craft show

Don’t forget to enter to win a chalkboard ring or treasure box. Leave a comment on the previous post. You have until March 31st to enter.

Last weekend I did my first craft show in several years. It was the first show for this particular event and there weren’t too many shoppers, yet it was by far the best show I’ve done so far. The picture above was a “back stage” shot. I always use my yoyo quilt as a table topper and I think it helps draw a crowd, although our (my mom, sister and I) tables were pretty packed, so there wasn’t much of the quilt visible.

Ring display
Above is the ring display I made from Rosa’s tutorial. Usually it holds my own personal collection, but I used it as a display for the craft show.

It was the first time I’ve been able to take my coin/capsule machine out. I filled it with little handbound books, vintage map buntings, jewelry, scrappy leaf keychains, felt fortune cookies with coupons for my etsy shop, and candy. While I made pieces to put in the capsules I envision that the people who would want to buy them would be people like myself (grown-up that still likes toys). It wasn’t until later that I realized that there would probably be plenty of children at this event and as I remember from being a kid myself, gumball machines are like magnets for kids. Sure enough, all the customers I had on the machine were little kids. It was so cool to see their excitement, at an event that was not necessarily “for kids”. They’d see it and their faces would light up and then they’d start yanking on their parent’s arm for quarters. There was only one kid who got something handmade that actually wanted candy instead and I was happy to oblige and open the machine for him. The rest of the kids were all so thrilled to get their handmade treasures. One little boy got candy and was so sad because he wanted a scrappy leaf key chain, so I traded him up. Another little boy bought a vintage map bunting, when I asked him if he would prefer candy instead, he said no. By the time they left the show I noticed he was wearing his bunting as a necklace.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Hi, I'm Robyn and I was Hatched from a Kinder Surprise Egg. Graphic Designer by day, Maker of things by night. I have worked as a graphic artist professionally since I was 16 years old. Went on to get my Bachelors of Art from NIU. I like to share my Artwork online at and on my own personal website I also have an online shop where you can find more of my "crafty" sorts of things, as well as a random piece of artwork here and there. Oh, and I'm also an occasional contributor to Artomat (

4 thoughts on “craft show

  1. oh, that is such a cute story about your machine and the little kids! what a great idea. when i was little I would have LOVED something like that, i bet you made their day.

  2. Loved the story about the kids and your machine, just too fun! Isn’t it cool when we’re given a chance to flip our perspectives like that – who knew kids would prefer handmade art to candy? And if you’d anticipated the lure of your machine, I’m imagining that you might have filled it with candy alone and never made this discovery!

    Dying to find out how/where you got the machine. I have a gumball machine but it won’t hold the little capsules…

    Thanks for a terrific post!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *