Monday, September 27, 2010

Share the Love - My Helping Hands


This weeks Featured Shop is My Helping Hands Graphic Design. Custom Avatars, Banners and Ads!

You can find My Helping Hands Graphic Design at:




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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Let the Show Begin!

The fall craft show season has officially begun! I participated in the Fall Craft Fair at the East Mulberry Street Gift Cottage in Bryan, OH where I live. Actually it was within walking distance of our house.

The craft fair was held in the garden behind this quaint little gift shop. The weather was nearly perfect with 60° temperatures and partly cloudy skies. It was a bit windier than I liked, but at least it didn't rain.
Here I am at my table waiting for customers. There was a good turnout of shoppers and I had good sales for such a small show. There were only five vendors and the gift shop was having open house and there were several other small shows throughout town today.

I had a new earring display that is going to work very well. My mother-in-law gave me an old picture frame that was sitting in the corner of her garage. I took it apart, put screen across the opening and a piece of white poster board on the back. It made a great earring display and looks even better when the earrings are taken off the cards. I have a couple more old frames and am going to make a different display for each price group of earrings that I make.

My mother-in-law was on my right selling crocheted and sewn items. LoveBug Creations was on my left selling cards, gift tags, gift bags and other paper items. Further down the garden was a lady selling Michigan and Ohio State University bird houses made from gourds that were really cute. Furthest back was Fred selling wooden items and bags made from recycled upholstery fabric.

Fun was had by all!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Share the Love - Featured Artisan - KP Designs

This weeks Featured Artisan on Share the Love.. Blogger's Unite is KP Designs! Kathy has wonderful creations. You can find KP Designs at:

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Artfire Promotion

ArtFire has a great new promotion going on right now and if you sell crafts or haver ever thought about selling your crafts, now is the time to check it out. You can even opt-in to this great deal if you already have an Artfire basic or pro account.

Here's the deal....ArtFire is offering a limited number of people the opportunity to lock in a $5.95/month lifetime rate!! But they have to get at least 20,000 members to opt-in or no one will get this exclusive $5.95 rate. Click here to get all the details for this great offer!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Share the Love - Dean Designs

This weeks Featured Artisan is Deans Designs.
Beautiful creations by a very talented artisan! You can find Deans Designs at:

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fall Fashion Color Trends

It feels like fall in NW Ohio today and I'm loving it! I sat in my studio last night (it's upstairs) with the window open designing school charms for the first fall craft fair.

There was a nice cool breeze coming through the open window, the local HS football game was tuned in on the radio, and I was at peace with the world.

Feeling the early signs of fall reminded me of an article that came through the inbox recently about the 2010 fall fashion color trends. Covering the full color spectrum from warm to soft cool colors, the palette includes bold, dark, bright colors offering a wide range of design possibilities.

An order of turquoise nuggets are on their way that would look nice with chocolate brown Swarovski pearls and silver accents. The creative juices are starting to flow!

The enitre Pantone article can be seen here on their website and a free copy of the Pantone Fall Color Report can be downloaded from there. Go check it out and start designing!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Shop, Design, Promote - Oh My!!

September has arrived! Let the fall craft shows and fairs begin!! But wait, I'm not ready yet.... Good thing my first show isn't until Saturday, September 25th. Caty Ann's Creations will be participating in the Fall Craft Fair at the East Mulberry Street Gift Cottage, 847 East Mulberry Street, in Bryan, Ohio that day.

But first things first - let's not get the cart before the horse. New fall items need to be added to my inventory and that means SHOPPING. Bless my darling hubby for taking me to the city three times last month to stock up on supplies. We usually shop JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, and Michael's. Just look what I came home with the last trip.

I brought these home from Hobby Lobby...

School charms for book bags, zipper pulls or key chains are on the agenda to finish before the 25th. These sell for $9.00 each and shipping is free. Already have some finished in scarlet and gray for OSU and purple and gold for the Bryan Bears as well as burgundy and gold for the Edgerton Bulldogs. I can also make these to order. Just leave a comment on this post with the school colors and mascot name. Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you.

These beads came home with me from JoAnn's...

And this is my Michael's stash...

Beautiful breast cancer awareness purse charms have already been designed with some of those sparkling pink beads. And I've already designed (and sold) a pair of earrings from charms I bought at Michaels!

You can check out all my new items at the following online stores:

Be sure to check back often as I plan to be adding many new items in the coming days and weeks. And remember it's not too soon to start thinking about Christmas!!!

Oh, I almost forgot...Caty Ann's Creations has been on Zibbet for one year now! Do I hear a "Hip-Hip-Hooray"??? To celebrate our first anniversary, everything in the shop is on sale for 10% off - no coupon code required. Hurry on over and look around!!

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