Patchwork Oakland Fall 2014 Recap

Well, it's been awhile since I've checked in here and so much has happened. While I work on catching up over the next couple of weeks I thought today I'd share about Patchwork and how it went. 

There was a ton of preparation for this show and I had no idea what to expect as far as sales and set up and space and traffic and...well I just really wanted to get in the door. As the days got closer I actually got less and less nervous/overwhelmed because all of my little to-dos were starting to come together. There was finally a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

One awesome thing about Patchwork was that we got to go in the day before and set up. It was so nice knowing the final things we needed to do on Sunday, and to feel a small sense of relief when we were all done because I knew there was nothing more I could do and it was time to see how all my hard work and preparations would play out.

The day of the show I had a few feelings in the back of my mind that I wouldn't sell anything. I also had this weird feeling I'd sell out of something I hadn't made a ton of. (Which isn't the worst problem in the world, but of course I was still worried about it.) It was just the unknown that left me nervous.

The show went awesome. It exceeded my expectations, I sold quite a bit of product and even almost sold out of a couple of things. Products got a lot of compliments, I couldn't have asked for much more out of the experience.

And my booth didn't look like anyone else's, which was really what I was going for.

It was bright, inviting and homey. I had tall/raised tables to put things at eye height. I wanted people to touch things. You're more likely to buy something if you can touch it first, so I'm glad I found a way to allow people to touch products without committing to entering the booth, but still made it open enough for people to come in.

There was a mirror in the back for trying on headbands, and so many people did. The blankets were at a perfect height/angle for lots of face time, and whether or not people bought them, they touched them, which was all I wanted.

The front table had a few different layouts throughout the day as certain things sold more I moved them closer to the best selling items on the front table and they started to sell more also. It was fun seeing how I could rearrange things to make them more visible and appealing throughout the day. 

I'm also super thankful for my sister in law and friend Maryam for helping me out over the weekend. I couldn't have done it all without them! It was also awesome to see a couple of familiar faces stop by to support me/other handmade businesses. 

Totally a great experience and I'll definitely be applying to do Patchwork again in the spring. 

Halloween Recap

Halloween came and went so fast this year. This was the first year the boys actually chose what they wanted to be and the for the first time had a definitive opinion on everything. They really wanted to be Octonauts, a British cartoon series that airs on Disney Jr. It's about these little animals that explore and learn about the ocean. The boys have been obsessed with it for well over a year (and have learned quite a bit about the ocean from it) so it was perfectly fitting they decided to be these guys for Halloween:

Captain Barnacles, the brave polar bear leader of the Octonauts. And Kwazii, the renegade pirate cat. 

These costumes were a bit tricky because you can't buy them and there aren't a lot of examples on Pinterest to go off of, so I really had to just wing it. I think it turned out pretty well.
Isaiah was pretty much obsessed with having a tail. Julian just liked the little compass on his shirt. I later added an eye patch for Isaiah because he was insistent on having one.

We went to a costume party over the weekend and they had a little costume parade at school on Thursday. Friday it was pretty chilly and rainy but it all cleared up by trick or treat time and we went out. 

I thought they'd be all about trick or treating since they'd talked it up so much in the days preceding but as soon as we hit the first house Isaiah got massive stage fright and wouldn't say anything. Julian managed to squeak out a, "Trick or Treat" but for the most part they were both pretty quiet. 
When we got home I let them eat 3 pieces of candy and then had them eat actual, real life food. In the past they've been known to actually throw up if they have even a bit too much sugar so they were cool with keeping it minimal. (VERY thankful for laid back kids.)