I had a great opportunity to be a craft vendor at the Home County Music & Arts Festival in London, Ontario this summer. I was visiting my friend in Winnipeg in May when I rather impulsively applied for a spot and got it right away. I can't say I hadn't thought about it much. A month or so prior I did consider it very seriously and decided that maybe my first go at this shouldn't be a 3 day outdoor affair. Sensible. Reasonable. Rational.
So what changed? Well, as I said, I was visiting one of my best girlfriends and there was wine, but there were also the fond memories of youth that old friends invariably get into. Memories of adventures, spontaneity and taking risks. Next thing I knew I was pressing send and I'd applied. I didn't really think I would get chosen. They were only accepting 10 people. One of them was me. There was great exhilaration and martinis then a slow steady terror until I got home a few days later when full blown panic set in.
What did I know about doing this? I vascilated between the confidence of being a professional for 40 plus years and the mind numbing newbie standing there not having a clue which way to start moving. I knew how to make cards, I loved making these lovely works of art. Start there.
So I started making cards. Along the way I came up with a number of cards that I needed to make. This was actually rather arbitrary, but I needed something to keep on target. Luckily, my husband was very supportive and mostly stayed out of my way, walked the dog, shopped, cooked the meals, cleaned and planted the garden . Ok, super hero supportive!
Then there is the practical and business aspect of this to figure out and manage. Displays, table set up, credit card machine thingy, bags, signs, and on and on. This went on for weeks and I still kept making cards.
One of the things that surprised me was I was still having fun. I had to design some cards because this was first and foremost a music festival.
This was definitely a grand adventure that I am thrilled I took with good friends and family. Will I do it again? I will not likely do an outdoor show. I might do a small indoor show, maybe, if there is lots of wine & martinis involved.