Monday, October 20, 2014

My Favorite Craft Shows in Raleigh, NC

Tis the season for craft shows! I like everything about crafts shows. . shopping local, shopping independent artists, designers, and crafters, supporting my community, meeting other mompreneurs, finding something special, unique, and handmade for my home. I love it all. So much, that I often set up my own little shop every season at one of the local holiday shows.


Below is a list of some of my favorite Raleigh holiday shows. Mark your calendar, call your best girlfriend, and plan on soaking in a fun day of handmade goodness.


And for those of you new to shopping craft shows, I have 2 bits of advice:

1. Bring cash and checks as a lot of craft shows do not take debit or credit cards. It is becoming more popular for individual artists to now have "the square" that allows them to take payment by debit or credit card, but there are still a lot who only take cash or check. Plus the artists have to pay "the square" about 3% of the purchase price every time they use it. . which is a lot for a small local independent business. . .so you can doubly bless the artist by paying with cash.



Advice Bit #2. Bring a tote bag so you have all your purchases in one place when you get home. Plus a tote bag will make sure your hands are free to touch all the handmade goodness. You can also save a few plastic bags by bringing your own tote bag.



Here's my list of my favorite craft shows in the area. . all sprinkled with pictures of some of my handmade goodness I will have at my booths this year. Note: you are always welcome to stop by my house if you see something you like.
 
Visions of Sugarplums

This is one of the oldest holiday shows in the area. I have been going to this show since I was a teenager. For those of you who do not know, I am a Raleigh native. This year is actually Visions of Sugarplums' 40th year. This show always signals to me the start of the craft show season. It is the very fist show I attend every year.

Dates and Times: Thurs, Nov 6: 9am-8pm; Fri, Nov 7: 9am-8pm; and Sat, Nov 8: 9am-3pm
Place: Quail Hollow Swim Club at 800 Orleans Place; Raleigh, NC 27609
Notes: Free admission. For Visions of Sugarplums' website, click here. Also note, only cash or checks accepted at this show.




Wakefield Mistletoe Market

Date and Time: Saturday, Nov 15: 9am-4:30pm
Place: 2200 Wakefield Pines Drive; Raleigh, NC 27614
Notes: This is a large show with 196 vendors this year. Admission is $5, but if you bring in a canned good, you get $1 off. Children under 12 are free. For Wakefield Mistletoe Market's website, click here. For their Facebook page, click here.




Hayes Barton United Methodist Church's Humble Heart Bazaar

I will be participating in this show; come see me! This is my first year setting up a booth at this show, but other artists have told me this is one of their favorite shows of the whole season. Plus I love that 100% of the show's proceeds support missions including Safe Child, Wee Care, Methodist Home for Children, Encouraging Place and many more.



Dates and Times: Tues, Nov 18: 6-8pm and Wed, Nov 19: 10:30am-2pm
Place: Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608
Notes: Free admission but you may want to bring an extra $8 for the lunch plate that the HBUMC women cook up. I hear it is delicious.
 

 
Sanderson's Holly Days

This show is always the first weekend in Decemeber and for me marks the end of the holiday craft show season.  I have been a part of this show off and on for several years now. Below is my booth at Holly Days last year. My friend Alli and I shared a booth and will be doing so again this year, except this year the booth is going to be twice this size and filled to the brim with new one-of-a-kind special handmade pieces. Everything in my and Alli's booth is made by our hands.



Dates and Times: Sat, Dec 6: 9am-5pm and Sun, Dec 7: 11am-4pm
Place: Sanderson High School: 5500 Dixon Drive, Raleigh, NC
Notes: This is a large show with over 150 vendors. Admission is $2 and this $2 goes to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. For Holly Days' website, click here.

So tell me. . do you have any craft shows that you make sure you don't miss? What are your favorite Raleigh (or close to Raleigh) craft shows?  I'd love to add some to my list.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Prayer for the First Week of School

Dear Lord-

Be with my kids this first week of school. Let them know they are not alone, but that you are walking the halls of their school with them. Help them give any anxiety and nervousness to you. Remind them that they can talk to you throughout the day. Help them hear your whispers that you love them, that you have a good plan for their life, and that you care about them and this first week of school. Fill my kids with peace this week.


Lord, help my kids not compare themselves to others. Help my kids to not compromise just so they fit in. . .this week and all the days of this school year, their life. Help my kids to not worry about what others think. . .but only worry about what you think. Please secure my kids' identity in you. Give my kids courage and boldness and freedom to be who you made them to be. And let them not hide that. Remind them that they have a unique purpose. Remind them that they are one-of-a-kind. Give my kids eyes to see themselves as you see them. 


