Monday, June 10, 2024

Repurpose DIY Handmade Vendor Fairs with LilacsNDreams

 Hello, and welcome to LilacsNDreams! Happy to have you stopping by! Hope this finds everyone doing well, and ready for this new week. 

I sometimes do Vendor Fairs with my neice. She had done some, and one time asked me if I wanted to join her. Not only join her, but to bring some of my pieces along I make. It generally fits in with what she does with things handmade. She has done shirts, pens, tumblers, blankets, and a lot of kid things. Then, I add in my repurposed handmade home decor, and it looks pretty good together. 

Right now we are taking a break with her having a new baby. We both have been watching different events being scheduled, and of course missing it a little bit too. I watch different facebook groups, and the internet with different pieces being made, and get many ideas from everything shared. Course a lot of notes are made, pictures kept for reminders, and watching different sales to accumulate some pieces that can be used for different projects. 

Note: NONE of these pictures, or projects are mine. They are from people sharing in different facebook groups, the internet, and Pinterest is another good place to look too. So many different things are used, and United to make such adorable pieces to use for your home, given as gifts, and to be offered for sale for others to enjoy. I just love spending my time looking! It’s kind of like window shopping, and sometimes I admit I spend too much time looking too. For me it’s addictive, and I just so enjoy it that I get lost in it all.

Another thing I have also been doing during this time off is watching some of the vendor groups on facebook with things other vendors share about how they are setting their booths up. Some are set up for inside, and some for outside too. Yes, I completely agree how your booth appearance is will help bring people in to visit, and look too. When I would decorate my windows for my physical store I once had, it brought people in to buy, look around more, and gave them ideas as well too. Some of the vendors with their booths have noted seeing some difference with the change in their booth set up. Generally we would use 2 tables, sometimes 3, and then set wooden crates on top to give more room to show products. Nice, but also blocked views sometimes of seeing people when you’re sitting behind the table. Also, made it a little confusing when they pay for products too. 

Many are showing the different cloths they use to cover their tables, and share their opinions of why they use what they are. Others show the tables with wooden crates on them too. Depending on products being sold some show the back drops they are using, some have added tabletop shelves, floor shelves of different sizes, and also some have shared their checkout areas they have set up too. It’s amazing all the time, effort, thoughts, and everything that goes into this process. When we are ready to do the vendor fairs again I will be better prepared. Still use a table, but I believe in using the tall shelves to also display with. They hold more, easier for people to walk around to look at everything, and they do sell foldable shelves too. They transport like the tables, but I guess are a little bit better to transport too. I also have recently ordered a foldable shelf, but it is a smaller one to use for our checkout area. 1 shelf for the cash box, and another shelf to put bags that are used for items bought. Now…to decide on the taller shelves, how many to get, and where to buy from too. Hey, at least I have some time to look around, and become more organized too.

Pictures shared are not mine. Google what you are looking for, and you’ll see products offered from Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, Hobby Stores, EBay, and pretty much everywhere items can be found. I just wanted to share ideas of what I have seen, and found myself. 

Well, thats how my time has been occupied quite a bit lately. I truly need to start working on organizing my work area with storage items I have bought to help, and getting items separated into places that I will be crafting with too. So many things to do, and I need to learn to organize my time a little better too.

Thanks so much for visiting LilacsNDreams, and hope you enjoyed what was shared today. Take care, enjoy crafting, and all of your searches for items too. Till the next time everyone….Toodles!

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Repurpose Upcycle Restyle DIY Handmade Home Decor LilacsnDreams


Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Happy to see you dropping by here today! I think about this site, and all of my other spots I have quite a bit. I run through my mind the things I should do, the things to discuss, how to pick up from where I left off a couple of years ago, and things like that. Yes, it’s mind boggling sometimes. The best way in my thoughts is to start fresh. Not completely over, but make a more fresh restart to things. So, notes are made for me to reword my About Me, my goals, what I do, and you know things like that.

So, here I start things again. My restart to what I do, and sharing with you. Bear with me on this venture of my restart to LilacsNDreams, and with this path I have chosen. 

