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5 lessons learned from my first craft show

Last Saturday was my first time as a vendor at a craft show! It was such a great experience and I had a really great time.  It was held in a cozy indoor venue and the perfect sunny and unseasonably warm weather brought in lots of foot traffic from the small town square. And it was so nice having the opportunity to finally meet all the other crafty people I knew online and seeing their amazing work in person.

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I sold enough to recover the cost of my table and a little bit extra. So that spells success in my book! :)

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That being said however, things didn't go 100% as I would have liked. 

And therefore I learned some valuable lessons:

 

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1. I cannot and do not have to bring EVERYTHING that I have painted/printed. Seriously. I only have so much room on a table. While it was eye catching, my display was kind of overflowing with art stuffs; I had a box full of paintings that I didn't have the room to display! Plus I can always direct them to etsy and my other online shops to see more.

2. I need a better way to display my stuffs. I feel that a lot of things got lost because they weren't visible at all. Again, it was eye catching, but terribly impractical. 

3. I may need to re-think my price structure depending on the market. A couple of people visibly balked when they saw the price of some of my paintings (I really didn't think they were that pricey.)

4. I should have taken more photos. Of my table and set up, of me and my table... I just didn't have time to think about it.

5. I can't believe I forgot to have a signup book for the email list. DUH! That was totally a missed opportunity.

 

Good thing I have another opportunity at another arts & crafts show in two weeks! 

 

See you there!

 

 

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Holiday Art & Craft Show Update

Remember back in my last post where I mentioned that I will be participating in a couple of holiday craft shows? I'm here to give you the details! I'm am so incredibly excited to be able to show/sell my work at the following venues:

December 2, 2017 Honey Craft Indie Craft Market

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • Mixin Mingle - Woodstock. 124 Cass Street Woodstock, IL, 60098 United States (map)

 

 

December 17, 2017 Revolution Craft Show

  • Sunday, December 17, 2017
  • 12:00 PM 6:00 PM
  • Revolution Tap Room 3340 North Kedzie Avenue Chicago, IL, 60618 United States (map)

I'm super excited, and truthfully, a little nervous (total introvert here!) I hope that you're able to stop by either (or both!) of the shows and say hi and pick up some excellent gifts for the holidays form me and other talented artists. I have a ton of matted photos for sale, a few photo acrylic blocks (these are so cool!) canvas tote bags, and paintings. I will also be showing off my moms fantastic handmade greeting cards.  

Hope to see you soon!

-a

If you are unable to attend, or are not local, don't worry. You can still shop my etsy store:

aprilbernphoto.etsy.com

 

 

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10 Super Easy DIY Photo Gifts You Can Make in an Afternoon

Still not finished with your Christmas shopping? Don't feel bad, I'm not finished either! There is still time to make memorable and one of a kind gifts for friends and family. With photos that you print out from your local photo lab and a few supplies that you probably have around the house you can whip up these beautiful meaningful gifts in an afternoon. Here are some of my favorite DIY photo gifts:

10 Super Easy DIY Photo Gifts
10 DIY Photo Gifts to make

5. Picture Frame Memory Wreath

6. DIY Photo Candle

7. Wood Slice Photo Transfer

8. DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments

9. 2018 Calendar Template (shameless plug!)

10 DIY Tile Photo Coasters

Aren't these super fun? They require minimal supplies and time and pack such a meaningful punch. These homemade gifts are so much better than what you pick up at the mall or Amazon.

Which gift are you going to make? Have you created a photo gift that I didn't list? Please share in the comment section below-- I'd love to see what you made!

 

 

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10 super easy DIY photo gifts you can totally make

We all have tons of photos living on our hard drives and on our phones. I happen to have terabytes of photos sitting on multiple hard drives. I'm always looking for easy DIYs to print out and display my photos. I've found a few that I think are easy and would make great gifts for your friends and loved ones this year.

10 Super Easy DIY Photo Gifts You Can Make
10 DIY ideas for Photo Gifts

5. Photo Gift Box

6. Make Your Own Canvas Portrait

7. DIY Photo Transfer Coasters

8. DIY Photo Ornament

9. Personal Photo Clock

10. Personalized Photo Map (I love this one!)

 

If you're looking for another super easy DIY photo gift project, I recommend my 2016 DIY Calendar templates (shameless plug!) They are a super quick and easy way to print out a calendar with your own custom photos for your family and friends to cherish!

If you want to check out how easy they are, I posted a quick tutorial here: How to use my DIY Calendar Template.

If you find any other awesome DIY photo gift ideas, or if you have tried any of these, be sure to let me know in the comment section below! I'd love to hear how your project turned out and what your friends/family thought of it!

 

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My distressed painted flower pot DIY

Remember a few weeks ago when I was in the process of painting my flower pots and I posted the list of my top 10 DIY painted flower pot ideas? Well, I did finish them and I LOVE how they turned out!

Here's a quick little DIY on how to paint flowerpots so they look distressed:

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These distressed pots were super simple to make and I LOVE the results!

1. Start with clean, dry pots

2. Spray lightly with Krylon Make it Stone spray paint and wait for it to dry.

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3. Paint with your choice of acrylic paints. I used a combination of Martha Stewart's Wedding Cake, Blue Sky, and Cloud and I just dabbed all three colors on the pot with no real rhyme or reason.

