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Thread: 3rd Annual Christmas Ornament Swap

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    High end markets are the place to do your craft shows. You pay more for your booth/table but you will net more also. The day goes faster. I sold in a very wealthy neighborhood, a friend had a show in her home. We all put up signs, in key traffic areas, we all were to work a schedule of time say three hours each day of the show and we paid a percentage to her of all our sales. I made bank. Sounded expensive but it was worth it. The ladies came in, thought NOTHING of dropping money on things most of us would think twice over. they like a jam buy three cases for client gifts. not one item I sold was bargained with. I came home almost empty handed. so knowing your target market, knowing how much time will be put in getting it in the paper, internet, signage. all plays in to how much you reap. she also had only so many of each item being sold by differrent venders only two jam sales, only four tshirt sales, three earrings etc. so it was a very broad variety and worked. My last sale was not researched much by me, it was reasonable, seemed right. No advertising at all. none. signage three signs period. not a great traffic neighborhood at all. lousy sales. Sold like four pillows and one scarf. Not worth it at all. Good luck to those who still have shows. Sell your products dont wait for them to sell themselves, talk it up.. ok enough.

    I received an abundance of ornaments this day. I asked for ornaments for Seniors at this lower income senior home I had to stay in during recovery. lonely place. The donations from the Quilting Board members have been outstanding. Jaba, Nancia, Grann of 6, hobbykat, Mdall, tam moo Linda S. with her white snowflakes (eyes).. they will bring so many smiles. I took some photos tonight but the internt is not up for uploads. I will post them when its ready for that. I am sorry I did not get to the post office, I have to wait as I had surgery last thursday so no driving. I am itching to be moving again! thank you every single one of you who helped me get this together for the ladies and men there. You guys rock SMOOCH
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    these are just a few very lousy pics that I took of the wonderful ornies and gifts given to me for the Senior home. Thank you everyone! I will put them in an album so they are all there but wow. jaba I believe I have posted your ornies already as theyare now in the bay area I cant add them. My apologies.
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    Not a problem Linda. I'm sure when all of these are on their Christmas tree or are hanging in their rooms it will bring a little smile to their face. Hopefully they will lift spirits and the holiday will be much nicer for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Aurora, what a cute idea your spool Christmas wish list is!
    Thank you, I wish I could take credit for it, but I found it on line a couple of years ago. The spools came from Hobby Lobby (four in a bag).
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    Beautiful ornaments and I know they will love seeing them on their trees. Way to go lady's you all did a wonderful job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquilter View Post
    What a fun surprise I found in my mailbox today!!!!! Thank you so much Aurora. I love both my ornaments, the tree is darling and how did you make the smallest yoyo at the top? The spool is great. I have lots of old spools and would never have thought to make the ornament you did. I love them. Thank you!!!!!!! sasquilter
    I am happy you like them. Clover makes an extra small yo-yo template that makes it easy.

    I bought my spools at Hobby Lobby -- I just cannot bring myself to use my old wooden spools. There are four in a package at Hobby Lobby and they have different sizes.

    Just a tip the smaller spools fit on sewing machine spool holders and you can use the spools of thread with the large center holes on your machine, they fit over the small wooden spools.
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    Thanks for the tip. I have a bunch of thread I haven't used because I needed to get the side thingy for the large spools. I think I already have some on the small spools.
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    Thanks Quiltymom, I received my two ornaments yesterday and I love them both. Unfortunately, the Angel may not make it on the tree along with the snowman. I think she's going to watch over me in my car.The rearview mirror is just waiting for her. Thanks again.
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    Heres the ones I sent!!

