Believe Holiday Boutique: A Sparkling Success!


It was very first "show" ever. I was so nervous when I got there. I seriously felt like it was my first day at a new school where I didn't know anyone. As I made the 7 trips back and forth from my car to my tables, I felt quite akward. You know, everyone is checking out everyone else's goods. Luckily, once I started getting settled, I met an old friend from high school, selling Mary Kay right behind me! She's an old pro at these things and gave me some great tips and advice while I was setting up. And of course, by the time the doors opened for the boutique, I was friends with everyone down my aisle. :) This boutique was not as exactly how I imagined it would be. No offense to those who make crocheted beer cozees, but I just didn't realize the amount of trendy, fabulous handmade talent that would be there. SERIOUSLY. Super cute stuff. I should have taken pictures of other booths, but this thing was PACKED with people. Two days, over 100 vendors....with the majority that you would want to stop and take a gander at! So fun. I have to thank one of my sweetest customers, Andra for securing me incredible space in the lobby area!


My sales were great! I sold out of all of my 12x12 frames, as well as all of the DIY frame kits that I had with me. The best part though, was really meeting and connecting with so many sweet people. I brought a stack of my Go Gilbert magazines, and really enjoyed being called "Cover Girl" by multiple people! They would look down at the stack, look up and say "OH MY...that's YOU!...I read that article, I saved that issue!" Sooo flattering. I met a bunch of "fans" including one who made me blush with her lovely compliments! It was so amazing to have all these sweet girls come up and say they read my blog, have visited my blog or even just heard of The TomKat Studio. It gives me the warm and fuzzies! :)
I ordered 250 new business cards for the event, and came home with 25. WOW!

Such a great time and such wonderful people! It sure was exhausting, though! I'm not used to being on my feet all day, and being "on". I'm used to dealing with customers via email in my pjs! It was so fun though, and I'm really glad I did it!



I have several sets of my holiday gift tags leftover, so for you....my loyal readers, let's have a GIVEAWAY!

Two winners will be chosen & will receive 4 sets (6/set) of gift tags each!

Here's 4 ways to enter!
(Enter up to 4 times by doing the following):
1. Leave me a comment and let me know which item you like best from my booths!
(you will be disqualified if you say the bowl of candy bars :)
2. Post about this giveaway on Facebook, comment with the link!
3. Tweet about this giveaway, comment with the link!
4. Post about this giveaway on your own Blog, and comment with the link!

Winner will be chosen on Monday, November 16th at 11:00pm (MST).
Any entries received after this time, will not be considered. Open to US residents.
Winners will be chosen using random.org



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124 comments

  1. Lauren

    11/13/2009

    I love your DIY frames, so adorable...the green one with the flower is my favorite!

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  2. [email protected]

    11/13/2009

    Love the green 12x12 frame with the baby photo. Too cute! The tags are adorable.Thanks too for the link to Miss Kate. I followed the link and have read her story and am keeping the family in my prayers.

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  3. Wendy @ Whimsy & Wise Events

    11/13/2009

    I LOVE your frames! All of them! The Xmas ones and the everyday ones! I can't wait until you have the DIY kits on etsy! :)

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  4. Wendy @ Whimsy & Wise Events

    11/13/2009

    I LOVE your frames! All of them! The Xmas ones and the everyday ones! I can't wait until you have the DIY kits on etsy! :)

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  5. Wendy @ Whimsy & Wise Events

    11/13/2009

    I LOVE your frames! All of them! The Xmas ones and the everyday ones! I can't wait until you have the DIY kits on etsy! :)

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    11/13/2009
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  9. Wendy @ Whimsy & Wise Events

    11/13/2009

    Twitter too! I love me some TomKat Studio! http://twitter.com/BruinWise

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  10. Wendy @ Whimsy & Wise Events

    11/13/2009

    Twitter too! I love me some TomKat Studio! http://twitter.com/BruinWise

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  11. Wendy @ Whimsy & Wise Events

    11/13/2009

    Twitter too! I love me some TomKat Studio! http://twitter.com/BruinWise

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  12. Kristi

    11/13/2009

    I love your crafty items and would love some Holiday tags!

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  13. LiveLovePhotography

    11/13/2009

    I tweeted it yesterday. Did you see? My faves are the vintage santa xmas frames. And the taggies cuz I punched some :) And it was hard for me!!! Like I said I like to cut and paste with the click of the mouse :)

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  14. Kim - The TomKat Studio

    11/14/2009

    LLP - Just saw your tweet! Thanks! :) For some reason, I'm not getting email notifications for this giveaway post...annoying, but excited there's over 100 entries! Keep 'em coming ladies, tell your friends! :) Then tell them, if they win...they have to share! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  15. Couture Parties

    11/14/2009

    ADORABLE as usual :)

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  16. Becca

    11/14/2009

    Kim, it was so nice to finally meet you and I LOVE everything you make....frames and tags are my favs!! Thank you so much!!

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  17. PBLpartygirl

    11/14/2009

    Love your gift tag designs, so creative and pretty!I posted your giveaway on my blog!monchechelove.blogspot.com

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  18. TheWrightStuff

    11/15/2009

    While I love all your creativeness...at your booth the holiday frames had to be my favorite!

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  19. TheWrightStuff

    11/15/2009

    Here is the link about you and your greatness...http://thewrightstuff-az.blogspot.com/2009/11/our-little-artist.html

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  20. Krafty Joy

    11/15/2009

    I LOVE THE GIFT TAGS!!!you are so CREATIVE!!!I posted this on my blogwww.jaebellz.blogspot.com(i'm still new to bloggin!)=) Joy

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  21. Hartley Family

    11/15/2009

    I LOVE your holiday tags and holiday frames!!! [email protected]

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  22. Mandi @ It's come to this

    11/16/2009

    How Fun!! I love local gift shows like that. I love your frames, but LOVE LOVE LOVE your gift tags!!

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  23. Kym

    11/17/2009

    I love love love the tags and the pictures and notes holder with the black ribbon. Gorgeous!

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  24. Thuy Hadvab

    11/18/2009

    Looked so fun! So sad I missed it. But very happy to see "Kate's" board is getting so much use! :-)

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