First Day Jitters of My Big Show Adventure…..

Where to begin

You know a well planned adventure doesn’t come without any hitches or bumps n the road.  We told Marie we wanted to leave at 6am as we had no idea what Portland traffic would be like. We were going to be prepared for anything. LOL! First of, Marie and Elizabeth were ready to go by 6am, It was the older folks Duane and I that weren’t ready.  You us old folks have to take our pills , have our coffee, take our shots, and don’t realize how much time we really needed as Duane set the Alarm for 5:30am.  So we were off at 6:30 because I needed to pack the too box, get receipt book, a few more earrings, and bracelets.  Then Marie mentions pens  and I am still loog for NOW my red bowl full of clamps to use on the sheets that covers our booth at the end of each day.  I will need to ha So we arrived at the Expo center 45ve another I SPY where is the red bowl Picture next week if I can’t find it.  Marie looked and she sent Elizabeth out to help and none of us could find it.  So we went on our marry way to the show.

We noticed on the way there was NO traffic at all. Everyone in Portland must be out shopping or had the day off.  We arrived 45 min early and they let no one in until 8am.  We finished the setup; 01-DSC_9221pricing, bags, and signs.  Even though we 1-DSC_9228-001had overhead lights it really didn’t make the jewelry behind the glass pop. So we sent Duane off for some under the counter puck lights.                                                                  1-DSC_9234-001    They really made a difference.

Now we are ready for the show to begin.  Started of slow then picked up and I sold two of my bracelets first offf. $69.00.  One of them had the spectra pearls in shades of purple  (sold $20.00) and the other was shades of blue with 2 pf those cute Sparkling Owls from B’Sue Boutique  (sold $49.00). That was a good start.  The day did not really get that much busier. Santa did not even have a waiting line.  So we felt it was a little slow but our booth did $$$ is sales. ( will give total at the end of this weekend)

From what we understand from seasoned vendors this was not bad for the first day. Saturday will be really crazy with a lot of people. Sunday will be busy from noon to 3 or 4 typically.  We have good feelings about Saturday doing even better than today.

We had a good time and the only thing we forgot was Water as their bottles of water were $3.50 each we sent Duane out for some water when he brought Amanda to the show. She had to march in the Thanksgiving parade in downtown Portland.  Ooor Duane was all over town getting us stuff and bringing Amanda.  During is down time he walked the whole show and realized he had forgotten business cards to pass out.  He has 5 more chances for that.  Tomorrow he is taking us and coming home to rest and will be back to pick is all up.

That’s about it for tonight’s blog and to all a good nite. Thank you for visiting and please leave comments.

Cindy

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Setup: Begins for the Big Show

America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar

Portland, Oregon

Day of the Setup:

It’s the day before Thanksgiving. The car is loaded with jewelry and trailer is loaded with all the display stuff. We have all the Holiday decorations. We picked Snowflakes as our theme for the booth.

Setup is from 10am to 8pm. So we are off for my experience of the year. Duane, Marie and I will be setting up as the teen daughters, Amanda and Elizabeth are in school.

We didn’t get there till 11am. Let me tell you people and trailers, dollies everywhere. People unloading their products on one of the coldest days.  We were all excited . Took several trips to unload.  Bless Duane and Marie for being the muscle, I could have not done this show without their help.  I am very blessed.

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We get everything in  the huge building, like 2 football fields big.  Now in the summer our booth allows people to come into the booth, but we are not a corner booth.  We can setup our booth within an hour. We have it down pat.  Well this setup was all new to us. 03-DSC_9199

We added to this setup; decorations more lights, and the booth is L shaped where customer don’t come into the booth.  So it took longer to figure out. We had to figure out traffic flow, theft proof the best we could, what tables we were going to use, where our glass shelves were going to go, how we were going to use the grids and still be within the guidelines of the show, and then where to put the other lights to highlight the jewelry.  Whew!  That’s a lot to think about. 04-DSC_9200

Duane and Marie are trying to figure out the tables and grids. I am unpacking all the boxes, gift bags, and tissue.  Making them handy in our bookcase.

