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the going on…

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Hey guys!

Now, go get up, pour yourself a big glass of water (or wine…  your liking!), grab that throw pillow and sit comfortably in your favorite chair. Yep. This is going to be a looooong post! Are you ready for the ride?!

Still trying to figure out where to start with all this…

Ok, let’s try with my Facebook fan page….

Back 2 months or 2 1/2 months ago, my fan page was sitting there with its lucky 295 fans. everything was smooth and cool. My friend Mélissa over at Rizada asked on her fan page (over 2000 fans!!) for people with a crafty page to link up in the comments so we could discover new talents… which i did! and then, with that link, reached the 340 fans. Next thing I know? Facebook is sending me (?) an email congratulating me to reaching over 300 fans along with  50$ coupon for advertisement (?) I was like.. really???

Ok, if you have been wondering if Facebook advertisement is working.. the answer is: HELL YEAH! I made the advertisement only for Québec and went to 340 something to over 840 fans in less than a month… WOAH! can we say c.r.a.z.y here?! I was kind of overwhelmed with that. And not prepare a bit to received that overflowing of custom orders that went with it! I got about 15 custom requests in less than 2 weeks and was having anxiety over them since I was trying to figure out how to keep track of everything! My small dry erase picture frame wasn’t gonna make it… actually I think I heard it agonizing…

Enter superman: aka hubby. Did I ever say that accountants are boring? Scratch that. He just snapped his magic and easily made me an awesome  google doc with many boards to follow my sales, production and orders! (ok, they can still be boring sometimes… ha!) That helped me a lot  to stay organized and keep track of everything (with even the numbers adding to themselves… told you! Magic!) even my Facebook email links are there so I don’t have to sift through all emails to find the one that request that special order.

Now back to that facebook page… (you still there??)  Many people asked if they could drive and get their custom order themselves instead of me shipping it out… that wasn’t a problem but on my page I had listed that my small business was in Montréal since I thought it would be easier to discover if I listed the big city instead of my small south-shore town. Being tired of explaining to every and single one that I wasn’t exactly on the island I got up and changed it to my real city on my page. Next morning?? there was a journalist sending an email to ask if he could interview me for the local paper (with photograph and all!) WHAT THE….???? I jumped up and down said yes, of course!!  So, i spend more than 2 hours with that nice journalist (with him even dolling out tips!) had the photograph in and 2 weeks later I was feature in the local papers! ( the net version, in french, and please, just skip the picture…) It’s kind of weird going to the grocery store and having people say to you: Hey, I saw you in the paper! That was an experience!! It made some people call to request more custom orders… ( have you heard me whisper: panicking! here?)

All that while preparing for a big craft fair that I was helping to make it happens… (ok, maybe, I said, maybe I wasn’t whispering… i might have cry  Panicking out loud!)

and then, that nice journalist told me, since he’s from the old generation, he would have like my phone number to be on my fan page because he would have prefer to call me instead of typing out an email. Since I’m a good girl (?) i followed his tip and went and added it to the page.

Three days later? I had a well known (but for me!) Lady calling in to ask if they could feature me on the weekly well knwon magazine we have here in Québec (it’s called Le Lundi)..  I was listening to the lady while looking at my hubby wondering if it was a prank or something… here’s the proof it wasn’t….

my product, being featured in a mag!

Sooooooo, I had my big craft fair (everything went well, thank you very much!), still working my way out of my custom request list (being out of it should happen sometimes in the upcoming year!), and still trying to adjust myself to the busy schedule and feeling of craziness… (that may or may not subdued in the following months…)! I do have lots of stuff to share here since I haven’t written much in the last months 😉 And glad that I’m back to read all the wonderful stories and projects you shared. I’ve missed you. More than I can say!

Still alive!

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Hey peeps! Yep, still alive 🙂 I’ve missed you so much guys… Just can’t wait to be back on the blog-o-sphere and read what you have all have been up to, and commenting and spreading some blog love to my heart content! I’ll be surely emerging from the business craziness fog next week… with my big craft fair saturday, I’ll be back to myself again after some rest sunday ah! It’s 2 in the morning here… I thought I wasn’t that stressed out but my body is telling me otherwise 😦 I went to bed before the kiddos with a migraine, and now I can’t sleep anymore and have heart burns… crazy body.

I have so much stuff to tell you…! Looks like the business is taking off 🙂 but more on that next week. In the meanwhile, I hope everyone will have a great weekend and that you are all safe and sound! Love you all! Lots.

(sorry for the lack of pictures haha!)

