As you know I've been blogging about doing my first craft show this month. The show was on December 12-13 in Raleigh, NC at a shop called Carolyn's Bead Addiction. The show was a moderate success for me. Saturday was the only day we had customers but I ended up making four sales, two of which were multiple pairs of earrings! One sale I made without even being present. Another artisan (the one who did the metal work you'll see below) was kind enough to sell a pair of my winter charm earrings while I went to pick up some lunch. I met a ton of great people out there and we all bonded as we shivered together in the cold for hours and hours. The weather was, in short, miserable but it really was great fun due to the personalities present.
The second day was very uneventful sales-wise. The weather was not only cold but rainy, so we stayed indoors for the entire time. It started out as a really, really depressing day but as we got to talking, crafting, and sharing techniques it became a great networking event. I learned a bit about wire wrapping and how to make ornaments. I also got some tips on great places to shop for some of the tools and supplies I need to improve my craft and practice things I'm interested in (such as making and hammering my own earwires).
I didn't take any pictures on the second day, but I did on the first while we were all outside. This was my booth:
Wear a little piece of beautiful
Metal work: necklaces, earrings, and bracelets
I purchased an adorable pair of pink sterling earrings in the shape of breast cancer ribbons from this artisan for my grandmother as a Christmas present. The short version of the story behind them is that he originally made these earrings as a fundraiser in honor of his friend who had cancer. She passed away recently and he still sells them in her memory. The earrings range in price from $8 to $10.