The Market Fair Was Awesome!

You guys! The Best of Missouri Life Market Fair was so good! I sold a few things, I got a lot of compliments (thank you!), I talked to a bunch of cool kids, I met a lot of the Missouri artists I follow on social media, I saw a lot of amazing art, and I just generally had a good time. Yay!

I never got nervous before this show, which is great, but I was expecting to have at least one freak out. I think the terrible show I did last year helped keep my expectations very low. (I just realized I should have read that blog post from last year earlier—there were some good ideas in there. Oh, well.) I have been working on talking about my work so I feel a bit more confident when folks walk into my booth. Still, standing around talking to strangers is not where I am most comfortable. I am most comfortable sitting by myself with yarn in my hands. I decided to keep the yarn in my hands and I crocheted in my booth through most of the show. I did this at the show last year and it helped, and there were actually people there to see me doing it this time.

Missouri Life Market Fair Doodles | Webster Fiber Arts

I went into this crochet knowing that I would probably not come out with a great finished project—it was just something to keep my hands busy. Mike called these pieces yarn doodles, which is pretty accurate. I did the multi-colored one on Saturday. You can tell that the two sides of this scarf-ish thing aren’t the same width. I wasn’t really counting my stitches, I was just stitching. I always like to see the artists working when we go to art and craft shows, and I think people responded well to it, especially the kids. I even had a couple that made stitches on the teal piece. Good stuff!

Now that the show is over, I’m back to unpacking. Mike and I are going to plant some flowers this weekend. I’m also working on getting my studio set up in the basement. We’ve misplaced some critical furniture hardware, which means I haven’t been able to put together the table, so that is no good. Hunting down those nuts and bolts is another project for the weekend.

Until next time,

Playing with Walls

I got some grid walls for my booth for the Best of Missouri Life Market Fair. I have a number of wall art pieces I want to take to the show and these walls seem like an easy and relatively inexpensive solution. I really like them!

Playing with Walls | Webster Fiber Arts

I thought I would display the hanging pieces in the back of my booth, but I now realize I have more hanging art than I thought I did, so I think the back wall is going to have to become a side wall so I can hang things on both sides. I made the mandala pieces you see here while we were camped out at the hotel last month.

Right now, I have two guys installing blinds in the house. This is a project I thought I could handle myself, but Mike convinced me to have professionals do it. Seeing how quickly and easily they are installing them, I admit it was the right move. I haven’t heard them curse once! I’m not sure I have ever been involved with blind installation that didn’t involve some serious cussing.

Until next time,

Best of Missouri Life Market Fair

Best of Missouri Life Market Fair at Powell Gardens - April 28 and 29

Hey there, folks! We are in our new house! Hooray! All of the buying and selling and moving stress is behind us. There’s still some unpacking to do, but we have forever to get all of that done.

The house is awesome and all I want to do is unpack and figure out where things go, but…I have a show next weekend. Eeek! When I applied for this show back in December, I had no idea what the beginning of the year had in store for us. I am so thankful that we are in a home now, and I am not trying to pull all of this together from a hotel room.

This show is going to be so cool! It is the Best of Missouri Life Market Fair and it is at Powell Gardens in Kingsville, MO. I’m pretty excited just to go to it—I’m hoping I can convince Mike to man the booth for an extended period of time so I can check out all of the art and the flowers and maybe chat with Mark Twain and Daniel Boone(!).

Here are the details:
Best of Missouri Life Market Fair
April 28 – 29, 2018
10 AM – 4 PM
Powell Gardens
1609 NW US Highway 50
Kingsville, MO 64061
General admission tickets available at the door.

I hope to see you there! My booth (along with many others) will be inside, so even if we have another weird April snowstorm next weekend, there will be plenty to see and do at the show.

Until next time,

I Survived the Show

Hi folks,

Well, it is over. My first craft show is in the books. And I survived! In that respect, it was a complete and total success. If we are judging success on whether or not I sold anything, then…no, it was not a success, for I sold nothing. Not even a pot scrubber! And while I am a little frustrated by that, overall, I’m still pretty pleased, because I actually did a show, I figured out a lot of stuff, I learned some things, and I won’t feel as intimidated by shows going forward. Woo-hoo!

I will admit it also helps that nobody else seemed to be selling much either. There were just no customers at this show. I had some visitors to my booth, but most of the people who came through were other vendors. It was just really slow. Mike stayed with me through the whole show, which was great, because it gave me someone to talk to, and he was able to calm me down when I was ready to leave about 2 hours in and we had only seen about 3 people.

When last I wrote, I said that I was thinking of this as a learning experience, and that is was. I also had a lot of fun getting my booth together. Here’s what it looked like:

My Craft Show Booth | Webster Fiber Arts


I’m going to give you a rundown of the things I used in my booth, because I found it really helpful to read about other people’s experiences when I was putting my booth together. Hopefully, this will help someone else! Also, I am not clever enough to monetize my blog, so all of the links to products are just links—I don’t get a cut if you look at them or buy anything.

I had an 8′ x 10′ space to work with, and I laid my space out so it was like you were coming into a little shop. Mike and I sat toward the back of the space, or stood, depending on what we felt like at the time. As I was getting all of my work together, I realized that I had a lot of pieces, and that I tend to favor fall-ish colors, not super awesome for a spring show. I pulled some of my spring-ier pieces out to feature at the front of the booth to draw people in.

My dress form, Bea, came with me to model the shawl. I would have liked to have another form to stand on the other side of the booth, but I wasn’t quite ready to spend money on another Bea, and the less expensive ones I found had patterned coverings that distracted from my scarves. I used a plant stand from our deck to show off a few more pieces, which worked well for this show, but might not work as well outside on a windy day.

