Monthly Archives: October 2008

Freaky Freebie Friday

It’s that day of the week we love to love. Ahhh…Friday is here. Enjoy today’s selection of freebies!

Get these Free!

This one ends TODAY…so hop to it! Buy two (2) and get these stunning hoop earrings FREE! With such a wonderful shop, picking two is oh so easy!



I adore the packaging!


Snazzy pictures aren’t all this shop has going for it! Take advantage of the 10% discount on all gift sets from Red Leaf.



what a doll!


Looking for something a bit more frightening this halloween? Check out Karen’s Monsters! This week you can score one of her halloween plushies for next to nothing!


Want to see your freebie listed? Contact me here and spill all the details!


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Call to the artsy and craftsy

Do you have a great craft or artistic talent you’d like to share with QUiDessential readers? Run an online shop with your artsy goodness in it? We’re always searching around for fantastic people to feature here on the blog! Send us a comment today with a link to your wares and Qe will be happy to check it out! Can’t wait to meet you!


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Measured Progress

I finally listed something new in my etsy shop. Poor, neglected thing. I’ve been saving all my creations for the girlie show, but today it begged me to show it some much needed love.

In honor of the darling monogrammed tape measure I posted (that’s it, right in the middle), here is a fine selection of other etsians and their goodies that measure up!


From top left: Bird Brooch, Petal; tie tack, Dabble Designs; Sleep Mask, BibBon; Covered Tape Measure, QUiD; Bangle, Purple Art Love


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check it out!

     They finally have the 2008 Girlies posted online! I’m the last one on the list…at least I’m not lost in the middle somewhere!


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The Final Countdown: 9 Days to Girlie

I’m a wee bit frazzled. I’m a huge bit freaked. We’re on the last leg of prep for the Girlie Show. I have 9 days to wrap up all of my projects, get everything tagged and make sure my booth display doesn’t fall apart. I have been working ferociously for 10 weeks now to get enough inventory to sell. I’m about 3/4 of the way there. Fortunately, I made myself do the hard stuff first (my hats). Unfortunately, my idea log (a.k.a. my brain) grows faster than my fingers can sew! I’m going to have to make myself stop soon.

A few weeks back, I found this great craft show checklist at Crafts Report to make sure I don’t forget too many things on the day of the show. Now I just have to find the time to gather the items on the list (thank God it’s an indoor show)! Is there anything I’m missing?

Craft Fair Checklist


·  Tools: wrench, hammer, pliers, nails, screwdriver, tape measure

·  Setup/put-it-together items: thumbtacks, pins and twist ties; wire, duct or masking tape; tape gun and glue gun; fishing line (invisible hangers), clamps and brackets; tie down ropes; boards or wood blocks for leveling; backdrop weights; dolly to cart stuff in/out; extra box for re-packing

·  Display equipment: booth signs, special displays, wall units, shelving, pegboards and hooks; folding screens and backdrops; risers, tables, chairs or stools

·  Lighting: clamp lights, extra bulbs and extension cords (one short, one long); plug converter (three-prong to two-prong), multi-plug adapter or power strip

·  Coverings: table drapes, extra cloth or curtain (to cover/block something from view), plastic drop cloths (opaque to hide displays overnight); floor coverings

·  Craft demonstration items: (as necessary for your art or craft); free samples, candy or cookies for shoppers

·  Promotional/sale materials: business cards, brochures, flyers, catalogs, other printed materials; portfolio or photos of your work; media packages (in case a reporter or columnist interviews you at a show)

·  Sale/order essentials: cash box or money apron (with plenty of change); calculator; invoice/order pads and purchase orders; extra price tags; sales tax chart; mailing list sign-up sheet; credit card swipe machine and extra charge slips; cellular phone; laptop computer

·  Office supply items: pencils and pens; paper clips; rubber bands; scissors; scratch pad; Scotch tape; stapler; clipboard and writing pad or notebook

·  Wrapping/packing supplies: sacks; bags; tissue paper; padding material; tape or string

·  Booth cleaning supplies: glass cleaner and paper towels; waste basket and garbage bags

·  Personal items: appropriate clothing; ice chest for food, water, juices and “neck cooler scarf”; thermal mug; tissues, towelettes and baby wipes; sun screen; hand lotion and first-aid kit (prescription drugs, bandages, headache remedy, etc.); bug spray; sewing kit; list of family members’ phone numbers in case of emergency.


The above checklist is excerpted from an article by Barbara Brabec that was originally published in The Crafts Report. It is reprinted here by permission from Barbara Brabec, author of several books for crafts business owners. Visit her at


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Freebie Friday!

I’m feelin’ the need to pass out some love!

Here are some awesome freebies I found around the web today. You’re Welcome!

1. Free Cupcake of Guadalupe embroidery pattern on Pimp Stitch.

Free Pattern!

Free Pattern!

2. Sign up for Promos in a Snap’s newsletter and get all sorts of discount codes on their products.

3. Uhhh-dorable free greeting card download from Creature Comforts (one of my fave blogs). And check out these FREE fall tags they have as well!

4. Send a FREE marimekko e-card to a friend…or pick up one of their free screen savers!

send it to a friend!

send it to a friend!


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Inspiration Board

I’m not sure what’s going on. I just ate a bowl of tomato soup. I hate tomato soup. Plus, I am in serious need of inspiration. Maybe it’s all the crafting madness going on in my living room right now, but these subtle colors just hit the spot today.

Clockwise from top left, Bird Mug, Ashes and Milk; Wall Decal, Single Stone Studio; Print, Anne Julie; Necklace, Our Lunar Eclipse; Wool Roving, Silver Sun Alpacas; Porcelain Numbers, Ralph Nuara.


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