August 09, 2009

From My Craft Show









Many of you know that I participated at a craft show Lasipalatsi Design Markets this week. It started on Wednesday and ended on Saturday evening. All I can say is that it was a great happening with lots of folk, lovely weather, like minded participants and nice sales too. I met many new labels I liked a lot along all time favorites such as Zukale & Huoviala (couldn't resist buying new mustard color stockings with birdie and owl print from them!). I do hope this event will take place next summer again, so many customers liked what they saw now.

Here's a little bit about my preparings I didn't have time to blog about before the show, maybe you get inspired of my experience. Even though this wasn't my first craft show it was the first one with my own table and one which lasted longer than two days.

I tried to think carefully how to make my booth look as much karuski as possible. I collected lacy fabrics to cover my table. I made jewelry displays by painting photo frames white I had found from a flea market, sanded them and added pieces of hand crocheted lace under the glass. For my dangling earrings I prepared another photo frame with a piece of laced table cloth but without the protective glass so that the earrings could be hang on the surface of the cloth. Another nice jewelry display came out of a apple tree branch which I placed into a big glass jar filled with sand and few rocks. As an experiment I painted a couple of vintage metal trays with a blackboard paint and lettered my label name with chalk on them. H helped by drilling the holes on one of the trays so I could hang it on a wall behind my table. The wall I covered with vintage wallpaper I found from a sales basket at our paint shop. Paper tags I had ordered from a friendly Etsy seller AsPleasedAsPunch. New visit cards I had designed to match my recently refreshed site and ordered them locally. I had made some totally new designs for this show and I was happily surprised how many of these ones were liked the most and sold out quite fast. If I only had known this in advance I could have been better prepared with more supplies. All in all I'm satisfied how everything turned out!

Ooh, and I almost forgot this: I met Kajsa of Syko and Anne of Garbagebag as they came to visit my booth. It was such fun to have a little chat with other Finnish Etsians, not to forget my friend Minna of Vietto who had a table next to me!

14 comments:

baahar said...

Lovely photos and nice post :) I'm happy for you that it went so well.

Jane_Bo said...

Your place looks very beautiful and fully in "karuski" style! You did great job!

Swiedebie said...

Oh my, Minna. Your stall is so breathtaking pretty. Lovely!!! Bravo!

ingermaaike said...

What a very beautiful booth! I am so glad to hear you had good weather, good sales and a good time all round!

viltk said...

great to see how well you have been organised! I am going to participate next sunday at the craftparking in Maastricht so i hope it'll be fun too. You inspired me! thank you!

LeelaBijou said...

Wonderful photos! Your table looked great and very Karuski, as you said :)

fleurfatale said...

oooh, if I see those pics, you are well succeeded in creating a Karuski booth, really beautiful and stylish!

Rita alias alatvian said...

Congratulations! It makes me feel happy to hear the fair went well for you!

Beach Cottage Studio said...

Love all the pretty things you did for the show!

ArtMind said...

Oh wow, you're so super creative! I love your stand and it radiates 'Karuski' 100%!
Glad it went all so well - congrats!
And thanks for sharing - loved this post! :)

karuski said...

Thanks, it's nice to hear it looked "karuski" to you:)

It was a hectic but fun event. I'm trying to take it easy now, at least for a little while! I wish a good luck to everyone who is going to Maastricht fair:)

-minna

glasfaden said...

Minna, I love how you presented your work - so romantic and had a vintage feel.

noblegnome said...

So nice to see how you display your beautiful work. Especially love the branch in rocks. Now I feel very inspired to do something with my own display.

Heather said...

you are an amazing designer, minna!
everything you touch becomes beautiful... well done!

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