Craft Fair

A few of you have asked what fairs I will be doing this year. I'm actually only participating in one....just too much going on and I'm trying to prioritize and spend as much time with family as I can around the Holidays.

That being said, I will have a table again this year at the very wonderful Holiday Shopping Night - held at Dolbeare Elementary in Wakefield, MA. This event is GREAT and there are so many awesome vendors there. Please, if you're local to me, I would LOVE to see you there! Come by and be sure to introduce yourself...!! My Mom and I will be there - she is always my #1 helper :)

Facebook Page: Dolbeare Elementary Shopping Night

Details: Thursday, Nov 8th 6pm-9pm 340 Lowell Street Wakefield, MA

Pretty much everything you've seen me recently post on my blog will be available for purchase. Hope to see some of you there!! :)

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I have MORE Halloween goodness from the Imaginisce Monster Mash collection for you today! This time I decided to use some old envelopes that I had lying around for another purpose: Apple Cider Holders! These are a great alternative to giving out candy on Halloween. They could easily be modified to a theme for Autumn, Thanksgiving, or even Christmas.  They would make a great favor for your table during the Holidays, don't you think?

Here's another example of a pair that I made with more of an Autumn theme (using those same stickers from Imaginisce)

I have a full list of supplies for this project over on A Cherry on Top. You can also view my video below to see how I assembled these. Click here to watch on YouTube. Thanks for watching, please let me know if you have any questions. I love that this project makes use of OLD stuff that I have lying around (I'm not sure about you but I have lots of envelopes that need to be put to use!) I have seen other things with envelopes too, like gift card holders. Perhaps I will tackle that one in another tutorial for you, if you guys are interested? Have a great day!

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Well, it's that time of year again...time to get ready for Craft Fairs! Although I am not currently committed to any fairs this year, I will still be making fun stuff! I might sell some stuff here on the blog...or will use them for Brooke's friends & daycare teachers. Last year I decided to take a break from doing a ton of fairs so that I could enjoy the Fall and Holiday season with my family. I still do a Holiday Shopping Night event at a local elementary school in November, so if you're in the MA area - definitely look out for that - I will most likely be there!

The good people over at A Cherry on Top wanted to send me some Halloween stuff to play with. I picked this super cute Monster Mash Halloween line from Imaginisce - I just love all the cute characters in this line! Here are some M&M Holders that I pulled together using the die cuts in this collection.

Here are some more individual photos for you to check out. I also have a VIDEO to show you how I put these together, so be sure to scroll down! :)

Here's my video tutorial for making these. For more information on where to by supplies, check out A Cherry On Top. Thanks!!

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I have made Reindeer Food for a few years now. This year I stumbled upon this wonderful (and FREE) downloadable template from Whimsie Doodles. I got the link to this template from this blog post from FantastInk - I LOVE her version of these!

To start, I printed these labels using my color printer. The best part is that they are sized to fit a 1 3/4" circle punch perfectly (even easier!). I nested with a 2" circle and tied the labels to these mini bags full of oatmeal & colored Christmas sprinkles. I printed the poem on mailing labels & adhered them to the bags.

These are so easy - anyone can make 'em - I promise! Definitely give these a try this season if you can...

FYI: the font used on my poem is called "Kirsten ITC" :)

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I made some of these last year, and they sold SO well. I decided to make a bunch again this year. I have to say, these continue to be one of my very best sellers! I sell my Friendship Tea for $2 each and they seem to sell VERY well at that price.

This year I decided to add a fun sentiment to the front, using a stamp set from Hero Arts. The inside still contains the same poem, along with a bag of tea. (I simply use English Breakfast - I feel like it's a great flavor for most anyone). Also, I use staples to close the pocket for the teabag. It's quick and easy - and most of all it's very sturdy. You can use a mini stapler or the Tim Holtz tiny attacher for this.

I used some Stampin Up designer paper that I had been previously hoarding on these. It was just so pretty, I didn't want to use it. But I decided it was finally time, LOL. I punched out the sentiment on the front using the Large Oval punch from Stampin Up. (click here to see my original post on these from last year, which includes a link to instructions_

One last note about these: I put each of these into clear plastic bags to protect them before putting them out at my fair. I find that because they are tied shut, people want to pick them up & peak inside. It causes them to endure a lot of handling and can easily get damaged. I simply used some clear plastic bags that you can find in the candy section at a Hobby store, along with some scotch tape to seal them shut. When I put them out on display, I placed a photo of the inside next to the price tag .That way buyers could see the poem and teabag on the inside and knew what they were getting!

