Fuzzies

MAKE! Conference 2014

It's no secret that Madison, Wisconsin is a creative community. Between the University, art museums, Gallery Nights, Art Fair on the Square and craft shows, being an artist in this city is pretty great. 

A couple years ago, after I started focusing on illustration, I rediscovered Design Madison - a local group of "creative thinkers...where talent meets inspiration". Before joining DM, I had made friends with several local designers/illustrators via social media. But working from home, alone - virtual friendships only get you so far. I wanted to get out and actually meet these people I knew on Twitter and Instagram! That's when I attended my first Design Madison meeting and "IRL" friendships were forged. It has been so amazing getting to know everybody.




Fast forward to July of 2014. I got an email from the president of Design Madison, asking if I would be interested in speaking at the MAKE! Conference - a conference dedicated to connecting, learning and being inspired by others in the creative community. Honestly, my first instinct was NO WAY! I do NOT do public speaking. But after a few moments, I reconsidered. This was a HUGE honor. I really respect what DM is doing for our community - and this would be an amazing opportunity.

So I got over the initial shock and answered YES.

Whoa.

Butterflies.

I'll be honest. I have never been as terrified as I was last week preparing for my presentation. I had ample notes, but gathering all the images from the last half of my life was tricky and time-consuming. Plus if there was any info I needed to show, I wanted to hand-write the slides - so that took a lot of effort, too. I knew I had a half-hour to talk. But how many slides would that take? I know when I get nervous I tend to ramble. Should I bring notes to keep me on track? And then the whole technical side of creating the slides threw me - I refuse to use Powerpoint, but I've never used Keynote or Prezi. And what size should my images be? (Thanks to Alex for technical and moral support!). So, so many questions. That was NOT helping my stress level. 

Well, I put together the slide show. I ended up with 62 slides. (Too many? Don't think about it, emily!) My talk was on Saturday, so I went to the conference on Friday as an attendee. Wow. So many amazing speakers. (Don't get intimidated!) I got to see long-lost designer friends also attending the conference. There was a meet-and-greet Friday night which was another opportunity to connect (and get even more nervous). 

Saturday rolled around and I was still nervous. I hardly ate anything in the morning in fear that I was going to hurl. Prior to my talk, my friends were super encouraging and supportive. They did their best to build me up. (Thank you! You know who you are!) It was time. My mic was placed, my slides were ready. I somehow made it onto the stage without tripping. I was introduced, and it was all me. 

I introduced myself and as I mentioned my "husband and daughter", I motioned to them in the crowd. (Yes they were in attendance!). Stella stands up, puts her "paws" up and starts panting like a puppy. The audience chuckles. Then she yells, "Can I have a doughnut?" and everyone laughed. I announced to the crowd, "If I get through this, I'll get you a doughnut!" and the ice was broke. It was brilliant. I couldn't have planned it better! Thank goodness for my family because it was exactly the distraction I needed. And I started talking!

Here are a few key slides:













And at the end I gave everyone a postcard and custom emily balsley illustration pencil. The back of the card was blank with the prompt "Doodle what 'Make' means to you". I was hoping to generate some MAKE! doodle love on Instagram and there were several participants! It was super fun to see everyone's interpretations.


Anyways...

I made it! (without puking!)

As far as I'm concerned, I thought it went really well. I didn't forget much and I hardly used my notes. I even survived some Q&A. I am really, REALLY proud of myself. I knew that this was something I needed to do. Not only for my career, but for myself. I know I need to scare myself once in awhile in order to grow. And presenting at MAKE! was probably one of the scariest things I've done. And I am forever grateful to my friends and family who were uber supportive of me. I am SO lucky.

One thing that made me particularly nervous was presenting in front of my peers. As I mentioned in the beginning, Madison is chock-full of so many talented creatives. And I am friends with a lot of them. Any one of us could have been chosen to speak at MAKE!. For some reason, it was me. So I felt added pressure to present something not only exceptional, but something they didn't know about me. I hope I was successful.

Whew! Long post. But I wanted to document this very pivotal moment in my career (public speaking! say what?). Now, IF I'm ever asked to present again (!!!), I will at least have my "first time" under my belt. Not to mention all the stuff I've collected, scanned, sized and filed. Yay! That is a good feeling.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading! I'm not sure if my talk was recorded. But if it was, I will be sure to share it!










