I'll start with saying Thank You to my lovely husband, who helped me so much. I won't bore you with details, but thyroid issues have had my normally abundant energy flagging to the ground, so that I'm dependent on many hours of sleep and naps to get through a day. The good news is that this situation will be corrected in the next months, so I'll once again be slinging a pick-axe to dig flowers (or at least managing my own doll shows!)
I spent two days and some money making new backdrops for the set-up. Apparently I didn't spend ENOUGH money, because once I got the things to the event, and tried to set them up, it was a total failure. Epic. The backdrops are even now on their way to be recycled. Lessons learned are painful, but they still count, right? Despite that initial "wobble"--and the hubs is amazed I didn't fall apart, given my...retentive...nature--things progressed and I did indeed get set up.
Having rented three 8 foot tables, I'd been worried I wouldn't have enough dolls to fill them up. This was not a concern. In fact the husband grumbled a few times; "I can't believe she thought she wouldn't have enough!" upon finding yet another bin full of dolls to put out.
My sweet mother & father-in-law came to see me at the show, as did a couple of my nieces. This was a special treat for me, as up til now I've always been too far away for them to see me "in action".
For a first show, I did remarkably well, selling several times the amount of my show expenses. There was good feedback, and it appears I was the only doll artist at the show, the rest being dealers of antiques and one-timers selling off estate dolls of a loved one. Lots of business cards went out, and I had a request to speak at an upcoming doll club meeting. This bodes well for future shows at this venue, and I was encouraged.
The lesson I learned about the setup: my backdrops were too high, but I still need something to frame the dolls and set them off from the general chaos of the show. (New ones in planning now.) Lastly, don't get too wrapped up in the decorating...make it look nice, but clutter only distracts.
Hope your week will be a lovely one!
|Nekkid rag dolls, and a pattern to dress them.|
|Valley of the Sun Doll Club--our gracious hostesses!|
|Me, w/ a weirdly prissy face and my show apron (uniform).|