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published in Beauty, Christmas, Inspiration, Photos by Maryanne | November 7, 2017 | 4 Comments

Gifts Galore – Unicorn Rocked First Chance Show

 

Ella (sporting a unicorn headband) working the Pink Gazelle Cards booth

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

– Wayne Dyer

One Christmas Show Down, One to Go

This week’s travels have taken me back to where I started in Sidney, BC. Nov 4th & 5th was the First Chance Christmas Gift Show and we had our Pink Gazelle Cards booth set up for business!

MA & Ella in front of Pink Gazelle Cards booth, First Chance 2017

My main helper, Ella (my friends’ Dave & Heathe’s daughter) was a rock star salesperson. Her older sister, Paige, was sick this year so couldn’t help out. Thankfully Ella could…and she was awesome! She worked the entire show and we had a blast.

Another helper on Saturday was Harleigh (my friends’ Kristin & Jeff’s daughter).

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may recall that I had a rather lousy attitude after last year’s First Chance show. I shared my rant in the blog, Browsers, Buyers & Banning Husband’s – Post Game Analysis of Craft Show.

However, now that I am a veteran vendor 🙂 I know what to expect: lots of looky loos and a few buyers here and there. Over the two days we actually did move a fair amount of product but because our items are inexpensive, it takes a lot of sales to bring in the big bucks. Our re-purposed Christmas cards for example are only $1 each. They get bought up pretty quickly, as people love the concept.

Re-purposed Christmas cards

We also sold re-purposed gift tags made out of old Christmas cards:

Re-purposed gift tags

New to our booth this year was re-purposed greeting cards (made out of old thank you and birthday cards, etc). They sell for $2 each and were quite popular.

Repurposed greeting cards

Also new to the Pink Gazelle Cards booth this year were these pretty little sand dollar ornaments (decorated by yours truly).

Sand dollar ornament

 

Sand dollar ornaments

The big seller at First Chance this year was the Wise Owl Wisdom inspirational quote cards. People really like these quote sets, as they make a great gift or stocking stuffer (or to keep for themselves).

 

The owl on the front of the card is a print of a painting by my niece, Melanie Pope.

Melanie’s Wax & Tissue prints (owls, goldfish, poppies, birds) are stunning and sold very well last Christmas, so I ordered more for this year. For a detailed description of the Wax & Tissue prints (and the process to make them) and to see more samples, you can check out this blog.

And here are a few samples:

Owl with big eyes

 

Owl with long beak

 

Orange Wise Owl

 

Little bird

 

Goldfish

The Wax & Tissue prints are 4 inches x 3 inches and sell for $7 each or 3 for $20.

And keeping with the family theme, we were also selling bath bombs made my niece, Laura Pope!

We also sold our photo greeting cards. The big sellers this year were the Vancouver Island cards and, of course, the dog cards!

Photo greeting cards

If you are interested in purchasing any PGP products…

These products can be purchased through the PGP on-line store

Re-purposed Christmas Cards (5 for $5)

Wise Owl Wisdom Inspirational Quote Cards ($7.95 for set of 30 or 2 sets for $14.95)

Photo Greeting Cards (5-pack for $19.95 – five themes available)

A Widow’s Awakening Creative Non-Fiction book by Maryanne Pope ($20)

These products can be special ordered by sending us an e-mail

Re-purposed Greeting Cards ($2 each)

Sand dollar ornament ($7 each)

Wax & Tissue prints (7 each of 3 for $20)

*There is free shipping on all products.

I thoroughly enjoyed working the First Chance Christmas Show this year. I loved making all the products throughout the year (or ordering them from others) and I was much more relaxed with the set-up (which can get a bit stressful because of the tight timeline on Saturday morning). And when there were slower periods, I took full advantage of this by snapping photos of the booth and products and then promoting the show (and our items) on social media. And low and behold, a few on-line orders came in!

Throughout the weekend, I found myself thinking about the quote by Wayne Dyer at the beginning of this blog: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” It really is true. We can’t make every creative endeavour a million dollar extravaganza. But with the right attitude, we can make our experiences far richer…for ourselves and those around us.

If you live in the Sidney area, we will have our Pink Gazelle Cards booth at the Last Chance Christmas Gift Show on Dec 9th & 10th.

That’s it for this week…have a good one! Next stop for this gypsy: Sadie and I are heading up-island to the Kingfisher Resort and then Qualicum Beach to tackle the Saviour play rewrite. Wish me luck!

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life

published in Beauty, Inspiration, Photos by Maryanne | October 11, 2017 | 22 Comments

Sassy in Sooke – Boudoir Photo Shoot Follow-Up

 

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

– Coco Chanel

As you may recall, over the summer I had some boudoir photos taken in East Sooke Regional Park. The photographer, Roxanne Low, and I had an awful lot of fun! We laughed and laughed and laughed…at each other, at ourselves, at the circumstances. And I think that joy and lightheartedness is reflected in the photos.

From the Search & Rescue exercise underway around the corner (sexy guys in uniforms, need I say more?), to the multiple hikers who traipsed right through the middle of our photo shoot, to the fact that, try as a I might, I just couldn’t get the hang of “ballet hands” (a way of holding one’s hands so they look relaxed and graceful), it’s rather amazing that I was able to stop laughing long enough for Roxanne to snap a few pics.

But snap she did. For I was in the hands of a pro who captured the essence of me: sassy, smart, strong and sporty 🙂

Here are a few of the photos:

 

 

 

 

 

“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”

— Peter Adams

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Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life

published in Beauty, Dogs, Gardening, Home, Inspiration by Maryanne | August 2, 2017 | No Comment

Gratuitious Sex Garden Scenes

 

Shade garden in back yard

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”

– May Sarton

Hah…couldn’t resist having some fun with the title of this blog! A little gardening humour to get your attention 🙂

I am in Los Angeles this week, so for today’s blog I thought I’d share a few photos from my garden in Sidney by the Sea.

Enjoy!

My patio flowers

 

Crazy daisies!

 

Grapevine – Part 1

 

Grapevine – Part 2!

 

Sadie after she bit the heads off the marigolds 🙁

 

Pretty little garden at the front of the house

 

 

Beautiful begonias!

 

Happy Hydrangea…

 

 

Giant Sadie in front in front of the gnome home & hobbit hole 🙂

Do you have a garden? If so, I’d love to see some pics of yours!

“Gardens are a form of autobiography.”

– Sydney Eddison

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here.