Ready to Snuggle {Fuzzy Blankets}

Over last six months, a lot of babies have been born all around us. So exciting! And now that I have finally perfected my Fuzzy Blankets (Ni-Ni's), I have been making them for the adorable newborns.


Meet Brixo, Joli and Lanodi! I found some really great black and white striped knit fabric to use for the fronts of the blankets - the neutral palette allows me to have fun with bright, colorful binding, stars and features.

Even though my Fuzzy production has slowed dramatically because I'm focusing on my Illustration career, I am still enjoying making these custom plush!

Until next time,

Indie Art + Design Trunk Show {2012}

If you live in the Madison area, and you're looking for something to do this Saturday, November 10, head on over to the annual Indie Art + Design Trunk Show!


We will have goods ranging from paintings, textiles, plush toys and paper goods to photography, all-natural bath products and pottery! Get a jump on your holiday to-do's in a relaxed, festive environment and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Here is a little preview of what I've been preparing for the show. I can't wait for the big reveal!


For more info on Indie Art + Design, you can find at the following places around the interweb:




Hope to see you there!

New Project {Zoe's Nursery}

Remember this post when I showed a sneak peek of a big project I had been working on?


Well, I am finally able to reveal it in it's entirety. Yay!


Several months ago, our friend and local photographer, Andrea approached me about making some Fuzzies for her baby's nursery. Of course, I was totally on board! 


Andrea came up with the super fun color scheme of orange/teal/purple and a MONSTER theme! How cool is that? After discussing the rest of the decor with Andrea, we decided that in addition to the Fuzzies, I would also make her a custom monster mobile and some illustrated monster prints to supplement the theme. 






It was a big project, but it was great working with Andrea to see it through. She has a great eye for detail, and as she added more accessories to the room she looped me in so we could always be on the same page. We wanted to keep the balance of the 3 main colors in check. Knowing the rest of the plan (rug, lamp, rocker, crib bedding, etc) helped me coordinate my portion. It was a real team effort!


I created the Fuzzies first, as they would be the inspiration for the illustrations. When Stephen wrote the stories, the teal monster ended up chasing butterflies, and the orange monster was an extreme unicycle racer. So of course, the illustrations had to depict them in their natural environments!




And then we have the mobile. I was especially excited about this, since I have been toying with the idea of making mobiles as an extension of the Fuzzy family, but never had time to actually see it through. Thinking it wouldn't take me that long because of their small size, I severely underestimated the work. All that hand-stitching takes time! And then I had to figure out the actual hanging apparatus. I'm no woodworker, so it had to be simple enough that I could make it. Using a combination of wooden dowels, pre-formed round knobs and a cube, I was able to pull it off. I painted the center cube and ends a nice teal blue to pull it all together, added a star to the top, and voila! A mobile!


I am really happy with how it all turned out. I also really enjoyed the challenge of designing a "space". Even though my contributions were mere accessories, working with Andrea on the entire decor was a lot of fun.


Now that you have seen my creations, please head on over to Andrea's blog to see everything in its place! She did a fantastic job putting the room together. Her daughter is a very lucky girl! And, Zoe's nursery was even featured on Project Nursery! How cool is that?


On a side note - if you're in the Madison area, be sure to hit up Andrea for any of your photography needs. She is one talented lady!





New in the Shop {Runts!}

Happy Hump Day!


Remember when I posted about Madison Gallery Night? Well, I had a few new Fuzzy Runts left over after the show, and I just put them up in my Etsy Shop


Do you need a baby shower gift? Or maybe you just want some more sunshine in your life. Whatever the excuse, you may need to check out the new additions - they're pretty fab, if I do say so myself! You can find them here.


Meet Abigail, Dalton, Baird and Carla!


I will share my experiences with Gallery Night soon, I promise!


Until next time,

Commission {Monster Peek}

Well, hello there!


I want to FINALLY start sharing with you a VERY exciting project I've been working on for the last month and a half. I still can't say too much, but I figured a few sneak peeks won't hurt anyone.




Let me just say there may be a few monsters involved, and a really funky color scheme. I can't wait to show you the rest!


Miss y'all,

Gallery Night {Spring 2012}

Hello!


I would like to invite y'all to Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Spring 2012 Gallery Night this Friday, May 4 from 5-9pm!




Why, do you ask? Because I will be participating at the Goodman Community Center


There will be some new Runts, some new illustrations in various sizes, some new Mother's Day cards, and hopefully some new bags! I am really excited to finally reveal what I have been so busy working on!


