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Monday, November 01, 2010
Panicked frenzy here, as I get ready for my own show next weekend. This is the first time I've committed to a full 10x10 booth by myself, so I am retooling my displays a little bit. My sister was nice enough to make an Ikea run for me, as I live 2 hours from the nearest one and that tends to be a splurging sort of event. Only needed some WILMA curtains, but wasn't sure the color was quite right. They were close, a bright kelly green, but my displays tend to be more lime-ish.
So I dyed them!
Plaza Palomino in Tucson Nov 5-7 booth 85
Monday, October 25, 2010
- Don't assume a dishy conversation about business won't result in a sale! Be nice.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Had a weakness for small teacups since I was 11 and a friend gave me one for my birthday! Found these sweet little orphans and decided to make pincushions out of them. Filled with sand, they are heavy enough to stay put, unlike those damn tomatoes that roll all over when stabbed. (the "tea" is made of recycled sweaters...) I'll be showing at the Big Brothers Big Sisters show November 5-7 at Plaza Palomino, and these babies will be available for your gift-giving pleasure!
Monday, October 18, 2010
A BIG post with lots of ideas from Julie Mckinney and Gail Ross.
A vent pipe is the perfect size for headbands. Simply hung from the canopy frame. These wires with hooks are sign hangers from a store display supply house. You could make your own, using ribbons or chains.
The scrabble tiles make wonderful signage! Those are old fashioned ice cube trays with beans in it to display little items. If your style is more modern, you could use plastic ice cube trays in a color that goes with your work! Muffin tins work well too. Notice the table covering is PLAIN. More pattern here would make a customer crazy!
Their displays suit their jewelry so well...and display quite a lot of it in a small space. Nothing spare or reserved about anything in here! I could NOT get a picture here without customers getting in the shot. They couldn't keep their hands off, which is a very good thing.
Look at all the different components that went into these two pieces. Lamps, colanders, wrought iron doo-dads, rubber stamp holders, faucet handles, lion and tigers and bears, oh my! Adding embellishments made out of the same material as your product is a Hot Tip. Here, they used old brooch pieces and bottle caps. You might add rhinestones, vintage neckties or the broken ceramic remains of a kiln accident!
These displays work so well for these products because the "junk" is not disguised in either place. You can plainly tell what is what. If your product is more subtle, you might want to consider unifying your displays as to material or color. Maybe painting everything the same color...or sticking with just rusty metal objects. Remember that you want your products to shine! In this booth, the displays are really a product extension, and make the tiny jewelry items larger to attract more attention.
Learning to view everyday objects as display components is a great skill to cultivate. So experiment! And have fun with it, like this ladies certainly do.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Fall is FINALLY in the air here is Tucson. For a change of pace, here is a recipe! Yes, I very occasionally cook. This is one of my family and friends favorites, and is always on our Thanksgiving menu. Easy enough for every day though. I don't remember where it came from...maybe Bon Appetit magazine in the late 1980's?
Curried Pumpkin Soup Makes 6 cups
¼ cup butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 t curry powder
¼ t ground coriander
1/8 t crushed red pepper (this will give it a sm-med kick. Add more if you prefer)
3 cups chicken broth
1 ¾ cups (1 16 oz. can) pumpkin
1 cup half and half
sour cream and chives for garnish
In large saucepan, melt butter. Saute onion and garlic until soft. Add curry powder, coriander and red pepper; cook 1 minute. Add broth; boil gently, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes. Stir in pumpkin and half & half; cook 5 minutes. Blend in blender (or with hand-blender)
Can make ahead and reheat.