Whew, the Urban Crafter's Trunk Show is over. It was good fun and a great learning experience. I learned a lot more about what sells at these shows (items under $30) and what doesn't. The best part was that I got to meet a group of lovely, creative ladies and I have some great connections going forward. I was so tired at the end of the week that I didn't do any sewing over the weekend - not even the promise of a new skirt could lure me back to the sewing machine!
My main project last week was finishing up these wallets:
I'll be putting up the wallets and other items that didn't sell in my Etsy shop this week. I'm glad to be able to stock it up again as it's been looking a bit empty!
There were so many great items at the show that I thought I'd highlight some of the things I liked best.
Berwyn Betty's Bath Shop
Stephanie Miller started Berwyn Betty about a year ago. Stephanie started making soaps because she has a daughter with autism and one of her OCD behaviors is needing to use up an entire bar of soap in the shower no matter how long it takes. After a lot of experimenting, Stephanie found that she doesn't do this with felted soap because she can't actually see the soap. So Berwyn Betty became a way to make soaps and a future job opportunity for her daughter. I bought a felted beer soap for myself and a set of her lego soaps for the girls. The girls love them!
Custom Cookies by Jill
Jill Wagner is another Berwyn lady and she found her cookie calling when she needed to bring dessert to a party. I am awed by how meticulous she is with her cookie designs: she projects an image onto the cookie to get the perfect shape and every color has to dry completely before she adds the next one. All this for an item that will eventually be consumed!
FormWork by Amy Struckmeyer
Amy makes anything and everything from pillows to bags to bracelets to t-shirts. I particularly love her t-shirt designs and I was glad to read on her blog that she intends to start making them for grown-ups.
Alix creates her jewelry out of unusual materials: laminate countertop and vintage swizzle sticks. I loved almost every piece of jewelry that she had in the show. Maybe (hint, hint) someone will buy a piece for me one day . . . .
This week I plan to finish Jen's wallet and Johnah's skirt and hopefully have the time and energy to work on a skirt for myself next weekend!
Have a great week!