Saturday, August 27, 2011

Preparing for a Craft Fair


Set of 3 handdecorated papers, available at Etsy.

I am attending a craft fair in Helsinki after a couple of weeks. I have been spinning, dyeing, doodling and painting like crazy and even if it's fun, it is also hard. I do have my day job too. And it is always nerve wracking to put stuff for sale. People might not like it. They might find it too expensive. And the biggest fear: they might not get inspired at all!

I love seeing people who are passionate about what they do. I can tirelessly listen to anyone who talks enthusiastically whatever their specialty is. And I want to be one of them too. Even if I can criticize my own work endlessly, I want to forget all that critique when going to the fair. Being able to talk what I have been doing in the late evenings and weekends for years, it is a luxury. Like this blog is. Hopefully the things that inspire me will inspire some others too!

16 comments:

  1. Hi - I came over from flying lessons! I am preparing for my first craft show -it's a bit nerve wracking! Love your papers - they're gorgeous :)
    Abby

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  2. Thanks for sharing your passion with us! And as far as the fear of not inspiring anyone goes, I just took care of that. Totally inspired! Keep up the great work. Those papers are so cool!

    Keep flying high, Rae!

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  3. Hi -- another "flyer" here! I LOVE your work! You should be so excited and proud;D Your work IS inspiring and I know you will have a ball! And, I agree with you -- I never tire of talking to people about my passion either! Continue to fly!

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  4. Your papers are amazing. I'd just want to frame them.

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  5. Your papers are absolutely beautiful!

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  6. Another Fellow Flyer ... Try to relax and have a good time at the craft fair. I've done several and I've learned to love sharing my art with people. You are right, though, it can be nerve wracking!

    Love your papers. As Lynda said, I'd just want to frame them, not do anything with them!

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  7. Karen visiting from Flying Lessons.... your papers are beautiful!

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  8. visiting from Flying Lessons! You'll do great, your papers are lovely! Just remember to have enough change, bring water and wear a beautiful smile! you'll have a great time!

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  9. A fellow Aquarian Flyer here. I love your papers, they're beautiful. I hope that the craft fair goes well. I have three booked so far for the run up to Christmas and I am getting a bit overwhelmed by all the work that there is still to do. Let us know how your fair goes.

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  10. Another flyer stopping by. Your hand decorated papers are so beautiful. They are little works of art all by themselves. I love all your little "doodles". People will be truly amazed with your artwork at the craft fair. Your wool is also very lovely.

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  11. Oh, WOW! your papers are really incredible! And very inspired/inspiring! I love them, and think that you are very talented. As for the "too expensive" piece, I actually feel like you could probably ask more. I hope that your craft fair is wonderful! Than you for sharing your work with us. xo

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  12. I came to see the blog and wow - became so glad about all the comments!! Thanks all! For other readers: "flyers" refer to Kelly Rae Robert's course Flying Lessons that I am taking at the moment. It is about marketing and building creative businesses.

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  13. Yes, Paivi!Another Flyer here to say Your stuff is wonderful and very inspiring! Hope you have a joyful weekend sharing your work, and some coins drop in your till!

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  14. Oh boo-hoo, why is it that just when I find a fair I'd LOVE to see it falls on the same weekend as my felting class! Will try to drop by though, your work is absolutely mental (and I mean that as a compliment) and would be so great to see your work IRL!

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  15. Thanks all, thanks MuffinTop! Hope you can make it!

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