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My First Craft Show

2015-11-22 10.34.13Last Sunday, November 22, 2015 I shared BluSparkle with lots of people. It was just a little show to basically ‘get my feet wet’ so to speak. It took A LOT of prep work as I was starting with nothing and wanted t o make sure that the first impression people had of my product was professional.

So I needed the items for the display. The backdrop to hang my glass gems by. The spiiny things (I know that isn’t the technical term) to hang the buttons, magnets, pendants and zipper pulls on. A banner to tell everyone who we are. Flyers, business cards, receipts, cash box, display cards, etc. From nothing to WOW was what I wanted. That takes work, work, work, and I haven’t even started on what I needed for product!!!

I created five of each type of item. That equals 70 sentiments times 5 magnets, 5 pendants, 5 zipper pulls, 5 buttons and then 3 of each for the 4″x4″ beveled gems. Needless to say it was lots of work but I felt awesome accomplishing all of it.

I was terrified to get out there in front of everyone and share BluSparkle. It was like displaying myself naked in front of a bunch of strangers. My creation, my heart, my vision and this is the unveiling to see how the rest of the world (well the little world that came) would think about it.

Turns out everyone LOVED it!  Very exciting!!

Now it is time to start looking for ways to streamline setup and tear down. Then it will be ready to get myself into the next craft show!!

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Girls Weekend

Shells & Glass
Shells & Glass

This is my latest stained glass piece I am working on during my weekend away from day to day life.

I love look of the sea shells as they surround blue pieces of glass.  I am enjoying using the different mediums of items and merging them together.  I will also be adding a picture in the center of some underwater scene I am working on in my head.

Stained Glass - Mosaic
Stained Glass – Mosaic

Here is the other one I just finished doing mosaic to on the edges. It still has to dry, I have to do the grout and add the words to the center but it is much farther along than the last picture I took.

I am spending 5 days with 15 other women. Most of the others are doing different forms of scrap-booking and it is fun seeing all the creativity going on. Everyone has their unique style and amongst all of the creativity is a lot of laughter and chatter.

I don’t know the majority of these ladies. I have the unique perspective of sitting on the sidelines and seeing the different personalities interact with each other.  This is my second time on this retreat so I at least know some of them a little more than my first time.  There are three ladies here for the first time as well and seeing them blend in is a piece of human nature that most people don’t really pay attention to. For some it can be awkward and for others it is simple and smooth. I am usually one of the awkward ones until I get to know people.  Once I know people I am pretty good but I have to get to know people and their energies before I feel comfortable to interact.

We have snacks galore, many forms of alcoholic drinks, birthday cake, and many homemade meals made by lots of the ladies. We are watching lots of chick flicks, telling funny stories, talking about our kids and grand kids, and sharing interesting things we have all done at one time or another.  We have taken excursions to the hobby and craft stores, stopped at garage sales and enjoyed driving down the dirt roads.

The retreat location we are at the Milton House in Mantorville, MN.  Just outside of Rochester which is where the Mayo Clinic is located. The place used to be a Cheese Factory that started in 1923 where they raised a family of four there as well. It really is a cool looking place. I love the vines that are growing up the sides of the house and I am sure later in the summer they will be full of blooms from bottom to top. I am sure this group will be coming back to this location again.

It is time to make myself another long island iced tea and add more shells to my stained glass piece.

‘Til Next Time