These past two weeks have been a whirlwind it seems. I got to participate in my very first craft show – Crafts in the Stacks – which was put on by the amazing gals of Neighborhood Handmade. So awesome. This is what’s been missing from my sewing venture. I met some amazing artisans from the area and made some great connections. In fact, Sheri (part of the Neighborhood Handmade team) is opening a handmade and vintage store in February which will offer areas for local crafters and artisans to sell their goodies. I can’t wait to be a part of it, the store is Downtown Handmade & Vintage and located in an area that seems to be soaking up the local and handmade movement.
We’re doing one more trunk show before Christmas, so if you’re local stop by and see me on December 21st from 5-8pm. I understand that Forage Market (located just below and amazing!) will be making wood-fired pizza and there will be wine and cheese offered… seriously you shouldn’t need more convincing! Last minute Christmas gifts, downtown just before Christmas, wine, and yours truly! 160 Lisbon Street, 2nd Floor, Lewiston. Come!
Back to the first craft show – I was a bundle of nerves but the room got busy right as we opened so I was able to settle in quickly. I sold quite a bit but more importantly, I gained some insight on what people are attracted to, what I was missing (size tags, NEED!), and what I was doing that people seemed to love. My newest design – exposed waistband twirl skirts – were a big hit, I ended up completely selling out of my larger sizes and taking orders for skirts when a size wasn’t available. A number of women told me they would have loved a ladies size in the skirts, so I’ll be offering 3″ elastic band skirts in ladies S/M/L! I got loads of compliments on my fabric selection, so at least I can justify my fabric addiction. I’ll also be throwing a few aprons into the mix for the trunk show on the 21st, since I didn’t have any ready for Crafts in the Stacks. So I’ve got a few things on my to-do list, though I’m feeling much less stress after having a few shows under my belt (it’s like an old hat really).
He is just about the sweetest guy ever, an adorable 12-week old chocolate lab named Tate. He and Gordon are destined to be partners in crime (how I ended up with two snoring dogs who eat acorns…). Even though Gordon enjoys the naptime a bit more than the playtime, he has been an exceptional “big brother” to Tate, dealing with the puppy bites (Tate tends to go for the nub!) and allowing Tate to move in without being territorial. Liv is also somewhat unsure about playtime with the puppy, she seems to think it’s hilarious from a spot where she can’t get in the middle of it! However she’s all about the puppy curling up on the couch with her, she kisses his paws and tells him he is, “just like a princess”. J and I are totally in love, and I think Tate has even given J a better appreciation for Gordon!
Although there were a few crummy things that happened last week, the good things so outweigh the negative I won’t even take the time to write about them. J & Liv are snuggled up in bed, the dogs are curled up with me, the pellet stove is roaring, and I’m on my second cup of coffee. Doesn’t get much better than that 😉