I also want to note my friends Bethany Nelson of Milkhaus Design and Nicky Ross of N-Star Studio will also be participating - their work is phenomenal, so you definitely need to check them out as well!


Whoa, there are a LOT of exclamation points in this post. Can you tell I'm excited? (Or maybe I'm really tired and need to overcompensate by using lots and lots of !!!!!)


Hopefully I'll see you Friday night. Directions to the Goodman Community Center can be found here:



Custom Order {Beavers and More!}

Hello and Happy Spring!


A couple months ago I finished up my largest custom order to-date. It consisted of 11 Fuzzies, including a new request - Beavers! 




The new beaver fits into the Fuzzy animal crew perfectly, wouldn't you say? They require a few more details to make them Beaver-iffic such as a flat, quilted tail and some buck teeth, but I think they turned out SO cute! I can't wait to make more.


Like I've mentioned before, I love the challenge of custom orders. When people provide their own clothing/fabric, it can be a bit harder to portray the "Bluestar Style", but I think this group definitely pulls it off. Plus, I often get requests to personalize their Fuzzies even further!




For example, with this particular custom order, I personalized them in the following ways:

• I embroidered initials onto the back of each Fuzzy
• Patchworked t-shirt
• Every Fuzzy is stuffed with a special memento - in this case, a charity bracelet
• Special stitching - this recipient loves baseball, therefore some red baseball stitching

Every Fuzzy I make is unique. But with these additional details, they are even MORE special. I absolutely LOVE that!

Have a glorious weekend!


Plush Team Swap {Slothko}

I've only been on the Etsy Plush Team for about a year and a half now, but it didn't take long to realize my favorite team challenge is definitely the Swap. I believe it was originally planned for around Christmas time, but the holidays always prove to be an extremely busy time for plush artists (not to mention other artists as well!). So last year our exchange was in late January and this year it ended up being a Leap Day Swap - just to give us a bit more time to create our swap item.


It is a secret swap, so we all submit some fun facts about ourselves (favorite colors, favorite animals, favorite foods and smells, etc.) and then the Plush Team leaders pair us all up with our Plushee's info. This year I had the pleasure of making a Fuzzy for Denise of Yummy Pancake. She is so awesome! She makes some wonderful, hilarious crochet creatures which will put an automatic smile on your face. My personal faves are the Cheezburger Pouch and the Bread Cat Costume. So, so fun!


Anyways, when I got Denise's name, I was really happy. We actually have a lot in common! In particular, one of her favorite animals is the sloth. So of COURSE I'm going to make a sloth, since it is MY favorite animal, too! And I've never made one, but have always wanted to. What better excuse, right?


So, without further ado, meet Slothko:




Slothko struggles with the demands of two disciplines...art and science. Having only three
toes has made painting a struggle, even with her love of large blocks of color. And her love of science meant a career sometimes devoid of color...so now she wants a friend who also understands her dilemma and can help bridge the disciplines.



I had so much fun making Slothko. Though it was challenging stuffing those long legs inside the body before I sewed him up and flipped him right-side-out. I may have to figure out a different method in the future.


And since sloths spend a lot of time hanging out in trees, I decided to sew some velcro on each of his feet so he can hang out just like the best of 'em.


If you want to read more about Slothko from Denise's perspective, check out her post on the Plush Team blog - it looks like he even made friends with her cats McPuffypants and Guinness. I'm happy to see he is settling into his new home!


Have a great day,

New Fuzzies {For Crystal}

Hello!


Just popping by to write about some special custom Fuzzies I finished last Fall:




This was a fun bunch. Crystal provided me with some clothes, including a couple fabrics I haven't worked with yet - denim and a knit hat. I liked the challenge of manipulating these materials, and for the most part, they worked pretty well! The knit hat was tough, because I was afraid it would unravel. So I used ample amounts of fray check along the edges in hopes it would stay together.


I also utilized a couple pairs of socks for legs - I love the personal touch of the university logos! I had to be careful when stuffing them because they were super stretchy! I feel like I could have kept on stuffing forever, but that would have meant some fat legs! :-)


It's so great working on these custom Fuzzy orders because it pushes my comfort level. New materials or color combinations force me to think of creative solutions to maintain the "Bluestar" look. 


So, Otbie...Sully...Arbot and Happo - I hope you are enjoying your new homes!


Have a wonderful weekend,

New Fuzzies {Blankets}

Howdy!


