Great day out at the OK State Fairgrounds last Saturday!
Onto the booth photos (cause ya'll know I didn't take any others!):
Okay, seriously bad photo. But it's the only FULL shot I had, you get what you get.
What exactly is the camera focusing on? The floor? Good grief.
And how huge is this space? I'm all spread out, easy to for shoppers to walk through and not feel like they're in a hallway (that's my theory anyways)... a 10'x20' is worth it in my opinion.
I guess I'm in a hatin kinda mood this morning, how wrinkly are my tablecloths?! Oy.
Table top looks cute though. And if you remember, I stuck with the same basic set up from last year... the tables work in those positions.
I ordered a literature holder from a retail supply online store to use as a pouch display. It was a great, no Perfect!, way to display these bags. I have never sold so many at a show, ever.
Turning to your right and we have Monkey Central. Looking their best, hoping for a forever home!
And all but one of the Baby Mice found a home. That last mouse? He can stay right here with me :)
Aaaand the Big Trout! She looks lovely here and now on my couch. I haven't decided if I will cut her up and use her for parts. So terrible!
The Elephants were a big hit!
Actually I feel like everything was a big hit. I came away from Saturday's show with such a huge confidence boost! Sock Monkeys have been my shtick for so long it's nice to see the other things I LOVE to make getting attention :)
I'm already looking forward to next year!
Now to get the Etsy shop back up and running!
Saturday December 8th, 2012! OK State Fairgrounds, Centennial Building! 11-5 and FREE admission! All Handmade and loads of entertainment!
Sorry for yelling at all you fine folks :)
In addition to getting ready for the big show I had the chance to participate in the first ever OKC Coloring Book, put out by the lovely Deluxe ladies. I took the easy street and adapted my Gary England sketches from the Stitch-a-long project. Now you can color in your own super cells! The book is currently for sale at many local shops and will also be available at Deluxe on Saturday.
I am working right up to load-the-van time, so many little details. A couple last minute projects...
Oklahoma Pinbacks! Little and cute :)
And this beast! She will be stunning on the table. Yes, she is longer than my ironing board.
Behind her is my mountain of goods and display stuffs ready to go! Itsa gonna be a good show!
Hope to see some friendly faces... And if I don't know your face you should say, Hey! I read your crazy talk on the interwebz!
Then we would be real life friends :)
I cannot believe it is November thefreaking29th. Deluxe is on December 8th. Including the few hours left on today, I have 9 working days before the show! Eeek!
Thankfully most everything is done. I have just a few ideas I want to flesh out, those last minute brainstorms. What is that about anyways?! I always ALWAYS have some last minute kick ass idea. Where were you in August when I had time?
Some of the super cuteness I will have with me on the 8th...
Gorgeous Sweater Elephant.
Okie pouches!! And I'm super jazzed about the new display for my patchwork/embroidered/buttonified zipper pouches. It was such a forehead smacking moment, why didn't I think of that earlier!
I wanted to share a few photos of my tent set up from Saturday's Plaza District Festival here in OKC. I am so so SO dang thankful we had a good tent with sidewalls because it rained all day long.
Talk about anxiety!
The one thing I agonized over the most in preparation for the show was the lighting. Closing was scheduled for 10pm and I needed an easy (cheap) way to light the 10 X 10 tent. Not finding many ideas online, other than track lighting, I decided to wing it. What ended up working the best was a two halogen bulb floodlight and two strands of c-9 Christmas lights. The floodlight had to be re-wired with an extension cord and mounted on a square of wood, by my better half of course :) Pointing the floodlight up helped diffuse the light and the Christmas lights helped to brighten up the edges. The festival closed down early so I only got to use my light setup for a couple hours but I found it very effective.
As we were packing up, I rushed to take a very bad photo.
I also had to re-arrange the tables several times till we found a good set up... what works in the garage doesn't always work at the show!
Below is the first arrangement, before the rains really settled in and kept us inside, also a very bad photo.
And here are a few awkward shots of the final (best) arrangement, less like a tunnel and much more inviting. Then, of course, photos of all the cuteness that was available!
Now, several days later, I can say I feel like it was an experience I NEEDED to have. Just hearing from others about doing outdoor shows really can't tell you if they are right for you and what you make. What you can handle, as far as stress goes, and where your target market shops.
Thank you to any who braved the drizzle and came out!
Now to prepare for Deluxe!!
Just a quick reminder to all my OKC friends that tomorrow (Saturday the 29th) is the Plaza District Festival. The festival runs Noon - 10pm.
I am not my most comfortable at outside shows (too many variables!) so familiar faces would be lovely! I am also hoping to get good photos of my light system and do a lil post about doing an outdoor show at night.
We will have:
Mini Zips and Half Pints!
And all the other various Sweatery animals... Elephants, Tortoises, Puppies, oh my!
Less than a month away from the Plaza District Festival here in Oklahoma City!
We will be there with a nice selection of sweeties, most of which will be making their debut in the real world. Elephants, turtles, mice, kitties, pups and of course... monkeys :)
I also have a pretty awesome bunch of new embroidered pouches in two sizes.
I am making great progress (big shout out to the public school system!) and will be in No Stress mode by Sept 29th. I will do another post with pictures closer to the date, so please put it on your calendars now!