Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Back Home and Getting Ready To Do It Again.....

My  last  weekend--very  s-l-o-w  sales........it  was  a  bit  disappointing,  but  I  had  such  a  fun  time  all  of  these  weeks  (except  for  the  first  rainy  Saturday)  that  I'm  going  back  next  year!   I  did  some  great  shopping  too---very  one  of  a  kind  finds.  

When   I  do  make  a  sale,  of   course  it  makes  me  happy,   and  I  can  see  that  the  people  purchasing  it  are   too.   But  there  are  some  sales  that  I  like  even  better  when  the  recipients  are  very  excited  and  tell  me  why  they've  decided  on  a  particular  piece.

Last  week,  a  lady  came  in  with  her  Mom  and  daughter,  and  she  picked  out  a  few  items  (it  was  a  good  sale : )    And  then  her  daughter  walked  right  up  to  this--

You  see,  her  daughter  had  just  started  Kindergarten  this  year,  and  she  was  with  her  Mom  shopping  for  her  teacher  for  Christmas.   I  explained  to  her  that  it  would  be  a  great  box  for  her  teacher  to  hold  her  school  supplies  in,  and  she  loved  that  idea,  plus  this  box  (I  think)  would  be  a  great  teacher's  gift.   It's  pretty  fun  knowing  that  this  box  will  be  in  a  classroom  with  young  children  just  starting  out  in  school--a  good  home  for  it!

And  remember  my  sewing  stand  turned  into  a  table?   I'm  so  glad  that  I  sold  it  because  as  much  as  I  loved  it,  it  was  a  pain  in  the  you  know  what  to  haul  around--very  heavy  and  it  took  up  so  much  room  in  our  vehicle.   And  the  lady  who  purchased  it  was  so  excited.   She  told  me  that  she  had  a  room  in  her house  completely  devoted  to  local  artists,  and  this  is  where  this  table  was  going.

I  was  so  happy  to  hear  that.

And  also  this   piece  made  especially  for  the  festival--

The  first weekend  I  had  a  couple  of  inquiries  about  it,  and  I  told  those  interested  that  it  was  for  sale,  but  I  wanted  to  display  it  until  the  end  of  the  festival.   But  on  the  2nd   weekend,  a  lady  came  into  my  booth  and  just  fell  in  love  with  it.    And  I  knew  then  that's  who  I  was  making  this  piece  for.   I  always  say  that  I'm  making  my  art  for  someone  in  particular--they  just  have  to  find  it.   She  found  it,  and  I  couldn't  say  no.   I  let  her  take  it  home  with  her.

And  I  have  one  more  that  I  remember  well.   This  one  on  a  cupboard  door--

There  were  3  friends  shopping,  and  they  told  me  that  they  Christmas  shop  for  each  other  when  they're  together.   They  pick  out  what  they  like,  then  one  of  the  friends  will  get  whatever  it  is,  and  then  give  it  to  their  friend  at  Christmas  time.   They  say  that  they  usually  can't  remember  too  well  what  they  picked  out,  and  they  know  that  they  will  be  receiving  something  that  they  really like  : )
So  the  one  lady  picked  out  this  piece,  and  her  friend  purchased  it!   Love  that  idea!

This  is  why  I  prefer  selling  my  art  in  person.   I  love  to  know  where  my  "kids"  are  going  to  be.   I  get  very  attached  to  these  pieces,  as  I'm  sure  that  you  all  do  with  your own  art.   Sometimes  my  art  and  I  have  disagreements (just  like kids), but  in  the  end,  you  love  all  of  your  pieces   and  you  really   care  what  happens  to  them.

And  now  to  get  ready  for  another  big  show,  and  my  favorite  which  I  talked  about  HERE.....have  to  start  thinking  about  Christmas....the  show  is Old  Fashioned Christmas  in  the  Woods.   I  really  do  love  it--it's  very  festive,  and  like  the  name  says--old  fashioned--the  best  kind  of  Christmas!

41 comments:

Denise and Louise said...

So pleased that you have sold some of your items but is must be quite a wrench letting go of some of them !! If I could make items as lovely as yours, my home would be full to the brim because I could never let them go - lol
Denise xx

Sharon Tomlinson said...

Thanks, that was a great review of your event. Liked hearing about your sales and seeing the items again.

Becky~ said...

Oh your items are sooo gorgeous.I especially like the last pic, thats so cute.Thanks for sharing your story too.

Andreja said...

O how I understand when you said "I'm making my art for someone in particular". That is so true, I'm feel the same. I love all the pieces you showed, they are so in my stile☺ I wish you all the best with future creating and sales.

Cathy Bueti said...

Thanks for sharing all of this with us diane!! It must feel great to know that your work is going to nice homes!! I think I would like to sell in person vs with etsy I never get to know who is getting my art and as you say we do get attached to some pieces. Glad you are enjoying the shows. And my, it is almost christmas time isn't it?!! :)

Heavens2Betsy said...

I don't know how you bear to part with any of your pieces as they are all exquisitely beautiful. I LOVE the table particularly. It is so nice that you have found good homes for them all though. I really admire your work. penny

Buffy said...

I always love hearing about your shows. Thanks for sharing. Thats what I love about selling my art is knowing the buyer loves it as much as I do. Don't get me wrong,I like to make some money too lol. Make sure you show us some of your christmas art!

Sue J said...

Lovely pieces all of them Diane and it's nice to know they're going to good homes :)

Bren said...

It's so much fun hearing the stories of those who buy and why, glad you shared. It's no surprise that your painted furniture sold, they were all so beautiful.
Looking forward to seeing/hearing about the Xmas fair to come.

