Saturday, March 30, 2013

Then & Now :)

Hi everyone :)

Thanks for all the well wishes on my show yesterday ... sadly, it was a total bust :(

We were supposed to go there Thursday night between 6 PM and 10 PM to "reserve" our vendor spot -- so Brian drove me down there (it's about 30 minutes from our home) -- and there's another event going on there and they say we can't set up until 7 PM ... I said my email said 6 PM ... the woman there says that Sugar Art and Fashion Show people sent out an email 2 days BEFORE the show to say it had been moved to 7 PM ... I NEVER got that email (and I even check my SPAM folder daily and didn't get anything there either) -- so Brian and I leave because we can't set up my table -- and I can't go back Thursday night at a later time, because Brian had bowling later that night and he couldn't take me again ....

So.... fast forward to Friday morning ... we can be there at 10 AM -- so Brian and I head out AGAIN to the event and get there a few minutes before 10 AM -- the Sugar and Art Fashion people say I can set up my table in this one spot in front of a make-shift bar, because they say that no one will be using the bar for this event ....

Get all my stuff set up ... and then the owner of the place comes over and says I can't be there -- because they will be using the bar at 6 PM ... so I have to pack everything up and they move me to another spot ... then that isn't any good ... sooooo they move me again ... *sigh* ... you can all see how this is going right????

So the event starts at Noon -- Noon comes and goes .... 1 PM comes and goes ... 2 PM comes and goes ... and during the 3 1/2 hours that we were there ... there were 5 people (besides vendors) that were there ... sad sad sad ...


Anyhoo ... the people that were running the show said it gets busier at 7 PM ... sorry but I can't sit around a show for 7 hours in HOPES that customers will be coming ... *sigh* ... I know some people will think I should have dealt with it and stayed ... but to be honest, I didn't feel like I fit in ... so it was an easier decision to leave ...


So we left -- lesson learned and all that :)

But the good news is ... I will now be filling my ETSY shop with all the canvasses I made for the show :)

Thanks again for all the well wishes :)

I wanted to share a layout I made for the latest Elle's sketch challenge :) 

This week Brookie's Spring school photos came home... and ohhhhhhhhhh boy ... I blinked and she has GROWN!!! She is 6!!! She isn't supposed to look this old yet :( *sniff sniff* 






For those that have been following me since Brookie's surgeries started for her Port Wine Stains ... look how far she has come!!! :)




Here is Elle's sketch :)


Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

49 comments:

  1. I am so sorry to hear things didn't work out...Just don't give up! I love your layout...they do seem to grow way too fast! Hugs!

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  2. oh no!!! sorry the show didn't work out!!! {{HUGS}} LOVE your cute page!!! esp the then and now pics!!

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  3. Lovely layout. She sure has grown up. So sorry about the show.

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  4. Oh gosh sorry to hear about the sucky show. And five people lol what is that??
    Good that you left!!
    Love the LO. She's a cutie then and now!!

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  5. I'm so sorry things didn't work out!! Love your new layout!! Hugs

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  6. I'm so sorry about your bad experiences at the show. And I'm sorry for all the people that didn't get to see your canvases!!!

    Love your page, it's so sweet, love the theme, they grow up so fast!!!

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  7. Very pretty LO!!
    Love all the stitching and the details!!
    Such precious & very beautiful picture of Brookie!
    So sorry about the show & such a terrible thing that they kept moving you.
    Hugs!

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  8. Dammit...don't ya just HATE that...& you feel so powerless & frustrated....aah well...your etsy will be well stocked, anyways:):) LOVE your Brooke LO...my! She has grown soo much.....fab title with those different alphas & the date stamp:):):)

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  9. WoW! Sounds like you got the run around! Sorry it didn't work out for you either! I loooove the layout of Brookie! What an adorable little baby! I just love her cute little nose! Love all the details!! The stitching is so fun and the little circle die cuts are awesome! Love that chevron date stamp too!! awesome!!

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  10. So sorry the event was a bust, but I hope your Etsy shop does well! More customers there :)

    Such sweet pictures of your precious baby girl and a lovely LO to show her off!

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  11. Sorry for the show flop. I know you will sell them on etsy, your work is so awesome! Love this layout! !!

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  12. I'm so sorry to read about the show. I'm sure your art will be flying out of your Etsy shop! Super cute layout! I'm loving to pop of red. Thanks for the inspiration! =)

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  13. Oh I am so sorry your show didn't work out Julie, your table looked amazing on your FB! Such a pitty that people didn't show but that is probably because the organization was obviously rubbish. Gorgeous layout and Brookie was such a beautiful baby! :)

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  14. Ugh. So sorry that didn't turn our better for you!

    They do grow up fast, don't they???? What a cutie, in both pics!

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  15. So sorry for the event not working out but I know you will sell those amazing canvases! I LOVE this layout, love all of the Elle's studio goodies!

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  16. Sorry to hear the show was a bust. Love the layout of Brookie, such a cutie.

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  17. Sorry about the bust of a show... AHHH! This layout you shared is so great..love the two photos showing how she has grown...it is a total blink.

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  18. Gah, I am so sorry about the show....good grief, you poor girl.

    Love love love your layout...it's my Julie FAV now:)

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  19. so sorry it was a bad experience..adore the layout...you rock!

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  20. How frustrating about your show, sorry it wasn't a better experience. I absolutely love your layout...love the design, and the papers, embellishments and the cute pictures of Brook! She is beautiful!!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

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  21. I am so sorry to hear that the show was a flop. I find it frustrating when one's time is wasted.