For the rest of my scarves and wraps, I bought this clothing rack, which worked really well. It comes apart and goes together easily, so it fit in the car with no problem. This rack comes with wheels, but I didn’t want the rack running all over the place at the show, so I did not attach them.

For hanging my pieces, I used these velvet hangers, which are the nicest hangers I have ever had, and may be the nicest hangers anyone in my family has ever had. They are kind of ridiculous, and were the biggest single expense in my booth, which is definitely ridiculous, but I went with these because my pieces stayed in place on them. I didn’t want to have shawls slipping off of hangers and onto the ground every 5 minutes during the show.

I store my finished pieces rolled up in tubs at home so they don’t crease when they are not in use, but I pre-hung my work on the hangers the night before so set-up would go faster at the event. I draped the hangers in trash bags to protect them from rain.

The Cowl Table | Webster Fiber Arts

Tables and chairs were available at this show, but I did not request them because when I registered, I had no idea what my booth would look like. The table in the back of the booth is from our basement. It is a 6′ table that folds in half for transport, which makes it pretty easy to work with. I put all of my cowls on this table. To add some height, I used jewelry displays and wreath holders. I made a simple sign with my name and credit card logos that I put in a sign holder. I think the sign is too small—I’ll go bigger next time.

Under the table I stored the plastic tubs I brought everything in, as well as a tub that had tissue paper and bags for purchases. The table is draped in a white full size sheet. It does not drape to the floor on the right side of the table so I was able to easily access those bags. I used a piece of white duct tape to secure the sheet to the right side.

Idea that I am stealing: a woman across from me selling lip glosses and such had her table on risers, like these. This brought everything closer to eye level for the customers. Such a good idea!


Behind the plant stand were two TV trays. I displayed all of my dishcloths and scrubbers in baskets on those little tables. The trays are not very tall, so that wasn’t great, but they fit the space well. Bonus: we already had them and I didn’t have to buy anything. I draped the two tables with one white twin sheet. The baskets came from Target.

I brought crochet to work on while I was at the show. I always like to see artists making things when I go to shows as a shopper, plus having a hook and yarn in my hands is really comforting to me. I needed that comfort as my anxiety increased at the idea of having to talk to people, and then increase more at the realization that there wasn’t really going to be anyone to talk to (yes, both made me anxious). Here’s what I made:

The Show Cowl| Webster Fiber Arts

It’s a sweet little cowl. I finished this before noon, then pulled out a bunch of stitches so I could keep crocheting. Next time, I will bring more yarn and hope I don’t have time to use it.

I printed my own business cards with this Avery stock that I cannot say enough good things about. They are sturdy and the perforations are very fine, so you get a pretty clean edge when you tear the cards apart. I also used this stock for my price tags. I printed on both sides of the paper for these and was amazed that the stock stayed together with two passes through the printer. My advice on these is to print one sheet at a time, even though it is a drag to keep putting in paper, because it prevents paper jams and wonky printing, and to use the highest print setting your printer has (I used “Best Photo”). Yes, you will use more ink, but I think the resulting prints are worth it.

I did a super grown-up thing and bought liability insurance for the show. At least, it felt super grown-up to me. I went through ACT Insurance for this. I could just see myself setting up next to an artist that makes delicate, hand-blown glass pieces and knocking over their display with my clumsiness. Some shows require this insurance, others don’t. My show didn’t, but I was prepared.

I got a Square reader to process credit cards at the event. I signed up for an Etsy card reader, but never heard from them, so Square won. I got the free reader, which is just a swipe to process the card, not the chip reader. I felt okay about this since there are still major retail chains in our area that don’t have functioning chip readers, but for a bigger show, I will probably get the chip reader because I am a rule follower.

I think that is everything. Congratulations if you made it to the end of this post! I hope some of this information was helpful to you folks out there thinking about doing a show. You should definitely do it! Even though the selling didn’t go so well, I got a lot of really nice compliments that boosted my morale. This first show felt like a hill I needed to get over, and now I am ready to take on more.

Until next time,

Ahh! Craft Show!

Hi folks,

How are you? I’m ok. Doing my first craft show in a little under two weeks. Kind of nervous. Had a little freak out last week. Ahhh!

This is actually my second craft show, but my first as Webster Fiber Arts. Many years ago, my friend Kelly and I made a bunch of Christmas cards and had a table at our home town Christmas craft show. We had fun making the cards. We sold like 5, so it was not a huge success.

I’m hoping for something a little different this time, and my perfectionist tendencies are starting to get the better of me. I’m trying to keep it in check and remember that this is my first show and it is a learning experience.

Learning experience. Learning experience. Learning experience.


Something that has kept my anxiety in check leading up to now has been the crochet I have been doing to get ready for the show. I’ve made a bunch of dishcloths so I have some lower priced items in my booth. I have really enjoyed making these, and I take the same approach on the dishcloths that I do on everything I make: pick up the yarn and play around with stitches until I find something I like. As a result, they are all different in size, color, and pattern. I think they look pretty cool:

Dishcloths | Webster Fiber Arts

I’m now in the making price tag and figuring out my booth phase of getting ready for this show, and that is not nearly as relaxing as making dishcloths. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Learning experience. Learning experience. Learning experience.

And if you happen to be in the Kansas City area, you can come see how this all turns out! Here’s the info:

Spring Crafts & Vendor Fair
Sat, April 1, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
First Assembly of God Raytown
9800 East State Route 350
Raytown, MO 64133

I would love to see you there!

Until next time,