So - it was recon day at the 32nd Annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival! I checked out every booth for the booth setup and the types of work, the many artists, what is selling, the pricing, etc.
Very informative, as I was looking at the artists in an entirely different manner than when I'm simply checking out the goods. It was very interesting to see how the various artists were interacting with everyone else - not only with potential customers, but with other artists and with the general population flow up and down the streets.
So many different types of booth setups as well. There are sidewalks on the back side of every booth - some artists were making better use of them than others, by hanging work on the back, keeping their director chairs either at the front to sit and chat, or through a small opening into the back of the booth.
Lots of jewelry, pottery, woodwork, photography, fine art painting, glasswork.
I saw only one booth with mixed media works, and it seemed to be pretty busy, with good prices - hope the artist does well!
It inspired me and overwhelmed me at the same time.....just another challenge for the inner artist...
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Fear has so many faces. This week, my face is reflecting fears on the economy, my job, my siblings' jobs, my team....
I should be working out to relieve the stress because I know that it does help, but it seems that all I want to do is check out my blog favorites, post on Etsy and try to create. I should be updating my resume and checking out business networking sites, but I work 10 hours a day at Huge McNormous and I don't want to think about it at night.
I'm finding new friends on Etsy and receiving really great stuff - loving supporting the hand-crafted network. Off to do recon at a big local craft fair this weekend - Lazy Daze in Cary NC. I want to check out the booths, get new ideas and see what's selling.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
It's up and running! Welcome to Lulu's Sandbar - my new Etsy store. I'm really excited and anxious and a bit overwhelmed at the same time....
Pictured here is the first completed shadowbox collage, titled, "Cowgirl Up!"
To view this and other items in my Etsy store, please access the "My Etsy" link in the sidebar.
Can't wait to see you there!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Although I'm not in shape at all, while I'm watching these elite athletes I'm feeling like I've been competing in the Olympics this week. Cutbacks at Corp Huge McNormous are weighing everyone down and it's been an effort to keep the team motivated while I'm a bit nervous myself.
I love the thought of somehow being able to say that I swam 9 hours per day, every day for the last four years....but there is no way I could ever do that, so I think that Michael Phelps deserves everything that he wins.
I really need to get my items together for my Etsy store. Enough research - get crafting!
How to get motivated? Thoughts?
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Saturday, August 2, 2008
....can be defined as the experience of thinking, reacting, and working in an imaginative and idiosyncratic way which is characterized by a high degree of innovation and originality, divergent thinking, and risk taking.
This also best defines how I feel about life beyond the sandbar....especially, risk-taking. And to experiment in many new and different types of mediums is such a great feeling.
I'm still working on managing all of it, though - the day job, the blog, the art pieces, the start-up to the Etsy store - all take so many pieces of time away from what I think of as the creative process. I just need to realize that the process IS the process!