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Aug112011

First Craft Show Inspiration

Happy Thursday everyone!  I am super excited to share that in a little less than two months, I will be participating in my first craft show experience.  I'll share the specific details of the show soon but today I just want to dwell on that for a moment and take it all in.  I started Lauren Elise Crafted just over a year ago and it is exciting to know that I am already at a point where I can do craft shows or teach DIY classes or reach a wide audience on blogs.  I say this not in a gloating kind of way but in a "wow, I have done a lot" kind of way.  I have said before that I tend to focus on the future, constantly going over how I can grow my business or influence/inspire more people, make more money (let's face it...I want to have fun but I want to pay my bills too), promote my brand, be more creative, etc.  It can get to a point where you're obsessing so much that it becomes really exhausting.  There are so many things you can think about and stress over when sometimes the best thing you can do is let things play out and go from there.  There are so many things I want to do and so many ways in which I want to grow my business but looking back, I am really proud of the work I've done and the experiences I have had (and all the fabulous people I have met).  I don't regret a single thing either because the journey is so invaluable and I've learned tons along the way.  This first craft show experience is going to be another great learning lesson.  I know I have a lot of work ahead of me but it's so thrilling so I know all the work will be worth it.

So that was a nice daily dose of "deep thoughts" but now onto some pretty pictures!  Since planning for my first craft show starts now, I decided to share a few inspirational pictures I've found in regards to booth design and decor.  I can't wait to start creating my booth and making it super amazing because hey, I want to draw in those customers by the boatload.  I will continue to update the blog with the craft show status over the next few months too so you can keep up with my journey as well.  

Oh my, card catalog drawers!  These babies are like cute booth heaven.  Such a great organizational system plus the added bonus of vintage loveliness.  I may need to go hunting for some of these.  This booth was setup for Renegade San Francisco last year.  The booth design was by the stationary company lulu dee and the photograph was taken by Danni of Oh, Hello Friend.

Major creativity factor here!  The talented folks of something's hiding in here came up with this dessert display booth for Renegade.  I like the pop of color it provides and also how organized everything is.  Just like with sweets, everything here is very tempting.  It also plays to our nostalgic side, taking on a '50's soda fountain kind of vibe.  I found the photograph on parallelbotany's photostream.

Ok, this isn't from a craft fair but I love the display possibilities with this mini inspiration board.  The chicken wire is so simple but gives it an industrial type feel...also it's just so easy to hang items off of it.  This picture was found via Everything Etsy but I'm not sure who took the picture.  Does anyone know?

Chez Sucre Chez is a favorite shop of mine.  I just love the way artist Kimberly Scola turns embroidery into something so contemporary.  I have seen her booth before at Renegade and this pegboard is a great solution for hanging her embroidery hoops.  I think having stuff up vertically is the way to go when you're in a tight space (which I definitely will be in).  

Danni's booth displays are of course a huge inspiration to me.  Her booths are always such a feast for the eyes, there is so much to see.  She puts so much time and energy into those little details and I'm a big fan of that.  This booth (some of the vintage items are from Found) was from the Unique LA show earlier this year.  

Speaking of awesome details this booth by Peg and Awl and The Black Spot Books (found via Indie Fixx) is full of them.  Great rustic details and you don't even feel like you're in a shop booth.  You feel like you've uncovered someone's personal collection of little treasures.

These two images are from Terri Planty (image found via Oh, Hello Friend).  I am most definitely drawn to the muslin bags full of seed bombs.  I really like the white ladder in the first image.  Having items at different heights is important and the ladder is a great way to accomplish that.

Another great display found via Oh, Hello Friend.  This booth by Urban Heirloom is full of great details and the rustic wood crates are an instant organizer.  I have a few crates I may need to incorporate into my design.

And finally a simple muslin backdrop by The Soil and Sea found via Oh, Hello Friend also.  I like the mix of textures here and the signage is really unique.

Inspired for some craft shows now?  I know I am.  I'm excited to begin the design process and start making it my own.  Have any of my readers done craft shows before?  Please feel free to share any of your words of wisdom.  

Thanks for listening, this was a long post.  I'm so glad I can share my journey here and talk about all these new adventures that are coming my way.  Do you have a small business?  What are some of the ways you're changing it this year?  How are you challenging yourself and allowing your business to grow?  I would love to hear from you! 

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so excited for you and proud, so very proud. You are talented...no, super talented!!!! Xoxo ;))

August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrancoprata

Lauren, wow great inspirations for display. I hope you have an amazing experience at the craft shows. I am thinking of venturing into that myself with my card designs. I just got my Etsy shop up and running, it's not even a week old yet. So, just a little newborn. I love coming to your blog to see what your next adventure is going to be. GOOD LUCK!!

August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

Lauren, I can't wait to see what you come up with! I am sure it will be amazing! You have plenty of inspiration surrounding you when you go to work at anthropologie too I am sure ;) I am very excited for you and your first show - if you need any help at all, just let me know! xo.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdanni

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