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Market Doldrums

So, my stall at the Handmade Market was a bit of a downer.  I had worked so hard getting everything ready and staying up late every night making stuff and then it was a big fat fail on the day.  I barely covered the cost of my table hire and parking.  Barely.  And then I spent my awesome $5 profit on a gift for my niece (from one of the other stalls)!

I’ve been really lucky in the past and generally have very successful market days.  Maybe this is because I have them at home and invite people I know.  But I thought if I went to a “proper” market and there were 10 times the amount of people coming in to look, that I would do even better.  So, I’m feeling a bit dejected today – it makes you feel like your stuff is rubbish and not worth anyone’s time.

I am trying to be positive about it.  I met some really nice people – the other stall-holders were lovely and so kind and friendly.  They didn’t do super well either so it wasn’t just me.  It just felt like it was only me, ha ha.  Because I’m a pouty baby 🙂

I was just looking forward to making some money for the Christmas period because I am really short this year.  But it was not to be!  I was genuinely pleased to meet the other artists – they were awesome and I think I could maybe contact some of them for creative advice and brain-picking.  And I had plenty of time to just sit and think about what I could do better, what new things I would like to tackle etc.  Maybe my “art” is too handmade and people prefer things to be more polished, more mass-produced?  Should I look at getting my designs printed up, rather than making individual cards by hand?  Do I need to think about better packaging?  Should I give up altogether and become an accountant?

Some of the other stalls included :

Little Mo & Friends
(This is the lovely lady I bought a little doll from)

Bubba Lentil

Samantha Hughes

So, all in all I am grateful for the experience, even if it didn’t turn out as I had hoped.  I enjoyed making all the cards and other items – it makes me happy to be creative so, if nothing else, I spent many (many!) hours engaged in an activity that relaxes me and helps with anxiety and stress.   Shame that didn’t translate to sales on the day – but it WAS just a day, after all – not the end of the world.  It’s just disappointing.  But I have to chalk it up to “just one of those days” and move on.  And find somewhere to put all these boxes of stuff I had to bring home again with me! 🙂

Have a happy, successful day, everyone x

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More Beady Bling

More Beady Bling

My Easter holidays are going so fast – too fast!  I keep sleeping in which is SUCH a waste of time but I cannot get up.  It’s ridiculous.  I purposely put my alarm clock w-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-y across the room so I am physically forced to get up in order to turn it off.  Of course, that would be a good plan if I didn’t just turn it off and get back into bed.  Hopeless.  But I am not, nor will I ever be, a morning person.

So, the following items were made later in the day when I was awake and vertical and not muttering about alarm clocks and neighbours who make too much noise in the morning.  After my routine bowl of cheerios.  After I’ve had a shower, scowled at myself in the mirror (I really need to get a funhouse mirror – one of those ones that makes you look skinny) and given up on my hair.  Only then am I ready to sit and craft.  Which is what happened today.  

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Tomorrow, I plan on changing tack entirely and doing some clay work.  Have been doing nothing else but jewellery for a while and need a break from it.  Just for a bit.  I will show you the results later 🙂

Hope you’ve had a happy day.

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I’m melting, MELTING!…(and craftin’)

I’m melting, MELTING!…(and craftin’)

Yes, it is hot.  You know it’s hot when I am complaining about it.  Because I am never warm and I do not like being hot and sweaty and gross.  Although it is preferable to being freezing cold and miserable – I don’t care what anyone says!

I have been trying to get some jewellery made to get my stocks up again and also because it is too hot to do anything else.  I did contemplate reading, sitting in front of the air conditioner but I didn’t think my brain would be able to concentrate on the book, and besides, I had some lovely new beads to use, so….

I made a few bracelets and a couple of necklaces and pairs of earrings.  I am seriously short on findings now and I don’t know why I didn’t buy some yesterday when I was out.  I blame it on the heat. One’s memory fails when the brain is heated above a certain temperature…I think that’s a thing…I’m sure I read it somewhere.  Anyway, here’s a few things I made today:

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I’m using a lot of the same colours again as they are popular, but I really need to stock up on some different colours and styles…I have no yellow left at all and barely any decent greens.  What a shame – that means I will have to go shopping at some stage soon – when it cools down and my brain is functioning again.

The last thing I made today was just what the doctor (and my rapidly melting body) ordered – an ice-cold strawberry smoothie.  Soy milk, frozen strawberries, a dash of honey and a handful of ice-cubes…perfect!  I feel better already and much, much cooler 🙂

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Hope you’ve had a creative and tasty day too 🙂