Crystal Allure's First Show

Whew! It's finally over! Doing a show (especially if it's your first one) takes ALOT of work!! There is so much to do, coordinate and have in inventory to make it successful and to be satisfied with your show. Needless to say, the weather was NOT on my side Saturday (Chil-E Festival, July 22, 2006).

The show began at 11am but sign-in was at 7am. Eek!! For me on a weekend that was tough! But I did it. Although it had started to rain an hour or so before that and it didn't stop until nearly noon. The truck was all packed up (thanks to my husband) and I was ready to go (all the while in my head trying to figure out how the rain will affect things). We get there, sign in and learn we're in the first booth -great! Since it's downpouring like nothing else we decided to leave and return in an hour or so...get a few more things done.

We returned to learn they decided to move the show into the nearby senior center -which based on the fact that it was still raining very badly and there was easy access to bathrooms -I welcomed the change! Being my first show I didn't want to have to also tackle the rain too. The only downfall to the whole event was the money I spent on the tent -but I also know I'll get to use it sometime as I will be doing other shows. And it was a good thing we lived around the corner from the show location because I had to send my husband home for a card table since we only had an 8' and 6' table and being put in the senior center we were on limited space.

So, my husband unpacks the truck and I begin setting up after I've been assigned my spot -which was a good spot and I was still pleased with it. Now with all that I had to do to get ready I never really did a test set up of my display. I had it all worked out in my mind -even if one idea didn't work I had back up ideas to every design.

My look kind of evolved at the last minute and it ended up being a polka dot theme and I think it looked great! I did get pictures of my display but they do not reflect what the real display would have looked like because I was positioned in front of the senior news board! But you get the idea.

The only other disappointment I had was that while picking up things the day before the show I had this wonderful and unique earring display idea -it just had to be created. So I bought all the supplies I needed and told my husband of this idea and he made it happen! Unfortunately...I wasn't able to hang it in the senior center and so I never got to use it. BUT, stay tuned to future shows as I know I'll get to use it at a later date.

Outside of these small mishaps the day went very well. I met other local designers and artisans and even with the rain the people still came in. I had a variety of pieces to offer along with a range of price levels and I even sold a bracelet that I wasn't able to get out on the table (due to time constraints) all because the customer asked if I had any smaller children's sized bracelets -and I did!

My entire expectation of the event was to get exposure in the local community and not only did I meet this goal, I also made some sales and possibly a future bridal custom order. And so at the end of this very tiring day I was very satisfied -and very thankful I had my husband to help me the entire time! He packed the truck, unloaded it, sat with me ALL day (until 7pm!), he made our lunches, packed the truck back up and then unpacked it again when we got home! He saved me and as always I am VERY grateful to him and for him! Thanks hon!!

Website Changes

I'm in the process of updating/changing the website's look and feel. You will already see some of the pages have already been changed but it's going to take a little longer to get the remaining pages done....so many pages so little time (and it's very tedious work too!!). LOL!

You will already see that the look of this blog has been updated as well. It's a new look for Crystal Allure that I think is great!

Remember, during this process the website still functions properly and you can still make your purchases. It's just you may find some pages are not aligned properly or the colors are not the same as other pages.

Thank you for your patience during this transition.

And I would love to hear your comments on the new look -drop me a line or make a comment to this post.

Show Reminder

Don't forget -if you live in Rochester, New York stop by the Chil-E Festival to see all of the wonderful jewelry and accessories from Crystal Allure Creations!!

Saturday, July 22nd ~ Chil-E Festival
11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Memorial Park ~Rochester, NY
For directions, contact (585) 889-3550

Whether you live here or not you can always shop my online boutique at Crystal Allure Creations.

Methods of payment that will be accepted at this show include: cash, check, mastercard and visa.

The Need for BEADS!

I've been on a creative spurt the last few weeks in preparation for an upcoming event (check out my events & shows listing for day/time). I have designed so many new and great things that there is absolutely no way I can get them all pictured to get on the website AND prepared for the show (tagged, priced, etc) so I've decided to wait until after the show to get posted the designs that are available. So stay tuned!!

However, I digressed...getting back on track...I've found that while designing I am in the "zone" -a creative streak (so to speak..pardon the rhyme) -and while in this "zone" the one thing I absolutely dislike is....RUNNING OUT OF SUPPLIES!

For example, yesterday I designed this bracelet with a bead I've had for probably well over six months or more and viola! a bracelet emerged. Like most beads I get I love the bead but I don't always have a specific design in mind when I buy them. But finally I was able to "see" the vision of a design for these particular beads -and it truly does look great. And so I then create a complimentary pair of earrings! On a roll now....then out of the blue (and I rarely make sets of three -i.e., bracelets, earrings AND necklace) I get this design idea stuck in my head for a necklace that again, would compliment either or both the bracelet and earrings and off I go designing -to give you kind of a visual if you were looking at me you'd see beads, wire, and tools flying in all different directions as I designed away!

And I get two of the beads positioned where I want them on the chain and POOF! I run out of the small gold beads I need to complete the look! Maybe the rule of thumb is to always order more than you think of the beads you assume you won't be using too much of -because that's precisely what happened here.

There is nothing more stiffling on creativity than to have a design in mind and not be able to do something about it right away while the design and inspiration is still fresh. I have tons of designs that are still sitting in a pile on my desk to be created and I just lost interest because I couldn't do it while I was inspired (for whatever reason...time, supplies, etc) -my ideas come as quickly as I lose interest -I need to get that design created before I'm off on another design idea. They are all great but there is only so much time in the day and only so many beads my office can hold and my budget can handle.

And so, I sit here typing and thinking about that unfinished necklace and the half-dozen or so other unfinished projects on my desk and wonder...why am I typing this blog when I could be ordering the needed supplies?!

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