Monday, December 6, 2010

Fun, Fall Tags...

This should be last of the craft items to share..."promise". Because the craft show was right before Thanksgiving, I thought I'd make up a few Fall-ish items. I dug out my First Fruit set and got carried away! These tags were a big hit along with the close pins. Luckily I had a few left over and used them for packaging bananna bread and gave some as elf gifts this year. You could easily turn the close pins into magnets...I actually covered both sides of the pins in this festive and sparkly orange paper. As you can see, I used all available display space and up top on the peg board is where I squeezed my pins on. I tried my best to keep like items together and since this was all the Fall stuff I had, it fit perfectly! These pins have got me thinking of so many fun ideas...Valentine pins, Easter pins, etc....

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Simple Holiday/Everyday Cards...

Happy Sunday Ya'll! It's getting rather nippy here in Eastern, NC. I'm ready for the snow to come, unfortunately we usually only get a nice dusting. The fire is going and we are staying in for the day!

I thought I'd share some simple cards I made a while back. These cards are a total CASE from THIS card I did earlier this year. A Little Argyle is versatile in so many ways. I originally bought this set for male cards, but I find myself using it other ways. This set can be used for as fun spin on holiday cards or for everyday cards.Stay warm!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Odds And Ends I've Forgotten to Share...

These were some special request projects I worked on a few weeks back and I'm just now getting around to sharing. I often take the pics, edit, save to a folder and forget about them. After getting all caught up in the craft show stuff, some things had fallen by the wayside....sooo, since I'm overdue with new pics, you get 3 fun projects to check out today!!! First up are some cancer survivor cards made with Papertrey Ink's Anniversary Set...2nd or 3rd year? I made my own patterned paper with pink polka dots, then added the bird scene over it. The "square-ish" shape is from my nesty dies and for a little added texture I used versamark with my wood grain stamp.
Ice cream and sweets overload! Love the old fashioned ice cream cup complete with shine and oozing marshmallow topping.You can "almost" taste it right?This notebook was hard to photograph, but looks just lovely in person! Without intending, the design looks like a quilt with all those dots. The patterned paper is Graphic 45...they have such a fun and vintage look to their papers.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sometimes It Just Feels Good to PURGE...your spaces!

ETA: I'm adding a few links for the storage units....cause you know your going to make a trip to your nearest IKEA....TODAY;)





I could not find links for my COPIC storage, but you can find those utensil boxes in the kitchen section, and the ribbon storage box is also in the kitchen can interchange the wooden boxes for glass jars (for storing dry noodles etc.).

Calling all IKEA LOVERS! I finally had some downtime and my upstairs master was screaming for a re-do/purge/declutter/INTERVENTION! Remember when I shared this post (moons ago) about my "little niche in the corner?" That "little corner" was back in Brooklyn, NY and once we moved to our new home in NC, the space nearly tripled and so did my crafting supplies! More space=more junk=more headaches! I'm a firm believer in "less is more" and so the last 4 days I've be tackling this space, and that space just to the left...the DREADED TOY CORNER! While I was visiting my sister and family in GA last week, we made a visit to the IKEA in Atlanta. What's that you say? You've never been to an IKEA before?!!! Follow along my dear! I figured I start with the lesser of 2 evils, and purged in my space first! Isn't Addison just precious? She's supposed to be cleaning her toys?!Directly behind the couch is an old sofa table...which may not be a BIG deal yet, but I plan on organzing all my ribbon soon and this table will be for my girls, who are 6 and 4. They have the crafting bug as well and need a space of their own. Stored underneath the table are my fruit stands and banner from the recent craft show. Following the bend to the right is my spinner rack and shelves with all the primas I HAD TO HAVE, but don't really use much! Adding that to my New Year's resolution....USE WHAT YOU HAVE! The "nerve center"...she will not stay this clean for long! That pretty bag and loot is from trip to Archiver's in Buford, GA as well as Hobby Lobby...I could stay there ALL DAY! There was 4 of us at Hobby Lobby and I even conned Dad into using a 40% coupon for one of my new paper packs...REAL MEN by pretty paper ;) Below my desk: to the left of my work chair are 6 plastic drawers which store tools, adhesives, chalk inks, and embossing supplies. The 2 binders you see leaning against the unit house my card sketches, patterns, and address labels for stamping. On the right you will see another plastic unit that houses SU! ink pads, stickles, soldering tools, and packaging supplies. If you go further to the right where the paint can is, that's where I put all my alterable items.Snazzy peg board! Regular ped board from Lowe's (smallest size they carry) that I mod podged with fabric. It's nice to have my everyday supplies close at hand. All the rods (for punches) and bakets (extra punches and buttons) are from IKEA. Some of these storage items I've had forever, but the COPIC marker boxes are new. Each box has 2 compartments and I found these in the kitchen untensil area of IKEA. Directly below the COPIC makers is my ribbon storage box. The box is full of ribbon that comes on the smaller spools and they are wrapped around 4x6 cardboard pieces and stored by color families. My redneck mug is full of caffiene for this chica! More wonderful storage from IKEA! I have 3 of these units for holding my stamp collections. Most are Papepertrey ink sets, but for those that aren't, they too go into clear cd cases and get labeled. There is no subliminal message in that preggo card...I just held on it because it was the first card I ever created! I call it my "terrifically tacky" phase.
The loose stamps that do not come in CD cases are soon to be getting new homes! I've ordered some more cases from PTI so I don't have to keep putting these back in! They love to slip out all the time! Always keep baby wipes on hand. When I'm stamping, I perfer to stamp, wipe, and more piles of stamps that need to be rinsed. There is a big bay window that separates the last photo from this one. I do love that there is plenty of light coming in this space. I find it hard to stamp in the evening with dimmed lighting. These would be my paper towers! There is also other supplies here: clearbags, small alterables like post-its and notebooks, and chipboard. The paper I've got on top was recently used and is just waiting for me to put it back! Heavy equipment table...makes me sound tough right?! Behind my cuttlebug are baskets, 1 for cuttlebug folders and dies, the other is for my PTI dies and nesty dies. Below the table is where all this madness started...SCRAPBOOKING supplies! I have not scrapped in over 5 years or so...maybe a page or two, but I'm not really dedicated like I should be! I hope soon that will all change. In my 2 drawer filing cabinet is where I store all my SU! 8.5x11 cardstock. Both drawers are plum full and I keep them well stocked. I've tried other brands, but SU! by far is my I have some of the matching ink pads so no need to switch brands.

