Posts Tagged ‘2nd Saturday Art Walk’

First Event for M and J!

October 11, 2009

We went to our first event tonight as street vendors.  It was quite fun and we learned a ton!  We found a good space and set up our table, networked with a girl and her mom at the table next to us (thanks for all the pointers!), had quite a bit of good feedback, sold a few plush toys, and learned a lot about what people are interested in.

Next time: bring a flashlight or other source of lighting just in case; have some sort of wall display so art is up and hung rather than leaning against a support on a table; have a better way to display shirts;  more sizes of shirts and onesies; MORE PLUSH MORE PLUSH MORE PLUSH!!!!!

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We also learned a lot about territory!  One woman, who never did identify herself, seemed to take offense to street vendors and tried to insist that we move.  But, basically she would have had to clear an entire city block to get what she wanted, which ultimately would backfire as the street vendors helped bring traffic down her block and to her door.

Everyone I have spoken too has never had territory problems so I am not too worried.  But, on the other hand, from what she was saying, and from a flier passed out by a city representative (came around after the first lady), street vendors are *supposed* to get permission from the stores or businesses that they set up in front of.

We were in front of an office that was closed for the weekend.  It looked like maybe a real estate office or some sort of financial office…?  I plan to contact them and ask if we can set up in front of their location.  If they hesitate then I will either go elsewhere or offer to pass out fliers for their biz in exchange for their *official* approval…  We shall see how it goes…


We capped off our evening with sodas and pizza from a local pizza joint…this is JP waiting for our order to be ready to go…


Calendar check…

August 26, 2009

I just checked the calendar and M and J Designs is officially 3 projects ahead of the Project-a-Day goal.  WooHoo!!!!  I love being ahead!  But, I have to admit, my organizational skills are lagging this week.  This morning my desk was a wreck, my craft/art closet was a disaster, and my calendar was all in my head.

I wish my camera was working (and no, I did not win the eBay auction I was following…).  I would have loved to take before/after pictures.  I sat down this evening and finished 2 full size Lugz creatures, cleaned off the desk, organized the closet, and put my calendar on paper!

Feels great to look in the closet and see the finished projects lined up and ready to go, see my fabrics and supplies sorted and organized, and to see the desk clear and ready for work.  And, of course, to see each item plotted out on my calendar…I’m keeping track of what I do each day and how far ahead or behind I am.

In other news, I joined an Etsy “Street Team” which is a group of other Etsyans that come together to help promote one another’s work.  Our group is the Sacto-Metro Etsy Street Team.

Here is a list of handy links for my shop and the Street Team:

The street team is talking about having a presence at the Sacramento 2nd Saturday Art Walk and we are discussing doing a backyard show or home show.  If anyone knows of any good venues for us at 2nd Saturday, or if you would like to host a yard or house show, please contact me or a member of the Street Team through this blog or the links above.

Penguin Onesie close upLike Mr. Penguin?  He is one my favorite items in my Etsy shop!  Mr. Penguin loves to make new friends. He also loves to move around but he’s stuck on this white long-sleeved, Carter’s onesie (size 12). Help him get mobile…he loves to waddle around on a toddler’s belly as they crawl, scoot, and walk.

Hand stenciled using Tulip brand fabric paints (permanent, non-toxic, machine washable). Pre-washed, heat-set and re-washed.

For best results: Machine wash in cold with similar items. Tumble dry on low. No bleach. (Comes with cleaning instructions tag, perfect if you give Mr. Penguin as a gift!)

* Carter’s brand onesie
* Long-sleeved
* Size 12 months
* Tulip brand fabric paint

To purchase Mr. Penguin ($17.50 plus shipping and tax if in CA), click HERE.