    Glade to hear you liked them kept checking my Pms ,Del.Con said del on the 3rd.
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    What pretty ornaments!
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    More pretty ornaments!!!! Lucky ladies!!!! I have showed and shared all my ornaments with my quilting group and they love them!! I think they may be a little jealous...LOL. Oh well, loving my ornies....hehehe.
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    CHQ~you could always host an ornie swap with your quilt group...still plenty of time before Christmas, especially if they don't need to be mailed
    Brenda

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    Very pretty ornaments, Quiltymom! I am getting so many great ideas on this thread; just need more time to work on the fun stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by terriquilt1 View Post
    Very pretty ornaments, Quiltymom! I am getting so many great ideas on this thread; just need more time to work on the fun stuff!
    Thankyou I agree I really need more time too!!
    You know if your a quilter when you cleanup your sewing room and your family thinks your moving out!! Author U/K Sue

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    Thank you quiltermomma ornament angel! These little ornaments are very sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brenda21 View Post
    CHQ~you could always host an ornie swap with your quilt group...still plenty of time before Christmas, especially if they don't need to be mailed
    Maybe next year we'll do that. The ladies are busy with so much right now that I don't think any of us have time for one more thing, plus I'm going in for surgery Dec. 12th. We met last night. I helped some of the ladies with the Christmas Tablerunner that Missouri Star Quilt Co. does a demo on. I have one finished and 2 more almost done. They turned out beautiful.

    My wonderful group gave me a surprise BDay party last night. Our group celebrates everyone's BDay with a cake at the closest meeting, and we all give at least 3 FQ's each. Well, we were on a trip at my BDay, then Sandy hit and I had water in the basement and canceled the meeting. So last night they got me good. I got tons of FQ's, and they gave me a big gift card to JoAnn's. I love my ladies so much!! They really are the greatest group of women I know. We're all soooo different, but we work so well together. I'm am so thankful to have them in my life!!!!! I may just be making them all special ornaments for Christmas. We meet Dec. 19th for our Christmas party. Hope I can have them all done by then!!
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    I love the angel ornaments. Also the snowman one too.
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    I got the cutest ornament in the mail from kboone, she enclosed a note saying she is a beginning quilter just learning to paper piece, but from the looks of the ornament, I would say she has paper piecing down!!! I must add that I just went to the post office and got it today, opened it, admired it, took a pic...then my son, dil, and darling granddaughter came by...my lil granddaughter (she is 3) saw the ornament, grabbed it up while giggling and saying, "Grammy, is this for me?? I love him!!". Well, whats a grammy to do but say of course its for you sweetie!! ...she gave me a big hug and said, "Thanks Grammy for making it for me!"...okay, okay...I thought about it for maybe a millisecond before explaining to her that grammy had been in an ornament swap, and that I made some ornaments and sent them to other people, and other people made some and sent them to me...and this one was my "surprise" today...and that I know it would be fine with the nice lady who made it if I "shared" it with her, and she could hang it on her tree this year...LOL...So, here is a picture of the much loved ornament:
    Thanks so much Kim!!!
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    Kim - lucky you!! Cute ornament. Amd so nice of you to share with your granddaughter!!!!
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    Some more great ornaments. still have not gotten my second one yet but its ok i know how life can get in the way sometimes. lol went and purchased my ham and turkey breast today man this year has really flew by.
    I love to collect roosters of any kind. I also love embroidery thread for my machine. My favorite color is purple and i am just a plain old country girl.lol

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    I am participating in my first two swaps right now. I was wondering how long after the mailing deadline should I wait to receive my item before becoming concerned?

    It seems that almost everyone has received their ornaments, but I am still waiting.

    I understand that if someone is sending to me from out of the Country it will take a bit longer, or even from the other side of the country.

    Pouting on the sidelines.
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    I love the snowman ornament! he is so cute! and I think it is great that your granddaughter wanted it! Awesome, I alos have a 3 year old Granddaughter and she is so wonderful, isn't it great being Grandma!
    Give a smile away today, someone you meet might need one!

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    Beautiful snowman ornament.
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    Pm Brenda and ask if she knows whether your partner has sent to you. She'll inquire for you.

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    More pretty ornaments. I can see why the sweet granddaughter wanted the cute ornament. I loved hearing the whole story.
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