Monthly Archives: July 2015

31. Have FUN!

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Me and my friend Jenny…having a BLAST!

Tip #31- have FUN!  Just have FUN! It’s something we forget to do much of the time. Our motto is- Lighten Up! (and we mean it…literally AND figuratively!) 🙂

That’s it. A month of tips on the getting started in arts & crafts business, but I’m not going anywhere, I will be here to answer your questions and help you do whatever it is that you need to do to get your booty moving!

Stay in touch and leave your comments below. Was this helpful? Yes? No? I would LOVE your feedback!

Peace and BLESSINGS!

Marie

 

30. Just Do It!

IMG_9793Tip #30- Just do it! I cannot express this enough! If this is something you’re thinking of doing, or you’ve been toying with the idea and can’t make a decision, JUST DO IT! Go for it! There is nothing NO-THING to lose. You  will feel better in the end.

Not making a decision, is still making a decision; a decision to stay still, stay stagnate, stay in fear. Do NOT let fear stop you. It’s time to rise! Time to shine! Time to get busy living! Just do it!

How do you WANT to feel? Dream. Believe. Have faith. What will you do to get that feeling? Baby steps. Slow & steady. Consistent. Committment. Be committed. Rewire. Jump. You win because you are prepared for failure. Prepared FOR failure. Failure= one way it didn’t work. You are prepared.

You keep going. You know there is a way. Find it. Find a way. Figure—it—out. Keep going. Jump. Your beliefs always override your values. You believe. Are you interested or are you committed. Commit. Just do it.

I only have one more tip to go (and it’s a super easy one-a no brainer!) I hope you have found this month of tips helpful. I have enjoyed sharing them.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #29 here

29. Festival Network Online

BBBsept2014Tip #29- FNO– This is a website that is VERY valuable. Even when a fellow vendor has told me about a show, I go here to see what I can find out first: festivalnetworkonline.com 

There is a paid and free version. I always start with free. See how it serves you and if you need more, upgrade.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #28 here

28. Helpful Apps

imageTip #28 Helpful Apps- There’s an app for that…right? YES! I LOVE my apps. Joe can’t stand to pick up my phone because I am an app junkie! But here a few of my favorites for living life on the road and doing what we do:

1. Camp & RV- this app is NOT free. I think it was $10, but I LOVE it! It list all campground info, rest areas, truck stops, toll roads- you name it.

2. Priceline- when we have to have a hotel Priceline is my goto. I always start there.

3. Gas Buddy- always know where the best price is on fuel. And for us, you can use a filter to find diesel (not always easy!)

4. Halfway- this is just a really useful app that let’s you see the halfway point when traveling. Great metope spots (if you need them etc.) Sometimes we meet our wholesale customers on our way to shows so this is a great app!

5. Trip Advisor- this is just what it says-find restaurants. things to do, hotels-everything. It’s a great tool.

This is just a few- there are many, many more- but these are great for starters. Do you have a favorite app?

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #27 here

27. State Parks

Think BIGGER than a sleeping bag! :)

Think BIGGER than a sleeping bag! 🙂

Tip #27 State Parks– This is for those that choose to camp or are thinking about it.

State parks are the first thing that we look for when seeking a campground. They have very affordable prices, excellent facilities and of course they are beautiful!

When we’re in a new park we like to check the whole thing out before we leave and make notes of any campsites that we like, for our next trip. I usually take a picture of the space # and load it into a file on the computer so I always know where it is.

Make sure you verify showers and electric before booking. Some state parks don’t have showers houses. It’s not a must have for us because we have a cap shower, but we find out ahead of time so we’re sure to pack ours, if needed.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #26 here

 

26. On Kids…

Tip #26…On Kids– The last few tips have been on health, moving your body and eating well on the road. I want to backup for a minute and give you a tip that is very important: kids in your booth.

First of all let me say that Joe and I have 6 kids together. They are all grown now and we have LOTS of grandkids now. And one thing that we always expected was for them to behave themselves in public. I by no means am saying that they were perfect and we had 100% compliance, we didn’t. But we also didn’t let them run amok and handle or pick up every shiny thing they saw.

(Lots of kids and grandkids!)

(Lots of kids and grandkids!)

Unfortunately we see more and more of the kids running the show these days, so listen up: this is YOUR space and YOUR product. Have rules and use them!

When we see that a parent isn’t “paying attention” and their child is helping themselves, we will say something, nicely. It’s really not a big deal if you’re firm and nice (just smile).

But too many times we have parents allow their kids to pick up candles in the booth, blow candles out and pass them around. That’s fine if they choose to do that, but if they break them, they are also choosing to pay for them.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

25. Real Fast Food

IMG_0304I’m not sure why we think that going on the road means going to fast food. Seriously…we all know that REAl FAST food is what nature provides…fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds. There’s no reason you should be caught in the fast food line at the nearest McDonalds, when you’re on the road, if you’re prepared.

The best way to avoid fast food joints while you’re on the road is to always make sure you have a fast food option at your fingertips.

Pack sandwiches in the cooler and pull over at a rest area and have lunch. Rest areas are usually very clean, well maintained and landscaped. They almost always have picnic tables and some even offer grills! Who says you can’t eat gourmet while you travel? 🙂

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #24 here

24. Smoothies!

IMG_7821.JPGTip #24 Smoothies! Here are a few great smoothie recipes:

GINGERBREAD COOKIE

1 cup almond or coconut milk

1 Tablespoon flax meal or chia seeds

1 Teaspoon cinnamon

1 banana

1 cup of spinach

1 Tablespoon of almond butter

Stevia to taste (optional)

Ice (optional)

CHOCOLATE BANANA BLISS SMOOTHIE

1 cup almond or coconut milk

1 ripe banana

1/2 cup kale

2 Tablespoons cashew butter
or almond butter

1 Tablespoon raw honey or stevia

2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao

Ice (optional)

ENERGY SMOOTHIE 

1 cup unsweetened almond/coconut/hemp or rice milk

2 tablespoons hemp seeds

1/2 avocado

1 banana

1 Teaspoon cinnamon

1 Tablespoon flax meal or chia seeds

Stevia to taste (optional)
Ice (optional)

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #23 here

23. Mason Jar Salads

salad to goTip #23- Mason Jar Salads. This is a favorite! Have you been on Pinterest lately and looked at all of the great ideas for mason jars? They are everywhere! And perfect to pack for shows.

It’s really simple, all you need to do is pick your favorite veggies (and fruit if your like me) a little dressing if you need it and a fork! You can eat it right from the jar- perfectly acceptable. 🙂

The idea is to start with all of the wet ingredients on the bottom and layer the drier ones on top. Super easy. And yes, you can even add the dressing to the bottom of the jar and just shake it up when your ready to eat.

This is one of the BEST ways to stay healthy on the road. You can pack them ahead at time at home or pack them fresh daily from your cooler at the campground or hotel.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #22 here

22. Pack a Grill

This is breakfast at the campground.

Tip #22 Pack a grill! This was Joe’s idea. We started doing this years ago and will never stop. Portable camp grills are easy to come by. There are some shows where we are able to grill right in the back of our booth (outdoor shows of course) and at the ones where we can’t, we tailgate and grill ahead of time.

We have spent some great evenings on our lawn chairs in the parking lot of hotels (when we’re not camping) watching the sun goes down as we grill out. It’s a lot nicer to sit outside grilling our own food than in a restaurant where the air is stale and the food is just meh…

Remember…this is about having FUN and LIVING your life the way YOU decide! FREE!

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #21 here

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