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Hi Everyone! Just wanted to pop in and let you know about a new website that features handmade sellers in the Kansas City area!

Lu and Ed

There’s everything from embroidered hoop art, bags, cute kids cuddly’s, wedding supplies, jewelry, coasters, clothing, bath & body products, ornaments, fabric pouches, cuff bracelets, hand weaved baskets and more! There’s SO MUCH cool stuff… all handmade in the Kansas City area. You simply must check it out! Links to each shop as well as their social media and other places you can find them are all on the website under the “handmade sellers” tab. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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New Originals & Prints in Shop!

Hey there! Happy Wednesday! Anyone else done with Winter?! I am. Last week we had a break and temps were in the mid 50’s here in Kansas… this morning it was 4 degrees… 4! They are calling for potentially lots of snow this weekend too. I’m thankful we had a break last week, but it’s brought spring fever on big time! Winter is my least favorite season though, so I’m always eager for it to end. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today, I wanted to share some recently posted new goodies in my shop, both originals and printsย with more on the way soon. Here’s a little sampling of what you’ll find, but you will definitely want to go visitย my shopย for yourself to check it all out. ๐Ÿ™‚ย ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Also, if you want to stay up-to-date with me and the happenings of my shop, I’m on Instagram and have been posting some sales and behind the scenes sneaks recently. Check it out and follow me… I’m @alterediris.

Hope you’re staying warm and cozy where you are… have a lovely day! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Results Are In

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ย {Me in my booth, photo taken by Lindsey from the Artisan Market… more photos of the event can be found on their facebook page, vendor apron from Terrace Hill}the beginnings of the art show booth

Now… first things first… this entire event could not have happened if it weren’t for this wonderful man… my man… he has been so supportive, done so much work… hard work, he’s encouraged me, shared ideas with me, he’s been my sounding board and my right hand man in this. It was his original “yes” that started the whole process of me doing this show and it was his assistance the whole way through that made it actually happen in the end, so thank you sweetie. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love you more than words can express and I’m so blessed to have you as my husband and partner for life.

And now for the rest of the juicy (bulleted) details:

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*The wind blew ferociously, but the sun was shining.

*Even high quality tents can rip if it’s windy enough… bummer. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

*I spent the first two hours of the show trying to keep my stuff from blowing down…ย Then I finally got smart called my hubby who came to the rescue and told me what I should do. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย After a bit of reorganization, things went much smoother and I actually got to sit down. And so did my mom… who by the way, was with me the entire day! (I failed to get a photo of us)! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

She is another person I couldn’t have done this without. She was there so I could take bathroom breaks, she was the gopher for our lunch, she gave me ideas as we discussed what might work better next time, she was my moral support and not only that but she slept at our house the night before and watched our kids so hubby and I could get everything set up without child-like interruptions and distractions. Thank you Mama!!! Love you!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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*I realized there is no such thing as being too organized for an event like this. I definitely could have been more organized. Mostly with supplies and such, my products themselves were pretty organized, but I could have spent more time organizing and planning out where I was going to keep supplies and other necessities.

*Next time… More tables. I need more workspace and space to keep things like packaging/bags/receipt book/postcards/business cards/etc. Maybe something with drawers would be good, something with a top that could possibly even be used to display products. I only had a couple of little inches here and there at the back of the table for stuff like that and the plastic totes I thought I’d use under the table were holding things like bags, business cards and the like, so I could really use them as a surface for other things.

*I learned that I can keep track of cash in the Square app! If only I’d figured it out sooner though! Whoops! ๐Ÿ™‚

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*I realized I need to work harder at promoting my work, even when it’s right there in front of people… It will not sell itself. It’s not natural for me and certainly doesn’t come easily, but it’s necessary in order to build my business.

*Pretty decorations really do matter, many people noticed and commented. Maybe they don’t matter completely, maybe not even a lot, but it’s nice that people noticed, because it was definitely part of the fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

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A lot of people mistook my prints for cards, which tells me a couple of things…

1) There’s a market for cards… Which doesn’t surprise me, something I want to add and have been working on, but maybe something that needs to move a little higher up on the priority list.

2) I should package my prints to make it more obvious what they are. I think the easiest way to do this would be to add mattes to them. Another thing I’ve considered previously and that should move up on the list, at least before the next show (which is to be determined).art craft show booth display

*It was a lot of work, but it was a labor of love for sure. And while I didn’t quite get to the sales goal I had set (I of course had no idea what to expect though), it was well worth it. To get exposure, to get the “first time” under my belt, to figure out what worked and what didn’t, to experience windy conditions and improvising to make things work despite the weather, to stick it out and to be able to support a great cause at the same time.

