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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 Animals, Inspiration, Photos, Travel, Workplace Safety by Maryanne | November 1, 2017 | 6 Comments

Pig Pen Happiness – Priscilla, Pippa & Pixie the Piglet

 

Priscilla enjoying breakfast

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

– Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a home of my own at the moment. If I did, I may well have brought back a PET PIG from Saskatchewan yesterday!

MA bottle feeding Pixie

My friend, Jackie, has just started breeding “kunekune” pigs on their ranch near Foam Lake.

Jackie with Priscilla & Pippa

The kunekune is a small breed of domestic pig from New Zealand. Kunekune are hairy, with a rotund build and may bear wattles hanging from their lower jaws (Priscilla, Pippa and even baby Pixie all had wattles). Their colour ranges from black and white, to ginger, cream, gold-tip, black, brown and tricoloured. They have a docile, friendly nature, and – like the pot-bellied pig – are now often kept as pets.

I can see why.

MA with Priscilla

Kunekune are suitable for a novice owner, as they are placid, friendly, and love human company. They are easy to train and intelligent.

MA rubbing Pippa’s belly

 

The resultant HUGE smile on Pippa’s face!

The native Māori people of New Zealand adopted kunekune. The word kunekune means “fat and round” in the Māori language…kinda perfect!

If you happen to be interested in learning more about kunekune pigs, you can contact Jackie through Facebook.

Oh and yes, I did take a few photos of humans, too 🙂

L to R: Mac, Lexi, Shade & Jackie

And prior to visiting the Foam Lake homestead, I spent a weekend with my friend, Colleen, and her family in Saskatoon. This is a cute shot of me & Col in the brand new Remai Modern Art Gallery:

I was actually in Saskatoon to deliver a couple of JPMF workplace safety presentations at the Mine Your Potential conference (for women in mining and nuclear), so naturally had to stretch that out into a week of visiting friends!

And I just received this bit of feedback from one of the conference organizers:

“Thank you so much for your participation in our event. I hope you get a lot more requests from Saskatchewan, now that word is spreading about how powerful your talk was. You are such a natural speaker. Your talk will be one of my long lasting memories of this conference. I am so sorry for your tragedy. It is awesome that you are helping to make the work environment safer for so many other first responders.”

– Donna Beneteau, PEng, MASc, University of Saskatchewan

That’s it from this bohogazelle…have a safe & productive week!

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 Gardening, Photos, Travel by Maryanne | October 24, 2017 | No Comment

And Now for Something Completely Inappropriate…

 

I couldn’t resist sharing this photo!

My brother, George, snapped this pic outside a sex shop somewhere in Spain last week.

A prickly situation indeed 🙂

As for me? Well, this Bohemian writer is (apparently) far too busy being a Bohemian to actually get much in the way of any writing done…yet!

But so far, I’m lovin’ gypsy life. These are two of my current roomies:

Jadie & Sadie

Sadie & Jadie

This is why they were so tired:

Jadie & Sadie, Island View Beach

Jadie & Sadie, Island View Beach

Have a great week!

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