Behind the Scenes Series: What the Future Holds

From crocheted wash cloths and scrubbies to soy wax tarts – What is next for Own Something Awesome?

Well, for starters, I need to move to a bigger house! As I mentioned in Behind the Scenes: The Long Road of Finding My Craft there is not enough room here for anything else!

I want to keep adding to the fragrance selection for the tarts. My goal is to always keep in stock the fragrances I currently carry and then to continue adding more until I reach 100. After I reach 100 different fragrances, then I think I’ll introduce a new scent each month with the possibility of extra scents around certain seasons.

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Craft Shows 101: The Day Before the Show

Craft Shows 101 The Day Before the ShowThe day before the show is a great time to make sure everything is ready to go. The day of the show will be eventful enough without scrambling at the last minute to try and get everything together.

First thing – your change box or cash register. Make sure this gets checked before the bank closes. You will want to have plenty of change on-hand for the length of the show. If it is a high traffic show, it may be a good idea to also have a locked drop-box so you don’t have a large amount of money sitting in your cash register the whole time. I’m not usually too concerned about this at the shows I attend; however, you can make your own mind up about which option you feel most comfortable with.

Check that your table coverings are wrinkle-free. Table coverings that are not wrinkled will give a much neater, welcoming impression. If you are unable to clean your table coverings at home, you may want to check this a couple days in advance. This will allow enough time to take them to a dry cleaner, if needed. The type of table cloth and table skirt I use wash up very nicely in the washer and dryer, so I keep a small garment steamer on hand for in between washes when there is just a few wrinkles that need to come out.

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Behind the Scenes Series: The Long Road of Finding My Craft

Happy Tuesday Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and a very motivating Monday to keep you going through the week!

So, if you read last week’s Behind the Scene’s you already know today’s topic! You know that I have gone from A&K Gift Gallery to A.D.Designs to A&K Gift Gallery to Own Something Awesome. So, A&K Gift Gallery has actually survived through all of this, but it’s kind of just a whatever shop.

One-of-a-Kind by A.D.Designs. This was my pride and joy. I LOVED that I could take a bag of wool and a barbed needle and create a little piece of fiber art. I will say, SOOOO much time went into some of these sculptures, but I was always proud of my work. This was the business I had going for me when I left the insurance agency.

Needle Felted Bear Trio

Needle Felted Bear Trio

Scotty the Scottish Terrier

Scotty the Scottish Terrier

What happened? Well, when I became pregnant with my first son, the motion of poking the needle into the wool really fast made me way too nauseous. I was very lucky and had barely any morning sickness, but needle-felting was completely out of the question. Even after the first trimester passed the motion still made me sick. So, currently all of my supplies resides in totes that are stored away. I never brought them out of storage because I didn’t want the kids to somehow find a barbed needle and hurt themselves with it (because I swear, no matter how hard I try to keep things away, they still find things!) It was more a peace-of-mind conclusion. One day, when they’re both older, I hope to needle felt again though, because I found it to be a great way to wind down at the end of the day. Continue reading

Craft Shows 101: Preparing for the Show

Craft Shows 101 Preparing for the ShowThings are getting real now! You’ve been accepted to the show, and it’s time to prepare!

First things first – making your products. When finishing up your items, it is always good to have some sort of label whenever possible.  If a customer loves your product, and want to buy more, you want them to remember your business name. Business cards work for this; however, many times, business cards get lost or thrown away.

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Behind the Scenes Series: What I Did Before Own Something Awesome

Did you know the average person will make a career change 5-7 times during their life? 

Well, I wouldn’t consider most of my jobs a career, but I left the actual workforce at a pretty young age (about a month after my 22nd birthday.)

We’ll start with my first job. Good ol’ McDonald’s. Where I lived, it seemed there was one of two places to get a job – McDonald’s or the grocery store. I was 15 and was bound and determined to find a job so I could buy a car as soon as I got my driver’s license. (This didn’t happen. I passed my driver’s test on my 16th birthday and drove a full-size van all summer – which I WAS thankful my parents had it laying around.) Continue reading

Craft Shows 101: Payments

Craft Shows 101 Payments You’re heading out to your first show, If you’re just not sure how much money to bring or what kind of card reader to use I hope to shed some light here on some of the options that are offered currently.

A lot of people in today’s world don’t carry much cash, so a card reader is great to have at your shows. You will still want to have cash on hand as well though. Make sure you have plenty of 1’s and 5’s to make change throughout the day. A good idea is to look at your price points and figure a lot of people will carry twenty dollar bills. What kind of change will you be giving back to them? And don’t forget your sales tax, if you have your sales tax license already.* You’ll want to be sure to have enough pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters as well.

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