Category Archives: Made Local Marketplace

Screen Printing!

I had a great time the other day learning to screen print with Chelsea of Chelsea McKenna Design.  Of course, I am out of the habit of blogging and didn’t think to take more pictures.  Here’s a super cute one of Chelsea, however.

Chelsea MLM Logo

We in the shop loved how darling she happened to look with her chevron dress, red apron, and the red logo on the crate.

I now need about 20 more crates for the Made Local Marketplace to put logos on.  Not just for my enjoyment, but for the cool displays they make.  It’s style and branding people!

 

Hmm… I betcha MY logo would be an awesome silk screen.  What could I print it on?  Tank top?  My car (It would have to be a really flat spot)?  A banner for future booth events?  Those would all be different size needs.

I’d wear my sexy logo on a tank top.  Red tank with black logo or a black tank with a red logo.

 

Have you played around with screen printing?  Any tips for a newbie?

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Store Manager!

Suzi and Adriann

Suzi and me in front of the moved counter!

I have totally neglected to tell my blog that I’m the store manager at the Made Local Marketplace!  Woot!  I was promoted just after the beginning of October, actually.  It’s been wonderful.  My talents and skills are hugely appreciated there.  Now that I’m manager and not just some woman that spends too much time there, I have the “authority” to make big changes.  I’ve moved the whole front counter, which has been great for store flow and not having a bottleneck, as well as having usable counter space behind the front desk.  I get to work with artists that need to do something a little different  to make their work more sell-able.  I’ve been working through the waiting list for new vendors.  I have a desk of my own with a computer!  It’s hard to get everything done that I need to do while working the register.  Being able to go upstairs to write emails, make phone calls, whatever is great.

It is a lot of work.  A lot of brain juggling, a lot of different directions all at once.  Balancing the everyday shop functioning details with VISION.  (Some people say moving the counter was Vision, I just think it’s good.)

Making time for my own business too is hard, but important.  I haven’t been adding new items to Etsy as often, but I did just have a few sales I mailed out.  To sell at the shop I’ve been making Quick Bread Mix, Minty Cocoa Mix, and I am working on a Spicy Cocoa Mix.  Laundry soap is still chugging away, though not as popular for an xmas gift..  Lynn, Ashley, and I are trying to get out “The Creative Collection” jewelry brochure we had made by the awesome graphic designer Chelsea McKenna.

Needless to say, there is a lot going on in my world professionally.  What’s going on with you?  Are you enjoying your work?

My Second Wednesday Night Market

As promised, my review of my second Wednesday Night Market night.  And it isn’t even two weeks after the event like my last review!

Not using the canopies was great.  There was a lot more light and a feeling of accessibility.  The bunting looks really cute strung between two poles (from my huppa) behind the booths.  Eye catching, but not obtrusive.  I didn’t remember to get a good picture of it, so you’ll just have to see it in person for now.

My new table cloth is gorgeous!  I’m so pleased.  I’d bought 3 yards of the cloth, but decided I needed to double the width.  The morning of I ran out and got 3 more yards, washed it, and sewed them together.  Even did a pretty good job matching the pattern up.  Much brighter, welcoming, and cohesive in for my other display pieces.

The long cubby shelf I painted teal made a great riser.  Having two levels is so much more interesting to look at.  Even with displays of different height, having some up higher looked nice.  It also gave a clean background to my necklace display.  On top of that, it gave me a place to stash my equipment.  My cell phone and square, my invoice booklet, pens, bags, and tags I’d taken off of purchases.  My tall water bottle was even mostly hidden by it.  It kept the booth looking tidy and clean.

I sold a few things.  One necklace I sold in Spanish.  I was very proud.  He wanted to take me with him, too, but I told him mi esposo esta fuerte, grande, y guapo.  Grande is a bit of a stretch, but two out of three ain’t bad.  😉

Pad thai and peanut chicken made a delicious dinner, but too messy.  Hard to put down and pick up.  I guess I’ll stick to burritos and sandwich type food.  Compact and easy.

I’ll be working the market again on June 27th.  Until then, lots more making of jewelry and art.  I am also in the process of cutting all of my tags off and retying them on with nicer cord.  The LOOONG white string makes the tags fluttery and cluttery.  Maybe I’ll switch over to nice scrap book paper tags I cut out myself, but for now this is much better looking.

See you on the 27th!

My First Wednesday Night Market

Two weeks ago I vended at the Wednesday Night Market.  Huzzah!  It was my first time EVER (since I was about 5) sitting at a table trying to sell art I’d made.  I was nervous all day.  “How well I sell is NOT a reflection of my worth,” went through my head all day and I tried to believe it.  I knew some of the Made Local Marketplace artists had done really well and some hadn’t sold anything.

Here’s what my booth set up looked like, and the other booths from the Made Local Marketplace.

I accidentally left the fabric I was going to use with a friend.  So instead of burgundy satin I used black satin with burgundy burn out velvet (my old bedroom curtains) over it.  It looked okay, but I decided I needed a different table cloth next time.  Something brighter and able to tie everything together more.  This looks a bit mishmash to me.  The orange glazed almonds got attention, but not enough to be worth bringing again.

