Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Believe Holiday Boutique: A Sparkling Success!

It was very first "show" ever. I was so nervous when I got there. I seriously felt like it was my first day at a new school where I didn't know anyone. As I made the 7 trips back and forth from my car to my tables, I felt quite akward. You know, everyone is checking out everyone else's goods. Luckily, once I started getting settled, I met an old friend from high school, selling Mary Kay right behind me! She's an old pro at these things and gave me some great tips and advice while I was setting up. And of course, by the time the doors opened for the boutique, I was friends with everyone down my aisle. :) This boutique was not as exactly how I imagined it would be. No offense to those who make crocheted beer cozees, but I just didn't realize the amount of trendy, fabulous handmade talent that would be there. SERIOUSLY. Super cute stuff. I should have taken pictures of other booths, but this thing was PACKED with people. Two days, over 100 vendors....with the majority that you would want to stop and take a gander at! So fun. I have to thank one of my sweetest customers, Andra for securing me incredible space in the lobby area!
My sales were great! I sold out of all of my 12x12 frames, as well as all of the DIY frame kits that I had with me. The best part though, was really meeting and connecting with so many sweet people. I brought a stack of my Go Gilbert magazines, and really enjoyed being called "Cover Girl" by multiple people! They would look down at the stack, look up and say "OH MY...that's YOU!...I read that article, I saved that issue!" Sooo flattering. I met a bunch of "fans" including one who made me blush with her lovely compliments! It was so amazing to have all these sweet girls come up and say they read my blog, have visited my blog or even just heard of The TomKat Studio. It gives me the warm and fuzzies! :)
I ordered 250 new business cards for the event, and came home with 25. WOW!

Such a great time and such wonderful people! It sure was exhausting, though! I'm not used to being on my feet all day, and being "on". I'm used to dealing with customers via email in my pjs! It was so fun though, and I'm really glad I did it!

I have several sets of my holiday gift tags leftover, so for you....my loyal readers, let's have a GIVEAWAY!
Two winners will be chosen & will receive 4 sets (6/set) of gift tags each!
Here's 4 ways to enter!
(Enter up to 4 times by doing the following):
1. Leave me a comment and let me know which item you like best from my booths!
(you will be disqualified if you say the bowl of candy bars :)
2. Post about this giveaway on Facebook, comment with the link!
3. Tweet about this giveaway, comment with the link!
4. Post about this giveaway on your own Blog, and comment with the link!

Winner will be chosen on Monday, November 16th at 11:00pm (MST).
Any entries received after this time, will not be considered. Open to US residents.
Winners will be chosen using random.org

115 comments:

karen Beck said...

I love your gift tags! So cute!

Karen

Lindsay @ Likely Design said...

I love those gift tags, too! Your booth looks great!! I was so excited to see it :)

xo,
Lindsay

Lindsay @ Likely Design said...

I tweeted this!

http://twitter.com/likelydesign/status/5612044350

Andrea said...

I LOVE the birth announcements... I may have to commission you for the arrival of our baby girl come January :)

The Caswells said...

Super cute stuff!! I love how you added bows at the end of your tables!!!

The Glowackas' said...

I love your DIY frames-which is why I am getting 4 more! However, Madison liked the bowl of candy :)

Madame Sucre said...

love your handwork!! this looks amazing.. i wish i lived nearby to visit ::)

Mommy said...

I LOVE your holiday frames already made because if I tried the DIY it wouldn't look as good...lol! It was so FUN meeting you in person. You are as beautiful as on the magazine. GREAT work and CONGRATS to you!!! Love all your products :)

2sisters said...

Do I really have to pick one favorite. Okay, I love all the frames and the gift tags. Hmmm, guess I can't count!!!
teri

Jenny said...

I love love love your holiday gift tags.

Jodee Leader said...

Wow! What a huge success! Congratulations!

I love the holiday frames!

star said...

love everything, but the frames and gift tags are the best! you have the most awesome stuff!

Sweetly Sweet said...

Congrats on the success!!! LOVE the gift tags, I follow your blog, so I was familiar with your other goodies, but this tags are out of this world, super cute!

Kari said...

Congrats on your first show! Wish I lived in your are to have checked it out!!!!

I LOVE your christmas frames! Sparkly! Just what the season needs.

Laura said...

That green frame with the off-white hydrangea flowers is to die for! Congrats on your first successful fair.

Annette said...

I loved the 12x12 frames. So stinkin cute! It was a very fun boutique.

Cherry Blossoms said...