How is 2012 treating you? Well, I hope. Today is my first official work day, now that Stella is back at school. I was really excited to get back to business. The break was great, but I have lots of plans for Bluestar Ink, and I'm anxious to start executing.


First order of business - getting back to blogging! There are a lot of projects I've been working on the last few months which will be nice to share.


I'll start off with some new Fuzzies - blankets!




These little guys are called Ni-Nis, after Stella's favorite blanket whom she'd named Ni-Ni. I'm sure you've seen them - little blankets with a stuffed head attached. They are perfect companions for little hands and not only does the kiddo have a friend, there's a blanket built right in!


Well, seeing how attached Stella has been to her Ni-Ni, I thought making a Fuzzy version would be a great gift for newborns. Plenty of babies have received my Fuzzies when they were born, but the size of the Fuzzies totally dwarfs the itty-bitty babies. These Fuzzy blankets have a smaller head than the classic animals, so they're a much better size for snuggling.


As far as the blanket portion goes, I'm going to utilize the collection of graphic tees I've been accumulating. Plus, there is some satin binding for those kiddos who like lots of different textures.


Since these were my first two attempts, I've been experimenting with the placement of the head: Corner vs. middle. I think I'm leaning towards the middle placement - it's more snuggly - plus I don't have to deal with the satin binding when attaching the head.


What do you think? Are there little babies in your life that may want a new Fuzzy Ni-Ni friend?


Take care,

New Bluestar Product

Hello again!


Are you finding lots of wonderful goodies this Cyber Monday? Before you fulfill EVERYTHING on your list, I wanted to quick share with you the newest Bluestar products that just hit my shops this weekend.




First off, the new 2012 wall calendar. This 11 x 17 calendar features my new "Sitting Lotus" illustration in pale yellow, blue and teal. It is printed on the heavy-duty Arches watercolor paper and comes ready to hang with a white grosgrain ribbon. Calendar can be found here.




I love this new tote! I upcycled some vintage drapes to create these whimsical new totes. My new floral illustration is screen printed across the front. These bags are lined with coordinating floral fabric, complete with 2 pockets for all of your incidentals. Do you like pom poms? There is an option with, and one without.




Holiday cards, woot, woot! I decided to take a more simplistic, graphic approach when designing these cards. Each 8-pack assortment features 2 reindeer, 2 snowmen, 2 trees and 2 retro ornaments screen printed onto either white or Kraft cardstock. Coordinating envelopes, (red, white, tiffany blue, magenta) are also included. The white pack can be found here, and the Kraft pack can be found here.




Here we have the new floral illustration again, this time screen printed onto thick, 100lb French Pop-Tone paper. Printed on 5 colors: magenta, aqua, green, red and purple. Just a simple print to brighten any room!




Finally, lots of my personal illustrations have made it into the shop as prints! These include some of the Daily Animal Doodles, along with other fun illustrations I've created over the last year or so. All are printed on 8.5 x 11 creamy Epson Ultra Premium matte paper with a white border for easy framing. Print shop can be found here.




And last, but not least, the newest Fuzzies! Meet Valentino, Galama, Wanda, Tringo, Yasu, Jemizee and Zazu. All can be found in the Bluestar Fuzzies shop. And, I've finally listed the 3 circus Fuzzies who were featured in STUFFED Magazine. Fuzzies make great gifts for the kiddos on your list!


In case you missed it there are special Cyber Monday deals happening in both my shops today only!


Bluestar Fuzzies : 20% off your purchase using the coupon code CYBERMONDAY20 at checkout.


Bluestar Ink: A free print of YOUR CHOICE with any purchase. This includes screen prints! Just note your choice at checkout.


Thanks again!
Now I'm going to go check out the sweet Cyber Monday deals floating around the Interweb...



It's Cyber Monday, People!

Hello!


I am SO excited for this post, because it means it's finally Cyber Monday...and that means big discounts for all of you!
As you probably know, I have two Etsy shops - one for the Fuzzies and one for the Illustrations & Screen Prints. For Cyber Monday 2011, I will have a different discount for each shop. They are as follows:


Bluestar Fuzzies - 20% your order - use the coupon code CYBERMONDAY20 at checkout.


Bluestar Ink - A Free Print of Your Choice with any purchase - just be sure to tell me your pick in the notes at checkout.


These discounts will be applicable Monday, November 28, 2011 from Midnight - 11:59pm Central Standard Time.