Welcome to LilacsNDreams. I am Kim sometimes known as Lilacs too. I’m so happy you are here! I hope to inspire you with creating things that you can fall in love with. Creating things making them new again. I want to remind you that in doing this there are so many things that can be used for this passion that we share. Vintage…which I will always have a passion for. Vintage inspired, old, new, and even items from your home can be used for repurpose, upcycle, restyle, reimagined creations that inspire you, and maybe fall in love with too. I have fun doing this, and hope that you will also have fun, and will enjoy what is shared with you. What is that old saying … “If you Love what you do it will never feel like work” So that being said, Let’s Have Some Fun!

Thanks again for visiting with LilacsNDreams. Drop on by here anytime. I’m starting new schedules of things, and will do my best to stop by to say Hi too. It’s a working progress, and thanks for bearing with me. Take care, and see you again soon. Toodles!

Monday, May 13, 2024



Hello Blogland!! Welcome back to LilacsNDreams!! So happy to have you stop by, and it feels pretty good to finally be back here too! It’s been a good couple of years, but feels like a lifetime to me. So many things have happened…seems to be the story of my life. Just another day, another story, another chapter to be added. A lot of the time that has passed has been with family situations too. Some good, and some not so good. It is what it is, right? To start today off my issue I was dealing with was trying to find my way to signing in here. Whew! Google, and changes they’ve made was a challenge to get worked out, but I finally made it. Thats a relief for sure!

Soooo, where do I begin? How do I begin this? I have thought often about this, and my site here. The only thing I have kept up with really is keeping my domain to here. I have done a few vendor market fairs with my neice who asked me to join her. Those have been fun, learning experiences, and still learning it too. I pretty much joined along with her, and just kind of threw a few things in with her. Not knowing what I’m doing, and she just kind of does things herself too. Soooo both of us learning as we go. This year with her being pregnant no plans were made for vendor fairs. Yes, I am kind of missing it some this year too. But, I have been reading a little here and there with Facebook Groups that deal with vendor fairs, set ups with your booths, and things like that. I’m still learning what I can, and enjoying the learning as the days go along. For me it’s interesting doing this, learning. Ideas, seeing what others do and suggest, and it’s great filling my time doing this too. 

I have a basement full of products to craft with that I got during specials, and sales. Biggest thing I really need to do is spend time putting up foldable shelves I bought, and some stackable containers with drawers to organize everything that I have, and have added to those piles too. It’s enough to keep me busy for a while, and occupy my time. You know how it goes. I’ll get it organized, things put in places, and pretty soon I’ll make a few adjustments, then arrange a few more things, and hopefully at some point it is settling enough for me to start working on things again. 

Once I get that done then I would like to put some of my notes, and scribbles along the way together, and go through places that have my name LilacsNDreams there. Places I’m associated with, check into, visit, and so on. It’s definitely time to update my descriptions of things, places to find me, share some pictures of things I have done, and are doing. Kind of like advertising me LilacsNDreams. By the way, the picture you see above is an item I made for 1 of the vendor fairs I attended. I used 2 pizza pans, and made it that you can hang it, or it can sit in a plate stand too. I also made it that the lilac flowers are removable, and you can put in what you like and change as you feel to do also. I have made another one of these with neutral fall like colors. I put the word Grateful on it where the butterfly is on this one. I also would like to work on my business cards making some really minor changes with that too.

Ideas, notes about ideas or my To Do List, and things like that. I’ve been sitting back long enough it’s time to get busy. Keeps me busy, keeps the hands moving, and occupies time for me too. Since I like doing this it makes it comfortable for me to do as well. 

First things first…getting started back with blogging. I don’t mind sharing things with everyone. It might be thoughts, ideas, and sometimes me just rambling. I enjoy it, and I hope you will too. I prefer being laid back, and not so stiff business like. Enjoy, and have a little fun with it, right? 

So happy to have you stopping in to visit. Hope you’ll stop back when roaming, and feel like seeing what’s up next. Always happy to have ya! Thanks again for the visit, and hope you’ll stop again. Till the next time everyone….Toodles!😊