I am loving my frame! I still need to take a photo if it and send it to you. Have a great day
PS: Your booth was by far the cutest

Leah said...

i love the christmas frames!!!!

Amanda said...

love it all but the green frame w/ theflower is lovely! I have wanted one of your farames forever and would love to get to see your things in person...but...i am a loooong way from AZ! glad your show went so well! i'll post your link on my blog too for another chance to win,yea!!!

Tracy said...

All of your items are amazing but my favorite is the 12x12 photo frame. So cute!!

Susan Crabtree said...

I love your 12 x 12 frames! I so wanted to come by & meet you this weekend but of course, with our crazy schedule it didn't work out! I am glad this weekend was a successful one for you-I am not the least bit surprised, you create the cutest stuff!

Michely Medeiros. said...

i love all your items your very talennted but if i was to pick just one i'd pick the holiday photo frames they're super cute :D

have a lovely day!!

Jamie@Giggledust Parties said...

Congrats on the success of your first show! I LOVE your photo frames..especially the green/blue floral pattern with the pink flower!

I will also be posting about this on my blog!

Kory & Erin said...

I love your picture frames! They are adorable!

Jennifer said...

I love all of your stuff but I really enjoyed seeing the new holiday frames and tags. Love them!

Jennifer said...

I posted on facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=1665341284&ref=nf

denise said...

I love all of them and the new logo ....well, everything is beautiful and eye catching!!!!

katie@tulsadetails said...

You did an amazing job! I love your frames, your tags, really everything. But I also think you did a great job on your display. Packaging is about as important as the product : )!

B.E.A said...

Congratulations on a successful booth-everything looked just beautiful!! I love your new frames and your gift tags! Great giveaway!

Angelena said...

OH KIM EVERYTHING LOOKS GREAT BUT I LOVE YOUR FRAMES SO CUTE FOR CHRISTMAS.I LOVE IT!

Michelle said...

I'm in love with the hydrangea frame!

Alex Evjen said...

your picture frames are so beautiful! i'm definitely going to post something about them on facebook, twitter and my blog. make sure to check it out! http://alexandraevjen.com

Abby said...

I LOVE the holiday picture frames and gift tags! VERY cute!!
Abby

Anita said...

Love the notecards and the gift tags...the picture frames are also very cute. I've posted your giveaway on my sidebar. Good luck to everyone!!

Karen said...

I adore the holiday frames! Everything looked great - wish I had been there!

Scrappin23 said...

I love everything u do, but your cake toppers & personalized invitations r way to cute - just love them. I hope to purchase a 12x12 frames soon for my b-day, cuz those are just too cute. Congrats on your 1st show. (:

Kristi H said...

I love it all - would pick the gift tags as my fav though!! How cute would all my presents under the tree look with those on there!!!

Lindsey Rae said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your Holiday frames! I love the idea of getting them out for a special time each year!

Cristina said...

I love all your picture frames! And I love the idea of a DIY kit for them! I would love to win this giveaway, your stuff is awesome and these would look great underneath my tree!

Sandi said...

Your Christmas frames are adorable, but I love the gift tags also. Your whole booth was very cute. Wish I was local! :)
Thanks for the giveaway!

SMK said...

such a super cute booth! i'm gearing up for my first craft fair this weekend, and if i do only a quarter as well as you did, I'll be thrilled! hehe, I don't know why you were nervous, your work is fantastic! so thanks for the "booth inspiration" as I set about putting my booth ideas together hehe!

scrapbookqueensassymouth said...

I can honestly say I didn't go to the booth fair, but the 12x12 frames in the pictures look awesome. Congrats on the sales!!

Sandi said...

http://ohbabyshowerdecor.blogspot.com/2009/11/giveaway-holiday-gift-tags.html

I did a blog post about your giveaway!

Jessica Woodford said...

Oh super cute tags!! So happy you had a successful first Holiday boutique! (wished I lived closer!)

Jessica
www.jessicawoodford.typepad.com

Jessica Woodford said...

I tweeted it! :)

http://twitter.com/jesswoodford

Jessica Woodford said...

put it on FB too!

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1200013029&ref=nf

Anonymous said...

I love the DIY kits. I am a person who loves to make things and sometimes needs a little help so these are perfect!!

Krystal
kmdevine04@hotmail.com

Ashley said...

I love the DIY kits!

Anonymous said...

http://www.facebook.com/home.php
Put it on my facebook!

