I wanted to use this post to think through how I felt after the Vintage and Handmade fair. The piccies are of the things I bought/swapped whilst there.
I have always made things, even from a child it was my comfort to stick/glue and make things. I tended to hide how much I enjoyed it all as I thought it was a childish thing to do so career decisions took me away from creativity to something sensible. Not a bad choice but a different path. The last few years I have come to realise that there are many people out there who love to make things in just the same way. It been great to meet them and feel stronger about the things I make.
A Christmas decoration from Jayne and the Happy Crow
I was eager to try it as it was in a supportive environment and something I had never tried before. Before the fair I felt extremely nervous about putting my designs on show. Michelle and Jayne were very encouraging as were many of you with wonderful comments (and if you want to try out selling things like I did then I really recommend them as the organised it wonderfully and it really was very busy with people who wanted to buy handmade things). The fair went very well and I looked carefully at others work. I felt that my designs held up well to other peoples. This has increased my confidence greatly. I was slightly disappointed with my stall on the day that I had not taken more of my stuff and felt it looked lacking in comparison to some other people who do this as a business. It did not seem to have a cohesive designed look. But I feel that its ok for it to be lacking as I have a busy life and do not put the time in that is needed to really bring it off. I sold enough things at the fair to know that my designs were good.