"Insist upon yourself. Be original" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I had planned to write this sometime during the days leading up to the 2014 Spring One of a Kind Show, in which I participated as a New Exhibitor at the end of March. However, I ran out of time to write as I was sewing, planning, quilting, packing, sewing, designing, quilting, researching, sewing, hauling, and sewing some more. I also had good intentions to get to this right after the close of the five day show, but for all the reasons I have listed above and some more I now find myself reflecting two weeks after the end of the show.
It was an honour to have been accepted as an exhibitor to this caliber of a show. I have been attending the One of a Kind since the 80's as a visitor and have always been impressed with the quality of both the artisans and the show's production. I can still remember the first time I attended with my friend Nancy. The One of a Kind was much smaller then. I believe it was in the Automotive Building and maybe had 100 artisans (the Spring now showcases 450 artisans, while the Christmas show features 800!) and the booths were much more modest. But the show made and left an impression on me - people creating unique products and offering them for sale to a group looking for something different and hand-made. I also remember what I bought that day, shortbread cookies and an address book that was covered with a pretty fabric that had little flowers scattered all over it - imagine that. I cherished it for years.
Being part of the show this year turned out to be a great experience. It was an opportunity to present and promote Country Clothesline to the public and get immediate, personal responses and feedback. I sold a lot of Pretty Pillowcases and even a few Quilts acquiring new customers, meeting many wonderful people, and getting to know and being inspired by some interesting artisans and craftspeople.
It would not have been possible without all the help I received. This was a team effort and a big thank you goes out to all of my family who supported and helped me make this event happen. And thanks to all my lovely friends and family who came out to see me and give me the boost that I needed to get through the long 10 hour days. Truly appreciated.
So now, I have two weeks to get myself ready for the Creative Festival taking place at the International Center April 25th and 26th. This is an emporium for sewers, quilters, knitters, etc where the public can buy fabric, wool, notions, sewing machines and take part in workshops and demonstrations. A crafter's paradise. I will be selling a selection of my Fresh & Pretty Quilting Fabrics. So, off to work...
"Do your work - but do your thing" - Ralph Waldo Emerson (again)