I am so excited, it seems like everything is snowballing… I’ve really got to start sprinting if I want to keep up with myself! I have been working hard to get some more art opportunities going now that spring is in swing, and one of the things I’ve been interested in doing is the farmer’s market here in the South Cariboo, and possibly in other parts of BC if I end up doing some road-trippin’. For these ventures though I required a few more supplies. I was lucky to find a collapsable, folding 2.5′ x 6′ table with a carrying handle online and it was 25% off plus free shipping! SOLD.It arrived last week, I set it up and just never took it down. The table has currently taken over part of our living room as an extension of my studio for some extra projects I’m working on but eventually is for use at farmer’s markets and craft fairs for the display of all of my nature’s my friend wares. Today the canopy I won on e-bay was delivered free via UPS and I am oh so excited because I got it $20 dollars less than the buy it now price! Not to mention the fact that a commission check from one of my lovely brick and mortar shops Blackstar Studios and Gallery showed up yesterday and helped to more than cover the cost, so that was exciting; the profits of sold artwork can pay for another art opportunity to create more sales! That’s what I call re-investing into the business. The canopy is 10′ x 10′ x an adjustable height of 5′-8′. It pops up, so there isn’t any need for tools or a laborious set-up, it only takes 5 minutes. It even has side walls with windows if I really want to get fancy. And as you can see by the lovely picture of it in my backyard… it’s GREEN!!! A wonderful nature-friendly color that will catch people’s eyes. I’m thrilled.
I am so proud to share this very exciting art news with you all: NATURE’S MY FRIEND HAS BEEN ACCEPTED FOR THE ONE OF A KIND SHOW AND SALE IN VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA! (I am currently trying to remind myself to continue breathing).This amazing exhibition happens annually in Vancouver, Toronto , New York and Chicago and features hand-made, one of a kind items by crafty individuals and quirky companies. “The One of a Kind Show is North America’s answer to contemporary craft shows, bringing innovative artisans, craftspeople, and designers together to share their unique creations with the rest of the world. With a proud focus on homegrown talent, our shows bring together the best of the best, for a personal shopping experience like no other. Our vast selection, on-site perks and endless show features make us the most preeminent shopping destination of the season.” You may have heard me frantically tweeting at the end of April, about an important application that took over my life… it was for OOAK. Inside were photographs of my work, a biography, step-by-step product descriptions, price lists and my booth design.Also included in the package was an optional addition: a written application for one of their scholarships which provides financial assistance to new artists or travelling artists. AND GUESS WHAT?! The jury awarded one to me!!! Not only am I flattered to know that an accomplished committee believes in my talents as an artist, but to know that I will have a bit of help with the cost of this endeavour takes some weight off my shoulders. I am so excited and am smiling ear to ear! Looking forward to this amazing opportunity that will hopefully launch my art career even further! More updates will of course be coming, so stay tuned if you’re interested.
This post is inspired by the amazing Crystal Plett from the house of heart who wrote a very moving blog post today that urge you to read: “You think you had a bad day?” Please begin to count your blessings instead of your woes, and help spread some positivity in the world: Smile and say hello to someone when you walk by on a path. Wave at your neighbours when you drive past. Lend a hand if some needs it. Speak sincerely, honestly and genuinely to everyone. Feed the animals and the homeless. Tell your friends and family you love them. Have a sincere conversation with the cashier at the supermarket or the server at a restaurant. Hold the door open for someone. Just be kind. The world would be a better place if we all realized how lucky we are, and that we’re all capable of spreading love, kindness and positivity.