    Brookie has come a long way. She was such a pretty baby.

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  22. LOVE! the LO.
    so :( about the show
    but glad you're Etsy will now be overflowing with goodness so everyone can have a chance to grab some.

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  23. boy, you had some lousy luck there; we've had a few shows that had only a few people show up, too-they suck; it is so much work to get the booth ready and drive somewhere--not to mention all the time it takes steve to make his beautiful wooden products, but, i feel your pain!!!
    your layout is cute-can't believe how big brookie is getting

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  24. What a happy page! I love the then and now comparison :) I'm sorry the show was a bust though.... Sounds to me that the marketing/publicity might have been missing,

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  25. oh so sad the show was such a "mess" :(
    your page is awesome and boy has little Miss B grown up!!

    have a wonderful Easter my friend :)

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  26. So, so sorry to hear about your show troubles. That really stinks! I love your layout and your gorgeous product choices. You used it perfectly! Brookie does looks so grown up in the latest photos. Very cute in both! Hope you have an awesome Easter!

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  27. WOWZERS! Love your page!

    Sorry to hear about the show, I had similar experience here in Vegas too, paid a fee to the church but totally of less than 10 people show up.

    Greetings from Paris!

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  28. I am so very sorry that your event was a total bust. That is awful. I wish things would've gone better for you!

    Your layout is completely adorable! I hope that your crafting fun made you feel a little bit better.

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  29. Sorry to hear about your troubles with the show Julie!! But yes, good news that you can fill your etsy shop! Love your cute layout with the Elle's goodies and those wood veneer alphas are so cute on your title!

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  30. What a lovely page Julie!! Soooooo sorry the event was a washout!! I've learnt over the years that that is generally the case so I've given up on them all together. I would do one again but I would have to make sure that it was something that had been well advertised etc before I committed again...

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  31. Your page is so cute. So sorry to hear about the show, I would have left as well..

    Hugs~

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  32. What a sweet layout. Brookie sure has grown.. wow! So sorry about your show,it's sad to put in that much effort and time to have that happen. I would have packed up and left too!!!

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  33. OMGosh I would have did exactly what you did except I would have left earlier... so sorry it was a bust and yet you can still look on the bright side , you are amazing and that is one of the things I really like about you. I am sure you will do it again in another place and come back to share the awesome news with us some day.... your canvases are beautfiul and you are beautiful...hugs

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  34. (((Julie))) I am soooooo sorry you had such a bad experience at the show. How totally aggravating and frustrating! I can't wait to pop over to your Etsy and see all your gorgeous creations. Wishing you much success over there.

    In the meantime, I am LOVING your then & now LO. I know what you mean... those school pics come home and it's a real eye opener to see how much they've grown. I love how you combined Brookie's big girl pic with her baby one... and that heart as the center of the E melted me. xx

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  35. Chalk it up to Live and Learn but how disappointing! So Sorry! LOVE the then and now Layout! I didn't know she was having surgery but WOW the outcome is Fantastic! THX for sharing!

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  36. Oh man. That was one long day my friend. Sorry that it didn't work out that well. Wish I were there to help out or drive you around...

    Love the layout! Awesome colours!

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  37. Wow! Talk about a show that's all wrong from the get-go! Sorry to hear how this turned out for you!
    Your lo for the Elle's sketch challenge is absolutely fabulous! Perfect take on the sketch....put together soooooooooooo well!

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  38. Oh no! Sorry to hear your show was such a disaster. Such a shame and I totally don't blame you for leaving early.

    Love your Then & Now layout - my absolute favorite kind of layout there is!

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  39. WOW, that totally stinks that things didn't work out. I helped my friend with a show she was asked to participate in (she sells jewelry) and she totally didn't fit in either. It was in Scottsdale. We sat there for like 6 hours and we got some passer-byers but that was about it. She didn't fit in either.

    Anywho, love your LO!! Brookie has grown up fast! She is adorable.

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  40. What a bummer! Gosh, I hope you get all that time and money back through your etsy shop. I didn't have a lot of luck with mine, but maybe my hopes were too extravagant ;). And your page is simply gorgeous! LOVE all the bright colors, and the comparison pics are TOO CUTE!

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  41. I really love the negative diecut title with the multi colors under!

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  42. sorry to hear about the show--bummer! LOVE the then and now idea CUTE page!

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  43. Bummer about the show but hope things fly out of your etsy shop! Adore the layout of Brookie, time just flies by doesn't it??

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  44. Well that stinks. And from my own experience with craft fairs I know you have to pay to be there do that stinks even more! :-(. The page is totally cute though. I'm loving the layers under the photo.

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  45. Love the then and now page!! So sorry about the show. I have a friend who does craft shows and some are definitely better than others for her. ~ Blessings, Tracey

    http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

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  46. Man, I am so, so sorry to hear about your show experience! Sounds to me like the management of this whole thing was HORRIBLE! Wonder if they even advertised it.......with only 5 people showing up. Terrible! You are much better off stocking up your Etsy. So sorry!
    Love that layout! Love the then and now theme and love the wooden title letters. Gorgeous pops of color against all the neutral. Totally up my alley!!

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  47. How sweet it is to see them as babies and then look at them now and see the sweet girls they have become right? I love comparing my girls to their baby photos and remembering their "baby smell." I love that sketch btw too!

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  48. How frustrating about the show! Ugh. I hate things like that.

    But, oh, your layout! Gorgeous pics and page. I love baby pics. I am still holding up to some of Cory's to scrap later. :)

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  49. I'm sorry that the show was such a letdown!!! The layout with Brookie is stunning!

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