By the way, if you're looking for more photos from my Holiday Shopping Night, you can find them on my Facebook page.

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A big thanks to one of my Blog Readers for this idea. I saw some adorable Christmas themed kleenex packs at Hobby Lobby, so I grabbed a few & decided to make these. I think they would make a GREAT stocking stuffer - what do you think?

There were 3 different tissue packs: Snowmen, Santa and Reindeer. I coordinated the stamps with the theme of the tissues. I used this stamp set from PaperTrey Ink and some designer paper from Echo Park. I also used a lot of ribbon from PaperTrey Ink & Stampin Up on these.

These circles are cut with 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches. They nest perfectly together. Very easy to make! The only problem you will have with these is blowing your nose into the cute designs on them. They are almost too cute to ruin :)

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These little guys were too fun to make. I used mini-Hershey bars. I sold them for 75 cents each & they sold out!

These were not my idea. I pulled inspiration from multiple places online. For some reason, I only made one penguin (I pulled the idea from HERE). I found they just took too much time, if I am being honest. The reindeer were much easier to put together.

To make the antlers, I drew them in my Silhouette software & cut them out all at once. I've seen people use the Stampin Up Snowflake punch, but I don't own that punch so I improvised. The nose is just a 1" circle adhered with foam adhesive. Add some googly eyes & you're all set! (I used liquid glue to adhere all the pieces - holds up nice & firm) If you did want to make the penguin, I used the Stampin Up heart & small oval punch to make his face, nose arms & belly. The hat was a circle cut in half with another circle for the pom pom. Pretty easy to do, just requires more time & assembly.

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I have to credit my hubby for this idea. Big THANKS to him. I think these are super fun! So, last year I made a lot of these from recycled fruit containers - they were filled with candles. (check out my video tutorial on making these HERE). This year, I decided to make more and switch up what's inside - this time it's Keurig Cups!

Most people I know these days have a Keurig in their home (if not in their office) - so I feel like these make a great gift. I am hoping to give some of these to Brooke's daycare teachers. I filled mine with an assortment of cups of coffee. You could do hot cocoa, tea, iced tea, etc!

On these, I used some Basic Grey designer paper along with some Holiday Ribbon & accents that I found at Hobby Lobby. I stamped a sentiment using a stamp from Stampin Up, and added jingle bells to give it a finishing touch:

This last one I made with some Echo Park paper and stickers. I then used a rub-on to add the sentiment. Ribbon is from Stampin Up.

Last night I had a table at a local Holiday Shopping Night event. It was great! I did very well and even got to see some repeat customers & Blog reader (always love that!) I took pics of the table & hope to have them posted soon. I will be updating my Facebook Page with info once I have them (be sure to follow me on there if you aren't already!). I also plan on listing items that I have left in my Etsy shop relatively soon - so stay tuned! :)

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These are fun, but I will admit they are somewhat time consuming to make. (mostly because I had to create the template, which I still haven't perfected!). In fact, I would love to share the template here with you all - but to be honest it's not exactly perfect, and I need to figure out how to make it digital. So if I get the time, I will try! I first stumbled upon this idea from browsing Inking Idaho's blog. I then I saw a box for photos that I had lying around - it was almost the exact shape of the box I had been picturing in my head. I took the box apart & used it to make my "template". (which again, it still not that great, HA.) Anyway, here is how they turned out!

You can slip most anything inside these boxes: candy bars, M&M's, Skittles, etc. My favorite part is the mini pocket on the front where you can add a gift card. These make perfect gifts for Teachers & Co-workers during the Holidays - you can add a $5 Starbucks gift card & some M&M's and you're all set! They don't cost a lot, but they look fun & most of all they are handmade so that makes it even better! :)

The stamps on these are all from this set from PaperTrey Ink. The paper is mostly from Echo Park's various Christmas papers.

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I am trying to come up with some new stuff this year. I saw this idea & tutorial on this blog and I just had to give it a try! I was able to grab some lip balm on sale from Avon to use with these (Christmas themed lip balm, even better!).

I changed up the way I made these just a bit. I used my Stampin Up slit punch on each end, to make a tab that pulls up just enough to hold the lip balm in place. Also, I added ribbon to each side of the purse to make it look like a real handbag. I used some sticky back velcro to keep these closed. All designer paper on these are from Echo Park.

There is plenty of room on the inside of the purse to write a sentiment. These make a GREAT Holiday gift for friends, teachers, co-workers, etc.

I am hoping these sell well next week at my Holiday Shopping Night event! Whatever doesn't sell, I will be listing in my Etsy Shop :)

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