Krystal
kmdevine04@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Here is my twitt

http://twitter.com/kdevine

Krystal
kmdevine04@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

http://kdevine.vox.com/
Here is my blog post!

krystal
kmdevine04@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love the holiday frames. So adorable!

Kristy
kristyc34 at cox dot com

Aurelia said...

I love love love the frames! They are so cute! Congrats on a successful first boutique show :)

Heather said...

I think your announcements are super cute! But pretty much all of your stuff is, so how is someone supposed to choose!

Heather said...

You made it on my facebook... not an easy task! Kudos!

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/texastwostep?ref=profile

twingirlsmom said...

I love your frames with the huge flowers, so girly + fun!

{Erlinda} said...

Love your holiday frames! So CUTE!

The Hoppers Family said...

I love your Christmas frames!

Missty said...

The holiday frames...wow!!! Finding a spot for them right now.

Bethany said...

Ohhh!! Sign me up!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your frames! I was catching up on your blog and before I even knew about the giveaway I was thinking, "I LOVE those frames!!" Darling!

heather said...

loving the frames!!! So cute!!!

Monica said...

I love the green frame! I have been wanting one for so long and was hoping they wouldn't sell so I could get one off of Etsy! I even asked my husband if I could fly to AZ so I could go to the boutique - he didn't even look surprised!

I hope you will have some to sell on your Etsy shop soon!

lizlaw875 said...

I love your frames!!

Jon and Stefanie said...

I love the holiday frames. Still looking forward to when yo start your DIY Frames.

Karen said...

I think everything is so cute! But I love that you think of every last detail with fantastic displays, packaging, etc. Gorgeous!

Karen

mrsstellalee said...

love your frames and all of your gift tags! everything is perfection!

Heather :: Angel Face Designs :: said...

Love it all- your tables look great! My favorites are the gift tags - so much cuter than what you find in the stores!!

I also love the frames - I made some like that for a boutique last year, and yours TOTALLY put mine to shame! Gorgeous!

Heather :: Angel Face Designs :: said...

Tweeted! (@afdjewelry)

Emily said...

I tweeted about it (@Fettbot) and I like the top right labels with the snowflake and polka dot border! emilyfette@gmail.com

3girlygirls said...

i love your picture frames .... too cute

Anonymous said...

I LOVE both the white scroll frame with your business name, and could really use an organization board with the ribbons -of course everything of yours is to die for!!
sweetiesbykim@aol.com

*margie* - Double the Giggles said...

LOVE the holiday frames! You think of everything! Congrats on a successful show, Kimi ;)

Antinette said...

I don't think I can pick just one thing- it is all so yummy! I love love the frames- my little Hadley's school pic would look so cute in one!

Ivys Events said...

I love the frames!!! They are sooo cute! :) Great job chica! EVERYTHING LOOKS FABULOUS!

Ashleigh said...

I love the frames with the beautiful flowers!

Gigi said...

Wow... you can tell that everyone wants to win the giveaway! Including me!! Well even if I don't win I just wanted to congratulate you for your succesful Holiday Boutique and also your succesful blog!! I don't know how I found you but I am glad I did. Everyday I am anxious to see what is new.

I can't wait for your do it yourself kits, I love your picture frames. The flower gives it a special touch!

I think the green frame is SPECTACULAR!!!!! I envy the person that had the oppurtunity to purchase it. Your tags I love, they are so out of the ordinary.

Keep up the great work! You are an inspiration to us all.

Gigi
lillian.estefan@yahoo.com

Gabbie Duran said...

I love the DIY frames, ADORABLE!!!

Kim - The TomKat Studio said...

I LOVE you ALL!! You are too sweet! Thank you for supporting me and all of your lovely compliments!! GOOD LUCK! With all these responses, maybe I'll giveaway one of the Christmas frames I have left, too! :) It is the season for GIVING, right?!? XOXOXOXO, Kim

Vanessa Zuern said...

I LOVE your gift tags. You are SO talented:)

the troyers said...

Your square frames are awesome! What a cute accent to any room!

Alicia said...

Love your work! I have always bought the store sticker gift tags but this year I've made an effort to do things homemade or purchase homemade items. LOVE LOVE LOVE the gift tags Kim!

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

Sigh...I guess I have to dis-qualify myself! LOL...You make it impossible for me to choose a favorite! Love it all! We are still waiting for our Jalina Rose...hmmmm...maybe she'll come into this world with one of your awesone gifty tags attached! I'd surely frame it for a fabulois flower frame...see Kim...you make this wonderfully hard! And spare me...lol...waiting for baby is hard enough...sigh!

