Category : Craft Show

Women’s Festival of Crafts recap

I had such a good time at this year’s Women’s Festival of Crafts. The show is now in its 27th year. It has consistently been one of the most friendly, stress-free shows that I do. The stars are really show organizers Megan Humphrey and Moe O’Hara.

Name tag from the Women's Festival of Crafts 2016

Getting into this show is tough – they don’t jury the show, but rather accept people by the postmark on their application. When they publish the application on their website, you’ve gotta get your tush to the post office that same day.

I was a day late with my application this year because it came out on the day I was flying home from my vacation to Japan. I was put on the wait list and luckily, someone gave up their spot and I was in!

This year, the show was located in a former Gap store at the Burlington Town Center Mall on Church Street. I helped the organizers with setup so I got to bring in my stuff a few days early. It doesn’t look like much in that huge space.

Load in of Blue Roof Designs booth at Women's Festival of Crafts 2016

Then the walls, shelves, and signs go up. Now I’ve got a booth floating in a room full of nothing. It looked kinda sad.

Blue Roof Designs booth in progress at Women's Festival of Crafts 2016

I felt a lot less alone once Saturday came around and the other vendors started setting up.

Blue Roof Designs booth in progress at Women's Festival of Crafts 2016

I usually struggle to get my booth fully set up on time – I always seem to have a bazillion little things to fuss over. This time I actually did it. That extra time earlier in the week made it possible.

Blue Roof Designs booth at Women's Festival of Crafts 2016

You know what’s the best part of doing a craft show in a former Gap store? You get your own dressing room for stashing your stuff.

Blue Roof Designs back stock in a former Gap dressing room

Overall, the show really looked amazing. The neutral backdrop (Gapdrop?) seemed to elevate the atmosphere.

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My booth neighbors were so much fun to chat with – I’m talking about you Zoë and Marie!

And then, as quickly as it begins, it ends. Time to break down and go home. You can always count on me to be one of the last people to finish.

Break down of Blue Roof Designs booth at Women's Festival of Crafts 2016

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I get into next year’s show!

The oh-so-awesome Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday 2016 logo

Oh baby, today is the sixth annual Small Business Saturday! Started in 2011 by American Express, the celebration encourages people to shop local and support their communities.

I’m going to take a moment to focus on the word small. A business doesn’t get any smaller than a one person operation – and that describes the majority of working artists.

The connection is easy enough to make – if you want to shop in a way that will have a significant impact on a small business, then buy art for the holidays. Even if you shop on Etsy, you’re still supporting a community – the creative community.

There are lots of Small Business Saturday craft shows being held around the country – visit one and not only will you find wonderful handmade gifts, but you’ll also get to make a personal connection with the artist. It’s an experience you just can’t get from a big box store.

And if you’d like to visit me at a craft show (there had to be a plug in here somewhere), it just so happens that today and tomorrow I’ll be selling my work at the super-awesome Women’s Festival of Crafts. At the show, you’ll find over 80 booths (all small businesses) filled with handmade jewelry, pottery, recycled art, greeting cards, clothing, and more. Oh yeah, and handmade books. 🙂

I’m in booth #37, located in the former Gap space (Google map).

Women's Festival of Craft 2016 poster

Can’t make it to the show? You can also buy my work on my website or on Etsy.

And if you’re interested in buying something closer to where you live, check out Etsy Local – it can help you find Etsy sellers participating in events in your neck of the woods.

Weston Craft Show recap

This past weekend marked my third year at the Weston Craft Show and for the third year, I was in a new location. My booth was in a room on the third floor and I shared it with Julia Emilo, a fabulous gourd painter.

Here’s a shot of the raw space:

Empty room at Weston Playhouse

I arrived at the playhouse around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday night, so my brain power wasn’t at maximum capacity. It took me a while to figure out how to set things up. It’s like craft show Tetris.

Piles of tubs and craft show booth supplies

Welcome to booth #35!

Sign and entrance to Blue Roof Designs craft show booth

Blue Roof Designs craft show booth

I put one of my bookshelves in the hallway because it wouldn’t fit in the room. I think the exit sign is a nice touch.

Bookshelf with handmade books by Elissa Campbell of Blue Roof Designs

Blue Roof Designs craft show booth

And then after three days, it all gets packed up. My blue crates (see below) – I’ve had them for 27 years! You can fold them up when they’re empty. I love them.

Piles of tubs and craft show booth supplies

I’d like to give a shout out to the folks who put on the show – woot! They are so good to artists…seriously. There’s a 2:00 p.m. Cookie Time every day.

I’m looking forward to my fourth year at Weston in 2016!

 

Touch of Vermont recap

I just finished my last show of the season – the Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market. The show is really well-curated – it has a wonderful mix of artists and food vendors.

I love this show not only because it’s a lot of fun, but also because it’s a great place to see people from the community that I love so dearly – it’s only five minutes from my house. I love living in Montpelier! Another reason why the show rocks is that it’s a fundraiser for Our House of Central Vermont, a children’s advocacy center dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse.

I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank my silent partner, also known as my “third hand man” – my hubby. I don’t know what I’d do without him. It takes a lot to make a craft show booth go from this…

Assembling craft show booth

 …to this.

