On Saturday I'm attending my first market/show that is ALL handmade. I've done a few markets over the last year....4 total, but I've blended my vintage finds with my handmade. So I have had bulk...substance and security with my vintage items, and without my vintage items with me this weekend I already feel naked. My handmade items will be exposed with no vintage Pyrex to hide behind.
The pressure is on. Well it's been on. I've wondered what I've gotten myself into by signing up for this, but the thought to cancel really hasn't entered my mind. Yeah I have handmade items that I've made over the last year, but it hasn't been nearly enough to fill up a spot all on its own. Therefore, why I've been a sewing machine.
For weeks I think I spun my wheels messing with things and searching for new patterns to work with, and last week, 11 days out from the festival, I knew I was in crunch time. I gave myself a goal to make at least three items a day. Any items. I'm 9 days into it with today and tomorrow left, and I'm ahead of my goal with 36 items made. However, these items are not huge gowns that take up space, they are pouches, market bags, chalkboard mats and aprons. Folded up on the couch they look like nothing...is that how my booth is going to look? Bare? This is not how I'm gonna display them, but looking at the items like this looks... little.
This week I've added more market bags to my stock and some ruffled aprons. (I'm making sure Esmeralda works off her cost.)
I used a 23" loop I bough for $3 at a thrift store and a vintage sheet (my favorite one). I'm so not a draw-er and attempting my logo this size free hand was not an option. So what I did was place my fabric in my loop, then I taped the loop to the top frame of the tv. I did a light trace of the logo with washable marker then removed the loop from the tv and retraced with permanent marker. This is my analytical mind at its weirdest. Why I thought to use the tv to trace a logo I have no idea, but it worked.
|42" TV screen on top, 17" lap top screen on the bottom.|
|I forgot to take a before picture so this is the loop after, re-taped to the tv for reference.|
Oh so I've gone and done a
Please keep your fingers crossed for me that things go well.
Anything stressful going on in your life right now?