Well, it is all over and I am relieved, glad, happy, sad, a little ill and excited.
First, I would really like to thank publicly (although I do not think they are readers) Cathy and Torie for organizing this event. It was a lot of hard work on their part I am sure, so thanks so much!
I learned so much from the fair, so much from this past week in general. My creative drive, personality, inspiration, likes, dislikes, comfort zones, etc have all been questioned lately-anyway-more on this later.
By the end of the fair, I ended up selling most everything and I even managed to network and swap. For this, I am extremely happy. I hope to continue contact with many I met at the fair.
The little wallet is from chickabird.com, some very nice girls who make quality products. I was so happy about their admitted stationary addictions and eagerness to swap with me. The little birdie drawing is from a local artists whose style I admire but for the life of me, I cannot find her name. If someone recognizes it, please let me know-I feel so bad... The pincushions and tissue holder are from Stephanie, an amazingly talented and kind blogger whose work is really THAT nice in person. Her table was so cute and her daughter seems very nice as well. Check out her etsy shop, things go fast! I also met some blog readers, thanks for coming and supporting me! One in particular, of this blog was extremely nice and has the most darling sons!
I am so thankful for the lessons I brought home and would not take back this experience, but I do realize that I am not the "craft fair" type. For one thing, I get really nervous about things like this-almost no food all day and too much coffee means that I am homesick today with a stomach ache. There were loads of people, it was very dim, loud and hot. I realize their is no way around this and I am not complaining at all! So many people love that sort of atmosphere and that is really great that they have places to do it. I understand that this is how it works, I just think that the style, idea and aesthetic I am trying to achieve would be better displayed in other areas. I met many people and gleaned ideas and tips from them and hope to very soon expand in different areas. I will get into this more as time goes on, don't want to give it all away...
Another huge lesson learned is that if I am creating, it must be for me, for my pleasure, from my own head, and I must be okay with it. I am not a person who can make things just because I may sell them. That literally makes me feel ill. I create because I love that part of existence; because I love to materialize thoughts and ideas. I am going to focus my energy on truly trying to live a creative and uplifting life. There is so much more I'd like to write, but for now I really am a little sick and need to rest.
Thank you to all of you readers-thanks for being open, honest, kind, supportive, an inspiration and basically just your beautiful selves! I really enjoy this arena and am so grateful for your feedback. Have a good Monday.