Great crowds--Great weather--Great sales--and a great new booth. In my last post I put up photos of my booth saying that it was all the same this year, but when I came to set it up on Friday, I found a whole new renovated one. Here's what it was like last year--
And this is what was waiting for me when I got there--
This booth has a new owner, and he must have decided to give it a make-over, and what a great job he did. All new flooring and the black walls really made a difference in the whole display. The roof was all sealed up--no leaking anywhere, it rained just as much here as it did where I live, and we had about 4 straight days of rain--everything was dry inside. And what I was most excited about was this--
An actual counter where I could demonstrate my art (another requirement of the show) with shelving underneath where I could actually be organized with my bags, cash-box, and my paints, and all of that kind of stuff. I kept the area clear toward the end for demonstrating, and if you look further to the left, you'll also see that he added another room for extra storage--something I've NEVER had. I felt like I moved up from a little cottage to a mansion. I wasn't real happy with the photos I took, but this is the best shot of my booth that I could get--
And the weather was perfect too (although Sunday was a bit toasty), which led to hoards of people--
Okay I wanted to talk about a fairly new friend of mine that I actually met at this show last year. Here name is Susan Burton, and here art is calligraphy.
Isn't this a great booth? Let me take you inside--(remember to click on these for details)
Okay and on another subject--you know how us bloggers have 2 separate worlds. There's the real world where we have our life of the everyday activities--you know, waking up to our daily routines--cleaning up the house, running to the store, paying bills, eating our meals, watching (or not) TV, and on and on and on--with our own world of family and friends. And then there's our blog world where we get together with our friends to talk about our real world and our love of art, etc and we don't get tired of talking and listening about it either--in the real world, most people don't even know what gel medium is (do you believe that?!) Well, yesterday someone from my blog world crossed the line and came over into my real world!
These 2 sweet ladies--
On the left is Tracey from Glitterbug Studios and next to her is Melissa from Honey Girl Studio. Do you know how weird that is to talk to someone for the first time ever when you've been "talking" to them already for months in the cyber world! And to think, if I never decided to step into blogland, we could have seen each other somewhere and just kept on walking not knowing of our common interests. They were so much fun to talk to and gossip with, and no, not about anything that was going on around us, BUT what was going on around us in blogland. And---ooooh--I love this--Melissa, (who specializes in mixed media jewelry along with being a mixed media artist) knew that she was going to see me, so she made me this--
I have such a BIG smile on my face as I'm writing this. First of all, because I can say to you all of you in my blog world that I received a very cool piece of mixed media jewelry without you "looking" at me like I have 10 eyes on my face because you know exactly what I'm talking about. And second of all, because this was so thoughtful and it made my great weekend complete!!
Now, all I need now is an instant replay for this coming weekend!