My first exhibits were filled with high expectations. My first big outdoor fair wasnâ€™t what I anticipated it to be. My second fair literally washed out. As I learned with each expo/show/exhibit my expectations went down this road:
- â€œI am going to sell out and get loads of commissions.â€
- â€œI am going to make double the amount of what I spent to get into this venue/show.â€
- â€œI am going to recoup my entry fee.â€
- â€œOh hey, I didnâ€™t lose money this time!â€
- â€œWoohoo, I am actually making a little money.â€
Technically, if I were to add up my hourly wages, I probably would be in the red again, but the Lemont Fair was a good boost to my soul to keep doing what I am doing.
Being an artist is not the easiest of career choices. I knew that going in, and like this blog post eloquently says, there are no shortcuts (#3 is a toughie). What attracted me to the Neighbor to Neighbor market is its mission to help out families in need. I am fortunate to have financial leeway on this journey (this year at least), so to contribute to someone elseâ€™s well-being is just being a good steward of blessings.
Since I visit Lemont monthly now thanks to Aurora Rose (who introduced me to this fair) I wanted to interact with more community members, which was a pleasure.Â I still have a lot to learn and explore in Lemont, but this town does draw me, with affirmations, with fun events, and with intriguing vistas and outing opportunities.
I sold my first angel ornament.
Three Pearls of Wisdom and Psalms 103:15 Were adopted as siblings and are moving to Boston.
The Open Heart collar joined them as a raffle prize.
Meanwhile Infinite Love and Gratitude (which is now getting some traction on Pinterest) will carry its energy and message into a blended family.
I know that each of my creations have a special place to be. Seeing them matched up with their new owners in person is such a gratifying experience.
As roller-coaster as the fairs can be, I am grateful to have so many venues to explore here in Chicagoland. I am also super-grateful for the retailers who believe in me â€” Aurora Rose, The Sugar Path, Stella Boutique and Peaceful Parlour â€” and give my creations the exposure that connects them to their intended owners.
It may sound anthropomorphic, But I do believe that â€™the spirit is in all thingsâ€™, and that the energy we put into the world emotionally, physically and with our vocation has a ripple effect outside of our own sphere.
Itâ€™s a blessed life I lead. 🙂