Monday, June 29, 2009

Another Busy Week

I thought the summer was suppose to be relaxing. So far it's been pretty busy. Don is putting the finishing touches on a trivet that he made on his scroll saw. He used a pattern of the Rose window at Notre Dame Cathedral. He cut it out of white corian (like the countertop). 197 cuts. It's beautiful. He is going to enter it in the Los Angeles County Fair. When he completes the frame and background I'll add a picture.

I am moving my work area into a new room (bigger and brighter). Can't wait for the extra space. I know I'll fill it up. Also finishing an ad to go in the BHR Artisian Directory and application and pictures for a large craft show in November. It is well know in the community and fills up fast.

Don't forget to check out the featured site on the Artfire Crazy Train

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

This Weeks Schedule

The craft show is over and we hit our goal of sales equaling at least 3 times the booth fee. Did some networking while we were there and recieved leads on other indoor craft shows/boutiques like this one. There is at least 1 every month and starting in October there are 1 - 2 every week. I've already signed up for the July and August events. We also have the 2nd Ave Market this Thursday in Upland, CA. This will be our last until the fall. Temp on Thursday will be 86.

I'm completing some aprons for a woman that runs a daycare. Really cute fabric. Each worker has 2 different aprons, one pink and one green (I'll post pictures when they are done). In order to easily tell whose apron is whose, I've made the pockets on their pink and green aprons the same so they can easily pick out their apron.

While I'm sewing the aprons I will have the embroidery machine going to add some designs to other aprons I've done.

Well, guess I'd better get busy.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Well, we set up for the For Every Season Craft Show today. Over 85 vendors. Some with quite elaborate set ups. First time we have participated in this type of event. We usually use our 10x10 EZUp, 3 tables and a couple of gridwall set ups. This time we have a 4x6 spot. I didn't realize how small that was. Used just about every inch. Still some tweaking to do when we go back for the start of the show on Wed. (Need to arrange the pins better on the pegboard. )

Sunday, June 14, 2009

We've got 2 new sites being featured on Artfire. Take a look at their great shops!

Support and shop handmade!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Crazy Train Featured Artisian

Take a look at this shop, but be forwarned, it's gonna make you hungry. Also, don't forget to visit, support and tell your friends about both of the featured shops.

Gotta go for now. Lots of work to be done getting ready for the craft show. If you are in Southern CA, (see previous post for information). Hope to see you there. Jan

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Support for Artisians

There are a couple of Artfire Guilds that help shops get more visability and hopefully increase sales. These are the current featured shops. Take a look at some of their items. You might find something you like. Feel free to share with your friends. (corrected the link)

Support handmade!!!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Getting Ready

We have a big craft show coming up in 10 days. Lots of work to do. This type is new for us. You set up and folks take your items to a central check out to purchase. You don't have to be at the event. It runs for 5 days. Don will be busy constructing our new display for the event and I'm sewing aprons, baby "Blankies" and embroidering coin purses, etc. I'll post some pictures of the event later. I'm going to try to post the flyer information about the event but just in case that doesn't work, here it is:

"For Every Season" Arts and Crafts Show June 17-21(Wed-Fri 10-8, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-4)
11140 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA

Friday, June 5, 2009


Welcome to On Pens and Needles blog. Don and I enjoy working on our hobbies of woodworking and embroidery/sewing (sometimes combinding them). We would like to share some our experiences and learn from some of you. In the near future will post some of our completed work. Look forward to hearing from you.