I know I haven't posted about all of the NEW PRODUCT yet - I've just been so busy listing all of the items in the shops in anticipation of Cyber Monday! I will be sharing all of the details soon - I promise! Until then, be sure to check everything out in the shops. If you have any questions, please let me know! Updated! Check out this post with all the details!


Happy Shopping!

Indie Art + Design Show Recap

Hellooooo!


I'm back! You probably thought I fell off the face of the earth. Fortunately, I didn't (though I came pretty close). I have just been busy, busy busy with the Indie Art + Design Trunk Show that was last weekend. Then I got sick, sick sick. But now I'm on the up and up, so I figured I'd share a few photos and tell y'all about my experience.


First I want to say how much I have enjoyed the last 3 weeks. This is the first time I've ever focused solely on my personal work, and I loved every minute of it. I have never felt so inspired! Just doing all of the things I want to do, and think about non-stop was so rewarding. Usually, as I'm working on my freelance design work, my mind is trucking along, spouting idea after idea at me. What torture that is, knowing I can't pursue most of those ideas! But November was different. It was all about me and making the stuff I want to make.




I'll admit - it was pretty scary, going a month without any income from my freelance design gig. But I was hoping that I'd make at least a little dough with the Trunk Show, and it would be somewhat justified.


My goal for the Trunk Show was to have a good mix of stuff, to show my range of capabilities. I didn't have a lot of inventory to start with, just a few Fuzzies and a couple totes. I needed a strategy for production. I decided to split my day into thirds: During the morning, while Stella was at school I focused on screen printing. (And this meant I had to finish setting up my screen printing studio in the basement!) A couple hours in the afternoon, while Stella napped, was dedicated to new Fuzzy production. And then the wee hours of the night, after everyone was in bed, was mostly for working on custom Fuzzy orders (non-Trunk Show-related).




I decided I'd go with this production schedule until a few days prior to the show, then at that point I'd switch gears and start focusing on the finishing details, such as packaging, hangtags, mounting, etc. Then, the night before the show I selected my favorite personal illustrations from the last year or so to print on my fancy new Epson printer. This was the first time I've ever printed them out! They looked just as pretty in real life than they did on the screen.


My space at the show was pretty limited (I was against the backside of a fireplace), so I knew I had to work vertically to make the most of the narrow room. Unlike my show experience in July, I wanted the Fuzzies to be out in the open, not crunched into some crates. Sandwiching some pegboards against the brick wall allowed me to hang the Fuzzies over my table. I really like the presentation, though I need to figure out a good way to hang them. For this show, I looped yarn under their armpits (or highest catch-point) and hung them from a hook. This worked better on some than others. The Fuzzies with a low center of gravity tended to lean forward off the wall. It worked for the time being, but I might start sewing a temporary loop into the top of their heads that can be cut off after purchase.


photo courtesy of Prozan McGlinn

One thing I improved with this show was my use of Square. Last time I couldn't figure out how to enter multiple items under one sale (on my iPhone...I think it's possible on an iPad). So I utilized a sales receipt book where I manually entered every item, totaled it, figured out tax, THEN entered that number into Square to finalize the transaction. It took a little longer, but in the end, I really liked having paper copies of all my receipts with the names of all the purchases and the names of the customers. It made my bookkeeping a breeze.

For the show I ended up with 3 new large Fuzzies (plus the 3 circus Fuzzies who were featured in STUFFED Magazine), 11 new Runts, a 2012 calendar featuring a new illustration, new striped floral totes, a new floral screen print (in 5 color options!) and new screen printed holiday cards on Kraft or white. Plus some of my old screen prints, totes, greeting cards and illustrations. It was a pretty good variety and I couldn't be more pleased.

Though I did fairly well, I didn't sell everything, so within the next few days I will be adding lots of new items to my shops. Yay! Just in time for your holiday shopping.

And...there will probably be a sweet deal in said shops to celebrate Cyber Monday, so be sure to check back for the secret code!

Hooray!

It's Thrifty Thursday!

Hello!

Did you know that today is Thrifty Thursday? Starting today, and for the next several Thursdays, members of the Etsy Plush Team will be adding new "thrifty" plush to the Etsy shop. This means the plush are made from thrifted, recycled, upcycled or scrap materials. How fun is that? And they're good for the environment, if you're in to that sort of thing.

