Happy Monday All!
I have been so busy the past few weeks preparing for two Fall Art Festivals where I am selling the laLa Grace products. The first was this past Saturday and the next is Saturday the 26th. Shows like this are hard work and can be fairly costly but I have to say it's completely worth it because it's so fun to get out from behind my computer and meet people face to face and get to see their reactions to the cards. I also had a lot of fun decorating my booth, there are a few things I'd still like to tweak and make a bit better but overall I was really happy with how it all came together for my first show like this; and several people said I had the prettiest booth at the show which was nice to hear. :)
I'm sure the freakishly hot October fall day (a steaming 88 degrees with 100% humidity) affected the turnout but I am happy to say that I still sold more cards than I expected so I made back my booth fee and a profit on top of that; plus lots of people said they loved the designs and took my business card so they could have more time to browse online; all in all a good show I'd say. :)
Here a few pics of my booth and set-up, we made a lot of the stuff ourselves, like the rug, most of the sign and the leaf garland which won't be used at every show but I made them for these two shows because they are in the fall.
For the sign I had my logo laser cut in wood from a Daniel at the Laser Shop on Etsy and I purchased the other wood letters at Michael's and then spray painted the logo and letters black. I purchased a 2' X 4' piece of plywood from Home Depot which we cut into the two pieces and then used wood glue to adhere it all to the plywood. We then drilled tiny holes in both signs and attached to each other with twine which we also used to hang the sign.
We made the rug from a painters tarp. I purchased a Heavy Duty 9 X 12 painters tarp from Home Depot. I taped off an 8 X 8 square and painted it white with a paint roller and regular interior paint; I then hand painted the black design also with regular interior wall paint. I then cut off the extra, folded all four sides under for clean edges and used duct tape to tape it in back. It worked great for high traffic and the dirt that did get on it I can just scrub off gently with a soapy cloth and then hose off. Having the rug really added so much to the space I can't even imagine what it would have looked like without it.
Oh and the cool old desk normally lives in our guest bedroom but it's a great addition to our booth don't you think!
Please ignore the big pink sheet, that was the booth next to mine and not part of our design. We actually have sidewalls for our tent that I know would have made our booth look a little better but no one at this event had sidewalls up and to be honest it was so hot that day we probably would have melted if we had put them up.
If you look carefully you can see a little sneak peek of the Holiday Card Collection which will be up in the shop this week!