************DANGER ZONE!!!*************

I know none of your children play like mine...50 toys at once?! I'm laughing as I type this because I'm just now noticing the nekked patch kid in the get my point exactly!

That Addison is STILL sitting, chilling, waiting for "someone" to miraculously clean up! I wonder if she noticed that BIG, BLUE, IKEA bag in the chair? It's not full of "new" stuff anymore ;).A godsend! I took a pic because I knew someone would ask the name and I would not remember.
>Awwwww, sigh, relief....BREATHE! We purchased 2 of these units and they are pretty cool because of the combinations in how to display them. The white units can go on top of each other like puzzle up and not out if you are limited on space. I liked them side by side and there is still plenty of room for the bins to be pulled out and played with. Each bin will soon be getting a label, hopefully making clean up time a breeze. Happy organizing my friends ;)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Goodies For Sale!

Good morning ya'll! We are just getting back in from a trip to GA to visit my twin sister and family. The drive took longer than expected, but well worth it! I only wish my family lived closer and we could see each other more often. I hope each and every one of you had a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.

While I'm in the midst of cleaning up the tornado (crafting room) I've created over the last few weeks, I've got a few leftovers posted on JadeMingmei Designs over at Facebook. Prices are listed, but do not include shipping charges. If you are here locally and would like to arrange a pick up, I'd be happy to help. Paypal payment is preferred. If you're interested in purchasing some goodies, please contact me at: before you purchase.

Any other questions or inquiries can also be sent to the above address.

Thanks again,
Dawn ;)

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Craft Show Came And Went...I SURVIVED!

