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Happy weekend, hope it finds everyone well! Randall is working his magic out of town, where his formidable skills don't quite extend to conjuring diaries. When he asked me to cover and include some pictures, I realized all my photos for the week are of either art or crime.

Since I've already diaried the crime (still no significant updates on what happened there,) we'll have to go with art, and some thoughts on taking my art from hobby to business. My kitchen table a week before a show:

We never actually eat here. The light's too good.
That show, the HarrisburgARTWalk, was today. It went well. A few times, perfect strangers even handed me their plastic and walked away with my work.

It was both exhausting and exhilarating. I used to run competitively, but not very well -- a finish was good enough for me. It feels like I finished a race after months of training, complete with joint pain, dehydration, and desperate need of a shower.

And determination to get up and keep training tomorrow.

We practiced setting up and breaking down the tent and displays and got up at 5:30 to have everything onsite at 7:30 for the show. By 9:00 I wasn't glistening, I was dripping with sweat and my hair was irredeemably frizzed out. DH went out for sports drinks; someone offered him cash for them on on the street. The humidity was kicking ass long before the heat set in.

Show tent prep:

The week before
Onsite, prior to opening. We soon moved the shirt rack out to the sidewalk, and brought the jewelry table to the front of the booth.
Almost open for business
You can't see the baby onesies in this view, but they were big attention-getters. The one on the top left sold.
Back to the beads. I picked up the bead painting by accident while looking for specific colors for a bracelet. It dawned on me to paint my own.
Of course I couldn't stop there, so I started using different colors and stringing them. These are ready for sealer:
Sealed and strung:
The whole display:
At last, a use for the gazillions of paint chips I acquire and can't bear to part with: earring cards! I don't do a lot of earrings, but I love these simple drops made with natural healing stones.  
That's what's happening here. What's new in your corner of Western NC and the world?

Note: I'll probably crash early tonight but will hang around as long as I can, then check back in the late morning.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    Visit my new blog, Little Lotte Studio, to see what I'm growing and making this spring!

    by SteelerGrrl on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 06:24:53 PM PDT

  •  I can hardly wait for my package to arrive. (5+ / 0-)

    You have a beautiful product line, SteelerGrrl.

    Thanks for putting up this diary. We shouldn't loose our momentum.

    GOP: We could afford to stay in Iraq forever but this taking care of veterans stuff is just too expensive.

    by Gordon20024 on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 06:42:26 PM PDT

    •  Yes, a big "Thank You" from me as well. I love (4+ / 0-)

      your details of the craft show, and have found for us that it gets better over time and with experience:  My wife and I have been doing shows (The New York Sheep And Wool Festival, to The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, which are the two largest fiber shows in the country, to local Farmer's Markets, and Holiday Craft shows) for over 20 years now, and still work on "tweeking" the look of the booth and merchandising our goods after each one.  

      Heck we even go to other shows to see what other artists do and sell as well, and also purchase from them as we know the value, and talent and time it takes to create handcrafted goods.  We were in Charleston SC last weekend and went to the Farmers Market downtown and while there were the vegetables and fruit vendors with their selections, there is a large number of crafters, from jewelry makers, to painters, to weavers, to handmade furniture to all sorts of really neat handcraft goods and artwork.  Yes, we did play "consumer" as well.......  It was hard not to as the work of many of them in was astoundingly excellent.  A "must" visit if you, or anybody who reads this post travels to Charleston SC as it's ranked 3rd in the country in terms of Farmers markets.  We always go to the market when visiting that city (which is our favorite "escape" for us...  and a 4.5 hour drive from our farm).

      The shows are fun and drives us to do better next time as we also look back and smile about our early days, and then hug each other with mutual thanks at the end of each and every show and think about what we accomplished how to do it better for the next one.

      That's on top of taking care of running the farm as well!

      Once again, thank you for picking up the diary and sharing your stories.  I will try to muster up a story about us as well and let you know what I come up with in the near future.

      “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

      by LamontCranston on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 07:58:08 AM PDT

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      •  Thank you (2+ / 0-)
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        I'd love to hear some of your stories! This was our third show and it's definitely improved our teamwork as a couple. I opened the business in December and work on it 30-40 hours a week, plus my FT day job.

        Just this week, I posted my first sales on Etsy and my Square accounts, both set up with great hope seven months ago. This week, I'm doing a quote for a local business. We're getting momentum.

        This has all been an amazing learning experience. For as easy as it is to buy a domain and open a shop, there is nothing easy about running an "Internet" business. An online shop needs promos and updates on at least Facebook, Pinterest, and your own blog to be taken seriously. When the item is completed you're not done, because you have to take good-quality pictures and write about it.

        As an introvert I was apprehensive about the show scene, but it's more fun that I thought it would be. The face time is nice after working mostly on a screen! We've met so many creative and interesting people, and have both handed out a number of cards. I'm still tweaking my display based on what gets shoppers' attention. This was the first one we made back the booth fee, so I'm calling it progress :)

        Visit my new blog, Little Lotte Studio, to see what I'm growing and making this spring!

        by SteelerGrrl on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 02:30:11 PM PDT

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        •  If you ever need to talk strategy or need any (2+ / 0-)
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          ideas, or just need to ask any questions, e-mail me.  Like I said, we've been at this for some time now (20 years.. where does the time go?) and also worked full time jobs during the entire experience as well.  I am glad to popped back to read your response as I am glad to hear it was a positive experience..  They usually are, with hard work tossed in for good measure!

          Like I said, e-mail us if you have any questions, or just need to say "Hey There" to let us know how you are doing!

          “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

          by LamontCranston on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 05:05:02 PM PDT

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  •  Hi again, at last. (4+ / 0-)
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    I've been away for a while - mentally focused on other things, it seems.

    There are no second class citizens in America, and there are no second class marriages in America. - Eleanor Holmes Norton

    by Captain Sham on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 07:20:16 PM PDT

  •  Just stopping in and saying "hi!" (5+ / 0-)

    I love the painted beads... but then again, I'm something of a bead geek.

    Asheville keeps coming up for me, even my brother said last month I should maybe move there. Someday, I will come to visit, at the very least. I'm in Philly, and even though I do have good friends here, this was never home. I think of moving back to New England as soon as I can afford to... but then western NC keeps coming up, Asheville more than anywhere.

    curious portal - to a world of paintings, lyric-poems, art writing, and graphic and web design • Drawing Out the Muses / Pricing Your Artwork now available as e-books

    by asterkitty on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 07:42:31 PM PDT

  •  Enjoy your beads, nice work and colors. (3+ / 0-)

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 09:29:37 AM PDT

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