I feel like this year has been a mad rush on a treadmill. I'm running as fast as I can and getting nowhere.
Actually, that's not true. I went from zero to 100 in the blink of an eye the first two months of this year. I created a lot of product and had a great show in the Keys in February. Didn't sell much, but the experience was amazing.
Clearly, I now see the need for a carpet for my booth!
March felt like I was just putting band-aids on things and getting projects "mostly" done. I made lists and lists and lists of lists while pacing back and forth while talking to myself. I called it "having a staff meeting".
So now it's April. It's time to circle back and finish up those sloppily patched projects. It's time to do the yuck business stuff of creating spreadsheets and making a business plan. It's time to work on this website. It's time to open up the light box I purchased and get better pictures of my prints for the shop. In other words...it's time.
There’s something about hitting yourself repeatedly with a hammer…it feels so good when you stop.
After six weeks of running around getting canvasses, magnets, note cards and banners printed, the day finally arrived. My first show! There is a lot to be said for prior planning. We did a full staging of the tent the day before just to be sure we knew what we were doing. The set up at the show couldn’t have gone any easier.
The weather was absolutely perfect and the venue was wonderful. There were hay rides and pony rides, a petting farm and a craft area for the kids. Music and art and crafts, oh my!
At the end of the day, I had that Christmas/first day of summer vacation feeling in my stomach. That’s a sensation I haven’t felt since I was a kid. I felt (and will always feel) so thankful to my family and friends who encouraged me to do this. It is truly humbling.
Now to plan and prepare for the next one and hopefully get some painting done too!