Dianne said...

Sounds like you had a great time! And made some great sales! Your pieces are so amazing... I'm sure they are well loved by their new owners.

Emelie said...

Such fun to hear these stories, art is so meaningful in our homes, you have a stoory about how it was done and your feelings and the buyer has a story of why they want it and where it will go in th home or who is going to get the piece.

You really sold significant works, so glad.

A fun post to see some of what is gone .

*jean* said...

o diane, that teacher box is just over the top adorable! how special to receive such a gift...and your other works so lucky to have found good homes...xo

slothead said...

Lila here, Diane's 'backdoor neighbor' at Yankee and I took one of her awesome creations home with me to give as a X-Mas gift! I simply love it and as Diane will be close to me again at X-Mas in the Woods, I will be scoping out another purchase as my BF Shirley raved and raved about Diane and her creations, LOL. Diane, I'm gonna send Shirl over to you and hope you can remember which ones she particularly liked! (plotting!)...See ya soon, Lila

Heather said...

Sounds like you had a great show and a great time! All these creations are just stunning and beautiful, so glad they found good homes!
I'm about to do my first show of the season this weekend. I always get nervous thinking 'will people get what I'm making?' its always fun and exciting though--- i always come back for more! Glad you had such a great time!

Juls said...

oooh such incredibly gorgeous creations! Hugs Juls

Isabel said...

Those lucky customers:O) Thank you for sharing and love the name of The Old Fashion Christmas too:O)

Janet Ghio said...

Love revisiting some of your pieces and glad you made some sales--so it sounds like it wasn't too bad! when I lived in Arizona, I had a friend that I always spent Saturdays with-we would go shopping and have lunch etc--we always bought each other something!! That way we didn't have to feel "guilty"--it was a present we were buying!!

Vicki said...

Each of these pieces are just gorgeous. If you let me choose, I just couldn't do it! l

rebeca trevino said...

congratulations diane! it sounds like a very successful show!

i especially love the sewing table. i would have brought that one home too, although getting it checked in at the airport might be a problem . . .

happy to hear you found all the right people for your pieces to go home with.
cheers!

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Great post Diane. I especially love the 'kindergarten' box story. That is the perfect place for your box! It must be nice to know that your art will carry stories with them when they go to their new home.
Hugs and blessings
Kelly

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

What beautiful pieces! I am so glad that they found wonderful homes. I am loving the cupboard & that darling white bird in the corner. You always create such wonderful, interesting pieces. Good luck preparing for the next event. :)

Cameron said...

I love that! Hearing about where the pieces will be going...and who will be loving them....
Makes it all seem worthwhile!

Your work is gorgeous! I'm so glad some of the rightful owners came to claim their art :D

Kathy said...

I loved this post with all the stories about your "kids" going off to good homes and how you somethimes have disagreements with them. Ha! I think I have some knock-down drag-outs with some of my "art" - LOL!!!!

roc said...

oh...i love that sewing machine table! how awesome would that be in my house! haha someone very lucky is going to just sit and stare at it. your work is always SO full of detail. you just stare and see something new all the time.

NatashaMay said...

I'm so happy you made all these sales. :) They are really awesome art pieces and they obviously got great new owners. :)

Donna said...

I have been to Yankee Peddler and Christmas in the woods many many times, I bet you will do great!
donna

Holly Loves Art said...

Gorgeousness here!!!!! Such inspiration always. Thank you for sharing your talents.
Hope you're having a great week.
Holly

sharon said...

I always love your pieces Diane, but really enjoy seeing them all together like here...they are so fantastic and create so much happiness and energy!

Lynn said...

I feel your joy in all these sales of these beautiful pieces. Happy for you.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Welcome home. Do you ever sleep? Are you making items for the Christmas show or do you have them already?

Glad to read that some of your pieces went to loving homes. That's how it should be. Sorry the sales were slow, but at least you let the piece go the 2nd week you had planned to show through to the end. It was destiny.

Janine said...

Wow...love that box! Lucky teacher to get that! You must be exhausted! Congratulation on the sales! Fun read!

Marilyn Rock said...

Thanks for sharing your shows with us. Your art is loved by so many including me!

Lorraine said...

so glad you sold your art to people who appreciate its..I like the tale behind your school box..just imagine the wonder of the kids looking at that

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A Dancing Mango said...

Hi Diane,
Last time I posted my post would not post!! It worked.
I loved your entire article.
I am so happy you had wonderful success w/your art show.
Your items are fascinating!
How fun! ♥Darlene

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Hi Diane, sorry to hear that sales were slow. But it's wonderful that the sales you did make were meaningful ones. I loved reading the stories behind the sales. :) Hope you and yours have a great weekend! Have missed you. :)

Deb Harvey said...

Wonderful post! I can see why you love doing the shows...It would be great meeting the people that love your artwork. I'm getting closer, I think, to giving it a go.
Love all of your work!!!

Odd Chick said...

These are such beautiful liitle treasures! I am so happy they have gone on to homes where they will be loved and cherished. Those kind of shows are hard work and I commend you fo your industrious self AND your creative self! A well-rounded woman for sure!

Wini said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful pieces of art and the stories behind the sales! What a great feeling to connect with your buyers and know that your art is going to good homes. I really enjoyed reading this post today! Wini xo

Kristin said...

Ooooh!! I love hearing what happened / sold! And my favorite box on top went to a great place! Congratulations on all of your success! xoxo

Theresa said...

Oh what gorgeous pieces D! I love that your "kids" were adopted by the perfect "parents". It would be hard to let them go....

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