December Bead Jewelry Gifts Photo Shoot

December Bead Jewelry Gifts Photo Shoot

Greetings everyone, I bet you are all out shopping for Christmas gifts. My wife and I are going to photograph some of her latest bead jewelry today. It will be a bit of a slow process as we will photograph one item, cleanup the image, post it on our Etsy shop and then tweet and post to Facebook.

Below are a couple of photos of “Le Studio” showing our setup for making all of this happen. As I don’t have any jewelry to photograph at this moment, I set up my lighting using a couple of race cars as subjects. Please friend use on Facebook to see the stream of photos as the will be mostly be getting posted there.

Happy Shopping

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December Bead Jewelry Gifts Photo Shoot

Gar-Field Craft Show This Saturday

Hi everyone, Mark here. As I sit here typing away at my keyboard listening to holiday music on Pandora, I just wanted to let you know that the Gar-Field Orchestra Boosters annual Holiday Craft Show will be this coming weekend: Saturday, December 10th at Gar-Field Senior High School.

Saturday, December 10th
14000 Smoketown Rd,
Woodbridge, VA

If you have never been to this event, in my opinion, it is the largest craft show in all of Prince William County during December. Don’t spend your time fighting the crowds at Potomac Mills for a present that was made in some factory. Come to the craft show where you can purchase real “artisan creations” at very affordable prices.

Marie Antoinette and I will be there along with some of her new bead jewelry I will be photographing this week. You can watch her as she makes a new bead jewelry creation live, during the show.

Please friend us on our Facebook page for the latest information, sales and events.

I hope to see you there, mention this blog post and get a little something extra with your purchase at the show.

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Fox Mill Craft Show Shines

Fox Mill Craft Show Shines

Photo of Marie Gilvey at Fox Mill craft show

Marie Antoinette stands behind her display table after completing another necklace during the craft show at Fox Mill Elementary.

There was a great turnout at Fox Mill Elementary School in Herndon, Virginia for their 2011 Holiday Craft Show. Unlike last year when there was a sudden snow storm, this year was nice and sunny. Many people came out to the show but not so many that it made it difficult for them to look at all the vendors had to offer and there were some very unique offerings including one vendor that had hand painted shoes and other things.

CorseCrafts was very fortunate to have attended this year as the event becomes more and more crowded every year. Customers enjoyed a special $5 discount on bead jewelry purchases of $25 or more. One customer purchased 3 items!

Next weekend, Saturday, December 10th, will mark our last craft show for the 2012 year that we will participate in. Please join us along with about one hundred other vendors as we help make someone’s Christmas wish come true at Gar-Field Senior High School in Woodbridge, Virginia.

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December Bead Jewelry Gifts Photo Shoot

CorseCrafts at Mr. B’s Park October Festival

We are looking forward to participating in three solid weekends at Mr. B’s Bluegrass Park October Festival. The event is located in Woodford, Virginia and it looks very exciting for the entire family!

  • Pumpkin patch
  • Kiddie car rides
  • Peddle cars
  • Apples
  • Pony rides
  • Petting zoo
  • Hay rides
  • Horse shoes
  • Inflatables
  • Corn hole
  • Live Bluegrass bands!
  • Hunted trail (opens at 6PM)
  • Crafters

Admission is FREE!

10AM – 10PM Saturday and Sunday
October 15 & 16, 22 & 23, and 29 & 30.

7243 Gatewood Rd.
Woodford, Virginia 22580

(just one mile north of Ladysmith light off Rt. 1)

INFORMATION, 804-448-0904

This will be our first outing at Mr. B’s Park and we thank Ron Self for giving us the opportunity. See ya down South – yee hah!

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Great Weather, Great Cause, Great Day

Great Weather, Great Cause, Great Day

Marie Gilvey makes a new bead necklace design during a light moment.

Marie Gilvey makes a new bead necklace design during a light moment.

I guess you could say it was a day designed for an optimist; the Optimist Club of Fredericksburg! Donna Aker organized the First Optimist Vendor Fair and thank goodness because with all the rain we had been having during the week I was pretty pessimistic about the weekend but Donna and her optimists made it all right. Ok, enough of the corny jokes but seriously, it was a great day for an event like this.

The event took place at the Rosner YMCA in Spotsylvania, Virginia in a parking lot that was close to several baseball fields and an incoming road of traffic. I thought it was a great location because it was an easy walk for baseball moms and passers by on their way to the farther fields could be tempted as well. The event drew a light but consistent flow of shoppers.

Donna Aker said “the funds raised will go toward youth programs of the city of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties.” Marie Antoinette and I were happy to attend and we thought that it was a great success for their very first event. “I think I will have to get my application in very early for next year because I am sure, many more vendors will want to participate but it was fun being a plank-holder this year” said Marie Antoinette.

We are looking for a few more craft shows to participate at over the summer months but for now, new bead jewelry can be found on our web site and in our Etsy store. See you soon.

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Helping the Children

Helping the Children

Certificate of Participation

Marie Antoinette receives a certificate of participation

We had been watching the weather reports all week and it was looking like it was going to rain all weekend. In fact, a we drove down to Fredericksburg, there was a very heavy downpour along I-95 that really “dampened” our spirits but we went anyway. Luckily it turned into just light misting as we got closer to the Fredericksburg Fairgounds. We planned well to have a booth inside one of the buildings which was a good thing because while we were setting up, there were several more heavy bursts of rain coming down.

The gates opened at 9:30 AM for the 11th Annual Childeren’s Miracle Network Fund Raiser and 6th Annual Craft Fair. Although it was still overcast, people trickled in slowly throughout the day to pass through the craft fair, see live entertainment including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and other musicians. Kids could play¬† games, go to the petting zoo or ride horses. The car show was a bit rained out as I am sure that car owners were not ready to chance the weather but like my son says “Never trust the weather man”. They probably could have made an appearance, in fact a handful did. There were even a couple of classic fire trucks on hand and one that would give rides around the grounds.

Marie Antoinette was running her $5 off special for any bead jewelery item over $25 again this weekend but the rain seemed to keep a lot of people away from shopping with many of the crafters and entrepreneurs inside the craft fair building which was a shame because it really wasn’t that bad outside. Alas, I hope that the show coordinator raised a lot of funds to help the kids.

Would you do this event again? “Certainly, I can see this being a very well attended event, especially if the weather is nice. I was very proud to participate in this cause.” said Marie Antoinette Gilvey.

Our next show will again be in Fredericksburg at the Optimist Club, in the parking lot on Saturday, May 21st.

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