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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

Pssst…Wanna Win a Gift for YOU?

Check Out Our Quick Christmas Contest

 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”

– Dr. Suess

I don’t know about you but I have this odd habit of giving gifts to other people that I personally love. A good book often meets that criteria.

So for our little year-end Christmas contest, we are offering up the chance to win a book of your choice. But we’re only giving you two books to choose from – partly because I’m a bit of a bossy Santa 🙂 and partly because both books have truly impacted me this past year.

And the two books are:

Big Magic; Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Productivity Project; Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy by Chris Bailey

I have already written several blogs about these two outstanding books, so if you would like more information on why these books have resonated so much with me, the links are at the bottom of this blog.

Quick Christmas Contest

If you would like to win one either Big Magic or The Productivity Project, just send us an e-mail (with subject heading: “Christmas Contest”) with the following info:

A) State WHICH book you would like to win.

B) Tell us (in a few sentences) WHY you would like to read it.

All names will be entered into the draw. Contest ends on Dec 24th 🙂

Good luck and I hope you have a happy holiday season…may it involve much reading, reflection and relaxation. And here’s to a creative and productive 2017 for all. Ho ho ho!

Related Blogs by Maryanne

Hey Busy Bee – How Productive ARE You in that Little Hive of Yours?

Do You Procrastinate? Here’s a Tip: Think of Your Future Self

Using Creativity to Bring More Joy & Beauty to the World

Beautiful Big Magic – the Book AND the Magic

Books With Bite

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 the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

 

published in Animals, Change, Christmas, Face the Future, Giving, Inspiration, Kindness by Maryanne | December 14, 2016 | No Comment

Giving Gifts that Keep on Giving

 

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

– Mother Teresa

Still in need of a some last minute Christmas gifts? 

Here are a few neat charity-related gift ideas that I love to give this time of year:

Adopt a polar bear; World Wildlife Fund Species at Risk Adoption Program

 

Cost: $40

Description: By symbolically adopting a species at risk, WWF will direct the funds to helping those animals. For the donation, you (or the person you choose) receive a polar bear stuffy, adoption certificate and poster.

Impact: By adopting a polar bear, you’ll help WWF fight climate change and protect a network of special areas critical for their survival.

Link: www.wwf.ca

Adopt a tiger; World Wildlife Fund Species at Risk Adoption Program

 

Cost: $40

Description: By symbolically adopting a species at risk, WWF will direct the funds to helping those animals. For the donation, you receive a tiger stuffy, adoption certificate and poster.

Impact: By adopting a tiger, you’ll help WWF fight the illegal trade of tiger parts.

Link: www.wwf.ca

Adopt an African elephant; World Wildlife Fund Species at Risk Adoption Program

 

Cost: $40

Description: By symbolically adopting a species at risk, WWF will direct the funds to helping those animals. For the donation, you receive an elephant stuffy, adoption certificate and poster.

Impact: Once common throughout Africa, elephant numbers were severely depleted in the 19th century, largely due to the massive ivory trade. While some populations are now stable, poaching and habitat destruction continue to threaten the species. If conservation action is not forthcoming, elephants may become locally eradicated in some parts of Africa within 50 years.

Link: www.wwf.ca

LaVielle plays with orphan babies at the JGI Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center

Become a Chimp Guardian; Jane Goodall Institute of Canada

 

Cost: $75

Description: All Chimp Guardians receive a photograph of La Vieille, her biography, a Chimp Guardian certificate, an 8″ plush toy chimpanzee and fact sheets about chimpanzees and JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center.

Impact: When you become a Chimp Guardian you are supporting the Jane Goodall Institute’s initiatives to conserve habitat, protect chimpanzees in the wild and care for orphaned chimps at the Tchimpounga sanctuary. 

Link: www.janegoodall.ca

 

 

Wolves in Western Canada Need Your Help Now; Wolf Awareness Inc

 

Cost: Whatever you can afford to donate

Description: Wolves in Western Canada are running out of places to hide. Since 2006, more than 1000 wolves have been deliberately killed in Alberta through the use of strangling snares, gunned down from helicopters or poisoned with strychnine. In British Columbia, the provincial government has a strategic plan to kill a total of 700 wolves, hundreds of which have already been killed.

Impact: Wolf Awareness Inc is a non-profit organization committed to wolf conservation through research and public education regarding the ecology of the gray wolf. Your donation helps raise awareness about the needless and unethical slaughter of wolves. Help be a voice on behalf of wolves.

Link: wolfawarenessinc.org

Mother and Baby Tetanus Pack; a Unicef Survival Kit

 

Cost: $25

Description: Tetanus kills a baby every nine minutes. This high-impact gift immunizes mothers, who then pass immunity on to their babies, protecting them against the devastating effects of tetanus. The Kiwanis Eliminate Project will match your gift, doubling its impact on child survival.

Impact: This will provide 355 Tetanus Vaccines

Website: www.unicef.ca

Water Purification Tablets; a Unicef Survivial Kit

 

Cost: $16

Description: Nearly 1,000 children die every day from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation. Help children gain access to clean water and give a gift that saves lives.

Impact: 2531 water purification tablets!

Website: www.unicef.ca

Thanks so much for reading the Face the Future Christmas blog series…and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!!

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 the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

Face the Future is an on-line environmental campaign that raises awareness about tangible ways that individuals can help reduce their environmental footprint one step at a time.

For further info and/or to receive the Face the Future e-mails, here is the link.