use license plates; create a gorgeous flower! You could make one or a whole garden of them to add to your backyard! Better yet, get your children to help too!

Coil Spring Lamp – Another way to use coils is to repurpose it into a lamp for your side table or nook area! Although I’m not an electrician, I’d probably ask for help with this one from a friend who knew a bit about lamps! I just think it’s a great nick nack to add to any room!

Image: Sanford and Son Junk Cars

Are you feeling inspired now but unsure where to start? If you’re a local of Atlanta like myself, you need to check out Sanford and Son Junk Cars. They are the premier buyer of junk cars in the metro Atlanta area. Their competitors are networks with random towers whom they haven’t met. They in turn give out personal information for a fee. Everyone from the phone representative to the tower is a trusted individual, licensed, insured and most importantly an employee of Sanford and Son Junk Cars. They have been buying cars in the metro Atlanta area for decades and understand the importance of trust, comfort and safety in this process. The company also understands the importance of speed and efficiency. Sellers of junk vehicles sometimes need cash for very important life events or maybe just local code enforcement issues or the apartment leasing office wants that car off the property. Whatever the reason may be, Sanford and Son understand this is personal and want to make your experience as positive as possible.

What projects would you tackle?

How to Make a Party in a Box

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How to Make a Party in a BoxIt’s that time of the school year already…the end!  Summer is approaching (if you live in the south like we do, it’s already here) and it’s time for teacher gifts.  Now, I’m a teacher myself and get a few gifts and I’m not one bit opposed to getting a gift card.  Those are awesome and so appreciated!  With that said, I just can’t stop my creative side from wanting to do more.  I got this crazy idea in my head about a party in a box for Gav’s teachers and I had to run with it.  It’s so simple, can be relatively inexpensive, and it so fun!

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Celebrating Our Time Together With JORD

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I don’t often talk much about one of the most important people in my life.  He was there before the boys and he is one of my biggest cheerleaders.  He is my companion and my partner for life.  This is Chase, my husband.

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This year marks a special one in our marriage.  Like many (dare I say ALL) marriages, ours is not easy.  We fight, we argue, we complain but we love.  Through it all we love.  Last year we were coming out of one of the hardest years of our marriage yet, through our faith in the Lord, we have come out of it stronger.  Our relationship is by no means perfect, we are still learning, but keeping God at the center has brought us to a new, more understanding place.  We are now coming into our best year of marriage.

November 20, 2017 will mark our seventh anniversary and I never really thought much about the seventh year until recently.  Seven, in biblical terms, is a significant number.  Many sources I’ve found say that it symbolizes completion or divine perfection.  We are by no means divine or perfect and we certainly aren’t complete, but I love knowing that it is a complete number for our God.  It is a good number, a holy number.  So this year I wanted to do something special.

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In November we will be doing a photoshoot that I can hardly wait for but in the mean time, I wanted Chase to have something special to celebrate our time together.  Enter this gorgeous piece by JORD.  Chase is not one for jewelry, but he loves watches.  He likes them mainly just for practical purposes but he has to like the way they look too.  When I showed him the Conway collection from JORD, I knew it would be the perfect fit.  He loves the wooden body and darker colors.  JORD’s wooden watches come in a variety of finishes that are beautiful but he was definitely sold with the darker options like his piece in sandalwood.

Celebrating your Husband with JORD wooden watches

Now, let’s talk about wardrobe.  Chase’s dark piece doesn’t exactly scream spring but it definitely goes with just about everything he owns.  He does have a neon orange fishing shirt (that I never let him wear!) that I don’t think would go very well, but that’s about it!  He can also attest that, while great for looks, it holds up during play time too.

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He loves showing his new wooden watch off and I love seeing him wear it.  And while this year is pretty special for us, I look forward to many more!

JORD Conway Series Wooden Watch

Want to win a JORD piece for your handsome honey?  You’re in luck!  Enter the giveaway below for you chance win a piece from the JORD Conway series. Everyone who enters but does not win will receive a $25 gift code.  Contest ends 4/23/17 at 11:59pm.

Wooden Wrist Watch

  Can’t wait until the end of the contest?  Use the code j17gavandro15aa for 15% off all Conway watches. (code expires 6/30/17)   For more gorgeous wooden watches from JORD, check out their women’s collection and more from there’s men’s collection. XO, Kelly

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It’s Been A Minute…

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Somehow I’ve ended up taking a month long brake from blogging.  A MONTH.  And I have to say, it was much needed and accidentally came at the right time.  If we’re going for complete honesty here, I was in the middle of one of those blogger identity crises where I had no idea what I was doing anymore.  I loved blogging but had no idea if anyone was reading my stuff, was my stuff any good, why am I doing this, and so on and so forth.  So I stopped.  I stopped stressing about getting something done just to be able to push the publish button and sat back a decided to refocus.

