Archive for May, 2015

So Saturday was the day! Our first show with doll clothes and my first show since 2012. 

  
The event was put on by Dewey Events and sponsored by Yelp. They have 3 more events coming up over the summer but I don’t think I will attend. As awesome as the price was and the efforts put in by Shanna and Rex, it was not well attended nor were there as many vendors as originally planned. I know this wasn’t their fault; vendors backed out… 

We networked, made future plans, met new some new followers, and received some good advice. 

My newest friend, Kathlean from Fantasy C, will be attending the Treasure Valley Renaissance Fair next Saturday and my family was already planning on visiting so that will be awesome. Her and her husband encouraged us to keep going and attend more fairs because there are so many out there and we have great product. 

Mom also met a talented lady who is a master seamstress that enlightened us on copyright laws (we are in compliance, we were just unclear about other pattern makers). 

We plan on attending the Nampa Art Festival and desire to expand to Renaissance Dress etc. so we can have a theme at certain events. 

I just want to encourage all you new makers out there to keep on going, don’t give up after what seems like a lousy show. Network, gather emails, broaden your social networking presence, and selling outlets. New networking buddies, new followers, and leads are priceless. Even though we financially did not make our money back, we gained so much from this show. 

Thank you for your support and I can’t wait to see you all soon!

Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instrgram, Etsy, and here. Just search for Phoenix Fabric Art. 

Til next time,

Jo 

I am so so anxious, I only have 1 week until #BoiseWhatAGirlWants Expo. It’s been 3 years since my last vendor fair. I am taking a step back to make sure all of my “i” are dotted and “t” are crossed. My card reader, business cards, and bags are in. I need to make my table runner/banner and some more hangers.  My BF was my handsome handyman and made me a peg wall. I also need to take my phone in and replace the screen so that no one cuts their finger while signing! So much to think about. 

On Pinterest, I made a board for Business Tips. On this board you will find good ideas for table runners, booth set up, display examples, etc. This is where I got the idea to make a peg board. We went to the local lumber store and picked up a big sheet of peg board and gathered some 2x2s and scrap wood. Some cutting here, some screws there, a little paint and BAM, peg board display!

  

Yesterday, I made a test run of some doll clothes hangers. I found this tutorial to be quite helpful. Some tips: if the threads are too thick to just slide in between your craft sticks, grind them down on each side, super glue works great but be careful, and try to pick out sticks that are fairly straight so that they will glue together better. I painted mine with yellow and red craft paint and plan to write Phoenix Fabric Art on them. We could only find 4 packs at our local Walmart so I will try our local hardware store for bigger packs and make more since this was a success. 

 
If you are in the Boise area on May 30th you should come see me and mom. Also bring your kiddo and her doll for a free pair of doll undies. Check out #boisewhatagirlwants on Twitter and Facebook for more vendor posts! We hope to see you there! 

4am: sick kiddo. Again. There’s a local school in the valley where a large amount of kiddos got Noro virus. I wonder if she picked it up from daycare or if its some other bug.  Happy Mother’s Day, yeah! Lemon water, rice, and tea for the little one for now. 

This weekend I intended on sewing a lot of clothes, but I got hung up on some of the patterns. I made two dresses from the Salina Dress pattern from Liberty Jane Clothing, a modified Peplum Top, a Baseball Tshirt, and a Veratility Dress (Forever18inches). Note: the Versatility Dress is too tight for little one’s Our Generation doll and my Our Generation doll. Tip: for lace sleeves, add a thin strip of interfacing to the edge and then hem. It looks much prettier. 

So, mom came up with an awesome idea to giveaway doll undies to any girl who brought her doll to our booth! I have chosen the basic shorts pattern by Liberty Jane Clothing. It’s an easy, fast, scrap buster of a pattern. I highly recommend it!

   
           

I am almost official! I finally submitted my DBA and partnership agreement with Liberty Jane Clothing. This is such a huge step in moving forward with my goals and dreams. No, I’m not planning on getting rich quick! I’m just excited to be seeing the smiling faces of those who buy and enjoy what I sew. 

Earlier this week, my mom and I finished our basket of doll clothes for the church auction. It was mainly for raising money for the youth’s Trek trip. Mom included a full Trek outfit. It turned out super cute!

   
  This weekend I bought a bunch of patterns from Pixiefaire.com and a few really cute fabrics from a local craft store. Time to get busy! Little one is sick and the Cottonwood is starting to fall so it has been the perfect time to stay in and sew. 

I did learn a few things this weekend. My machine ( Husqvarna Emerald 116) has an automatic button hole setting! I’ve had this beast for 4 years and read the manual many times but somehow never seemed to cross my mind that I might use it. Well, I love her even more now.  Also learned that if you put interfacing behind your knit fabric, it makes button hole sewing much more of a possibility. 

Here’s what I finished this weekend:

   
         

I was very excited to see that Pixie Faire has their Marketplace up and running. Another great place to see great work and get ideas. Funny thing… right after I finished the black Aztec leggings, I was browsing the marketplace and saw the exact fabric and leggings! Two great minds must think alike! 

Good times,

Jo