Monthly Archives: October 2014

Craft Fairs!

My apologies for the long absence in posts.  My excuse is that I’ve been pouring my creative energy into cards and other papercrafts, rather than writing. I am a vendor at two holiday craft fairs this year and the first one is tomorrow — November 1, 2014 – in Delmar, New York; it is being sponsored by the St. Thomas the Apostle School PTO. The second one is the Somers (NY) Primrose School Holiday Happiness Craft Fair on Saturday, December 6th. This will be my second year at the St. Thomas PTO Craft Fair (though the first with my own booth), and my first year at Holiday Happiness. Needless to say, I’m EXCITED!

Since the St. Thomas fair is so early, I’m going to have both Thanksgiving / fall cards and Christmas cards and gift card holders / gift tags available for sale. At both fairs I’ll also have a small selection (ok, who am I kidding, I’m bringing along way too many than I’ll ever have room to display) of my various “occasion” cards – thank you, thinking of you, sympathy, birthday, etc.  These include items I’ve listed on my Etsy shop. Visitors to each craft fair who express interest in the cards, but not in purchasing at the fair, will receive a coupon with a code for free shipping from my Etsy shop.    I thought that might be a way to generate traffic to my shop even after the fairs are over.  I’m still working on building up the number of visitors to my shop.

Here is a sneak-peek at two of the gift card holders that I made early this morning:

Gift Card Holders. Images c. Stampin' Up!

Gift Card Holders. (images c. Stampin’ Up!)

I’m hoping these will be big sellers – they are just so darn cute!

Depending on how things go tomorrow (and I’m hoping they go well!) I’ll either spend November restocking or retinkering.  I still have many design ideas for Christmas cards that I haven’t made yet, so those will probably be the focus of my efforts the next few weeks.  And perhaps writing more here!

’til next time…..





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World Card Making Day

Yesterday, Saturday, October 4, 2014, was World Card Making Day. I celebrated, appropriately enough, by making cards.

This is a fairly recent holiday – yesterday was the 9th annual marking of this occasion. It was created in 2006 by Paper Crafts Magazine as National Card Making Day, but due to its popularity that year became known as World Card Making Day in subsequent years. It was intentionally held in early October as now is the time to kick off holiday card making. I was making cards that I hope to sell at two craft fairs I will be attending this holiday season. One will be in time to hit both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays; the other will be focused solely on Christmas.

Here is one of the cards I made yesterday. I’m thinking the last panel can be used for the giver to list out what they are thankful for about the recipient, or it can be used at Thanksgiving gatherings for everyone to add their own item of gratitude and kept then as a keepsake for that year’s holiday.

Thankful For Card - Outside; images copyright Stampin' Up!

Thankful For Card – Outside; images copyright Stampin’ Up!

Thankful For Card -- Inside; images copyright Stampin' Up!

Thankful For Card — Inside; images copyright Stampin’ Up!


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October 5, 2014 · 7:09 am

The Colors of Fall

A couple of days ago, my boyfriend told me about a trip to the grocery store where he saw a display of white pumpkins and wondered if I’d ever seen such at thing. I hadn’t. We both agreed that white pumpkins seemed “wrong, on so many levels” (one of his favorite phrases).

Well, it appears that, once again, I am behind the times. A quick Google search reveals that white pumpkins have been around since about 2005. Early adopter Martha Stewart started decorating with them as far back as 2003. Some sites refer to them as a “classy and chic” way to decorate for fall, particularly fall weddings.

So I tried to suspend my skepticism and scrolled through the multitude of images that appeared online for “white pumpkins”. Carved ones, painted ones, whole ones with decorative trim, and just plain white ones sitting all alone. I clicked on some for a closer look, but in the end, none of them made me a fan.

Call me a traditionalist, but what’s the point of a pumpkin if it’s not orange? What’s the point of fall without color? Isn’t that why a dozen or more state, federal and other tourism sites post frequent updates of their fall foliage?  Ironically, when I look up “traditional fall colors” online the top results include “non-traditional fall colors for your wedding”….

Alas, here is where this post ran out of steam / ideas of what to say….. So I’ll simply leave you with this pumpkin I created, in some of my favorite fall colors:

Pumpkin Thanksgiving Card

Pumpkin Punch Art Thanksgiving Card





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