Lina and Vi: March 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Craft Show Recap

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by the Lina and Vi table on Saturday March 15th at Allen Park High School's Spring Fever Craft and Vendor Show. It was my first experience with having a table at a craft show and something that I've had on my bucket list for a few years (which I can now cross off, woo hoo!). I'm hoping to do more craft shows in the coming months. If you are local to the metro Detroit area and know of any upcoming local craft shows that are still accepting applications, please leave me a comment here or on Facebook.

The last week few weeks I have been preparing for the craft show, so most of the time that I typically would be sewing was spent designing the tablescape and merchandise tags, signing up with Paypal Here, taking and editing photos, and finalizing the other details of running a small business.

For the table design, I really didn't know where to start, so I started with Pinterest (of course). I found a few ideas that other crafters had for their craft show tables. I was specifically interested to see the best options for displaying large bags so that they looked attractive and inviting without crowding the table. Here are a few shots of the final table design that I ended up using for the craft show.

I really liked how the purple banner turned out. I think it's clean and easy to read, while offering a simple pop of color to catch a passerby's eye. I used scrap fabric to construct it - a plus!

I do want to share that I didn't end up spending that much on the table design. I'm sure if I had more time, I would have purchased a few more decorative items, but I'm glad that I did not add more to the table to make it too crowded. This was a 6 foot table, and it ended up being just enough space. I purchased the burlap ribbon to make a fun little garland around the wooden box and the table cloth. Those were the only two purchases I made for this table design. PayPal Here send me the display sign, and I paid nothing for the device for my smartphone to run credit cards.

All in all, it was a fun time. I enjoyed talking to those that stopped by the table and also walking around to see the creative crafts from the other vendors. For now, I'll be getting back to sewing more items for the Grounds collection. I'll keep you posted if there are any future craft shows on the schedule.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Craft Show Banner Making

My first craft show is less than a week away, so I've been busy preparing for it these past few weeks. I've picked out some great display items to compliment the Grounds bags. Since I have a 6 foot table, I did some research to see if there's any others out there who have made their own table covers for a craft show event. It's fairly easy, right? If you don't want to hem the edges, just cut and drape some fabric over the table. 

Well, after filtering through Pinterest and a few blogs, I decided to just do the easy route and hop on over to Amazon to buy a relatively cheap draping table cloth. Simple, and probably less expensive than buying yardage since quite a bit is needed to cover the table top and the drape to the floor. Plus, I now that a cloth that works on a 6 or 8 foot table.

Anyways, I'm here today to share photos of something that I did sew for displaying on Saturday - it's a banner made of some heavy purple broadcloth with the letters cut from linen and sewn on with metallic gold thread. It has that applique feel to it, but still modern, simple, and natural-looking.

I knew that I couldn't just print up a sign to display the Lina and Vi name on the table. It needed to follow the earthy, shabby chic feel. I feel like it's good enough quality that I could use it again and again. Plus, I practiced my first mitered edge on the corners!


Hope to see you this Saturday!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

New Cafe Import Handbag

I'm excited to share some photos of our newest bag in the Grounds collection named "Cafe Import" (I know, so clever, right). This is the first bag with a flap top and button closure to secure items in the bag. There are two inner red pockets for storing small goods and a cell phone. This bag is great as an everyday, all purpose tote bag - perfect for any season.

I hope you're having a great week! More to come!