Thank you to all those who stopped by to show their support and thank you to those who helped and encouraged before, during and after the event. I’d say… it was a success! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tuesdays are for Treasuring

It’s been a while since I’ve created a treasury, so while watching the NCAA championship game with my sweet hubby, I thought I’d do something fun… Er, uh, I mean something else fun… you know… double the fun… two times the fun… fun multi-tasking! ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, here’s what I came up with, to celebrate Spring and the inevitable April showers that go along with it! Enjoy!

'April Showers' by alterediris


Rain Cloud Tote

$25

Seattle Rain Print I'm o...

$27

Rain Cup-ready to ship

$25

Rain rain go away acrylic si...

$28

rain drops - colorful pastel...

$20

Rain Abstract, 8x8 fine art ...

$30

Gene Kelly - Singing in the ...

$40

Green Rain Boot with Ivory B...

$65

Cloud & Rain Drops - Persona...

$40

Ocean Rain Soap

$5.25

Soft Spring- light coral, pe...

$25

Porcelain Off White Raining ...

$40

Quote on Canvas: "It Ca...

$35

Clementine in the Rain, 8x10...

$12

Rain In The Doorway By Thorn...

$5

Coral Tear drop, Water drop,...

$15.99

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A sweet new Etsy treasury to feature today! Happy Tuesday everyone!

‘Easter Blessings’ by mystuff2


Duck Photography Unisex Nurs…

$30

Star Starz Ornament – FAITH …

$7

Melon Pod with Velutina Air …

$10

8×10 This Is The Day Word Ar…

$18

SALE ORIGINAL ACEO Watercolo…

$3

Tattered Leaves Green Set of…

$4.75

Hand Crocheted 100% Cotton W…

$12

22″ Pink Tulip Door Wre…

$79.5

Easter Dish Towel Dress with…

$20

Easter ornament decorations,…

$20

A New Day, Watercolor Painti…

$20

Easter Egg Shaped Birdhouse,…

$28

ACEO Limited Edition -With C…

$4

Spring Plaid MINI NOTEBOOKS …

$4

coiled coasters pastel sprin…

$12

By the Sea Necklace Seagull …

$29.99

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I think this might be my most very favorite treasury I’ve ever been featured in! Love the colors, the theme and every one of the items selected! It’s just so fresh and serene and beautifully put together! Hope it inspires you too! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Tuesday!

‘Live your dreams’ by margiepuckett


Sweet Dreams Handmade Wall A…

$52.00

Coffee spoon, If You Can Dr…

$20.00

Hand Painted Jacket – “…

$599.00

Large willow tree photograph…

$45.00

Believe There Is Good Be The…

$46.00

Wedding Ring Pillow Birds Ne…

$21.90

PEAR TREE Mineral Eye Shadow…

$4.99

Original Mixed Media Art Pri…

$8.00

Tyler – Multifaceted Light G…

$11.50

Follow Your Dreams – Inspira…

$18.00

Lime Green Leaves, Card Scra…

$6.00

A dream is a WISH your Heart…

$16.00

Onion Flower Blues- Fine Art…

$10.00

once upon a dream she could …

$30.00

iphone 4 plastic case -typog…

$38.00

Coaster Religious Travertine…

$16.00

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‘Shades of Love’ by ModernMoodPhoto

Enjoy!


Rose photograph – fine art p…

$35.00

Tie Front Cotton Dress in Pi…

$40.00

Light Pink Necklace, Pink Cr…

$26.95

SWEETHEART PINK VALENTINE He…

$59.00

Pink Valentine’s Bauble …

$14.00

Valentine Pastel Pink Button…

$25.00

LINOCUT PRINT – Robots in lo…

$22.00

Text Scarf / Valentine’s…

$96.00

Pink Valentine’s Day Apr…

$36.00

original mixed media art pri…

$10.00

Paper Flower Bouquet – 12 St…

$25.00

Sewing hearts photograph-lov…

$28.00

Valentine home decor Ceramic…

$75.00

Red resin, oxidiced sterling…

$65.00

Valentines day, Flower photo…

$28.00

Graphic Zinnia Pillow Cover …

$35.00

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