Hi everyone!! I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun holiday weekend while remembering why we celebrate Memorial Day. Before I go any farther…I would like to welcome all my new followers and say thank you to all that have been following for awhile. I really appreciate all of you and LOVE getting your comments. I try to answer most of them..I hope I am doing things right on here—I’ve never been too great with techie stuff!! Word press is a bit different from Blogger. Sometimes when I get a new follower I can’t tell what blog they write—when I just see the email address it can take some detective work to figure it out. Of course, you never know, maybe I am missing some part of Word Press that will tell me!! That’s entirely possible and according to my family, probable!! Anyway, you are all welcome and I sure hope you enjoy getting a peek into what it is REALLY like to make your living going to show after show after show after show etc. ad nauseum……!!
Yesterday I finished doing signs…a LOT of signs!! Actually—there are 88 of them. Today I clearcoated all of them and put the sawtooth hangers on the backs….well, except for the last 21 of them that are not dry enough yet. I’m hoping I can get those clearcoated tonight. Here are a few of them…
These signs are not hard to do, but they ARE very tedious—and then if you multiply that times 10 (each), you can see why I am anxious to get back to folk art—I go back and forth between signs and folk art (and vintage pieces) to relieve the boredom and to avoid getting carpel tunnel in my hands. I have really been pushing myself because very soon the shows will be very close together and we are also approaching our big shows –they can totally wipe us out of signs in one weekend …and leave us with not enough time to make more for the next show. Because I finish the signs with an oil stain, I need to let them dry at least 48 hours. That means sometimes when we get home from a show on Sunday night, I need to get new ones cut, sanded, painted, and stained by Tuesday night in order to have them ready for the next show! So, I am constantly painting signs or at least prepping them to build up a large stock . I also try to have new pieces for each show…it always amazes me when my repeat customers walk up to my booth and immediately point right to the new things. Having a few new pieces every show keeps customers coming back. It has always been my opinion that every booth should have a range of prices so that everyone who walks into a show can afford to buy from your booth—maybe they won’t find what they can’t live without, but they should be able to afford to buy SOMETHING in your booth if they choose to. I carry pieces from $4 and up. I think what a lot of the public doesn’t know is that in this business, if you sell handmade, the money you earn is nice…but the reaction from our customers is priceless!! I just love talking to my customers about where they hung their purchase or how the person they bought it for was so thrilled!! A lot of the public doesn’t understand just how hard this work is too—just think about moving your household most every weekend!! Anyway…I love doing it…even though in November I am starting to look forward to hibernating for the winter.
Thought I would include a piece of folk art too….
I need to get a lot more winter pieces done—maybe in the next batch! So, thanks again for following and commenting…I’m so glad I started blogging!!—Jan