Thursday, November 21, 2013

craft fair

I'm getting ready for the craft fair at Alfredo's school this weekend. At the urging of some friends, I signed up for table . My father made rosaries to sell...and I asked sweet Kristen Robinson to make necklaces like the beautiful one she made me. I'm always, always getting compliments on it and people always want to know where I got it. I knew it would be a good thing to offer. She made 10 beautiful necklaces for me to sell. 

So inspired by these two very religious items to sell, I decided to run with it and offer other items with a religious theme.

I set up a table in my family room so I could plan out the displays. Want to see?
I used kraft wrapping paper with gold stars stamped on it (Dollar Store!) to skirt the table. I'll just use packing tape to tape it along the table top's edge. I had these table runners from my shop years ago. I just cut them in half and hung them along the table front, again using packing tape to secure. I topped the table with some kraft paper printed with scrolls. The nice thing about it is that everything is really sturdy. Sometimes using a cloth, especially a thick one, can make things wobbly.

I put my father's rosaries in this flat drawer cabinet. I sorted them by color to make them easy to find. Can you believe these are only $15? And he gives all the money, not just the profit, to his church. Isn't he a sweetie? He's going to be there with me on Saturday, with all of his supplies to make rosaries on the spot.

And how about that sign?

When I saw these chalkboard sandwich signs at Michael's, I knew they'd make great signs! I used white Saral transfer paper to transfer a printout of the sign to the chalkboard. Then I used a white chalk pencil to fill it in. Didn't it turn out great? And it was quick...I did all of these signs in less than an hour!

For the necklace display, I spray painted an old dress mirror frame antique gold. I added a flat board to the bottom for stability. I covered some foam core with osnaburg fabric using spray mount and I just used pins to hold the necklaces.

I put the extra necklaces on a velvet lined tray above. As the necklaces sell, I can consolidate the display to go in the mirror frame.

Aren't these necklaces breathtaking? Kristen did such a lovely job...I don't know which is my favorite!

These prayer journals were a fun project. I used those cheap plastic photo albums ($1 from Walmart and the dollar store) and filled them with prayers and scripture readings that I machine-stitched to scrapbook paper cut to 4" x 6".

I have a few more things to make but I think I'm ready! We're going to pick up my parents this afternoon (my sister is meeting us halfway with them).

If you're in the area, I hope you'll stop by St. Timothy Catholic School in Chantilly, Virginia on Saturday. I'll see you there!


marie said...

Your table looks wonderful!
I love the prayer journals...I think I will make something similar for my daughters and daughters-in-law for Christmas.
Thanks for sharing the idea!
I hope your show is very successful.

Amy M. said...

I love the prayer journals! You should do a tutorial or sell them online!


Unknown said...

Do I wish I was going to be in Virginia over the weekend? Yes. I do! Best to you. Julie

Debby said...

What a nice display. I like that you are only selling a few different but quality religious items. I love how your dad donates everything including his time and money for charity. I was at a craft/vendor show last week-end. A girl selling the Usborne but a different company. She said that she donates all profits to a different charity every month. How nice is that. Good luck at your sale.

Cherie Wilson said...

love it all! and your heart! Have so much fun:)

Unknown said...

Such lovely items, all beautifully arranged! Inspirational on two levels. ;-)

Jane said...

Beautiful items beautifully displayed! Love the prayer journals!

Unknown said...

Great stuff you have for sale...
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Genie said...

Gorgeous. Love that your dad was there with you.

gayle said...

I can't be there but if you have left overs please post!

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