I had a craft show today.
This was my 1st outdoor venue. I learned that 8 hours of sunlight is too much. A canopy for $10. is an excellent deal. We have typical June gloom this time of year. Warm afternoons. Cool mornings. But generally overcast. I wasn't thinking about the sun when I loaded my car at 8am. (and those of you that know me, are going "8am.? impossible", but we'll get to that next.) About mid-day I was completely melting. Of course I was trying to look professional, so I wasn't exactly wearing the most cool and comfortable clothes either. Fortunately, there was a wonderful breeze that came up in the afternoon that really made the rest of the day bearable. I am baked to a crisp. I came home unloaded the car, and went to bed. Unfortunately missing out a "girls night out" : ( bummer.
Here's my dilemma with the canopy. My creations are bright, bold and colorful. They're textured and sparkly.They look amazing in natural sunlight. Lighting makes a big difference. Lighting changes colors and changes the look. It's amazing how different my stuff looks even from the last venue, 2 weeks ago, that was indoors with overhead florescent lighting.
And the show I did in December @ the same venue, with mood lighting (twinkle lights) and spot lights.
So definitely sunlight is a plus for my collection. However a canopy would allow me to hang things, and I love hangy things. I think I need to resurrect the umbrella. That's probably my best bet. I like how it fits with my "Travelling SideShow" theme. It allows me to hang some things, and provides me with shade without overshadowing my work. Now the trick is to figure out how to rig it up. My former set up was stolen out of my car after the December show. : ( I'm gonna have to jerry-rig it somehow. Hmmm, homework.
Second lesson. Plan ahead. I'm a procrastinator. I spent every waking minute up to the show creating new goodies. I saved pulling my set up together until the night before. Well, it's graduation week, and I came home from work exhausted. I decided to sleep 1st, and get up early to get ready. 4am. the alarm was set. I was out of bed by 5, ouch. Me and mornings are not friends. This is usually where we part ways and I go off to LaLa land. In my fumbling half asleep mode I managed to burn the crap out of my hand. I have three huge blisters. Waaah! Well I did an egg soak and that helped a bit with the pain. (Something in the enzymes of an egg that actually help to heal the damaged skin. Not to mention it's nice and cool from the fridge and feels great on a burn.) I then had to pack one handed. Would you believe I ran off and left all those beautiful new earrings I made just for this show, hanging on my work bench. Arghh!
Lesson number three. There is a big difference, between a juried craft show at a local art gallery, and a craft show on the local church green. A big difference in price as well . ($125. vs. $25). I guess even for craft shows, "you get what you pay for". Part of the reason I don't do many shows is because I just can't afford too. You have to spend money to make money. Most of it goes to the landlord, and there just isn't much left. Especially since most shows have to be paid for well in advance. That's a long time before I have the chance to make that money back. My old beat up Toyota is another reason I'm limited to local shows. This was a good opportunity for me to get out there. I could afford this show.
It was a really nice location. Amazing that there still is a local church green in a city where real-estate is prime. They actually hold their summer services out on the lawn. They do movie nights and other events out there as well. They do a regular rummage sale that is very popular. This was their 1st attempt at a craft fair. They actually approached me at the last show two weeks ago, and asked me to participate. Flattered! I had an excellent location , right in the center of everything, but somehow I felt a little invisible. Very nice people, but it was more of a social than anything. They all knew each other from church, and were there to support each other. Which is a beautiful thing. A wonderful community. But nobody knew me, and there were a lot of people that just passed me by on their way to say Hi to another friend. I Think the only people who really did well was Pastor Mel's booth selling BBQ'd hot dogs for $1. Proceeds to the church. And a little girl named Faith selling lemonade to buy her sister Hope a service dog. "Made with Faith, Hope, and Unconditional Sisterly Love" is her catch phrase. Who could resist that. I drank lemonade. I'm a sucker for a good cause, and faith was absolutely adorable. The kids were also having fun making tie-dye shirts for $10. I did have a couple of friends stop by to visit, which was awesome, cause I don't even know how they found me. Thanks guys.
On a positive note. I did have fun with my set up. I played around and came up with some new jewelry display ideas. I don't do this often , so I use house hold items as props. I have an awesome collection of vintage luggage. So I use my monster (they're like drum cases) hat boxes to pack and transport. They then stack and make excellent display stands as well. All while perfectly fitting my "Traveling SideShow" theme.
My pagoda, formerly a bird feeder on my front porch, makes an excellent earring display. Needs a paint job. It's a little weathered. I like how many earrings I can get on it. I think I figured around 60 pairs, give or take a few.Plus I can put it on a Lazy- Susan and make it a spinning display.
The Eiffel Tower made a great rack for my new bracelet selection. Just a teaser. More on those later, as promised.
And the Coup de Gras........ A sandbox for my rings. The face was once a planter. It was used as a hat display back then. Now she's the ruins of Atlantis.
Happy Father's day! Have a glorious Sunday. Thanks for reading. xoxoxo