Thursday, April 18, 2013

Thursday Thrill – Spring Fling

1950's linen floral dress and men's vintage bow tie

It's official! ChatterBlossom has participated in a craft show for the very first time! 

It was so much fun and I met a lot of really lovely people. Plus, my cutie came to support me and even wore a vintage bow tie to match the little apron I made him! Doesn't he look like a vintage soda shop clerk?! My hubs is adorable and I wanted to smoosh his face with kisses all day! 

I brought over 400 items with me and about 350 actually made it onto the table. An 8 foot table gets small quite quickly! I'm a poor kid so I needed to use what I could find in my home for this craft show set up. I didn't want to spend a lot of money when I've never done one of these before and didn't know what to expect. 

display for jewelry, hair clips, and accessories

Instead, I used my tiffany blue silk curtains as table cloths (not ironed, I know...) and my bamboo like screen to hold all the hair clip flowers. I sewed on individual squares of fabric to the screen so that I could just clip on the flowers. Worked really well!

craft fair display table with old crates and vintage feel

I didn't have a sign so I decided to use our laptop. I made a slideshow that had a photo of my banner and had it switch back and forth between that and photos of the flowers in my hair. I made signs and put them in frames I had already and sat them atop some old crates.

rice filled tray to hold handmade rings

I used an old wooden utensil tray filled with rice to hold my rings

old wooden boards used for jewelry display showcase

I used my bathroom shelving for the pendants and bobby pins (for reals ya'll!). They are boards from old crates that I leaned up against glass milk bottles. Then I used split twine for the necklace chains.

jewelry table display for craft show

Can I say, this may have been worth all the effort just so that I could have the chance to wear this dress for the first time. It is a printed linen wiggle dress from the 50s/60s with a green floral pattern. I bought it from The Cleveland Shop while they were in town for a dance event in November. It needed a few holes mended, the straps reinforced, the back slit raised a smidge, and the hips let out and I finally got all those alterations finished! I love this dress! It was perfect for a spring event and I paired it with an ivory hair flower with a vintage wooden button center, white button drop earrings, and my swan on wood double button ring. Add red lipstick and a cute chap on my arm and I was ready for the crowds!

To top it all off, I got to teach a swing dance lesson that night for a party celebrating the 75th birthday of the matriarch of their family! They had a 50's sock hop theme and the grandmother even wore a bright pink poodle skirt and pink cat eye glasses! How fun is that?!

vintage dress and men's wear

Thank you to everyone for all your well wishes! The show went well and that was partly due to all of your encouragement!


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57 comments:

  1. I love this!!!!!!! :) You look beautiful.

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  2. stunning!

    I whish you a rich day of emotions!
    I wait for you for a "fresh post"!
    Kisses from A SUNNY AND FLOWERED ROME!
    Federica
    smartchicdietreadbooksandfly.blogspot.it

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  3. Hi Jamie, I love, love, love your dress! Your stand looks amazing and using the lap top was an inspired idea. Glad it all went so well.

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    1. Thank you Barbara! The laptop was a lifesaver that day!

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  4. You look beautiful Jamie, I love your dress! and you got an awesome selection:)

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    1. awesome and quite large! haha! Hard to fit on the table!

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  5. Wow! What a stunning booth for your first time out! I pinned one of the pics for ideas for my own booth. Here's a tip for the table covering issue--I always take a bottle of wrinkle release spray and spritz it on the fabric before I put everything out on top. By the time I'm done setting up, it's 90% wrinkle free! . . . and your hubby in a clerk's apron and bow tie? That's true love!!

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  6. Wow, everything looks great! You've got a good eye for display! :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Andi! That is high praise indeed coming from you! :-)

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  7. Your booth looks awesome, but THAT DRESS! I adore it and it looks beautiful on you!

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    1. Thank you. *giggles* That was the best part!

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  8. And it looks even better in person!!!! Glad Corey and I were able to come!

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    1. I was so glad that you came too!!! Thank you so much!

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  9. Wow that looks amazing! Congrats on the show :)

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  10. I'm glad it all went well. I love your dress!

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  11. Everything looked perfect! I know that was a TON of work and exhausting. You both looked awesome and I love your new do! Hope you sold a ton and sewed lots of seed!
    Sandy

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    1. Right?! So much work, but I am really really glad I did it and it went by so quick!

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  12. Love the dress and these are great ideas on repurposing household items for a jewelry display!

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  13. Looks great! How cute is your display!?