To kick things off, I contributed a couple items to the shop:


Meet Gobb and Kipi. They're wee ones, just 7 in. and 6 in. tall, respectively. Made from thrifted materials and stuffed with fabric scraps, they're perfect for squeezing.

You can find them in the Plush Team Shop, along with a lot of other plushy goodness.

Yay!
 

Wyatt & Katie {Plush}

Well, I told you I'd be back with another Wyatt & Katie project! This one was super fun and extra special. Katie asked me if I would make some Bluestar Fuzzy "cake toppers" for their wedding reception. And even though they were serving cupcakes, the Fuzzies would still be sitting on the table serving up the yummy goodness.

If you've been following the Fuzzies at all, you'll know that I've never created likenesses of people (or animals) before. I'll admit, I was a little nervous. I didn't want to offend anyone with my plushy expressions or proportions! I got all the wardrobe details from Katie and set to work.


I wanted certain Fuzzy details to remain, such as the star, eyes and basic proportions, but I figured I could go wild with the rest of the specifics. I even got to sew scruff! It's hard to tell, but Fuzzy Katie is wearing pink TOMS and Fuzzy Wyatt is wearing charcoal Keens. So stylish, those two are!

Creating the plush happy couple was an amazing experience. I've seen some sneak peeks of the photographer's Fuzzy photos, so maybe in a few weeks I'll have some professional photos to share!

Have you ever thought about yourself as a plush? My mom pinned this clip from Sesame Street, and it got me thinking. I think the coolest thing EVER would have a Muppet likeness of myself. Wow. That would be SO rad. The second-coolest thing would have a Bluestar Fuzzy likeness...right?  Right?  

:-)

Custom Fuzzy Family

Did you know that I do custom Fuzzies? Lately I've had several requests to make Fuzzies out of a loved one's clothing - such a special keepsake, if I might say so myself.


This wonderful little family was an example of a custom request. In addition to the "typical" outfits my Fuzzies wear, I patched in a t-shirt on their backs, too. You can see the t-shirts on the fish and elephant. I was also asked to embroider some initials on the outfits.

I really enjoy working with customers to get them exactly what they want. Including these little "extras" make the Fuzzies even more special and unique.

And, yup! There's a fish - the newest addition to the Fuzzy animal line-up.

So if you're ever interested in getting an extra-special Fuzzy for someone in your life, let me know! I would love to help you out.

Later!

My First Show!

Well, I have finally done it. I have participated in a show.

When my friend Krystin approached me about having a table at her Shop For A Cure event to help raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research, I didn't have to think twice. The small venue would be a great opportunity for me to get an idea of what an art fair would involve. So I treated it like it was a "big" show and gave it my all.


Yes, I turned into a crazy-person the last few days before the event. Even though I had plush, screen printed tote bags, illustrated greeting cards and screen prints, I wanted all of the products to look like the same brand. I furiously printed signage, wraps for my cards and sewed a bunting, to help tie the whole visual together. All-in-all, I thought it was a very cheerful, inviting table.

A few things I learned:
1) I need to look approachable. When I go to art fairs, I'm personally not a fan of the vendor trying to sell their wares to me, so I didn't want to come off as pushy. But if a customer looks interested, they generally want to talk. So talk, emily!
2) My Fuzzy "Runts" were a hit! I need to bring more next time.
3) I forgot to bring a "Will Do Custom Orders" sign. Oops.
4) I brought too much cash. Apparently customers come pretty prepared when they want to shop!
5) I used the Square app for the first time. It was pretty slick, but I didn't know how to itemize a sale with multiple items. (If anyone has any insight, please let me know!) Otherwise, next time I will tally the order first, then put that total into Square and ring it up from there.
6) Along with #5, I have to track my sales better. When it came time for me to log it all into my books today, I had to rely on my memory to match up who bought what. For this smaller venue I was able to figure it out, but for a bigger show, I'll have to manually write out receipts with a carbon copy so I have some record of who bought what.
7) Generally, people had an extremely positive response to my stuff. Which was so great to hear! Typically, the majority of my orders are for people I know, (and I'm so lucky to have such supportive friends and family), but this was the first time people outside of my circle saw my products in person. Their feedback and reactions were really helpful.
8) It's a good thing I saw a color void and made a pink Fuzzy at the last minute, because that was the first one that sold!

Overall, I really enjoyed myself. I think this is something I'd like to try again in the future. But until then, I have to start building up my inventory!

Later!