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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Keeping up with LittleBearsMom

It's been a long time since my last post which is totally my fault...again. Part of the reason for that is that I was away for a significant amount of time before the holidays. During the month of November I took the little bear down to Michigan on an extended vacation to visit my parents and friends. Although I did have internet access during that time, I found myself so busy that I barely had time to check in, much less write a blog post.

My big news, though, is that while there I had my very first home jewelry party. And it was a great success! I'd ordered a bunch of display items and perused many other blogs on the web about how to go about it, yet I was still a bundle of nerves since it was my first time. Luckily the party was hosted by my very best friend who also happens to be a food rep. Not only did she provide all the food, but she's an old hand at setting up displays! And it also helps that her house is gorgeous and comes with two mini helpers. I was serious when I told her that they're coming with me to every craft fair and home show from here on!
The layout of the home is very much open concept so that people were able to walk easily from one room to the next, and then into the kitchen to sample a variety of yummy goodies. There were two large tables, and then some smaller end tables that I was able to make use of.

I displayed some of my earrings and necklaces on branches inspired by a design I came across online. I found some great branches in the woods near my mom's home, and I bought glass vases at Michael's and filled them with colored glass stones. However, there wasn't enough room for all my earrings on my homemade display so I ended up laying some flat on the table. They popped nicely against the black background. The rest I put onto earring cards that I made using my own printer and heavy cardstock, and placed them in jewelry boxes.

I had also purchased some wooden jewelry displays on Ebay in an effort to present a cohesive look. While the bracelet display was perfect for showcasing my charm bracelets, the ring display didn't work as well as I had planned. The dowels for placing the rings were all one size, and smaller than the majority of my bands. Along with the heavy cabochons on many of my rings this really wasn't an optimal situation as many of the rings drooped downwards, not allowing all the flowers and lovely stones to be easily seen.

Luckily, I'd also purchased one of those gorgeous printer's drawers as an earring display. I'd thought that I'd save some money and get one without hooks, since there was such a huge price difference. Now I know why! Putting hooks into that thing was a bear, and I eventually gave up since the tools my mom owns just weren't up to the task. In a way, though, this ended up being a good thing as I decided to use it to showcase some of my rings and clip on earrings. Since the printer's drawer is a lovely aqua color and my resin jewelry is mostly bright colors it created a really eyepopping display. Next time I do this I'm going to ditch the ring holder and place all my bright floral items in my beautiful aqua printer's drawer!

A fun time was had by all, and I learned a lot that I'll be able to apply towards future home and craft shows. Oh, wait, that's not a recent picture...old friends are the best

Table runners are from WickedWalls
Fabric bins are from YKBags
Printer's Drawer is from sugarSCOUT

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