Thursday, October 16, 2014

Artober Fest // Shows and Events

Hey guys! I'm at it again... preparing for another craft show! It's relatively local, so if you are in the area- come see me! Here is the event poster!


The festival is going to be TOMORROW at Trailblazer Park in Traveler's Rest, SC, from 3-9 PM. There are also going to be games and events, along with many other artists and crafters! Here is a snippet of some of the things I am bringing with me!


ALL NEW Pumpkin Trick-Or-Treat Baskets!



 Jack O'Lanterns and Pumpkin Topiaries!


Here is a little work-in-progress of some new Glitter Spider decorations!



I will also have some cake items! I am taking some mini cakes and mini cake wearables. These were also at the Indie Craft Parade a few weeks ago, and were a big hit!




Hope to see you there! If not, all the leftovers will be listed on Etsy! Take care, and thanks for stopping by!
xoxo
-Blake

Friday, September 19, 2014

Indie Craft Parade // Shows and Events

It's been a while since I've posted on the dear ole' blog, and for that- I apologize. It surely isn't for lack of mini-making! On the contrary, I have been working for the last few weeks on TONS  of things especially for... the Indie Craft Parade! And WHAT an experience that was! You might remember me making a blog post about it last year, mentioning that I wanted to enter. I did. Got in. And it was great!

For the sake of this post becoming too lengthy, I will divide it into three parts- Before / During / After - and before I get into it too much you should know that the Indie Craft Parade is a three day arts and crafts show held in Greenville, SC. This year they showcased the artwork of almost 80 artists from the surrounding states and had nearly 7,000 people attend. The event kicked off Friday night with a VIP Gala, for customers willing to pay a special price to get first dibs on the goods and partake in some SUPER tasty local food and beverages. Saturday and Sunday was open to the public for admission of $2 per person, with kids 12 and under entering for free.


/ Before

Preparing for the Indie Craft Parade was QUITE a task. I had no idea what to bring, how much to sell it for, or what to expect. Do I make seasonal and holiday items? Should I make more than just mini foods? Should I make wearables? How many of each item should I bring? Are people even going to buy miniatures? In the end, I ended up doing what I do most often- flying by the seat of my pants and going with my gut!

I made plenty of miniature cakes, pumpkins, and jack o'lanterns. I also brought all of my inventory that was previously listed in my Etsy shop. I then made wearables... and also.... a dollhouse! Just for the heck of it (as if I didn't already have enough to work on) I decided to make a mixed media dollhouse for my booth display. And to make the deal even sweeter I decided I should raffle it off! So among all of the items I brought- I ended up with a decent spread. However I did have a few sleepless nights before the event.





/ During

I didn't take a lot of pictures during this event because, to be honest, I wasn't really impressed by my booth. Other vendors came in with elaborate display units and tablescapes for onlookers to gawk at for hours.... whereas I simply brought a homemade pin-board and a few organizers and spread it all out on the table. But don't get me wrong- I am happy with how everything went. I saw it all as a learning experience that will make my next show EVEN BETTER.






A big help was my sweet aunt, Chastity. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her. She helped my prepare, setup, wrap and bag sales, and clean up everything- all while keeping me calm! For those of you that like to read, she recently started a book review blog - BOOK LOVER. Follow her if you have the itch to read some stuff!




/ After

I literally slept for two days after the event. I was EXHAUSTED. But let me tell you- the last day of the event I chose a winner for the raffle and making that phone call made my MONTH! The winner of the raffle was cute little Iva, and here she is posing with her winnings!

Is that cute, or what?! This entire event not only left me exhausted and worn out- but inspired and motivated to work towards more shows and fairs, as well as improving my work and my brand. I have a good bit of items left over that will be listed in the Etsy shop soon enough. Though I am also working on a website- so depending on how soon that comes along I might just add my inventory there!

I hope you all are doing well! Thanks for stopping by!
X
-Blake







Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Easter Baking // 1:12 Scale Miniatures


Hey there! It has been a CRAZY year! As I talked about in my previous post- Twintrees has had some changes... and that is always the case for ABB! Things are always changing and growing. Not to mention all the things going on in my personal life... but I'll save you that series of novels. Haha!

Today I would like to share with you guys the recent Easter miniatures I have been making! This year I wanted to carry over the colors I have used in previous year's ranges into other minis!

I was recently inspired by the breads that Stephanie Kilgast teaches in her wonderful book, as well as the real-life counterparts I see on Pinterest. Though, as always I add my own little spin on things. So please take a look! I have Easter bread nests/braids/wreaths, as well as cakes and Easter eggs!

CLICK HERE to see these MINI BREAD NESTS in my Etsy shop!





Also, I found these guys! Glitter Easter Eggs I made LAST YEAR! Can you believe that? I made so many of them.... dozens upon dozens... only for them to sit in a box for a year. But no longer will they be kept in the shadows! I brought them out and shot some new pictures of them and they are now listed in my Etsy shop HERE!


Not interested in mini ornaments? That's alright! The hooks come out with a little tug and you can use them as Easter Egg Decorations! Haha!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by! I wish I could say when I will have the chance to make some more miniatures- but I honestly never know. I can say for sure that I miss it! Making these few miniatures was a ton of fun and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


Oh! One more thing... look at these candles! I am SO proud of how they turned out and now I want to add candles on top of everything.... BAHAHA! But seriously. Feel free to click on the image so you can easier zoom in! These cakes are listed in my shop HERE and come with a cake slice :)


XOXO
-Blake

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