We were approached by the find folks who are organizing the Lebanon Brew Haha back in 2016 about possibly being a vendor at their 2017 event. They had never had craft vendors in the past, but wanted to give it a try for their next event. We’re always willing to give new things a try so we quickly said yes. We’re really looking forward to seeing being able to interact with some fellow beer/wine enthusiasts, listening some good music, eating some good food, and maybe sneaking away and sampling a few new brews. We’ll have a wide selection of bottle cap holders (including some new releases), beer caddies, bottle cap openers, and some signs.
We know we’re not the big draw for the event but still we want this event to be very well attended because in the end it’s about raising money for the arts. Buy your ticket ahead of time and save some money.
We are quickly approaching our second year doing fall craft festivals. Granted this year we are remarkably more prepared than we were last year. After each show we’ve been able to refine our set up and luckily add things that make our life easier. From set up to tear down doing these festivals can be a grind both mentally and physically. The preparation of making inventory starts months ahead of time and then it all boils down to a one or two day window where you try to sell everything you can and then start the whole crazy process over.
Upcoming shows we are participating in will be:
Holiday at Home in Kettering, OH – http://www.holidayathome.org/
Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville, OH – http://www.sauerkrautfestival.com/
In these two shows we should have over 100K people looking at our booths so this will be really interesting to see how people like some of our newest creations. Then once these two are over we start the Winter/Christmas festivals that will bring even more work.
If you’re out and about at these events stop by and see us!
Dear Real Estate Agents,
We love doing work for you. In fact you are some of our favorite clients because you’re always looking for new ways to stand out in the crowded market. That’s why we want to work with you to come up with creating closing gifts. Below are some of the reasons why you should consider working with us:
We customize – It is hard to get more specific than the sign above. It is customized to the exact latitude and longitude point. However you want something customized we can figure a way to make it look good. Names, addresses, states, cities, dates, and more are all easily added to wine boxes, signs, beer caddies, clocks, and most wood items. We do not like stock items so even if you don’t see something on our Etsy site just ask and in most cases we can make it for you.
We can direct ship – People love getting packages delivered to their houses. You can’t tell me that when you’re at home and you hear the UPS truck come down your street you don’t sneak a peek out the window to see if it stopped in front of your house. Getting an unexpected package will help you stand out. Sure handing something in person is great but these people just spent an awful lot of time with you so spark their memory a few weeks after they move into their new home.
We will market for you – We include a thank you card in every package we send out, but if you are sending a gift we’d rather that message come from you. If you plan on buying items from us on an ongoing basis you can mail us your business cards, stationary, or any other swag and we’ll include it with the package. Those little details will really stand out to your client.
We offer a real estate agent discount – Message us ahead of time if you plan on purchasing multiple items and we’ll give you your own discount code.
If you nail your closing gift there will be something in your client’s home that will be predominantly displayed that will always have a tie back to you. Let us be your secret weapon.
Kevin & Cara Canfield
Owners – Little Fox Engraving
When we first started I had two left over stains from personal projects in the garage and we started engraving with those. Then I discovered the Minwax section of the hardware store and that’s when it all changed. At first I added a couple of traditional colors like dark walnut and cherry, but then I found the color tinted stains. Long story short now we have 24 standard stains that we offer on any engraved wood item that we offer.
I have a lot of people tell me I’m crazy for offering so many options and to keep it simple but that’s not me. I don’t like things to be simple and will probably add at least six more colors to the mix by Christmas. We offer custom laser engraving and what’s the point of offering custom if you only have four color options? I want you to be able to match your colors for your home, your office, your favorite sports team, your college, or whatever else you want an item to match. That’s what is important to us.
We were looking around for spring time events to be vendors at a couple of weeks ago, mainly to sit in our new comfy chairs and show off our new fancy tent, when we came across the Walk for Women’s Wellness & 5K Run. We didn’t know that it was so involved with activities. There is of course the walk/run but they’ll also have many local food trucks, a bouncy house, and a vendor mall with an emphasis on Mother’s Day gifts. It looks to be a full day event.
We’re honored to be part of such a great event and the money raised (over $1.7 million so far) goes to the great cause of the Kettering Women’s Wellness Fund. Our family has been impacted by Breast Cancer and we really support any initiative that helps raise awareness and money to help early detection and eventually find a cure! We will be rolling out some really cool items for both Mother’s Day and for Breast Cancer Awareness.
The event takes place on Saturday, May 1st but now is the time to register!
We were approached by a local library a couple of months ago about doing a project for them. They had some donor money to create some sort of plaque denoting all of the past directors. Instead of a simple plaque they had an idea to create a bookshelf with all of the director’s names on fake books.
