Sunday, November 8, 2009

Creative Chaos

I have not posted anything since Halloween and I have a little time now to catch you up on what's been happening here at Scrap for Joy.
This past Friday evening and then again on Saturday, I participated in an annual craft fair at a local church. My dear friends Bethanie, Mimi, Joni and I all had adjoining tables which made the time lots of fun. For the weeks leading up to this show I have been working many hours in my craft studio.....I would show you pictures but I haven't yet identified where the floor is yet! It was a good show and I sold almost all of the items I brought. This is a Good News/Bad News story! Next Saturday I have another craft show (one that I will participating in for the first time) and so I will spend this week once again chained to my work table. I don't know how the rest of you artists who follow this blog feel, but I never tire of creating away for hours at a time. Even though the stress to finish was enormous, I was happy the whole time.
Because I have been crafting so much, I have not been on the computer very often in the past 2 weeks. I'm sure some of my blogging friends think I have abandoned them completely. Not true! I have been checking in on your blogs off and on, I just haven't been commenting too much. One blog I did visit however, P.J.'s; Seens From the Back of My Eyelids, resulted in an interesting thing happening. I had read that she was having a blog giveaway of a $75 e-gift certificate for Amazon and I left her a comment. (I also joined her blog as a follower, she's is a really funny lady and a great story teller...go read for yourself) Well, when I got home exhausted from being on my feet all day I finally had a chance to read my emails and found out I won!!!! I was so excited! Isn't that the most wonderful prize?
So, back to the craft show. I will share some pictures of my table showing some of the things I made. This year I focused on my yearly card set "The Girls" and also decorated lots of journals and notebooks, made some banners (which went quickly...I'll be making lots of them this week) and perpetual birthday books. So here are some pictures. You might want to go and fix yourself a cup of tea first-this is long!

My decorated shopping bags, thank you inserts and business cards.


I had 28 journals, I have just featured several of them. Then there were the banners...

The Give Thanks banner was long-I couldn't get it all in one shot without losing the letter detail. And finally the cards....

30 sets of six cards, in boxes. 180 cards, all hand cut.

Here are some shots of Bethanie's table

and Mimi & Joni's table...

And finally...your's truly close to the end of the day....
Do I look glazed? So, don't worry if you don't hear much from me this week, I have lots to do and not much time. (Anyone want to come and work with me????) I love you all and thank you for your support. Thanks to all my friends who came to the show-it is always great to see a friendly face. Thanks to Sara and Gwen who brought their little daughters along-always love to see the kidlets. Speaking of kidlets....oh how I wish this little Nemo could have come to our door on Halloween...

Gram and Papa love you Charlie!
Until next time........xoxo

22 comments:

mimi said...

Yesterday was such fun!!! It was great to spend the day with friends!! Now its back to the drawing board for both of us....Happy creating
xoxoxo
mimi
ps That is the cutest little NEMO ever!!!!!

marie said...

Joyce, EVERYTHING looks so wonderful! I love all your journals ~ especially the sweet victorian stlye ones. They're so pretty! And the Holiday Planner is adorable ~ love the colors and the paper!
"The Girls" are great ~ I would love to buy a set of those IF you have any left over.
I agree with you about loving the hours and hours of creating...it makes me happy too ~ even under pressure!
I drop things off for the home show I'm in on Wednesday and then set up Friday night for the Saturday church show. I'm still busy creating too!

I'll be thinking of you.......

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness, girl...good new galore! First off, I'm so happy you won PJ's drawing. Great news! : )
And all these beautiful things you've produced (and sold...YEA!)
Such detail. You must be exhausted.
But then that last photo. Ohhh, thanks for making our day with cute little Charlie/Nemo. : )

Lori said...

Wow! I'm glad you did so well! That is fantastic news on selling just about everything at the craft fair as well as winning a g.c.! I wish you luck this coming weekend as well. BTW, I LOVE your stuff!

My name is PJ. said...

Holy Cow, Joyce! You are one talented lady! Do you sell on Etsy? I am a big Etsy customer. BIG!

Thanks for the mention! I appreciate it. I do believe you have sent some people my way! ;)

The Garden Bell said...

First, thank-you regarding the comments you made on my blog regarding what I said to Creative Breathing. I tend to say and believe what I've learned over the years as I have struggled with my challenges in life. I try not to get over involved, as that can take me personally to a place which is not healthy for me. It's nice to know that someone thinks I'm tracking OK.

Anyways, what a nice little blog you have here. Hope you don't mind if I take a look around. What a fun weekend it looks like you had.

Celestial Charms said...

Joyce,
You have really made some beautiful things here. Wow. I feel tired just looking at all you have created. I wish I lived nearby...to see your creations in person. So pretty. Have fun, and I hope you get everything finished for your next showing.
Maureen

Wyldhare said...

Your work for the sale looks fantastic! If I were at the show, it would not be a question of IF I would buy something, but WHAT to pick from so many lovely things!

I have always thought it would be great to do a craft show, but have never managed to make enough stuff for something like that. I need to get faster or more efficient or something!

And you little Nemo is beyond adorable! Thank you so much for sharing the photo.

Bev said...

I knew you all would do well at the show. I was wondering if you had anything saved for this weeks' show! I'll come over on Friday to help if mom doesn't want to go to the bingo! Good luck this week!

Linda said...

Joyce, I wish I could have just stopped by and browsed...picking up a journal here and a banner there for Christmas gifts...the only "bad news" about cyber friends is that you can't support them in person! good luck this week! Linda

Creative Breathing said...

Joyce! Where to begin? I love that you love to be chained to your craft table because that is truly where you belong. Your journals are over-the-top, and your cards are so you, so perfectly fun! Sold out! What an amazing feeling. Back to that table. We'll be hear when you are ready for a breather! Happy Holidays to you and yours! Elizabeth

Deborah said...

I would love to come work with you. Looks like you have so much fun. I love the cards, journals and banners. I think you did a wonderful job but I do know it is a lot of work too.

My Vintage Studio said...

Your art work is beautiful! I love your santa journal!
Hope you are doing well.
Sharon

LaurieStar said...

Hey Joyce - I haven't been in blogland for much the same reason. I think we all understand! We're all in the same boat! Your work is beautiful - I especially love that Santa journal and your banners - cute stuff! I could craft until 3 in the morning and not mind - if I could keep my eyelids open! Glad you're getting a lot done!

Elyse said...

hi joyce,

what a cute post!

everything created & displayed looks very pretty and look at you in your cute apron! and little nemo!

xo

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South City Hues said...

I would love to come shop at your booth! Your banners are fabulous.

Linda said...

Joyce, what a gorgeous variety of lovelies you have...no wonder you sold out! Good luck with the next show! Hugs, Linda

PS. I love the shot of you in your apron...so pretty!

debsea said...

wow - you are one busy crafting lady! i found your blog from a swap for all seasons - congrats on winning another give away! i love your work, it's all too wonderful! good luck getting everything done!

Mimi Sue said...

Looks like a great craft show. Love those cards. I know they were a lot of work. Your little nemo is adorable. Mimi

Dee said...

Wow,Joyce! It's all really excellent! I don't know how you produce so much and still stay standing! ( And your apron's really cute too! )

deb said...

WOW WOW WOW!!

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