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December 19, 2010

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My *first* craft show. Will it be my last?

Madigan made...   an attempt at a craft show.

Last month, I told you that I was going to do a craft show. Well, it was the weekend after Thanksgiving.
I already shared a few projects I made for the show (beaded icicles, scarf wine bags, decorative plates, marble magnets). And I STILL have a few more projects to show you. But I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at my table and tell you about the experience.

I signed up for this craft show with my talented sister-in-laws in mid-October. Yes, I only gave myself 1.5 months to get ready! It was kind of a last minute decision, but I wanted to try and and push myself. (Like blogging wasn't enough of a hobby/challenge for me?!)

So, most of October and November was a crazy crafting time for me! Every night I would come home from work and get busy at the craft table. (And try to keep up with this blog, too!)

For their table, my SIL's focused on making handmade cards and a few decor items.  My initial thought was to sew purses for the fair. But I am a slow sewer and I did not think I had the time to crank out enough bags to fill a table. (I brought a few to the show, and they did not get much interest.) So, I tried to quickly make a bunch of easy holiday and decor crafts. And I had more than enough stuff to fill a table:

The day of the show was a loooong day on our feet (thank goodness for comfy shoes). I did sell some items. It felt really good to come home with money in my pocket and several empty boxes (yay!). I wish I had sold more. But some of the other vendors commented that turnout was a bit low this year.

When I got home, hubby's first question was: "Was it worth all that work?"
Hmmm. I was not sure how to answer this one. If I added up all the time I spent making stuff, the time spent on the day of the fair and the money I put into the materials.... I probably made only pennies.

But he should have asked: "Was it fun?"
Yes! Even though it felt like an assembly line at times, I really enjoyed creating all of those things. And it was quite rewarding to see strangers appreciating the finished product. That was worth it.

And you are probably asking: "Would I do it again?"
Maybe. I think I may try another show in the spring. I have a bunch of product made, so it should be easier to prepare for this time. I don't need to feel so pressured to make stuff fast. I can just enjoy the creative process.

In the next week or two, I will share the other projects I made for the show.

Oh, and if they will let me, I'd love to show you some of the a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e. things my SIL's made for the fair. It is great to be able to bounce ideas off of these women and get inspired by their projects. I am blessed that I married into a family with such crafty talent!