The library had done an extensive amount of research for this project. They even had an employee go to a local cemetery to find the correct spelling of one of the first directors. All the research was done so all we had to do was create the books and the shelf. We went with a birch plywood that we cut to size and rounded the edges with a router. Then stained each “book” several different colors for a varied appearance. Lastly we created images for each director and laser engraved them into the book blanks. Below are some pictures of how the project turned out.
The greatest part of this project was when we walked into the library with an 81″ long board and the first person to see it was the person who did the research (including going to the cemetery). Her reaction was priceless and it was something that we’ll never forget. We’re more than happy to handle bigger projects and will always be grateful to the Franklin Library for letting us create something special for them!
Before Little Fox started up I was a sales rep for a medical equipment company. My daily sales calls took me to nursing homes, hospitals, doctor’s offices, and several other places in the healthcare industry. In that industry one of the best ways to get time in front of someone is to bring something for them to eat. Since I didn’t have a huge marketing budget at the time I couldn’t do dinners or lunches often so I settled for breakfasts and snacks. Over time I became very familiar with every bakery, donut shop, and coffee house in the area. I quickly cataloged what each of my referral sources liked and figured ways of tailoring these little treats to them personally. The places I went to the most often were the bakeries that would fulfill my little requests for things like all black and orange sprinkles for a Bengals fan or making an item that isn’t on their current menu for me because a nurse really liked it. These little special touches made me stand out and eventually increased my sales.
When we started Little Fox Engraving I wanted to set up our shop sort to be like a one of those bakeries that went above and beyond for me. We have all of our standard offerings, but we love special requests. We will try our best to make it happen whether it is changing something small to personalize an item we make, asking us to make something they’ve seen on the internet or Pinterest, or coming up with a completely original idea.
Just last night we completed a special order on our O in Ohio Sign. The right image is our standard sign. The left one we were requested to put a star where the hometown of the intended recipient is while he is stationed away with the Coast Guard. Little touches like that are what we love.
Special order O in Home Sign
Our standard O in Home Sign
If you have any ideas or see something you want further customized please let us know. We love creative customers and making unique and personal gifts.
Ever since I was a teenager I’ve had a thing for collecting bottle caps. I believe it started when I was in junior high (same building as the high school) when the seniors pulled their senior prank. The school was interviewing potential superintendent candidates and the seniors littered the halls with beer caps. It kind of backfired when a bunch of smelly 7th graders (me and my posse) thought the caps were cool and started picking them off the floor before the candidates arrived. Growing up in the time of the can and plastic bottle I didn’t really have much exposure to bottle caps so it was my one of my first times seeing all the colors and logos. From then on I was hooked and (after I turned 21 of course) started keeping beer caps from the times I was classy enough to drink beer that came in bottles.
Now in my 30’s and with spring cleaning upcoming I could see my wife circling around my giant bowl of bottle caps ready to use any excuse to help find them a new home in the recycling bin. After some negotiations it was decided that I can keep a few caps for display purposes, but the rest of the bowl had to go. Since we own a laser engraving business we turned it into project which resulted in our own Ohio Bottle Cap Holder. This is by no means a new idea, but this is our design and I can keep 59 of my favorite bottle caps safely stored within Ohio’s borders.
If you would like one of these for your home we sell them on our Etsy & Amazon sites.
This may be the product that we’ve produced that makes me the most happy. To make this sign we take some old reclaimed barn siding, white wash it, and then laser engrave the Love graphics with a couple’s names & anniversary date. We originally made this for ourselves but when I texted it to one friend she wanted one and three of her friends wanted one. So now we’re selling them until our barn wood supply runs out.
You can purchase on Etsy or Amazon for only $30
Winter was late in coming to Ohio this year and the weather people say you can blame El Nino. December was one of the warmest on record here in southwest Ohio, but this weekend ushered in the return of winter. The cold and snow has come just in time for the great tradition of socially drinking beer indoors to raise money for good causes. These events get us out of our homes to escape the cabin fever that 15 degrees and stale snow packs create. A night away from our homes to revel in school gyms and art institutes with fine food and alcohol is just the right way to beat the winter blues.
This year since we now have our business we’re planning on setting up booths at a few of these events. The first event will be the Dayton Brew Ha-Ha which is a fundraiser for the Montessori School of Dayton. It will take place on Saturday, January 30th and tickets are $35 or $50 for VIP status. We’ll be there selling stock design beer caddys, wall mounted bottle openers, hand held bottle openers, and premiering our new growler caddys. The event website is www.brewhahadayton.com if you want more details.