Craft show booth - Blue Roof Designs

He does so much for me and he does it without complaint. So to you – yeah you – I raise my glass. Thanks for another great year!

Women’s Festival of Crafts recap

This past weekend I exhibited my work at the Women’s Festival of Crafts in Burlington, VT. This was the 25th year for the show – happy silver anniversary!

The show is really competitive to get into. They publish the application online and you really have to send it in that day – they accept people by postmark (it’s not juried). This year I was on vacation at Yellowstone National Park when the application went live. I had to travel out of the park and find a copy shop where I could print out the application. I don’t think it was how my husband wanted to spend that day of our vacation. Thankfully, the time spent was worth it and I was accepted into the show.

As usual, big thanks go out to my hubby for helping me set up the booth. It’s a lot to do by yourself in three hours, first thing in the morning. It takes a while to get your booth brain going.

Setting up craft show booth

It always amazes me how this pile of stuff turns into a booth. It just doesn’t look that interesting at this point in the process.

Plastic tubs & crates full of craft show supplies

But here it is, all set up!

Craft show booth - Blue Roof Designs

That table in the left corner has a lot of stuff underneath it – that’s where I store my back stock during the show.

Pile of handmade books and plastic tubs

The show was very busy and I had a great time talking to customers and catching up with my artist friends. One of the down sides to exhibiting in a show is that it’s hard to get out and see what other people are selling. I don’t like to wander far from my booth because I want to be able to answer any questions folks might have.

Here’s hoping that I can get in again next year!

Weston Craft Show tenure – woohoo!

Handmade book by Elissa CampbellI am thrilled to announce that I was chosen for tenure for the Weston Craft Show class of 2018!

What that means is that I’m guaranteed a spot in the show for the next four years (no jurying). Wondering what to do on Columbus Day weekend 2016? Come to the Weston Craft Show – I’ll be there!

Many thanks to the Tenure Committee for selecting me and for having faith in me and my work.

Weston Craft Show recap

This year my booth for the Weston Craft Show was located in the basement of the Weston Playhouse. I was thrilled to have this new space – it was huge!

Here’s what it looked like after bringing in all of my stuff, but before starting to set up. A bit of a raw space, but workable.

Piles of tubs and craft show booth supplies

I was indecisive about where to put things, so I ended up being pokey during most of the set up. Once I settled on the layout, however, things came together quickly.

Piles of tubs and craft show booth supplies

Piles of tubs and craft show booth supplies

Blue Roof Designs craft show booth

After the first show day, I came to dislike the naked space in front of my shelves. That evening, I drove to Rutland and picked up an area rug to fill the void. I think it did a great job of defining the space.

Blue Roof Designs craft show booth

I was happy that I had very friendly booth neighbors during the show. I do like to chat. Overall, it was a great show and I look forward to returning next year.

Here’s a shot of my “craft show carcass”, the remains of a booth post-craft show. Somehow it looks like less than I came with, if you compare it to the first picture.

Piles of tubs and craft show booth supplies

I’d like to give a shout out to the fabulous potter Andrea Trzaskos who was kind enough to help me pack up after the show. You rock!

Touch of Vermont recap

I just finished my last show of the season – the Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market. It was a lovely little show held in City Hall in downtown Montpelier. Couldn’t beat the commute!

Craft show booth - Blue Roof Designs

Another great thing was that I got to use my full booth and had enough room to put everything out. I hate when my booth gets all scrunched up.

I got to see lots of people I knew and was on the receiving end of many hugs. I like hugs.

I’m relieved that craft show season is now over for me. I can unpack everything and get my studio back in order. Thanks everyone for a wonderful holiday season!

Waterbury Artisans Boutique recap

This past weekend I showed my work at the Waterbury Artisans Boutique. The size of the venue required me to modify my booth, so things were arranged differently. I think I like my regular booth setup better.

Craft show booth setup

I love Waterbury and their artist community is very strong – I’m thrilled to continue being a part of it. Everyone is so talented and friendly. Not only does Waterbury offer fabulous art, but they also have a very lumpy and sweaty snowman who will allow you to hug him if you ask nicely.

Book artist Elissa Campbell with weird snowman

In the evening, the River of Light Lantern Parade made its way past our venue. This parade is truly one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. The entire community participates, including children – they make lanterns out of coffee filter paper and willow. This year’s theme was Creatures Under the Sea and the parade will filled with jellyfish, sharks, and fish. They used LED lights to light up the creatures from within.

Waterbury's River of Light Lantern Parade

If you’re ever in the Waterbury area in December, be sure to catch the parade. Hopefully, they will continue the tradition next year!

Women’s Festival of Crafts recap

This past weekend I exhibited my work at the Women’s Festival of Crafts in Burlington, VT. The show moved to a new location this year, Memorial Auditorium. It was nice to have all of the exhibitors on the same floor. And I was just a booth away from my good friend Mags!

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I had some new designs of accordion books for sale (hello mustaches) and a fresh batch of my small leather journals. The show was very busy and I had a great time talking to customers and catching up with my artist friends. This show really is a must-visit type of show – there’s a wonderful variety of work and the folks who run it are total sweethearts.

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It’s a very competitive show to get into – cross your fingers for me so that I can get in again next year!

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