And give my kids eyes to see others as you do. Yes Lord, help my kids get their eyes off themselves and give them a heart for others. Give them a big love and compassion for others. Give my kids courage to seek out those who may not have anyone to sit with at lunch or anyone to play with on the playground. And Lord, if that is them, then help my kids be brave and initiate conversation and ask someone if they can sit with them or if they want to play. May new kids feel welcome and may those who do not feel included feel a part because of my kids. Remind my kids that they can make a difference. That they can make someone's day brighter. Oh Lord, make my kids world changers.  . .starting with their school world.



Lord, on that same note, let my kids be an influence on their generation. Would they be leaders, not followers. And would they lead in a positive way. Help my kids stay attracted to what is pure and holy and what is of you. Give them friends who will help them be strong. Give my kids good friends. Give them at least one friend who knows you and loves you and is not afraid to say and live so. Give them at least one friend who will encourage them to pursue you. Watch over my kids Lord. Direct them, guide them, protect them.



Lord, help my kids learn a lot this year. Help them to do well in school. Help my kids to focus and be organized. Give them a good memory. Help my kids communicate well with their teachers. Give my kids motivation to do well in their classes. Lord, give them a vision for their future and what you have planned for them. And show them how school plays a part in that. Help them to set goals. Let my kids know that they have purpose.  

 
Thank you for my kids, Lord. Thank you for trusting me to raise them even though I am a mess. Give me your wisdom, discernment, insight, and guidance. Give my your strength and patience. Give me your love. Teach me how to pray for my kids and help me get really good at it. Let me never forget that the most powerful impact I will ever have on my kids is when I am in prayer for them. 

Amen.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Crazy Colorful Owls

We made these crazy colorful owls at our June Craft Camp.  We created the outline of these owls by using one unbroken line for the entire drawing. We kept our sharpies in constant contact with the paper.


This type of flowy, swirly, drawing, where you do not pick up your pen and you overlap your lines is called continuous line drawing. It is harder than you think, but oh so fun!
 

The end result is that that single continuous line creates all kinds of shapes to be colored! Oh, how  I love some whimsical and colorful art.
 

These crazy owls took a long time to color. This is what the campers worked on if they arrived a little early or they finished a project before everyone else, or they were waiting for their mom to pick them up. By the end of the week, the owls were complete.


I got this idea from one of my favorite artsy blogs, Whatever.  Over there, Meg even has a video where she teaches you how to draw this owl.  You can so do this with your kids.  



When Jonathan and Daniel came home from their own camp  and saw what the girls had created, they too wanted to make one. That is how fun these are!  I bet even YOU would like to do some coloring.  Put this on your summer bucket list. 

We added googly eyes after all the coloring was done.


Did you know googly eyes come in colors now? Some even have eyelashes?  So fun! I have a whole box full of googly eyes. . all sizes, all colors. The campers always laugh at me because I take such delight in my box of googly eyes. .and I always want to add them to our craft projects.  Check out these yellow eyelash eyes:

 
And one last picture because it makes me smile. And captures the true essence of Craft Camp. . .which is loving on these girls, having real conversations with them, enjoying the process of making something with our hands, and letting each camper know how valuable and special they are.  Every summer, Anna and I can't believe we get to use art to do that.
 

PS If you and your kids create your own Crazy and Coloful Owls, I sure would love to see pictures. Again, here is the video that shows you how to draw the outline. You can so do this!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Free Bowling for Kids this Summer

Here's a freebie to take note of for the summer!

Buffaloe Lanes is offering kids (18 yrs and under) 1 FREE GAME of BOWLING per day. Kids can join on-line HERE or at a Buffaloe Lanes center near them. Once they join, they will receive a Kids Bowling Card which entitles them to 1 free game per day between April 1 and November 1, 2014.


Now this does not include shoe rental. Shoe rental is $2. But there are exclusive daily freebies for those who have a Kids Bowling Card and Mondays are free shoe rentals. You can combine these daily freebies with the 1 free game per day, so if you go on Mondays everything is free.

Here are the other daily freebies:


Perhaps you can surprise your kiddos, your grandkids, or even the neighborhood kids this summer.


Friday, June 20, 2014

2 Upcoming Events You Won't Want to Miss!

I wanted to share with you about 2 upcoming events:

The first event is:

Next Wed, June 25 I will be teaching a free 1-hour introductory Couponing Workshop. This is a free workshop hosted by Pullen Memorial Baptist Church and they are even offering child care if you let them know ahead of time. The workshop will be from 6:15pm to 7:15pm.


Please contact me if you would like to attend. . just so I know how many handouts to make. Also let me know if you need child care during the program and I will pass that on to the church. 

This is not my full blown, in-depth 2 hour couponing class, but it is still filled with lots of couponing "meat". And you will certainly leave with tools to begin cutting your grocery bill in half. Plus you can ask me any question!