Some more set up pictures.

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Now it is around 2:oo and Duane is ready to put the glass cubes together.  I had suggested that they were put together at home.  He said no problem easy to put together. You know where this is going , don’t you!  I was right, the fixtures store tripled checked the amount and sizes we needed. Sounds good until Duane started putting it together. Marie started to help him and they figured out that the sizes did not match. We had 12″ square glass, with 10″ x 16″ glass ( they were suppose to be 12 x 16 ).  So he gives a call and explains the problem they don’t have enough of what we needed but came up with another size that would work. Off to the Fixture store on the other side of town with a lot of traffic .

Marie then realizes this is going to take longer then expected because of our glass issue. We are at least an hour away from Hillsboro, and there is traffic, and she has a hair appointment at 7 pm.  Duane is still gone, she has no car and decides the take the max train home.  She leaves at 4 and Duane arrives back with some food ,water and the new glass sizes. Oh! and they gave me a $10.00 coupon and free Windex with paper towels for the inconvenience.

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He gets to the top row and takes out the last of the 12 x 16 glass only to find out they messed up again.  He was one short so the top middle is 12 x 12.  Its Ok as it works and we had a good laugh from the comedy of errors.  It is now like 6:30pm.  I am trying to put necklaces onto necks and decide which will go under the glass.  Duane is taking a much needed break before he puts up additional lights.  By 8 pm  we have covered things up and head for home; tired, cold, stiff and sore.  It had been a very long day.

They had kept the overhead huge doors open all day with no heat. Our hands were freezing along with everything else.  We got home around 9:30pm and my hands are still cold.

Some more setup pictures

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THE END OF A VERY LONG DAY ……STAY TUNE FOR MORE INSIGHTS

Of a very Big Show

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Next steps on the road to a big show

Inventory System Established

I started with my friend 5 yrs ago, Marie Roozen to make money for Christmas. Jewelry by two friends was born. We found out that Intel had Holiday craft shows on 4 campuses. No fees for the table.  Duane  (my Hubby) just had to be the escort.  So bought $600.00 worth of Gemstones and started creating necklaces  and jewelry sets.  We did this for 3 yrs and then Marie went to college to become a hairdresser.  I had to come up with a different name.

The Howling Dog Jewelry was born due to my little partner Mesha a long hair Chihuahua who liked to sing to mattress commercials. He is now 14yrs old and will sing on command.   Marie was still there to help me sell at Intel. I am very grateful as a blind artistmesha I needed someone with good eyes to help deal with more than one customer at a time. Marie totally understands my eye issues. Howling Dog Jewelry was still a hobby. Inventory what’s that?  I kinda knew what I had and I knew that I made money on each piece. Intel show averaged $600.00  year.

Still with a mindset of this being only a hobby I started selling at a 12 week summer market called Tuesday Night Market Place.  Show cost was $485 for the 12 weeks. My avg. for the past 3 years was about $1100 a yr.. Still NO Inventory per se , I knew I needed something but didn’t know how to start one from  hobby mindset to a business one. Inventory what is it?

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Fast forward to today,  I have finally figured out an inventory system. Now I will be able to track sales, in turn will help me be better at purchasing products for my jewelry lines and styles.  This is a sample of what I came up with:

Love Beetle Rocks Line; BugN, Bug NS, BugB, BugBS, BugE, BugR,BugBr

Rose Jewelry Line; RN, RNS, RB, RBS, RE, RR, RBr

These stand for Necklace, Necklace sets, Bracelets, Bracelet sets, Earrings, Rings, and Brooches

All jewelry has been inventoried , priced, and labeled with inventory codes. Then we will inventory what is on display and a quick inventory at the end of each day. Well, that is an ambitious plan but I think it might help with what sold compared to receipts and check to see if there was any loss do to theft. Or we can just do a final inventory at the end of the show. If you have any thoughts on this please share. 

Thank you for visiting my blog.   I will be blogging my experience.

Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

“Follow your artistic passions, even with vision issues”

 

 

 

 

Getting ready for the biggest show ever!

What can I say my friend suggested  I try this big Christmas bazar known for being the largest in America. So this is my big show for the year 2015.  I have done summer markets in our town but they are small. I do well and have a following.

This summer I really ramped up my jewelry making and thinking about some lines.  I took a build A Line Master Class last winter with B’Sue Boutiques and learned a lot about building a jewelry line. My first line was Love Beetle Rocks ( read more about this line in previous posts).  As I have used ceramic roses in that line and I do play around with polymer clay decided to practice more with my rose making ability.  With practice you do improve.  I also have my friend Marie Roozen helping me and even her roses have improved with practice.

Marie came up with a formula to make our clay flowers look like sating roses.  They are just so petty.  Here is a sample one in a necklace that just sold on my Etsy shop.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/howlingdogjewelry

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Marie and I are making them in all colors now.   Because this big show is in Portland and the city is known for its roses, I came up with a new line I am calling the “Rose Jewelry Line”  The line consists of  Necklaces, sets, bracelets, earrings, and rings.  All have one of our handmade roses on them. I have also used in my designs, fine silver, matte black, brass, antique brass, and satin matte gold finishes.

I have put a lot of thought into what would make up this line and ended up with collections within the line. Here are some samples of this Rose Line

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Added my Roses to Butterflies and bezel bracelets.

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So this was the beginning of a new jewelry line which also goes well the the Love Beetle Rocks Line. I think I have finally found my artistic voice with my jewelry. I love the mixed media look so interesting to look at and always unique.  Thanks for vising my blog. Would love to hear your thoughts. I will be posting more on my “Getting ready for a big show”

 

 

Roses and Roses, Love making Roses

What’s New!!!!  Exciting new looks are happening at the Howling Dog Worktable this week.

Making of a Rose Jewelry line that will also tie into my Love Beetle Rocks jewelry line,

I learned at a very young age from my Aunt to make roses with clay.  She made ceramic roses in the same colors I like to use.  Her Roses were made into earrings, and brooches.  They were the white, pink with the green leaves I have used in my own jewelry designs. The sales of her roses paid for her trips to the West coast to see my Grandmother.   My grandmother always had us doing some kind of craft to keep us busy for the summer.  So when my Aunt came one summer she sat my twin sister and I down and taught us how to make her ceramic roses.  It was a lot of fun and I still have those days with fond memories.

50 yrs later I find myself looking back at those memories and applying what I had learned.  I now make roses from Polymer clay.  A very versatile clay which I love working with today.  I can create all kinds of colors to make my roses.  As I live in Portland Oregon known for their Roses and referred to as THE CITY OF ROSES, I decided to make a new line of simple pendants, earrings, bracelets, brooches, and rings using my roses.  I am using old stampings and tooling of brass from the US and Germany, as I Love the vintage looks and mixed media .  The quality of these pieces are just wonderful.   \7

Here are some of my Roses and works in progress.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this new line of Rose jewelry from Howling Dog Jewelry.  Below is my Etsy shop where you can find more jewelry designs by Howling Dog Jewelry.5-DSC_7961 6-DSC_7962 7-DSC_7963

https://www.etsy.com/shop/howlingdogjewelry

The following artists are part of the Change it up Blog Hop hosted by B’Sue Boutiques

Source: The following artists are part of the Change it up Blog Hop hosted by B’Sue Boutiques

The following artists are part of the Change it up Blog Hop hosted by B’Sue Boutiques

Blog Hop in itself has been a challenge for me this time.  I have been dealing with a lot of medical issues. first my ankle injury when moving the jewelry work area to the garage.  I love it now and I have more room.  But I am still healing from that injury.  Then the issues with my 16 yr old daughter these past couple of weeks as been a shock and overwhelming to Duane and I.  We are not sure how to help a depressed, stressed out teenager.  She is a over achiever and wants to do it all.  We are seeking help for her.  So I have been distracted at times during the preparation for this HOP.