(LOL what the h… with wordpress?? they suggested for tags: mental-health, aviation, transportation and gaming….! o_O )

craft fair table set up…

I had a fair for “les journées de la culture” organized by our local library. Tables were free since it was to feature the local artists and crafters 🙂

Craft fair set up

Traffic was pretty low (with a burst on sunday) but somehow I ended up making more sales than last year… Sales were the cherry on top since I was there to really engaged with people and get some feedbacks.

Craft fair set up

And I got lots! I was shoveled  with nice comments, great feedbacks and positive thoughts! Love that! I was a bit less committed with my sewing for the last couple of weeks and that gave me the push I needed to go back to it 🙂

I did things differently with my set up than last time…

Craft fair set up

First, I went wild with the spray paint last week!!! I spray paint all of my “furniture display” stuff for a more unified look. And of course it had to be red! lol

Craft fair set up

I found a vintage wooden wine bottle holder at the charity shop and I thought it would make a good holder for my rolled up scarves and it would certainly free more space on the table.

Craft fair set up

Love the look, love the organization, love the reuse, love the vintage.

I found out that the vintage strawberry pyrex I had was fitting nicely with my cocktail clutches so it got a new use 🙂

Craft fair set up

(and the strawberries are red, right?!)

Spray painted the wicker baskets I have too (told you I went wild!) and rearrange them differently.

Craft fair set up

And 2 days before the show, I went back to the charity shop to have a look around and found the metal RED magazine holder…

Craft fair set up

I mean, I just snatched it up! and I love how it keeps my clutches and pouches upright  as well as freeing more space!

I’m beginning to like my table set up now 🙂

Craft fair set up

but I was lucky since the table was 8′ long and I had walls to put the bigger bags on…

Craft fair set up

still don’t know how I will put my stuff on a 6′ table with no walls… I might ask my dad to make me a coat hanger (the tree style) for the bags but I still hope to find one at the charity shop 🙂

Donc un petit résumé pour les journées de la culture! Ce fut intéressant, mais un peu long vu le peu d’achalandage. J’ai fait plus de ventes que l’an passé par contre! Mais ça c’est la cerise sur le sunday comme on dit! J’aime beaucoup jaser avec le monde et recevoir tous ces commentaires positifs 😉 J’ai changé l’allure de ma table! J’y suis allée joyeusement avec la peinture en spray (rouge bien sûr!) pour avoir un coup d’oeil plus uniforme. J’ai trouvé aussi de nouveaux usages à certains accessoires comme le vieux porte-bouteille de vin qui tient maintenant mes foulards roulés sur la table et le moule à pain en pyrex que j’ai utilisé pour mes petits sacs cocktails! J’ai même trouvé, 2 jours avant l’expo, un porte revues en métal ROUGE! il tient maintenant d’autres sacs 🙂

All the rage craft fair.

I had a craft fait last sunday 🙂 In NDG in Montréal. It was my second year (and the fair second year too) at this place and it was ok I guess.

All the rage craft fair

It was in a different building this time and that was much better than last year! More booths too. But still pretty low on traffic. I’d say less than 100 people went to the show. But I made more sales than last year 🙂 So all in all it wasn’t bad. Just a long afternoon…

All the rage craft fair

I was still not very satisfied with my table setting. Even though I had a small wooden  case (in which I had a shelf for more storage) and my spice rack that was holding my kleenex holders.

All the rage craft fair

But something is off and I still don’t know what….

All the rage craft fair

I scotch taped my tie bags on the brick wall to gain more space on the table (which was 8′ long)

All the rage craft fair
I couldn’t put all my scarves though and didn’t brought my mittens because I thought I wouldn’t have enough space…

All the rage craft fair

I would love to have your feedbacks and ideas so it’s better looking! (hey Lynn! any ideas ??!! I’m far from the cuteness of your booth!)

I bought some burlap and went for 6′ of it… I should have gone to 8′ since it looks weird on a 8′ table…

All the rage craft fair

J’ai donc participé à la foire À la page! dans NDG à MOntréal…. La salle était mieux que celle de l’an passé, plus d’exposants aussi, mais très peu de traffic… je dirais moins de 100 personnes… Mais j’ai quand même fait quelques ventes! Je suis, par contre, encore insatisfaite de la présentation de mon kiosque… J’ai ajouté une caisse de bois (dans laquelle j’ai mis une tablette) pour mes étuis à crayons (et ça me gagne de l’espace sur la table), mon armoire à épices qui contenait mes étuis à mouchoirs, J’avais scotch tapé les sacs cravates au mur… ce n’est pas à mon goût mais je ne suis pas capable de mettre le doigt dessus… J’ai aussi acheté de la jute pour la table, mais j’ai pris seulement 6′ de jute… j’aurais dû en prendre 8’…

Auriez-vous des idées pour Moi!!! SVP!??? qu’est-ce que vous en pensez?