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First Craft Show!

We did it! This past weekend the Mr and I did our first craft show! So if you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been posting here, well my fingers have been terribly busy. “You’ve never done a craft show? What about feltidermy?” Nope, I’ve never done a show. With feltidermy and plush I couldn’t keep enough back stock in my inventory to do a show… I know, not a bad problem to have. And once Squishy arrived I didn’t have time to sit and stitch. Also, not a bad problem to have, except not having time to make stuff. But this fall an idea hit me and I had to start making! And making, and making, and making… My brother and his wife, Savage Inspirations, make furniture and wood decor items.

They were going to be doing a show in our hometown and said “Why don’t you come put a few things in our booth?” Then I kept making and making and then the Mr started making and idea he had… Then we realized that we had better just get our own booth.
I needed displays! I found a couple old mirror/painting frames at the flea market. For a total of $9! I knew I had chicken wire at home and had already planned to pick up burlap on my way home.

I have to thank my parents for the rest of our props. They had the perfect skinny Christmas tree in the garage and dad found the most awesome ladder for my wreaths!

It was fun to see what was popular with shoppers. Squishy got to hang out with my parents and a couple cousins for the day and I got to spend time with my husband, brother and sister-in-law. I also got to see a few old friends that I haven’t seen in way too long! Another bonus was all going over to my sister’s house for pizza later. Hanging out with family, loving on my great-niece and laughing ’til I cried. Apparently I need to get my eyes checked. And I got to see the wreath my sister bought hanging on her fireplace!

Mom bought a wreath too! Isn’t it cute on her vintage red door?!

We haven’t made any plans to do more shows yet, though there is one possibility in a month. We know we came into this late for the holiday season. I’m just glad to say that our 1st show was a success and not as scary as my mind had worked it up to be. Right now I’m looking into the possibility of shipping wreaths so that I have the Mr build us an online shop right here! Wouldn’t that be fun?!
Thanks for stopping by. There seems to be some glittery stuff falling from the sky as I look out the window. Yikes, snow already! I hope you have a pretty day wherever you are.

Fall Decor House Tour

Fall has arrived in the Fox Valley and I’ve been decorating the house. Or as Squishy says “You are making it Halloween in here!” I’ve been taking photos as I’ve finished areas, so I thought I would take you on a little fall decor house tour! Let’s start at the front door, shall we?

front steps decorated for fall, pumpkin stack, scarecrow
It’s Scarecrow Fest weekend, so we added a little guy that Squishy named Harvey. We’re waiting for someone to show up on our doorstep worried about the toddler left out in the cold. The pumpkin stack and gourd are from Frank Pumpkin Farm near Atkinson, IL.

rat silhouettes climbing steps, pumpkins, skull, fall decor
Yes, those are rats on the steps. Aren’t they cute? They’re Martha Stewart from Michael’s. They were on sale and I had a coupon, so I just couldn’t resist them.

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4th of July Weekend Photos

I hope you had a great 4th of July weekend. My sister and her family arrived on the 4th and my parents joined us on the 5th. We had a full weekend of food, fireworks, hanging out on the deck, more food, laughter and shopping. It sure was fun! I think we’re all still trying to get back to reality. Here a few of our 4th of July weekend photos!

layered red white and blue non-alcoholic drinks for the kids with grenadine, lemon-lime pop, ice and blueberries
Layered red white and blue non-alcoholic drinks for the kids with grenadine, lemon-lime pop, ice and blueberries.

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