Posts Tagged ‘Christmas

Well, I made it through my first craft fair unscathed!  🙂  It was actually a lot of fun, and I met so many wonderful and talented people!  Once they heard that I was doing my very first show, they were more than happy to share their secrets, advice, and stories about their own first shows.  With 190 vendors, I definitely could have spent every last penny I made on some of the wonderful things I saw, but alas, Christmas shopping calls!  However, I do have to plug the ladies who sold me the most FABULOUSLY delicious apple cupcakes I’ve ever had in my entire life – www.sugarfixation.com!  If you’re in the Chicago area, definitely check them out, and if you’re elsewhere, I’m sure you could always inquire about shipping.  No, I’m not getting paid for this plug, but they seriously ARE fantastic!

Anyway, I found that this particular crowd wanted to toss tradition out the window this holiday season.  My biggest sellers, by far, were the sarcastic or funny candy bars and other goodies.  Within the first hour of the show, I was completely sold out of these:

And I sold another order for 30 to a woman who took my business card from the show.  Gotta hand it to those Cubs fans – they never give up!

While prepping for the craft fair, I also had orders for two different brides, both getting married on 11/11/11.    One wanted custom stickers to attach to the take-home containers on her candy buffet, and the other wanted fans that her guests could use during her beachside wedding that also doubled as wedding programs.  (I had also designed the invitation suite for the beachside wedding and was able to carry the theme through and make the fans match the wedding stationery.)

Overall, I’ve had a busy first holiday season in my new etsy shop (www.LoobieLabels.etsy.com) and I can’t wait to see what else is in store!

Wishing you a life less ordinary,



It has always been my custom to give away the first of every new product to someone who is needy, deserving, or just some random stranger.  While life hasn’t always been good to me, I know I am incredibly lucky, very loved, and proud of the person I have become.  I love making someone’s day easier, giving them something unexpected, or doing something for them that puts a smile on their face.

Enter my blog followers…..

I have a new product that’s not even listed on my etsy site yet, and I’m continuing with my custom and giving the first away.  You can win 30 self-adhesive custom photo holiday gift tags like the ones pictured below.   To enter, leave all your comments on this blog post, and don’t forget to include your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.  There are 2 possible entries – 1 mandatory and 1 bonus entry:

1. Follow my blog and leave me a comment telling me that you do. (mandatory entry – click on the gray square in the lower right hand corner that says “follow.”)

2. Leave a comment below telling me about the nicest thing you’ve ever done for someone.

At 9am Central time on Wednesday 10/26/11, I will select a winner from all eligible entries using random.org.  I will email the winner and they’ll have 48 hours to reply.  If the winner doesn’t respond, I will choose a new winner and so on until someone claims the prize.  I will then work with the winner to create their custom photo gift tags. 

Don’t forget to check my etsy site – www.loobielabels.etsy.com – for this and other holiday products that will be added in the coming weeks!

Wishing you a life less ordinary,


So much for my promise to do better at keeping up with my blog.  This summer was ridiculous, complete with a flood and the loss of just about every piece of furniture we owned (as well as a lot of personal items), moving to a temporary place, my daughter starting school, moving again, and a barrage of medical issues.  I can say for certain that we’ve come through relatively unscathed and are now much more aware of what’s important in life and what isn’t. 

With that being said, Loobie Labels is back in business after being closed for 2 months due to the chaos going on.  It has been slow going, trying to re-acclimate myself to including a bit of “work time” in my daily schedule, as well as get my name back out there.  For a small business (miniscule, really) to take a 2 month hiatus, there’s bound to be a LOT of work involved in climbing back up the proverbial ladder from obscurity to being a household name.  I am beyond excited to be getting back to doing what I love! 

My return from oblivion just happens to coincide with me getting ready for my first ever craft fair.  Knowing that I am NOT the pushy salesperson type, I’m a bit nervous.  I’ll admit to that.  But I’m going to do my best and let my products stand for themselves.  I know I do good work and I know anyone would love to receive the items I’m bringing to the craft fair so I’m just going to hold my head up high and be a brave little soldier!  I’ve been working on a lot of new items for the show and I’m slowly getting them listed on my etsy site as well, so check back often over the next few weeks…. www.loobielabels.etsy.com

As always, I wish you a life less ordinary!


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  • loobielabels: Thanks, Madalyn! As a mom, I generally do most of my work after my daughter is in bed for the night. I put in anywhere from 2-5 hours a day, broken
  • loobielabels: This was actually one of the stock layouts, so I didn't pay anything for it. However, I thank the person responsible - it definitely is a nice layout
  • loobielabels: Thanks, Celeste! :-)