Creating premium, functional, but beautiful crafts is my passion. I love the feel of the stone, metal, wood, resins or glass in my hands. When my hands are stained with ink or paint, I truly feel a part of the creative process. In my blog you'll find my thoughts on what is going on in the studio, ramblings on what I am trying to learn, or new avenues I am exploring. Oh, you'll also find reviews about shows we have done, shops we like to frequent, and so on.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Spring, Butterflies, and Behind the Scenes
everyone!I hope y’all are well.
You know I
wanted to say that spring has sprung.Except that we never really had any winter.We literally had about 2 days of cold weather
back in December, and that was it.The
rest of our “winter” has been spring like.
spring weather has made me anxious for craft show season.It is finally getting close!It is getting close to crunch time and as we
get closer, my excitement level goes up.Do you remember getting butterflies when you had your first date or
first kiss?I kind of get the same thing
as each show season, and each show, arrives.
In fact, dh
and I have been looking at options for updating our booth.I had seen some ideas online and shared it
with my husband.He found a very similar
option to buy online, and we almost did buy it.Then this evening we were at Hobby Lobby and saw a shelving unit like we
had bought for our house a while back.The
shelving unit is a pretty metal unit painted a turquoise color and
distressed.It is collapsible and easy
to transport.Dh and I were talking
about buying this 2nd one to take on the road to craft shows.I mentioned we could unload the one we have
and try it out before we buy one.He
agreed that it was worth trying out the one we had before spending money on one
… just in case it does not work out like we hope.
happens with the metal shelving, the booth update will be a gradual
process.Like most artists, it is hard
to change it all at once.We don’t want
to throw off our customers with a totally new booth and they think they are in
the wrong booth.It is also a little
more fun to try out something new for a season and see if we want to keep
it.Dh and I are not married to our booth,
but to each other.So remembering that
helps ease transitions in the booth décor.😃
blessed this spring that all three craft shows we are doing are indoors.We like it because our customers get to shop
in a climate controlled venue or at least out of the elements.Shoppers don’t have to deal with wet grounds,
rain, or wind.In fact, the advantages
for the shoppers also benefit the sellers.It is much more pleasant inside when the weather is iffy.Now, when it’s a nice day, I do like being
outdoors for a show.
shows indoors also saves a little room in our vehicle and saves time having to
put up a tent.We still put up our
“props”, and the pipe and drapes we use to delineate our booth.The drapes are a honey color and our table
covers are black.The black helps the
merchandise to pop.For those who are
die hard New Orleans Saints fans, you would be right at home in my booth with
I have been
out looking the last few day for silk flowers for painted vases, decorative
balls to fill some pretty bowls I’ve painted, and so on.It is fun to match up flowers or greenery to
a vase.The colors are so pretty and
each floral stem may come in several colors.The greenery has such great texture and adds some interest to a vase
even when used without flowers.On
Monday I will make final decisions on the last few floral stems and greenery
selections I need to make.
afternoon I have been working on some behind the scenes stuff.I have gotten our box packed that has a few
office supplies, small tools like screwdrivers, garbage bags and so on.I have also been working on pricing some
coasters holders.Unfortunately, I have
run out of tags for certain ones.I am
just a few short!☹I have also have decided to put some color on
a certain line of coaster holders to give them a little pizzazz.
season is quickly approaching and I feel like I have a million things to do to
get ready.However, it is all good because
I am working hard at being very prepared.I love doing this.I get great
satisfaction seeing and hearing customers’ reactions to our products.I am still amazed when someone loves
something enough to want to purchase it for themselves or as a gift.I feel like a flower ready to bloom … come
out of my shell from the winter.It is
time to get face to face with old and new friends, fellow artisans and
crafters, potential new customers and those who have been around a while.
Selling in the
public is quite different than selling online due to the face to face
interaction.I don’t have to imagine
what the customer like because I can see it in their face or in their voice.It is hard to feel the excitement a customer
feels in finding an object they love when they are behind a computer screen.When it comes down to it I am grateful for
all my customers---those I meet in shows, those who purchase online, and my
friends who send a text or a PM letting me know they want a certain piece.
Well, I must
go for now but I’ll return next Sunday with another installment.I look forward to us meeting here again in a
week.Have a happy, joy filled week.May God bless in you in all your going and
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