I stopped worrying about applying for campaigns or reaching out to companies to do collaborations because, while it was really awesome to get those things, I didn’t find my voice in it.  I love small shops and of course I love the companies that I applied for sponsored posts for but in all honesty, I’d just rather purchase from them, post about it if I want to and share that way.

So why even blog anymore?  Because I want to share my DIYs still, I’d like to get back to that.  I’m constantly crafting and I enjoy being creative. I want to keep this as a log of motherhood, especially these early stages.  I want to connect with other people.  That’s the exact reason I started blogging in the first place.  It was my way of feeling connected to the world again after Gav was born.

Another reason this break has been a happy accident is because I have been super busy!  I’ve been blessed with so many chalkboard art clients, commissioned art pieces, and photography work that something had to give.  I want to share that all here as well.  So I guess to some it all up, why still blog?  Cuz I wanna!

There will be some changes here and there and I will be in and out.  My hope is that by the new year I will have all of my ducks in a row and be ready to tackle a tight but doable schedule.  This hopefully will also include a switch over to WordPress. *fingers crossed*  As for now, I’ll be popping in from time to time, sharing this or that.  If you have stuck around, THANK YOU!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!  I pray that you will continue to visit my little corner of the web and walk with me on my journey.  Want to know where you can pretty much always find me?  Follow me on INSTAGRAM and say hey!

Check out what I’ve been up to and stop by the SHOP and my PHOTOGRAPHY site.

XO, Kelly

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Ten Little Things #146

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1. A sweet little ballerina in my class
2. THIS video
3. Moments this week where my small group study has helped me understand more of the Bible
4. Gav earned his yellow belt at tae kwon do!
5. Fun painting something for my family
6. Fun at Gav’s pre-K fall festival
7. Amazing intensive on leadership at our church
8. Movie in my parents’ neighborhood…fall breeze and free popcorn!
9. Inspiration to start a new type of journaling
10. A great time with high school ministry home group

What brought YOU joy this past week?  Follow along on INSTAGRAM for more joyful moments.
XO, Kelly

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Hey, It’s Wednesday!

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I keep typing and deleting this post 5 million times.  At first, it was turning out to be a vent session but that’s just not me.  As I typed up all the things on my mind, including the actual pain that is, I’m pretty sure, a cluster headache, I realized how trivial and “first world problem”-y it all was.  Yeah, I have a long to do list, but I’ll get it done.  It’ll all get done.  So instead, I’m sharing a picture of my fun little faux pumpkin piece which is a result of my attempt to actually do things from Pinterest again.  You can check out my Pinterest “bucket list” HERE.

Also, pumpkin spice glazed pepitas from Target are amazing.  Run, buy some, and thank me later!  Oh fall, I’m so glad you’re here!  See…positivity. It’s a beautiful thing.

Happy Wednesday, y’all!  Keep your heads up, praise the Lord that you’re here, and bust you way through the rest of the week.  In other words…”Wake. Pray. Slay!”

XO, Kelly

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Ten Little things #145

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1. Ro giggling during freeze dance at Gymboree
2. Playing with snapchat with Gav
3. Making a chalkboard client happy with just my first sketch!
4. Checking things off the to do list
5. A brand new coffee mug
6. Chopping off 4 inches of my hair
7. Gav and Ro “playing” piano together
8. My mom trying to get used to her Apple Watch and the texts that come out of it…hysterical!
9. Watching Gav and hubby swing together in the backyard
10. Open baptism at church…such a beautiful thing!

What brought YOU joy this past week?  Follow along on INSTAGRAM for more joyful moments.
XO, Kelly

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From Pinspiration to Reality

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I have to admit, my Pinterest game is super weak these days.  I’ve gotten back in the habit of pinning 5,000,001 things and doing nothing with it.  So sad, such wasted inspiration.  I used to try to do them often (see my Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It posts HERE) but then life kinda happened and I stopped.

Then, last week I shared my fall bucket list (see it HERE) and it got me thinking.  
Enter the Pinterest bucket list!
These are all pins that I have on other boards that are just sitting there.  And you know sometimes certain good intended pins can get lost depending on how long ago you found it.  So I sifted through my boards and started repining them to a new one entitled, you guessed it, “Pinterest Bucket List”.  I ready to dig in and get these projects going!
What’s on my list so far?
– A weekly clothes sorter for Gav to make getting ready for school easier/quicker
– DIY “Poo” pourri (don’t judge me)
– A pumpkin vase
– Kid activities
– Faux fondant
– about 101 recipes that I’m dying to try
What’s on your Pinterest bucket list?
XO, Kelly
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