I have been able to work on a few pieces for the HOP and the piece I chose in itself has always been a challenge for me as to what I am going to with it.

MagPie Approved: Wind Dancer Studios / B'Sues Change it Up Blog Hop Choices

I chose the Cuff has I had several of them.  I had changed this cuff in the past and had forgotten until I was looking through pictures .  Here are some oldies I have done with this piece. Blast from the past a year ago!

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For awhile I was known as the Tie Lady.  I loved making necklaces using the Tie.  I had made several and used the blank to color with ice resins, paint, and made mini collages.  Here is one of the last ones I made from a year ago.

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I used one of B’Sue Boutiques flower stampings and birds for this spring time necklace.  I did not pick this one as I have made about 10 ties in the past.  I still Love this stamping as it has so many possibilities for transformation into all kinds of looks.Back to this large cuff.  I used the Silverware version and the raw brass version for the cuffs.  I am making them into cuffs.  The raw  brass cuffs have been painted using the INCA GOLD and MIca powders as taught to  us in one of B’Sue Boutique videos.  Love the look.  I used Silver Inca Gold with elements mica powders in pink and green.  I know it is Fall but I still love these colors. The silverware plated cuff I did not corlize but did had somethings to it that are colorized and layered using B’Sue Boutiques stampings and filigrees.

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Made three different cuffs using B’Sue Boutiques supplies, except for the Polymer clay Pink Rose.  I made that, LOL!

I still think I can add something to the Vintage Butterfly stamping, just haven’t found the right thing yet. Thought maybe stringing some pearls through the filigree. They all still need a chain and I will be using the book chain from B’Sue Boutiques.

My friend and co designer with Howling Dog Jewelry Marie Roozen is helping design a satin matte gold line.  Here is her bracelet completed and my necklace I am still working on using the leaf stamping.

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Well like always with B’Sue Creative group I keep learning new techniques and pushing myself to improve on my jewelry designs.  You will be amazed as you go visit all the artists in this Change it up Blog Hop. The use of these 4 stampings is awesome and so creative.  These artists have really worked hard at changing the looks into to something wonderful and fashionable.

 

 

Blog Hop Artists  

Take a look and make sure you read their story and make a comment

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Mary Deis

The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com/

Jann Tague

Clever Designs

https://janntague.wordpress.com/

Lori Beekman

B.Accessorized

https://baccessorized.wordpress.com/

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry

http://www.fineanddandyjewelry.blogspot.com/

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru Jewelry

http://exoticperujewelry.blogspot.com/

Dana Hickey

Magpie Approved

http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com/

Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker

Q Settings

https://qsettings.wordpress.com/

Karen Eaton

KJewelry Creations

http://kjewelrycreations1.blogspot.com/

Shari Gardner

SLG Jewelry Designs

https://slgdesigns.wordpress.com/

Alison Huie

Ally’s Baubles

http://allysbaubles.blogspot.com/

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

http://www.novegattidesigns.blogspot.com/

Carole Carlson

Beadsophisticate

https://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com/

Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com/

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me/

Charlotte Smothers

Sea Horse Ranch Life

http://seahorseranch.blogspot.com/

Catherine Shattuck

Victorian Rose Boutique

https://vrbrose.wordpress.com/

Clare Wells Nemeth

Papercrafting Magic

http://papercraftingmagic.blogspot.com/

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com/

Lynda O’Mara

Lomara Creative

http://www.lomaracreative.com/

Ginger Hammond

Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com/

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry

https://lilisgems.wordpress.com/

Deb Beechy

Beetique

http://www.beetique56.blogspot.com

Harry Wood

Oscar Crow

http://oscarcrow.blogspot.com/

Delyssa Maxwell

Past Time Fancies

https://pasttimefancies.wordpress.com/

Paula Gaskill

Lovely Layla Bugs

http://lovelylaylabugjewels.weebly.com/blog

Irene Hoffman

Heart’s Dezire by Irene

https://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com/

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

http://wilywolverine.blogspot.com/

Leslie Carver

Adorn Divine Designs

http://adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com/