Ficklesticks: The Full Monty, was a great success in Des Moines! Thanks to all of the quilters who came from Omaha, Illinois, Alaska, Nebraska, Kansas City and all over Iowa, and swooped into my booth, in wave after wave. I was on a corner just before the Iowa Quilts room, situated in a spot that would be hard to miss. Lucky for me, it was a last minute cancelation. I am so grateful I was able to get picked for it!
Although some of my jewelry is pretty big and bright, I sold a a bunch of it at the show! One customer wore one of my favorite new necklaces, -the "Swirly Girl"- all over the show and then out to dinner in Des Moines and was asked at every turn about the piece. One of the vendors from Indiana wore a new "Ponytail" necklace in her booth and directed quilters over to me. Another exhibitor, who volunteers as a clown in a children's cancer ward, bought a giant woven flower necklace and an outrageous Ficklesticks Zoot Suit Necktie for wearing there! The International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE, left with several bracelets and corsages and necklaces for their new gift shop. I think that will be a great spot for my patchwork fabric and wire jewelry. I am anxious to see how they do with it. I even sold a heart pin my "swirly girl" cutomer created while she was standing there. I guess I owe her $10! I think I will make some more before Houston!
I sold about 100 of my book-Fast Fun and Easy Fabric Ficklesticks, about 80 pounds of my 36" white, cloth-covered florist wire (running out on the morning of the last day!), buckets of turners, needlenose pliers and kits.
I am busily making more jewelry over the next two days in my new husband's living room in the old house in Little Rock. I am a little lower on inventory than I wanted to be going into Houston! At least my sewing machine and car are here now, after having driven across country through California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and finally Arkansas. WHEW. I return to CA on Wednesday to pack my ABF U-Pack modules, including my sewing stuff which will go into storage for a while. I will leave Berkeley on the 25th, fly back to Little Rock and then drive down to the Houston show, returning to Little Rock in time for Mr. Cakes's birthday on November 3. Presumably our new (old) house will be ready to move in soon! Otherwise, I may have to buy some more FABRIC while my stash languishes in storage! I am giving some thoughts to some wall quilts with ficklesticks, an idea that has been rolling around in my head for a while...That would be just TERRIBLE (not).