I am so excited! My book party will be held on Facebook on July 28-29. Here's the link. I have a lot of surprises for everyone! Grab your favorite drink, wear your most comfortable attire, and stay glued from the beginning till the end. If you can’t, you have two days to check out from time to time what is going on here.
Who can be cuter than these two adorable toddlers? Stephanie has read my first book, The Magic Paintbrush, many times to her daughter, Zoey. It's one of her favorites books. I'm hoping that she would also love my new book, An Afternoon I Julia's World. Grayson might not be ready yet for storytelling, but he looks very eager to have fun with the coloring pages of Best Friends Never Forget.
As you can see, my website is still a work in progress. There is still a lot of room for improvement. One of the things I should try to remember is this-- Post photos as soon as I receive them. Request the parents to comment as soon as it's ready for viewing. As you can see in some of my posts, people left feedbacks long after they had been posted. The reason was because it took me forever to let them know they were already posted. I was too preoccupied with adding pages to my website. I also haven't replied to their feedback here, but I have thanked them already via email or Facebook.
Before I get sidetracked, here are photos of kids who had loved reading The Magic Paintbrush and Mud Spots and Candy Sprinkles.
Thank you, my dear friend, Malu, for purchasing these books for your friends at church.
I gave this book to my godson last Christmas. I hope he would learn to love reading as much as he loves playing computer games.
Belinda is an advanced reader, but she seems to be enjoying my book in this picture.
Brianna's grandma gave this book to her when she was a little younger, but she still treasures it.
I'm glad to know that one of my poet friend, Billy Antonio, has already received his gift package. He won a copy of The Bluebird's Cry in my online book launch and since it took me forever to mail it to him, I sent him a copy of Frameless Sky Issue 5 and one of my latest books, The Three Honeybees. I think Felicity is enjoying her book right now.
Stay tuned for more news about my latest books. I'm planning on having a book giveaway party this July. :-)
Just added another product to my Purple Cotton Candy Arts crafts. For $12, you can own a locket in your favorite color and select 3 charms. I've sold 4 of them last Saturday at a craft fair. A girl bought it for her mom for Mother's day. I think this will be a hit just like the snap jewelry. Kids will love it as well as adults.
I don't make these myself, but I sell these at craft fairs whenever non-handmade products are allowed. Hmmm. I think I should start selling again on Etsy store and include these very affordable floating jewelry.
This December my nieces back home in the Philippines received their own copies of The Magic Paintbrush. I heard that they loved reading it. Just knowing that they did warms my heart this Christmas.
I usually pay for one table whenever I sell at a craft fair because that's what I can only afford. However, in these two events I was given another table for free! This made me realize that I can actually fill up two tables with no trouble.
TIPS FOR MORE CREATIVITY: Come to the craft fair feeling positive. If you are nice to the organizer and the vendors around you, you'll never know what kind of blessings will come your way. I wasn't just given a free table, I was offered by a vendor to use her extra black cloth. I grabbed the opportunity and challenged myself to be spontaneous in displaying my goods.
That's all it takes! Just one child loving my book and the crafts I make and I become as happy as a lark.
Here are the crafts I've been making and selling at craft fairs. On its second year, the snap jewelry (bracelets & necklaces) are still a hit. There are a couple of vendors selling snap jewelry at the craft fairs, but my booth offers different sizes for kids and adults. The blank notebooks with stackable crayon pens are also doing well. It helps to know that the pens are an attention grabber so I make sure I never run out of them.
I've been making some hairclips, too. Learning how to make them is easy peasy! Just attach your appliques, buttons, or resin on the clips using the glue gun and display them on clip holders. The only challenge for me was finding the materials. I had to surf online for hours to find the cutest designs and cheapest deals. If you want to make some money, you have to find something different and more affordable. Just be resourceful and persevere! In no time, I found the suppliers whom I rely on. :-)
Have you tried making things out of duct tape? There are endless possibilities! One thing I learned from watching YouTube was making bags with fabric and duct tape. I made two small sizes, big enough to carry my books.
And while shopping at Beverly's Fabric, I came across placemats made of fabric and "chalkboard" cloth. With a little imagination, I invented my own version with the use of some duct tape for the back and sides. Kids can take this with them at restaurants while waiting for their orders. They don't have to worry about messy it up with spills.
My newest additions are these two products— key chains and bookmarks. For the keychains, I add charms to the furry balls to make them fancier. I made the bookmarks by using colored paper clips. I tied a ribbon to the paper clip or glued a button on it. To make the bookmarks more appealing, I make my own bookmark holders made of craft papers.
TIPS FOR MORE CREATIVITY: It's ok to look around and learn from others. If you want to make something different, add your personal touch or new ideas to an old idea. By doing so, your end product will be your own creation and it will stand out from the rest.
It's so easy to make your own signs. Just make sure the paint or pen you choose go well with your color scheme. I love purple so I played around with different shades. This way it will also match my banner.
Here is how I did my "Meet the Author" sign board. I went to buy an old frame at a garage sale and painted it myself. I found some acrylic paint at Michael's, a plum color and a multi-surface premium chalky acrylic paint for that chalk effect. Then I bought white and purple chalk marker for the lettering.
I never did some painting projects like this, but I challenged myself.
I think it turned out great! It blends beautifully with everything.
Next time I'll show you how I did my price tags. I already made them with purple markers, but I want to redo them with stencils.
TIP FOR MORE CREATIVITY: Observe how vendors are displaying their booths and learn from them. One of the things I see on tables are chalkboard signs. Chalkboard designing seems to be the in thing. With that knowledge, I try to make my own sign board.
I’m Christine L. Villa, the creative explorer who eats, sleeps, and breathes everything creative from children’s books, Japanese short-form poetry, to arts and crafts.