Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Well. It's all over. Jason and I were home, unpacked and showered within 2 hours of the show being over. And I can say that I had quite a bit less to pack up than I came there with, which was a wonderful feeling. In particular, I sold that huge Nashville skyline painting there to some really great people, whom I didn't know. It's so gratifying that someone who doesn't know me likes my work enough to part with hard-earned money. And the home that they're buying it for is going to be on the Belmont-Hillsboro home tour in the fall! I'm so there. I'm very calm about the sale now, but when I was making it, I was trying really hard not to just started squealing and running aroung in circles. Not to mention trying to do math. I'm still kind of on a high about the whole thing.
So, here's list of things that I sold:
-TONS of purses.
-All 30 feet of the bunting I made in this tutorial.
-This flying geese pillow.
-a cd holder
-a couple of prints
-prints of Kelly's Nashville
-TONS of handprinted fabric. I was so surprised by this! But it's great. I think I need to do more of that.
-All of the journals that I had--I probably should have made more, but they didn't have a very high profit margin, and i just ran out of time.
-My huge painting. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
My favorite sale of the weekend. This little girl said she wanted an over the head purse. Her aunt bought this for her--it was the perfect size for her to put around her. And I thought--that's a pretty big purse for a 5 year old. Then she insisted on immediately transferring the contents of her previous purse right then and there. She had a pink and purple fleece bag that had more treasures in it than you could imagine. Including a couple of wheat thins. So I guess I was wrong about the size thing. Go on, girl. You're well on your way.
Overall, it was an extremely hot weekend, but so fun. I wouldn't want to do this all the time, but once in a while (when sales are good and it's not raining or hot) it's quite a thrill to meet everyone and see how much people love my work. Where else can you get that kind of ego boost? I loved to see people just walk into my booth and start grinning. Very gratifying.
My mom and sister were and enormous help and distraction from the heat. They allowed me to get up and see other artists, and Lauren is pretty hysterical. They left at noon on Sunday to go back to Missouri. It probably wasn't their idea of a super fun trip to Nashville, but I greatly appreciated them being there.
This is mom quilting on a hand-dyed, hand-appliqued, and hand quilted masterpiece. Lauren and I agree that it's our favorite of all time. And she's only been working on it for 5 years!