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  14. The booth looks great, you used some creative ideas. I love the dress.

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    1. Had to put on my thinking cap for that display! haha!

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  15. Congrats on a successful first show! I'm in the midst of prepping for my first one too...lots of fun ideas and inspiration from your table set up!

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  16. You sounds so excited - I can just feel the happy buzzing bubbles in your words! So happy it all went well. I think this display is beautiful and very charming and your husband is just wonderful! x

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    1. I was super excited and I'm so glad you came by to encourage me too! ;-)

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  17. Oh I so love your dress! It's a very photogenic dress and I'm sure even more lovely in person. I'm having a really difficult time with prints. I see dresses like you with yours and I think how perfect they are but then when I try to look for myself I have such a problem. I did just buy a Bernie Dexter dress (first Bernie dress) with a Paris print so I'm getting there. I hope it fits I bought it cheap but it's quite small. I wanted one size large but I guess I'll have to suck it in lol. Your table set up is beautiful. I would certainly approach this table:) I hope you had great success.

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    1. Prints can be tough. They have to be the right size and color, etc. and I have trouble finding ones for myself too. This particular one worked so well because of the clustering of the print at the top and hem of the dress. It broke the dress up and wasn't so overwhelming. Can't wait to see yours!

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  18. i think your stand looks so amazing, especially because it was manned by two adorable people!! thanks for sharing about the show--glad you have your first under your belt so that you can do more without fear! the way you displayed everything looks amazing and i seriously can't get over how cute you and your hubs are.

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    1. Thank you! The hubs really is the best and too cute for words!

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  19. I love your clever use of space, I would have just given up LOL so kudos to you. I really love the rice in trays to hold rings, that is really clever and you looked gorgeous too! Both you and your man!

    SDMxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. Haha! Yes, could get easily flustered in the tiny spaces but it worked out marvelously!

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  20. 1) You look amazing!! I love the beautiful dress.
    2) Congratulations! Your booth looked fabulous. I would've stood there forever looking through everything.
    3) You husband really did look like a vintage shop clerk. :) I love it!
    4) You look amazing!! I love the beautiful dress.

    XOXO,
    Meredith

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    1. I would have loved for you to hang out at my booth forever looking and chatting!

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  21. You look so beautiful! That dress is stunning, the cut is so perfect and I just love the floral detail. Both of your outfits match your beautifully decorated stall :)

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    1. Thank you! That is quite high praise coming from you (you always look impecable!). ;-)

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  22. Great job Jamie. I think the whole thing is great. Very creative. Everything from the setup to the crafts themselves. Lovely and beautiful.
    Jamie

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    1. Wow, thank you for saying so Jamie! I'm so glad you think so and I was thrilled to see your name pop up here! :-)

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  23. You guys look ADORABLE!!! I would have stopped at your booth for sure. Great job! I know how stressful those things can be but you really looked like you thought of everything.

    Now you will be all ready for your next show : )

    That dress BTW...gorgeous!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thanks Suzanne! I do feel much more prepared now and hopefully I will do another show in the fall. ;-)

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  24. This is awesome! Your table is beautiful!! Such a creative set-up. Love that dress too; it looks great on you! :)

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    1. Thank you Jayda!! That really means a lot. ;-)

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  25. Congrats!! You did an amazing job with the jewels display, and you and hubs look like the cutest couple!! I'm happy the event went well, so are you going to do another soon? Your dress looks brand new vintage and it suits you divinely!!!
    Love
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    Coco et La vie en rose
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    1. Isn't it crazy that the dress is near the combined age of me and my husband?! Yes, hopefully I'll do another show or two in the fall. Fingers crossed.

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  26. Yay for your first craft show, so cool! The set up looks great and what fun jewelry!
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Ginny! So glad you think so and thank you for visiting!

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  27. You look gorgeous, and I am so pleased to hear that your show went so very well.

    Kate x
    Kate at Home

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  28. I was browsing through your old posts when I discovered this special one -- it has everything! A cute picture of you; obvious romance with your hubby; your terrific creations; and a bright, sunny attitude. The post is a real joy to read. And your green dress -- wow!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I certainly had a terrific time! ;-)

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  29. That dress is gorgeous, I saw it on the side bar and had to click over!

    The ingenuity for the items you used for the show was awesome. I like the laptop banner too, great idea!! You took a potentially costly event and made it your own without cost excess. I love that!

    I'm glad your show went well. And hurrah to other people's grandma's who wear poodle skirts and cat glasses to their birthday events. ;)

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