Remember how I told you all I was freaking out about my first country fair stall? I survived! And contrary to the nightmares I had on Friday night, I did not accidentally show up at the fair in a towel, having forgotten to get dressed, and all my carefully crafted art did not come crashing down onto the ground when my first attempt at making a booth for a country fair failed - in fact, my first attempt at making a country fair booth was quite a success, as was my experience at the fair itself!
See? Not even a little bit collapsed. This was at about 8am on Saturday, after two hours of set up, before the fair actually opened.
I want to show you lots of gorgeous pictures of pretty little details from the fair, but unfortunately, I didn't actually have much time to get behind the camera and absorb the details. The few occasions where I could get away from my booth for more than a few minutes, I chatted with other artists/vendors, who were all very friendly and ready to offer advice to a fair newbie like me, and even managed to shop a little too. If you aren't local (or are, but didn't make it to the fair - shame on you!), I highly recommend checking out The Painted Epoxy and On a Branch Soaps. Both Amber and Tara were super-nice and friendly, but more importantly, they create amazing stuff.
Funky nerdy necklace I picked up from The Painted Epoxy
Soap from On a Branch - I wish we had smell-o-vision technology for blogs, this stuff smells gorgeous!
Of course, I spent a lot of time getting to meet new customers too, which was excellent. I was somewhat nervous (read: petrified) at the idea of sitting there with all my art on display, having to hear people's opinions of it. Art is highly subjective, and while I always appreciate constructive criticism, I wasn't sure I was ready for a whole weekend of critiques. Fortunately, my work struck a chord with at least a few people, and I received many compliments on my panorama style, and sold more than a few pieces, including all four copies of my Cape Spear lighthouse - even the 30x40" canvas I had brought for display purposes! It was definitely a confidence-booster, not to mention a success financially.
If you're here for the first time because we met at the show, thank you. Thank you for coming, for shopping, for supporting independent artists, and for being interested enough in what I do to come check out my site. (The button for my shop is at the top right!) If you're a friend or regular here, thanks for that support too. Thanks especially to Lesley and Kunal for stopping by the fair with the girls, and to Molly and Nick for the wonderful surprise. Seeing my son happily hanging out with Tim's son almost brought me to tears, and it was so good of you to come out. And thank you to Nigel, both for ALL your support of my work, and also for the smokin' awesome signs you created for my booth.