Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Off to the fair

"Sometimes what you're most afraid of doing is the very thing that will you set you free."
- I don't know where I got this from

"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."
-Maya Angelou

Even if I grew up making little things to sell at school or in front of my mother's shop I never had a table at a fair. I had always thought about it, but I was always too scared to put myself "out there." 


At the beginning of this year I told myself I would just do it and not think too much. Just do it, the thoughts can come up later. And then the timing wasn't right (when is it ever?).  I had only 15 days to make things as I had been traveling quite a lot, and I can never really find the time or energy to make things when I'm out and about. 

Of course many thoughts came and went like; Will I sell? Will people like what I do? Would people even notice the table?

Many things happened those two days, mostly in mind. The reality is always very different from what we imagined. I did sell. The people that approached my table did like what I do. And yes some people noticed my table.

The fair was the wrong fair for me and my work, it ended up being very different from what I had perceived the year before, but that has even made me more excited to find another fair that is actually better suited for me and my work. I think the first step is always the hardest, but once you're "out there" you simply are, and there is no turning back.

I have added this embroidered tree to my Etsy shop, and will be adding a few more things this week.

If you have ever thought of having a table at a fair or market, I really can't recommend it enough. Find the strength, do what you love and show it.

Lots of love, and happy spring,
Giova

7 comments:

  1. You are so creative and it is so wonderful to show others your work...I really do like the "tree"...everything about it...

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    1. Thank you so much Patricia, it means a lot! I'm happy you like the tree!

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  2. Hurray for you, Giova, you were so brave to 'just do it'! I love the way you displayed your things too.

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    1. Thanks so much Kate! The first minutes I thought I was going to crumble, but I realized that since I am not made up of the proper material to crumble, I wouldn't. I'm glad you liked the display, I did too ;)

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  3. Well done! i've only done one many years ago, it was glass painting! it was a lot of work, not very successful, but an experience, and yes I think if you keep going there is a definite process at work. I would like to do it. I imagine travelling the country doing interesting craft fairs, with a little van and perhaps an interesting man along too! I'm still not sure exactly what my wares would be, probably crochet and maybe something wooden or cloth.....who knows. I just can't seem to really apply myself to making it happen right now. Anyway bravo for doing it. X

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    1. You're dream of a van, and traveling , craft fairs, also calls my attention... sounds perfect! Maybe we'll bump into each other in one of the fairs?
      If it is something you really want, I hope it becomes real for you.
      All the best!

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  4. Jane CampbellApril 29, 2016

    Good for you Giova. I have had a monthly market stall for the last six years or so. Nothing beats talking to your customers!

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