Hope to see you there!

And the 2nd event is:

Next Friday, June 27, my church's mission team that is going to Guatemala this summer (which Anna, Brooke, and Rob are a part of) is hosting a Guatemalan Dinner. Authentic Guatemalan cuisine will be served. And there will be entertainment by a local Latin American Dance Troupe.


This event is free, but there will be a basket out for donations since this is a fundraiser for the mission trip to Guatemala.

Come enjoy some yummy food. Expose your kids to another culture.  And help support a mission team!

Again, if you would like to attend, contact me and I will save you a spot. We can all sit at the same table!

Friday, May 23, 2014

5 for Friday

Happy Friday!!

Here's 5 things I wanted to share with you:

1. My nephew is selling Marco's Pizza Coupon Cards as a fundraiser for his traveling baseball team. These coupon cards are actually a really awesome deal. 

They are only $10 (over $100 value) and include EIGHT coupons that are "Buy one pizza, get one free" and the best is the next four coupons that are no purchase necessary! They are:

1.  Free Medium Pizza
2.  Free cheese sticks
3.  Free Sub
4.  Free cinnamon sticks



So that is 12 coupons in all for $10. If you would like a Marco's Pizza coupon card, contact my sister, Jenny at jmcclendon (at) nc (dot) rr (dot) com.

2. I mentioned last week that our church is having a Flea Market on Saturday, May 31 from 8-5pm.


I wanted to let you know about this Flea Market because

1. If you have items to get rid of, you may want to rent a 15x15 space for just $25. Email me and I will send you the registration info.

2. If you have items to get rid of, but do not want to rent a space, but really want to get rid of your stuff, consider dropping your stuff off at my house and I will add it to the booth my family is setting up. We will take anything but clothes. Email me and I can give you directions to my home. 

All money raised from booth sales and the stuff we sell goes to send our youth to Guatemala

3. If you have a crafty business or sell jewelry, tote bags, or some other fun merchandise, you may want to consider renting a space for just $25. I will have a space with my crafts there and together we can make this Flea Market more than just yard sale items.


4.  OR you may just want to plan on coming out and shopping!! Saturday, May 31, 8am-5pm at Raleigh Vineyard at 6894 Litchford Rd., Raleigh. Hope to see you there!!

# 3 for this 5 for Friday post is this:

Blog reader and friend (seems like you all are both!!)  Laura emailed me a few weeks ago telling me to check out the app Checkout51.  Have you heard of it?


It is an app where you take a photo of your receipt. If you have bought any of the items that they have listed, you will receive the specified amount into your account . For example, on Laura's account, she can get 50¢ back for buying milk and 50¢ back for buying broccoli. Once you reach $20 in your account, you can cash out and they will send you a check. This can be used in conjunction with manufacturers coupons at the register. Check it out HERE.

4.  Blog reader and friend Trina sent me this link to all the Triangle Summer Movie Deals.Get your calendar out and plan on enjoying some free or discounted films with your kids.
Enjoy free or discounted films this summer that both you and your kids can have fun watching.  - See more at: http://www.carolinaparent.com/articlemain.php?Triangle-Summer-Movie-Deals-for-Families-3396#sthash.uJLK1ORH.dpuf
Enjoy free or discounted films this summer that both you and your kids can have fun watching.  - See more at: http://www.carolinaparent.com/articlemain.php?Triangle-Summer-Movie-Deals-for-Families-3396#sthash.uJLK1ORH.dpuf

5. Happy Memorial Day! Just a reminder that there are no coupon inserts this Sunday since it is a holiday weekend. Enjoy your 3 day weekend!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Have Stuff to Get Rid Of??

Most of you know that Anna (my 17 year old) goes to Guatemala every summer. She spends 2-3 weeks every July loving on the children of Casita Adonai. Casita Adonai is a small private Christian school in a difficult area of Guatemala City, an area devastated by poverty, gangs, and lack of education.


This summer Rob (my husband) and Brooke (my 13 year old) will join Anna for a week. . .along with 9 others from our church. Anna has so longed for a while to share Guatemala with her family, friends, and church.She is super excited about this summer.

So their team has been doing many fundraisers to help them get down to Guatemala. And this is where the title of this post, "Have Stuff to Get Rid Of?" fits in:

On Sat, May 31 from 8-5pm, we will be having a Flea Market in our church's parking lot.  If you have items you want to get rid of, consider renting a space. You will get a lot more traffic at our flea market than you would at a yard sale in your front yard.  Plus it will be a lot more fun to hang out with all of us. All the Soutters will be there. Here are all the details:


You can email me and I can send you the form to reserve your space. And if you are not interested in renting a space, consider coming out and shopping this Flea Market. There is sure to be some treasures to be found.
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