The canopies were unnecessary.  We haven’t put them up again.  We’ve got shade the whole time, including during set up.  Though the tables were close to the front of the canopies, I think people don’t want to “enter” the booth space.  It also made it pretty dark at the end.  The biggest problem… WIND!  It has been super windy.  Other group’s tents have flipped over.  Bags of chips were blowing down the street like tumble weeds.

The wind is probably a reason some people haven’t been doing as well.  Weather is a big factor in outdoor events like this.  Especially one that some one could say, “Naw, it’s too windy.  Let’s go next week.”  Since the Wednesday Night Market is all summer long, people have the luxury to go another night.  I think attendance will pick up with the weather.

Another artist at the Made Local Marketplace was kind enough to put my idea into action of the cute bunting.  Bunting is hot right now and the Share Exchange already has it around the awning of it’s building.  What a perfect visual tie in!  Except… the flags are too long to hang off the front of the canopies.  People that wanted to approach the tables had to duck.  No bueno.  Super cute, though.

In the end I’d call it a very successful night for me.  I sold two things, one of which was to a stranger!  (It’s exciting when people I don’t even know buy my work, not just the people that love me).  Speaking of love, I felt it from all the fabulous friends that came by my booth to say hello.  It really helped keep me relaxed and pass the evening.  I did end up really enjoying myself, even if it is a lot of work.  I also have to thank my husband for supporting me in this and bringing me a chai latte and a burrito.  I couldn’t do it without him.

Stay tuned for a much more timely review of the Wednesday Night Market I worked last night! 😉

Wednesday Night Market

The Wednesday Night Market has started!  Though I haven’t vended at it yet, I’ve been coordinating other artists from the Made Local Marketplace to share booths for the summer.   In case you don’t know, the Wednesday Night Market happens down town Santa Rosa, focused on 4th Street.  It’s a farmers market on steroids.  There is a wine tasting garden, art for sale, political booths, hot food from local restaurants, and of course, produce. This happens every Wednesday night (except July 4th) between May and the end of August from 5pm to 8:30.

Coordinating has been interesting, using a survey that didn’t collect names, then wouldn’t let people retake it to add their names.  Coordinating an event I’ve never participated in is a lot of stumbling in the dark with my hands out.  People have been thankful to have an opportunity to be in the market at all, even if we don’t have the resources to get them as many spots as they’d like.  We’re doing three booths a night with two vendors per booth.  It’s a nice representation of work from the Made Local Marketplace and good exposure for the Share Exchange.  Maybe next year we’ll have 5 booths, but this year I’m at my mental limit.

The exciting part is a get to vend tomorrow!  My work and I will be at the Wednesday Night Market!  I’ll be across from Barnes & Noble, first set of booths from the corner.  I’ve been working for two weeks on my displays, hanging jewelry on them to see how they really work.  I’ve got my smart phone and Square so I can accept credit cards.  I have a receipt book, extra tags, little baggies, I’ll get change this afternoon.  I’ll need to wear lots of layers, it’s been colder in the evening, but setting up tables and canopies is hot work.  I’ll also be there June 6th, June 27th, August 1st, and August 29th.  You should come see me!

I still need to turn forks into sign holders.  I’ll post cute pictures of those when they happen.  I’m worried I don’t have enough jewelry, but it will be fine.  I think I’ll have my husband treat me to a burrito tomorrow during the market for my dinner.  Are there any tips you can give me for my first craft booth experience?

Here are pictures of last week’s vendors at the Made Local Marketplace booths.

Opening an Etsy Shop- Demystified!

Tonight I’m hosting a workshop at the Share Exchange, Opening an Etsy Shop- Demystified!

Thursday May 10
6:00-8:00
$10 general public, $5 for MadeLocal Vendors
with Adriann Saslow

If you’ve wanted to open an Etsy shop (that online handmade market place you may have heard of) come to this workshop!  We’ll be walking two other artists through the process, step by step, so you can see just what to do to get your own shop running.  We’ll cover the basics, how to upload photos, choosing titles, “tags” so search engines can find your work, shop policies, other info for your customers, and more.  Even if you have started an Etsy shop already, you may learn something new!

RSVP recommended. Contact melissa@shareexchange.coop or call 707.583.7667

Makers’ Saturday- *SWAP* *MAKE* *EAT*

I’m really excited about an event I’ve helped put together, Maker Saturday! It’s happening tomorrow at the Share Exchange.  We’re having a pot luck brunch, a swap of extra craft supplies, and a good time!  I think this is a great opportunity to meet the other local artists.

Saturday, April 28, 2012
11am-2pm
$5 – Space Use Contribution

Makers! Come out to the Share Exchange Saturday April 28th for our *Swap*Make*Eat* event
1. *SWAP* We’re having a splendid Supply Swap! So gather up your cast offs and watch other artists delight in your unwanted treasures. Maybe you’ll discover some new treasures of your own. You know those leftover art & craft supplies you have? Bring ’em!
2. *MAKE* Sit with your new finds or your go-to project and make something superb. Hang out with the other Makers and make friends.
3. *EAT* Bring some potluck brunch to share! Save the environment, bring your own plate, cup, and silverware.
See you there!

I’m also really looking forward to making (and eating!) this French Toast Bake.  Doesn’t that look amazing?  I’m adding crumbles of breakfast sausage to mine.  Yum!