photo credit: Piccsy
Today my sweet husband and I went to the Craftsman's Classic Spring Show in Richmond, VA. The plan was to do a little shopping, see various set ups and maybe consider going "whole hog" next year and submitting our work to possibly be juried in to the show.
This is where reality truly set in for me...as much as I hate to admit it.
Source: Richard Heeks Photography
1. While I didn't see any polymer clay jewelry...that didn't encourage me, but almost made me feel juvenile. Maybe it shouldn't, and it's only my own insecurities. Everything was sterling, gold or lampwork with a combo of silver/gold. I didn't see any brass or copper...
2. There's no way in God's creation I can pull elaborate partitions and backdrops out of the sky by next year, seriously...no way.
3. Most (I did see 3) jewelry vendors product were dainty and demure...not exactly what I tend to create. Could I? Sure, but then I'd feel like I was "selling out."
So, now I'm left feeling frustrated, completely out of my league, second guessing what I currently create, and just plain silly for even considering it.
Selection of soaps from Asparagus Soaps
I tried to cheer myself up by purchasing some heavenly soaps from Charles Ronen of Asparagus Soap. He was such a sweet man, who tried SO hard to help us out and we exchanged emails before we said our good byes.
Then, I did what any self respecting down and out jewelry designer would do and hit our favorite bead shop...Bangles & Beads in Carytown!! Banded agate, African glass daggers, felted beads, an array of charms, and Czech beads later, I felt remarkably in better spirits!
Finished off the day with one of these:
GT's Kombucha - Guava Goddess
I've always tended to dream big or go home...and while I'm not quite where I want to be yet, I love the little hometown craft shows I do participate in. I'll keep my goal for now...the schematics will work themselves out, no?
From: Vinyl Lettering on Etsy