Well folks, the show's over and here is a bit of a rundown...
First of all, I want to take a moment and thank everyone who came out to support me and my work this past weekend! Whether you knew you were supporting me or not when you arrived on Friday or Saturday, it meant the world to me to see each and every one of you!
Secondly, if you happened to grab one of my cards at the show and have found my blog via that card, WELCOME!!! It is so great to have you here and please know that you are welcome 'round these parts ANY TIME!!! :)
And now for this weekend in review...
(That's my mama in the bottom right corner pic - I was SO glad she was able to come with me!)
- Overall, it didn't quite go as I was hoping/thinking it would but I still had a great time!
- Didn't sell too much but I now have plenty of stock with which to plump up my etsy shop!
- Gave out lots of business cards.
- Wowed several people who didn't realize I actually MADE everything MYSELF.
- Took 1 custom order.
- Had the privilege of watching the couple things I did sell go to VERY special women in my life.
- Had this conversation...
(lady quietly looks over everything on my table and picks up a necklace)
Lady: "How much is this?"
Me: "The prices are listed on the back of all the pieces"
Lady: (flips necklace over) "85?"
Lady: (raises her eyebrows as high as humanly possibly, sets necklace down, and walks away).
I am really glad I did this event, but, I'm also glad it's over.
(I'm pretty sure I would have felt this way even if I had completely sold out of everything I had taken with me).
You know, as I was getting everything made in preparation for this show, I kinda had this perpetual feeling like I just wasn't making enough. I really wanted to have a good amount of stuff to take with me and with each piece I finished I just kept thinking, "If this is the last piece I'm able to finish before Friday, I don't feel like it'll be enough"...
...till I gathered it all together to work on tagging everything, and I saw it.
In one place.
At one time.
It was actually a bit overwhelming.
25 pairs of earrings.
I had a moment where I felt an immense amount of accomplishment.
Accomplishment and pride and satisfaction.
I MADE each of those pieces.
I took sheets of silver, stones, spools of wire and chain, and I turned them into beautiful things.
I didn't cut corners.
I didn't give less than my best.
Though it has many different facets, I feel like I really got to see a little glimpse of what "accomplishment" looks like for me.
I certainly have plenty of new goodies to show you and plan to do just that very soon but for now, I think I'm gonna go plop down on the couch. :)
Pics of now goods to come!...