I am extremely sleep deprived and exhausted but I'm going to attempt to create a logical post in spite of it. :)
We attended our very first art and craft show today. I was so wired yesterday trying to get a million last minute things done and trying to make sure that I didn't forget anything that I didn't get to bed until 12:30pm and couldn't fall asleep until sometime around 3am. I hate that. Then I was back up again just 2 hours later to shower and hit the road for our 6am set up time. 0_0.
We got there and set up. We fumbled with the tent for a few minutes but then remembered how it went up. The set up was pretty painless and took us about 2 hours because we had to add eye hooks to the top of the displays and make last minute adjustments.
The show started at 9am and within 15 minutes of the show open, we had our first sale... WHOO HOO!!
We got a lot of awesome feedback about the pendants, some even going on and on about them which just made my heart sing! All of our customers were awesome & I enjoyed talking to everyone too.
There was a DJ right behind us playing Christmas music that we would chat a bit with here and there. He and his wife were really cool people and they must have felt the same about us because he frequently went over the speakers telling everyone to visit our tent and his wife also purchased a pendant from us. As a thank you for all of the free publicity he gave us, we gave him a free pendant with an upgraded suede necklace. It was the least we could do for such an awesome guy. :)
How I managed to look alive today I'll never know. Right now it's very hard to focus and my body is begging me to go to sleep. I'm trying to push through until at least 9pm before going to sleep though so I'm not up again at 3 am. I saw this picture that my husband took of me and my youngest daughter and I said, "WHOA! That doesn't even look like me!" I can really see how haggard I really was/am. I wonder if our customers thought I was a zombie... lol
We did pretty well today and I'm now over the nervousness about doing shows. I also made note of things I want to do differently next time (like get more than 2 hours of sleep). Now that this show is over and I have enough pendants to keep on stock, I can focus a bit on creating some gifts for Christmas for family members that I have floating around in my head and I want to make a lot more sculpted pendants too. BUT FIRST, I'm taking a day or so off and doing nothing but kicking my feet up and taking a breather. I think I've earned it after making and packaging 1300 pendants! :)
Okay, I'm getting delirious, better get off of here and slip into something more comfortable (sweats and a t-shirt - sexy huh?).