Sunday, November 7, 2010

Craft Show Fun and an UPDATE . . .

Happy Sunday to you all!

First please let me set some minds at ease with an update on my husband, Mark's Kidney Cancer Testing which has been going on over the past couple of months!  I'm THRILLED to say that we FINALLY got the good news last Thursday and all biopsies came back NEGATIVE!!   PRAISE THE LORD!!!  I still don't understand why they make you wait SO LONG for test results sometimes ... sure keeps you on pins and needles!!  But when we didn't hear anything within the first week, we went on the thought "NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS" ... and it was!!!  

ALSO ... please note an update at the top of my blog on Maria!  Thanks so all of you who have taken the time out of your busy schedules to send cards to either myself or my daughter for Maria.  These have been sent along to her and have certainly helped in keeping her spirits up!!  

PLEASE, if you could find it in your heart and can take a few moments out of your busy schedule  ... we would love to continue showering Maria with cards!!  Having a broken back AND cancer, needless to say, she's unable to do much for herself.  Thankfully, her family, friends & neighbors have all been pitching in on the meals & housework.  Her husband has even rearranged the sunporch so that Maria can gaze out upon her gardens and watch the birds while having to spend so much time in bed!  Thanks in advance for anything you can do to help this beautiful lady in this trying time!

*********   CRAFT SHOW NEWS *************
WOW what a busy couple of week's I've had in preparation for yesterday's craft show.  It was GREAT and WOW ... SO MANY PEOPLE came out despite the cold, snow spitting weather!  There are probably somewhere around 200 vendors at this show and this is my 2nd year participating!  We didn't do GREAT but we covered our expenses & made a little extra cash too ... actually pretty good I thought!!  And, we picked up some wonderful suggestions from customers that we'll certainly put into place for next years show!
 (This is Terri)
My friend Terri Snode (Terri's Cards 'N More) shared in the craft show fun with me this year.  We tried to NOT do the same projects which gave us more to share with people and helped us see what sold the best.

 (This is ME ...)
As you can see in the photo, I use "media" boxes to display my individual cards (works very well).  Each card is in a clear sleeve with an envelope and if there is a sentiment in the card, it is also identified on the back of the sleeve.  
Here are some of the items we offered yesterday:
  • Individual cards
  • Boxed sets of Note cards, All Occasion Cards, Christmas Cards
  • Post-It Note Holders 
  • Altered Note Pad Booklets
  • Money/Check Holders (Holiday or Birthday)
  • Large Gift Card Holders (A-2 card size)
  • Small Gift Card Holders (Credit Card size)
  • Decorative Boxes ... empty or filled with holiday ornaments
  • Taking orders for Monogrammed Note Cards

Those in RED are what sold the best!  I was amazed that we did NOT sell ONE boxed set of holiday cards and Terri had some BEAUTIFUL sets made up!!  You just never know what people are looking for!!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to have something NEW to share with you tomorrow!  I'm doing another SMALLER craft show next weekend but think I have enough product for that show!  Hopefully I can play a few FUN CHALLENGES this week and share those creations with you! 

Have a wonderful weekend!!


  1. My sweet friend, I've been away far too long! Life really shouldn't get in the way of getting here to visit a few times a week! I really miss you and praise God that Mark is cancer free! I'll keep your friend in my prayes as she battles, strike, beats this disease!
    Kim xXx

  2. Brilliant news for you and hubby! And great news about Maria too.
    As for the craft show - just shows how fickle this line of work is. I have one on Thursday, hope I manage to shift some stuff!!!
    Have a great day hun!
    Teri xx

  3. Oh Dar!! Can you feel me doing a happy dance with you hun?!! I'm thrilled to hear about your good news!! BIG HUGS!! Thanks for sharing these fun fair photos with us!! :) Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!HUGS

  4. I'm so glad I got a chance to stop by your booth and meet you in person. You're a delightful person! I am also thankful to hear the good news about your DH. It's wonderful.

  5. What good news all around Darlene, Im so pleased to read that your DH has had clear results, I just CANNOT imagine how awful that wait must have been for you all.

    Ive posted my card over, I found it really difficult to know what image to use, I wish Maria all the very very best in the world.

    What an super organised pair you and your friend both were at your craft show! Im glad that you sold your beautiful makes, it really is the icing on the cake isnt it!

    Hope you have a great week!
    Keryn x

  6. What wonderful news about your husband!! God is so good!! And I will continue to pray for Maria.
    Glad your craft show went well.

  7. I'm so glad to hear the good news about hubby. That is amazing and I'm sure a huge weight has been lifted.

  8. Great news on your DH. It's so hard to wait for news.

    Your table looks great. I've done one show...didn't do great, but had fun and learned a LOT!


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