Cloe said...

Love the gift tags - so cute!

Sarah said...

The tags are sooo cute!!

the wyrick's said...

i love your frames....just precious!!!!

Jessica Fronce said...

I absolutely love your 12X12 frames! I am not surprised you sold out. :) I look at your blog daily and you inspire me to be more crafty and creative. Thank you!

Lisa said...

I love the frame that is blue with white flowers. I have been anxiously awaiting your DIY frame kits so that I can make one for my BFF.

Katelin said...

I am excited that you are selling DIY kits.. so good for friends that are mini Martha's like myself!

Great work!

The Thompson Family said...

I am torn between The adorable Picture Frames and your gift tags. LOVE EM

Thanks for all your inspiration.


Andrea
thompson1975@sbcglobal.net

Kimber Hagans said...

Your booth is nothing short of amazing! What I love is the way you display ALL your gorgeous goods, and everything flows so beautifully! Oh~~~~and did I mention the frames and gift tags are some of my favs!! Your inner beauty (heart) glows thru all your products! Best~~Kimber

Christine said...

love the gift cards with the scallop tags! so pretty!

Carrie and Jordan said...

your frames are amazing!!!

Peek at My Paper said...

Hello
I love the gift tags :)
Thanks for the chance to win!!!
Brenda

The Hebert Family said...

I found your blog recently and love everything you have> i keep coming back and checking out all the new things. love the tags and frames, all too cute!!!!

Alejandra said...

Your products are amazing! The tags are super cute :)

Blanca said...

I love all of your stuff...you are very creative.

I would love your adorable gift tags. Your birth announcements are also so adorable.

Thanks!

Blanca

carlsonblanca@yahoo.com

Blanca said...

I blogged about your giveaway! (:

http://thecarlsonbunch.blogspot.com/

Thanks, again!

carlsonblanca@yahoo.com

Lauren said...

I love your DIY frames, so adorable...the green one with the flower is my favorite!

Diana@DevineDesigns said...

Love the green 12x12 frame with the baby photo. Too cute! The tags are adorable.

Thanks too for the link to Miss Kate. I followed the link and have read her story and am keeping the family in my prayers.

Wendy @ Whimsy & Wise Events said...

I LOVE your frames! All of them! The Xmas ones and the everyday ones! I can't wait until you have the DIY kits on etsy! :)

Wendy @ Whimsy & Wise Events said...

I posted it on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/#/profile.php?id=1457615967&ref=nf

Wendy @ Whimsy & Wise Events said...

Twitter too! I love me some TomKat Studio! http://twitter.com/BruinWise

Kristi said...

I love your crafty items and would love some Holiday tags!

LiveLovePhotography said...

I tweeted it yesterday. Did you see? My faves are the vintage santa xmas frames. And the taggies cuz I punched some :) And it was hard for me!!! Like I said I like to cut and paste with the click of the mouse :)

Kim - The TomKat Studio said...

LLP - Just saw your tweet! Thanks! :)

For some reason, I'm not getting email notifications for this giveaway post...annoying, but excited there's over 100 entries! Keep 'em coming ladies, tell your friends! :) Then tell them, if they win...they have to share!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Couture Parties said...

ADORABLE as usual :)

Becca said...

Kim, it was so nice to finally meet you and I LOVE everything you make....frames and tags are my favs!! Thank you so much!!

PBLpartygirl said...

Love your gift tag designs, so creative and pretty!

I posted your giveaway on my blog!
monchechelove.blogspot.com

TheWrightStuff said...

While I love all your creativeness...at your booth the holiday frames had to be my favorite!

TheWrightStuff said...

Here is the link about you and your greatness...http://thewrightstuff-az.blogspot.com/2009/11/our-little-artist.html

Krafty Joy said...

I LOVE THE GIFT TAGS!!!

you are so CREATIVE!!!

I posted this on my blog
www.jaebellz.blogspot.com
(i'm still new to bloggin!)

=) Joy

Hartley Family said...

I LOVE your holiday tags and holiday frames!!! joiehartley@gmail.com

Mandi @ It's come to this said...

How Fun!! I love local gift shows like that. I love your frames, but LOVE LOVE LOVE your gift tags!!

Kym said...

I love love love the tags and the pictures and notes holder with the black ribbon. Gorgeous!

Thuy Hadvab said...

Looked so fun! So sad I missed it. But very happy to see "Kate's" board is getting so much use! :-)