A winter visit to Port Townsend, WA

My husband keeps telling me that I need to write about the places we visit more. I am always looking for the next adventure or place to go. I guess you could say that I am a little nomadic. At times I hate that we have a house and jobs that keep us anchored. I often dream of dropping everything to travel and find the perfect place. When I get the itch, I find that small weekend trips help and we try to take as many big trips as we can. One thing I noticed is that the more tips I take the more I enjoy coming back to my little house.

Our most recent weekend trip took us to a small town in Northwest Washington, the town of Port Townsend. I loved it! Such a cute little town with lots to offer.

We stayed at a little hotel near the waterfront called The Swan Hotel. The hotel has 9 rooms and 4 small Cottages. The room was clean and had everything you needed. The front desk even has DVDs you can check out for the night. My only complaint is that the bed could have been a little more comfy.

Beach behind the cafe
Beach behind the cafe

The next day we got up and had breakfast the Hudson Point Café, just a little walk from our room. A small and cute café that sits right on the waterfront with wonderful views of the marina and bay. The food and service was excellent.

Afterwards we walked around the cute downtown area. If you are a shopper this is a must! Port Townsend truly has some great shops.

Downtown
Downtown

Next we headed over to Soak on the Sound. My favorite part of this trip. Soak on the Sound is a day spa offering private salt water soaking tubs, a sauna and massage. We got one of the private soaking tubs and it was wonderful and worth it at $22 a person.

Soaking tub
Soaking tub

Last we headed over to The Fountain for a late lunch. The food here was a real treat. I grabbed a card on the way out the description on the card said “electric northwest cuisine” such an accurate description. This is a tiny café so be prepared to have an intimate experience.

We had to cut our tip short because we had our little nephew arrive into the world that day, but we will be back. You would have no problem filling the whole weekend in Port Townsend.

The New Year!

Here we are entering the new year! I can’t believe it is 2016. Last year was a great one, we did a lot more in the craft show world and come out with lots of new items in the shop. This year is going to be even better. This year we hope to get a  few summer craft shows in. Stay tuned for dates and locations!

To kick off the new year we are doing a Facebook giveaway. Stop by our Facebook page to find out more. https://www.facebook.com/simplyrachelv/?ref=hl

Also, here is the listing of the new item we have up and is part of our giveaway!

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/262180844/burlap-state-pillow-accent-pillow-rustic?ref=shop_home_active_5

Learning the Bazaar world

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Years ago, when I first started with my crafts, I was just selling online and I was doing well. I decided to take it to the next level and try selling my items in person. I signed up for one of the biggest craft shows in my area, Crafty Wonderland. I got accepted into the show. I was so excited — I was going to do great! Little did I know that was not the case. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My table was terrible compared to the others. I sold a few items but did not even make the money I paid to get into the show. I was embarrassed.

It took many years to get up the courage to decide to get back out there and sell my items at craft shows and bazaars. This time I am going to be prepared and it is going to be great. Here are some of the things I have learned.

  1. Start small. This is so important. If you start small you can work out the kinks. Smaller bazaars have smaller fees. So if the bazaar world is not the place for your items you don’t loose much money. Work your way up to the larger shows.
  2. Make your table pop. Have a pop of color that people will be drawn to. Don’t just lay your things on the table. Make some stands or racks for you things, so you have some depth. Place items at eye level and item that are easy to pick up. People love to pick things up and see how they are made.
  3. Make sure things are priced. People don’t like to ask what the price of your items are. Make sure they are clearly marked.
  4. Brand yourself. Make sure you have your cards out on the table in an easy to reach place. A nice touch is to have tags and bags that are also branded with your name and/or logo.
  5. Bring a helper. Someone to help you set and break things down. This person is also nice when you need a bathroom break or a bite to eat.
  6. Last but not least, be patient. It may take a few shows/bazaars to find out which ones your stuff sells best at.

I hope these things are helpful. If you have any more helpful tips to add please comment below.

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New New New!!

So many new items up in the shop!! Please stop by and have a look. Also, leave a comment and let us know what you think of the new stuff!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SimplyRachelV

We have been very busy getting ready for some upcoming holiday bazaars! Keep on eye open for some tip and tricks on getting ready for your bazaar.

One of the many new items in the shop!
One of the many new items in the shop!

Teal Burlap Deer Deer Silhouette Pillow Accent by SimplyRachelV

New pillow up in the shop. Stop by and check out some of the new things we have. Happy Friday!!

Bring a pop of color to your rustic decor! The perfect addition to any home or cabin. This teal burlap pillow is hand stenciled with a dark gray

Source: Teal Burlap Deer Deer Silhouette Pillow Accent by SimplyRachelV

Blueberry Scone Recipe

It is blueberry season in the Pacific Northwest. One of my favorite times of the year because I can bake up so many delicious things. One of my husband’s favorite is my blueberry scones.

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Here is my recipe.

What you will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter (cut into small cubes)
  • 3/4 cups + 2 Tbsp whipping cream
  • 1 cup blueberries (you can use fresh but I prefer them frozen. After picking them I freeze them for 24 hours before baking)

Steps:

Preheat oven to 450ºF.  Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter, until the mixture is crumbly. Put the mixture in the fridge for about 10 min. Take mixture out of the fridge and add in the whipping cream and fold in the blueberries.

Scoop in 8 large spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet. Brush the tops with some whipping cream, to give them a nice golden look.

Bake for 13-15 min or until golden. Yields 8 scones.

 

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