Screen time. At the market.

It’s the end of the school holidays, and I decided to skip the felting class – I know, I missed out on learning new things, but I am happy with that, as I got to do other good things – and I have a market on Sunday.
Being the organised person I am (so totally not) I somehow left it until yesterday to sort my boxes from last month and think about what I was taking and how I would display them.
I have been on a constant lookout for a new way to arrange and display my longer necklaces so they aren’t tangled with the prop and people can see the whole piece. As the busts I like are expensive I noted something a little different.
Phase one. Google market display images and see if there is anything that takes my fancy. I want height and something visually creative but also easy to store and transport. This is key as I don’t have my own car (I never know on market day if I have to share it with my boys and not be able to take up all the room).

Something caught my eye. And from what I noticed after a separate google search. Not many people are doing it. I haven’t seen many do it at the markets I’ve attended or visited. This is good. If people see a display that has a visual difference, a points of attraction, they are more likely to come back. I hope anyway. Different = memorable = return people.

I went for a little shop and I suppose it’s my own fault, you get what you pay for. $10 is a bit cheap to expect a nice size photo frame, so they went back as they were plastic. But not before I ruined one, ah well, I can use it elsewhere.
Next shop I found some that for the price – $25 ea – means closer to the real thing.
The hinges I bought earlier will fit it, so this evenings work will be to drill holes and get them ready.
Just in case I couldn’t do this I have packed my boxes ready for display with out the screen.

~ several hours later ~

Well, the job is all done.
Measured several time, drilled, screwed, unscrewed, and turned hinges around, screwed, added hooks to the top edge, inserted necklaces and…. Looks fabulous! If I do say so myself.
I’m not useless by any means but I don’t usually wield the drill. Just give instructions.

I stuck the hooks on with blu-tack and then held the frames closed to see if they would fit together, or would I need to turn the hooks sideways. All good, they work. The space was measurement and mini holes drilled and hooks screwed in.

Then the tricky bit of getting the hinges placed evenly top to bottom without it getting twisted. All sorted, holes drilled, carefully and screws screwed. Pity I didn’t look the first time and had to turn them around, oops.

Necklaces placed on hooks and in an hour, all done.

Frames ready to be screwed.

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What I had in mind, my idea

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And the finished product

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What do you think? Have you done something like this for your markets, or seen similar?

Have a great sweetened
Jen 🙂

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I’ve been shopping again

While I was wandering around the city yesterday I went off to Spotlight to check out their beady section and see what was on special. A few things, nothing I wanted but I did find this gorgeous owl, and a flower pendant that I can use on my asymmetrical necklaces. Being silver they will be easy enough to bead up.

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I also found these gorgeous little ladies in another shop. Wooden and about 20cm they are small enough to place just about anywhere on my display, including in front of the large busts. They can used to display matching earrings and/or bracelets for necklace sets, or just a little something for a few pairs of similar styled/colour earrings.
I hung a memory wire bracelet on them to show the size.

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Have a great Friday and there will be pictures and more fun from the market on Sunday 🙂
Jennifer

It was a green night for market preparation.

I’m not very happy. Last night I typed up this great post and send it to publish, and it disappeared. Obviously I pressed the wrong button, but it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. It was well written and beautiful. Now I just have to try and recreate it.

I had been having a wonderfully productive day and my night was set with making a couple of things. Then I was interrupted, twice. Now while they were good interruptions, it still puts you out of kilt and knocks the oomph out of the flow. Ah well. It is what it is.

The first make was a remake, this one was simply the beaded dangle on the ribbon ends, which was a choker length. I’m not liking the pale green ribbon, but everyone likes different things and it matches the beads. I simply added chain to be end of the ribbon and the centre bead . Much better and prettier.

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The other was some green wooden pendants that I matched with fine silver flowers. Adding the black chain and a left over piece of ribbon that matched perfectly and a simple asymmetrical necklace is made. I love the deep colour of the green that sits nicely with the silver and black.

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I spent part of the afternoon packing my boxes for the market this weekend. Re-sorting my jewellery and taking a good collection. I will be taking my smaller table for extra display space, so I had to sort through all my props and figure out what I want to do. Then I jumped on eBay to look for more large twine busts. Woah, expensive, which I knew, but still. I want at least 3 more.

The new market has their own Facebook page, and from the looks of it they like to take pictures and show everyone off. As I do with my market FB page. It’s going to be a little scary being on the other side of the camera, but I’m a believer of the adage that any publicity is good publicity. I’ll try not to shut my eyes or pull silly faces (not on purpose mind you, it just happens).

I’m hoping to get a few more things made tonight. I’m thinking a pre website special is coming up very soon.
Have a beady weekend 🙂
Jen

Buttons buttons and lots of beads….

Back in November I was scrounging around on eBay, not really looking for anything in particular when I came across these gorgeous painted wooden buttons. They were so cheap I just had to buy two lots. I now had 140 buttons on their way with no real idea of what I wanted to use them for. Typical of an obsessed person. Just have to have it. Just because, and well, you just love it.
They finally arrived today, or yesterday (it’s been over a week since I’ve been to the post office with all their public holidays off I just didn’t bother).
I have a few ideas, string them onto leather for a multi strand, or a couple of strands added to chain, maybe as a charm bracelet with other beads….

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My lovely sister in law rang me back in mid December and asked if she were to get me beads (thanks-for-letting-us-stay-beads) what would I like?? OMG! And oh, wow, where do I start?

I reeled off a couple of things and then said to surprise me. I am happy to say as I will receive items that I may not pick up myself otherwise, unless they are in a shop I know well (not likely to happen really) Which gives me a challenge to make something, different. The pile of goodies that arrived was amazing. Lots of bright colours, and some beautiful bead caps that I have always wanted to use but never got around to buying or even looking for. Check out the flowers, top left.

There was one small catch. Well, it’s not a catch really. She had picked out some flat shell hearts and I am to make her a long tie back style of necklace. Simple. Restring the beads and attach ribbon.

 

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Having family to stay meant I had to find more room. In the end, there was only my craft room. Tables were moved, boxes stacked in the corner and now the room looks so good I don’t want to put the tables back. I will, but differently. This gives me the much needed kick to get everything sorted and organised. Organise being the word.

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I’ll keep you posted on the results.

Jennifer 🙂