Saturday, May 15, 2010

What 's New???

In my previous post I was telling you about going to my favorite craft/ antique mall. That is where we bought my cute little piano. While I was there I talked to the management about being put on a waiting list for a booth. Wednesday, May 5th was the day of my retirement. It was also the day that they called and told me that they had a booth available. PANIC!!!!! There is a saying when God closes one door, he opens another!!

I just wasn't prepared for the door to swing open so soon. I wanted to start making these cute baby shoes to sell but I didn't have any made yet. I did, however, have a bunch of pillows that were previously made. So, I had to scamble big time to get some shoes made. I went to the mall the next morning to sign up for the booth and set my move in date for the 15th. So now you all know why I've been MIA.

Today, I gathered up all the inventory I had and went off to set up my booth. It is the smallest booth they have, as I didn't want to take to large a risk when I didn't know if people would buy what I had made. Money will be tighter now with no regular paycheck except my social security and some supplement from my retirement. I'm not much of a daredevil when it comes to money.

I wanted a decorated booth since I think that attracts more people. Since I had baby shoes as part of my inventory I decided on a baby type theme. The little doll cradle I bought at a garage sale last year when I was visiting my friend Nancy in Mobile. I spray painted it an ivory and covered the bottom with a pale blue and white polka dot. The wicker table came out of my garage storage and if you look carefully you will see the springs from Jennifer's baby bed.

We added some tulle, hydrangeas and a paper moon. I wanted to put as much inventory in to the booth as I could and it took some finessing to try to get it all in. My Mom and Jen helped me to tag everything . Here's hoping it takes off. I am including some pictures of my baby shoes. The shoes don't take long to make but quilting all the fabric for them has been very labor intensive.

The shoes are very soft and I really enjoyed picking out the coordinating fabrics and ribbons. I'm not sure how many shoes I'll get done, I guess it will depend on how quickly or if they sell. At least I won't have to sit at the sewing machine all day now. I really was under the gun to produce some in such a short period of time.

I think these are my favorite pair that I made. I love the little frogs! They are such happy little fellows!

Miss Kitty and polka dots!

Mary Englebreit fabric and polka dots, too!

So now you all know what we've been up to here. I'm so glad to have the craziness behind me now for a while. Tonight I'm going to put my feet up and relax. And probably go to bed early as I was up until 3:00 this morning. I'll try to keep you all posted on how it is going but for today, a big ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

5 comments: said...

Best of luck with the booth! I used to love mine,they really get into your blood.

sissie said...

Congratulations on your booth and your new venture. I'm sure your cute baby shoes are going to be a big hit. They are absolutely darling as is your booth. Lots of goodies for the taking!!


Lady Pamela said...

I hope you have great success with your new life. Congratulations on your new booth. Can't wait to see the photos.

Jean Tuthill said...

The little shoes are so cute! I love your fabric combinations! I bet they sell like crazy! Good luck with the booth, I've always wanted to do this, too, but really never had the opportunity. I did do a consignment shop once and that worked out really good. Unfortunately, it closed, but I did get all my stuff back. Anyway, keep us posted as to how you do!

Lezli said...

We finally got an opportunity to use the little tooth fairy pillows that you made for Ainsley and Sam tonight. Ainsley lost her first tooth! This tooth fairy will always think of you when she's making her rounds! Hope your retirement is off to a good start!