Thursday, October 2, 2008

Back to Long Beach

After a very very long train trip (we rolled in almost 6 hours late and in the wee hours of the morning last night), I am trying to make sense of coming back to reality.

Fall Festival was an amazing experience on so many levels. There was the article that ran in the newspaper that drew hundreds of people to my website and to my booth over the weekend ("You're the one that was in the paper!"). There were conversations with other artists at the show that provided some amazing leads for me. There was a parade of people that I haven't seen in years (including some that I haven't seen since I graduated high school over 11 years ago!). And, of course, there were the priceless comments about my work (what people were most drawn to, what people were most concerned about) and the sales.

And, while I may have been a little stir crazy by the end of our 34 hour train trip, it was certainly a valuable chunk of time to just sit and make sense of everything. I am so grateful to so many people who came out to support me! It was such a fantastic whirlwind of an experience and I am so thrilled to have been a part of the festival.

One of the best things that came out of the show, for me, was solidifying a display that I like that I can use again and again...

And now it's time to get ready for the next show. (Although I'm tired, I'm glad to just roll right into the next event and try to keep some of the momentum going.) If you're in the Southern California area, come out and say hi! (There will be live music, wine and some yummy snacks - along with many very talented artists.)
Artisan Show & Sell
hosted by the Friends of Signal Hill Cultural Arts
located at the Signal Hill Community Center
1780 East Hill Street (off Cherry Avenue)
Saturday, October 4, 2008
3:00 - 8:00pm

* P.S. For anyone who's interested in traveling by train and might now be scared off because of our crazy delay, let me just say that, in all of the muck of being late, I was so impressed by Amtrak's customer service. We were continually treated like actual people (unlike how you are often shuffled around like cattle by the airlines), and our connection to Long Beach was honored even though we had missed the bus (they gave us an incredibly generous taxi voucher).

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