Hello and happy Monday! I’m trying to be very peppy today in an effort to pump myself up for a very busy week of fun and exciting magazine work. Yippee! I think it’s working.
First off, I want to thank all the blog readers who posted kind words of support in response to the post I wrote last week about the latest round of cuts at the newspaper where my husband works and I freelance a weekly column. We’re still in limbo, but feeling optimistic about the future. You folks are great and your comments are inspiring and helpful. Thank you!
Saturday’s Recycled Art Market in Grand Rapids proved to be a very successful sale for CraftSanity. Thanks so much to all the lovely people who visited my booth and expressed support for my craft column. It means a lot to me to have such great readers support. I was happy to pass on my love of weaving to many new CraftSanity loom owners. I talked so much during the show (big surprise!) that my voice was started to get raspy by the end of the day. What exhausting fun that was!
Saturday’s sale was a milestone in that it was the first show during which my daughters were able to last through the whole thing. We bribed them with the promise of a handmade shopping spree and we were all happy in the end. (I will post photos of their purchases in another post.)
Abby sold six of her upcycled magnets for 50 cents each and Amelia sat in the booth drawing pictures that she taped to the front of my both when I wasn’t looking. I was quite surprised to see them all labeled with 10-cent hang tags that she scavenged from my sale supplies when I was busy showing people how to weave. When I stepped away, my husband witnessed little Amelia, who just turned 6 last week, aggressively sell her drawing of a birthday cake to an unsuspecting and very kind woman who gave her 15 cents more than her asking price. While I’m very proud of my girls and their comfort with selling the handmade things they make, we will be having some thoughtful discussions about dialing back the sales pitch just a tad. : )
And now I’m winding up to my sales pitch… I just listed some crayon holders made of beautiful reclaimed maple wood in my shop. My daughters are hoping they don’t sell because they love them and want to keep them all in our house. I have to admit I understand where they’re coming from as I’m quite taken with them, too, and have already snagged one for myself. I LOVE coloring with my Crayolas and enjoy being able to neatly display my crayons when not in use.
The crayon holders I listed today are approximately 8″x5″x1″ and hold 24 crayons with the holes spaced nicely for little artists. If there’s interest, I will be add some more crayon blocks that hold more crayons to the shop. (My daughters have already requested blocks that hold 96 crayons.) Just let me know what you guys think we’ll get to work.
In the meantime, I better get to work on the winter issue of CraftSanity Magazine.
Have a great day!