Monday, June 28, 2010

Craft Night Recap

Over two weeks ago I told you that I was having a little get together with some friends for a craft night. Well, I am very behind on the recap of the evening. Of course as is to be expected I didn't take nearly enough pictures, and we didn't get that much crafting done because we talked way to much, but the evening was a hit!

For the evening I decided to make homemade mint and feta ground lamb gyros and lemon and berry cupcakes. YUM! Everyone loved the gyros (forgot to take a pic, oops!). I made them by using ground lamb and mixing in several tablespoons of chopped mint, some feta cheese, salt, pepper, finely grated onion, and a little garlic. I formed it into a loaf pan and baked it in the oven at 400 degrees F until browned and cooked through. Then I removed it from the oven and drained the fat and set a foil wrapped brick on top to condense the meat. Once cooled slightly, I cut into strips and placed on warmed Naan bread (tastes better than pita bread to me) and topped it with cucumber and dill yogurt sauce. So good! It make me want some right now just thinking about it!

For dessert I made lemon and berry cupcakes! I did remember to actually take a picture of these. Check them out. Don't they look good?

Here is the recipe that I used for the cupcake part:

2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup almond flour
3/4 cup canola oil
2 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 & 3/4 cup sugar
1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup Almond milk (or regular milk)
1/4 cup lemon juice
Zest of 2 lemons

Mix the ingredients together, fill cupcake wrappers, and then bake at 350F until golden.

For the "icing": whip heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form, add sugar to taste, and the zest of one lemon. Decorate the cupcakes with the whipped cream and then top with berries. These cupcakes are a great light summer dessert and perfect for a 4th of July barbeque!

After the food was cooked and ready, everyone started to arrive! Of course the first part of the evening was spent playing with Madeline who almost seemed to demand a piece of jewelry from everyone before she would let them play with her. Just take a look at this little diva in training!

Later on she ended up getting a watch from someone as well! After play time ended, we started to munch on the food and craft a little. My friend Holley of Dead Flowers Shop ( and began working on a pretty ribbon flower hair clip.

My sister-in-law Melanie made a beautiful pair of yellow wood earrings.

My other friend Sally made a mirror, a pair of earrings, and really neat t-shirt. But alas, I forgot to take any photos! Boo :( Here is a little graphic image of what her shirt ended up looking like. Sally drew that image herself! What talent!

Overall I would say that craft night was a huge hit! I know that I had a lot of fun. And talking to the girls was just what I needed (that is when I decided it was time to move my craft room out of my tiny cramped studio).

I can't wait until the next time!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Baby Clothes

When I got pregnant I promised myself that I would not be one of those women who turned her business into baby central (i.e. diaper bags, baby clothes, flower hair do-dads). Well, I failed! I just couldn't help whipping up some cute baby outfits for Madeline, and now I am thinking about selling some of my baby bodysuits and skirts on etsy. You can see a some of the decorated rompers/bodysuits and little skirts in this picture.

What do you all think? Should I start selling these online? I have already sold them at some of the shows I have done the last few months (as you can see from the picture) and at Parts and Labour here in Austin and they have done really well.

I also realized at the last show (Renegade Craft Fair), that I had way to many girls ones and pretty much no boy designs. So I will need to work on some designs for little boys. Your ideas are welcome!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Booth Setups Through the Years

So, when I was preparing for my first trade show years ago, I didn't know what to expect. How are booths set up? How do I arrange my product? Well, I searched all over the web, but could not find many pictures.

In order to help out any other potential trade show participants, or just show you how my booths and displays have progressed over the years, I now give you Kailo Chic booths from shows past.....

Yesterday I posted a photo of my first ever trade show booth (March 2007). Here it is again so that you can get a feel for the transition by booth have made over the years.

A few months later in August of 2007 I set up in Dallas again.

The next show I did wasn't a trade show, but a Holiday show called, Stitch, where I sold to the public. This show was great! I had so many sales! I also liked that I had so much space to really display my stuff the way I wanted instead of having to cram it all in a small little booth.

In 2009 I participated in a few more shows, here are my booths from another Dallas Trade show and the Atlanta Gift Show.

Dallas Apparel Show

Dallas Apparel Show

Atlanta Gift Show

The Atlanta show was the last trade show I've participated in. I then became pregnant and had Madeline, so traveling for trade shows has been put on hold for a while. I have however participated in several local shows selling my products directly to the public. Here are a few pictures of those booths.

As you can see, there has been quite a change from the first booths I did with the black backdrop. I really think that the lighter backgrounds really make the products stand out more. What do you think?