I don’t do many outdoor shows – the Lilac Festival in Calgary is it. I’m always hemming and hawing about doing it too. While all of the shows I’ve done have been dry 3 of them were chilly most of the day and let’s face it, I’m a spoiled house plant sort of chick. This weekend, until the last day, the forecast was for rainy gloom and I drove in expecting a wash of a sale.
Turns out it was sunny, warm and dry the whole day. The best turn out I’ve had and certainly the best sales. The universe laughs at my expectations and sometimes I don’t mind the joke being on me…
I could not do this show every year without the help from my folks. They cheerfully give up a Sunday and help with the whole deal. And that wraps year number 5!
After the miserably cold Lilac Festival in Calgary last year, all I hoped for was a nice, sunny day. And I got it, a beautiful day – sunshine, blue skies, little breeze.
My folks came to help me and we spent the day selling clay goodies and talking to folks. The show had awesome attendance and I did well. I’m hoping to get there next year, as well.
This one gets a long post because I’ve spent the bulk of the last few months getting ready for the Oasis Bead Show and the Lilac Festival and now they’re done! I have one more decent sized show left in two weeks but it’s just across the road from me so none of the 500km of travel thing!
This is my booth and the Dragonfire Studio (aka. Fran Davis) booth. She makes beautiful lampwork beads in whimsical designs. Chloe picked out another kitty bead this year so we now have a collection of cat beads. Looking at the booth, I think I need some sort of standing signage like hers. I couldn’t attach my banner to the wall due to the hall regulations and didn’t bring enough clips to hang it on my table front. Learning experience!
Part of the fun of the show is seeing customers and friends again. I played dueling camera with Christine Bennett of Purple Pony Art. Her and her mom have often done the same shows as me over the years. And the booth with lots of goodies is Bedrock Supplies of Edmonton who will actually be carrying quite a stack of my beads now (insert “YAY”)
As usual, I love to see what people do with my beads so when a customer from Saturday came back on Sunday to get more beads and show me what she’d put together so far I asked if I could take a few pics. (name) will be at the Calgary Folk Festival selling her pieces so do stop by.
Marilyn Gardiner was an instructor and vendor at the show and stopped by to show me a few of her beautiful chainmaille pieces made with Ontario-based polymer clay artist beads by Helen Breil and Barbara Colautti (I think! Correct me if I’ve got it wrong!). Since I rarely get to see other finished polymer clay art beads than my own offline, I really appreciated this!
To add to the drama of doing my Very First Bead Show was the fact that behind me on the highway the week of rain at home had caused flooding in the surrounding communities. A part of the largest Canadian highway had washed out almost immediately behind the bus I took, stranding several of the rural communities. My family took a northern detour to get to Calgary after me and Monday we drove back via the rural roads. While the storm was ominous looking and we drove by quite a few washed out fields, our house was safe and dry when we got in. The second pic is the bike path along the usually shallow creek in front of our house though! This is about 4 feet up from normal.
Send me dry thoughts!