I never got around last week to sharing my candy post, so I hope this picture heavy post will do! I spent almost every free moment tying up loose ends, changing displays, and filling space! The craft show was this past weekend and it turned out to be a wonderful experience. Even though I have crafted for years, I would have never had the courage to tackle a big craft show such as this one if it were not for my family and friends...I love ALL of you...even my cyber know who you are! I kept the set up rather simple and cozy. It almost felt a little like home. Finally made a banner for me! The design is very simple and I can count on all my fingers and toes the amount of people who asked, "are you trying to spell something?" Yes, why yes I! Because I said it many times over at the show, for those of you who many not know, JadeMingmei is a combination of both of my Daughter's middle names...Addison Jade and Catherine Grace-Mingmei (Ming-may). I have always said many moons ago, whatever my company name was, it would be a family affair ;). The card spinner. The cards were not my best seller, but it was interesting to see how they were purchased. I had several customers who only purchased 1 card, and then several who purchased 6 or more cards. And believe it or not, we live in a HUGE military town and I'll be darned if I didn't sell 1 single Marine Corps card!! I suppose they were looking for something different and non-military. I have a nice stash now. The altered mailboxes and box purse were sold. Candy loot and fruit stand. The candy was a HUGE hit and I sold out almost all of it. The nugget boxes sold out...sold the 3 nugget boxes for 2.00 each and 6 nugget for 3.00. The Christmas tags and floral tags were a sell out as well.I have to tell you something funny about these close pins. I had them posted 2 for 1.oo and they were not selling! My sweet friend Donnak ran the booth with me and she says, "Why don't you put a lunch sack in the basket with the close pins to close the sack and sell them for 1.00 a piece!" She was genius and they sold like hotcakes! People need visuals and the close pins alone were not getting the job done...have plenty of samples of what you can do with these. One customer purchased several of these and mentioned she would be using them on pies she'd be gifting over the holidays...CLEVER!These gift card holders were THE HIT! Who knew?! I sold out on Saturday, and then half the stock again on Sunday. These were sold for 2.oo each. A little liquid pearls to create my creme ;)
I'm pretty proud of this peg board! Took a little elbow grease on my part to put it together. The peg board is the smallest sized one at Lowe's for $4.92 and I also used 2, 2x4's ($1.77 each) for the back supports and feet. After I used the hand saw and screwed in the supports, I used 2 cans of black spray paint to cover the raw boards. This is by far the cheapest way to display your items. What kills the bargain price is all the pegs you have to buy. I originally had my post-it pads in baskets, but I think in the end, having them displayed as such, made them more appealing and you didn't have to flip thru the baskets. The Fall close pins were also a big hit along with the Fall tags. The only thing I failed at with the tags, was not having made Christmas tags in this size. Many requests, but none to offer :( Sunday Morning! Day 2 of the show. I took down my fruit stand since the mini tags had sold, and I moved the candy up top. I kept plenty of business cards on the table and I saw folks pick them up by the handfuls...hopefully the are getting passed around or maybe they wanted to be creative and build pyramids with them?! Let your imagination wander ;) I would like to share a few things I learned from my first show. When there was downtime (lots on the 2nd day!) I was doing A LOT of observing not only on the crowd, but the booths as well. You don't have to spend a lot of money to make your booth presentable, you see I just used fabric, an inexpensive banner and a smile! Also, get up and out of your booth! Be approachable, asks questions, and engage your customers. Even for myself, I've shopped at craft shows for many years and I was much less likely to shop at a booth where there was no interaction from the vendor. I even went around to the booths where I saw heavy traffic and asked for some friendly advice. Here is what I was offered and I think it is valuable information: have something for the kids at your booth (mine was the candy, unintentionally!), because who follows behind the kids? Their PARENTS! Have a HIT item! This was my first show, so I had no way of knowing it was going the be the gift cards. People will look for you every year in search of your HIT item and bring their friends and buy more etc. This particular lady made body scrubbies...she's made them for years and had 200 at the start of her show...she went home with only a small handful left over! Most importantly, HAVE FUN! Several customers were stampers as well and we'd chat about some of our favorite stamps, websites, and projects. Overall, this was a very good first experience and I would do it again! There is still quite a loot leftover and I will be posting some goodies for purchase on FB over at JadeMingmei Designs. Items will not be posted until after the holiday :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Craft Show Goodies Part 6...

Notebooks GALORE! You know, this weekend I packaged up a lot of completed projects and put them in the baskets I plan to use on my craft table. As I got to looking around, I realized the majority of things I have created are ALL notebooks of some kind. I didn't intend for this to happen, but I'm hoping to finish up this week with some other new goodies. The craft show is this weekend...eeeek! CRUNCH TIME! I hope all of you had a wonderful Veteran's Weekend. I'm a little biased, but I couldn't help overload with the Marine Corps notebooks. I know it looks like I went crazy with the Kraft cs here, but only the notebook base is Kraft, the other Kraft "looking" cs is actually brushed gold. There are 6 of these notebooks, 3 in blue rhinestones, and 3 in clear.Dontcha just wanna squeeeeeeeze this little doll?! Crystal effects to make happy heart more desirable ;)Mini-tag notebooks...I will be selling these for 5.00 each.Now these mini-tag notebooks will not be at the craft show! But I did make these up for some dear neighbor friends and decided to post them all together. The "D" is mine...all these years in crafting and I finally made something for myself! I use this notebook for passwords and supply lists.More post-it pads in NEW colors!WHEW! That's a lot of work! This week is going to be very busy, but I plan to share some more things before I off like a headless chicken! Stay tuned for my next post....I will be sharing the candy goodies for sale! Happy Monday!