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4. Once the acrylic paint is dry, take a course grit sandpaper and rub some of the paint off!

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Voila! Easy-peasy distressed flower pots!

 

Did you try this DIY? How did it turn out? Let me know in the comments section below!

 

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10 DIY Flower Pot Painting ideas

One of the things on my "Operation: Finish What You Start" project list are these flower pots that are in the beginning stages of becoming awesome. Last summer, I bought some pots with the plan to paint them and make them look distressed and weathered. I made it this far....

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Hopefully, the weather will warm up soon and I can finish them!!! On the plus side, while researching how I wanted to paint these pots, I found a ton of great DIY sites and I'd love to share them with you. (In case you're interested, I'm trying to paint my pots like DIY #10)

Enjoy!!

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1. DIY Painted Clay Pots

2. How to Age Terracotta Pots with a Mixture of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax

3. Chalkboard Painted Orchid Pot

4. How to Make a Mosaic Flower Pot

5. Pretty Lace Flower Pots

6. French Flower Pots

7. How to Faux Finish Plastic Flower Pots

8. DIY Painted Pots

9. Twig Flower Pots for Giving or Keeping

10. Dirt Painting Clay Pots

If you painted your pots with one of these techniques, or have a different DIY to share, please leave a comment below-- I'd love to see it!!!

 

If you're looking for even MORE fun ways to decorate and paints your flower pots, check out this post for 10 more DIY flower pot painting ideas!

If you're looking for even more and even CUTER ways to DIY your indoor and outdoor flower pots, check out this post: 10 More Super Cute Ways to DIY Your Flower Pots

Want to create your own cute succulent planters? Check out this post: 10 Super Cute Ways to DIY Succulent Planters

 



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2011 in review and my top 10 posts

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2011 was a crazy year. An absolutely wild year. It started out pretty tough (my grandma was in the hospital in December of 2010, and then in February, we had snowpocalypse, and then my mom was in the hospital. I joined ARTprenuer as their resident photography expert, was in a minor car accident and unveiled my brand new website and blog in April.

May was busy, but pretty quiet. I opened up my aprilbernphoto etsy shop with the hopes of focusing on selling my fine art prints.

Things picked up again in June when decided to relax and slow down my hectic work pace and I got engaged (holy moly! i still can't believe it)

At the end of July, we bought a house and the end of August, we finally heard back for sure that we got the house! September was just as busy packing, packing, and packing some more and opening up a new photography portrait business with my good, good friend.

October and November were spent settling in the new house, and doing a ton of fun photoshoots!

December has been great so far (only 3 days left!) and barely an inch of snow has fallen all month (I can handle this kind of winter!) Christmas was sunny and 41 degrees. NICE! The Christmas break was spent with friends and families and was wonderful!

 

Here are top 10 most popular blog posts for 2011. If you haven't yet, be sure to check out the the valuable resources in my Crafty Connections posts-- I think you'll find a ton of valuable resources to help with marketing your handmade art and craft products. If you happen to read anything that is particularly helpful, drop me a line and let me know!!!

Also, if you're looking for help in particular topics, let me know and I'll do my best to find helpful resources for you. If you have a question or need help in a certain area, know that there are others that have the very same questions so please ask!! Also included in this list is a fabulous round of of Granny Square tutorials and carefully curated collections of wonderful etsy items I found while doing (ahem!) research. Don't miss these!

1. wednesday inspiration- april showers

2. crafty connections- march 15th

3. crafty connections- april 26th

4. granny square mania

5. crafty connections- january 18th

6. i'm getting around! check out my guest post!

7. crafty connections- october 5th

8. photo friday- graceful

9. featured handmade artist- sewsweetstitches

10. coffee junkies-- is one or two cups of coffee enough?

I'm very much looking forward to what 2012 has in store. I have a lot of new projects I want to work on, a house to settle into, a business to grow, and a wedding to plan! See you in the new year!!!!

Crafty Connections- August 9th

Hello! Happy Tuesday! I'm super excited to bring you this week's Crafty Connections! Don't forget to check out the DIY at the end of the post-- I *so* want to try this! If you do try it, let me know about your results!

Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, and informative links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafty DIY projects, and blogs I think are worth following. I hope you find something useful and helpful! If so, please let me know. I would LOVE your feedback!

You & Me Venn Diagram Embroidery

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6 Tips for beginning Etsy shop owners- Did you love this post? I have more! Sign up with your email address to receive monthly free printables, desktop + iphone wallpapers, and updates!

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The World's Shortest (and Probably Most Controversial) Guide to SEO The things that are really important–like creating powerful content–are often overlooked...

Fall 2011 Fashion Color Report Taking cues from the great masters, sepia tones of old Hollywood, Chinese opera, cityscapes and countryside, designers are paying close attention to texture, contrast and color for fall 2011

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Pros & Cons of Selling Your Products On Consignment There are pros and cons to consignment that you should weigh before making your choice

DIY- Handmade Custom Paper Tape It’s crazy easy, if you have the right materials and tools.

 

If you know of any good handmade craft marketing resources I should include in the next Crafty Connections post please don’t hesitate to email me, or leave the link(s) in the comments section! I would love to be able to share these great resources with everyone! Thank you so much! 

-April

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