Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Have you seen my MoJo??

The first weekend of this month I co-hosted a huge vendor show. We had 40 craft and art vendors together in one room for the weekend to show and hopefully sell their work. The planning was at times challenging but in the end Oh, so rewarding. It was a little bit of an extra challenge to also be a vendor in the same show. The dual role was new for me and I admit, it has taken me awhile to re-group from the whole thing.

Here you can see as many of the vendors are finishing their set up and getting ready to start.

The room was full of talent and people wanting to shop.

At times it was even like a party. I love meeting so many people.

Pulling off what turned out to be a rather amazing show was such a “high”. Afterwards, I had a new found determination to make business grow. I learned so much from the experience, things about myself and from some of the other vendors. Things like networking and marketing are very important and there is a strong need to stay current. All of this can cause your mojo to waver.

So many of us find such joy in the creating, that it’s hard to pull away from that to do the more tedious work of getting your item out there. After spending any amount of time self promoting and it can get hard to maintain your level of confidence.

Taking a break from the tedious side of things and not quit “feeling” the creative spirit in me, I thought I would take a look at a few talented artists I’ve stumbled over. These aren’t any of the vendors from my show but people I have found just floating around on Etsy.

Here I found a gentleman who does pen and ink drawing. I’m always amazed but people with this kind of talent. There are some things you can learn or skills that can be improved over time but there are some things that are just a god given talent. I think his drawings are so detailed and beautiful. I’m in awe.

Here is a woman who has an eye for art. She works in mixed media paintings. I love the way she sees things and put different items together.

Here is someone who has the old fashioned art of handwork down to a science. I remember my grandmother making things similar to these. I can do most of those stitches but I don’t think I could put them all together and have them look like more than a pile of string. Well done.


I hope you enjoyed your little peek at some Etsy artists. Go visit their store for a better look and pop into a few other stores while you’re there.


Intense Guy said...

I have to limit myself looking at others talents... like the pencil sketches are jaw-dropping incredible - its amazing what some folks can do... I just have to guard against the "I am not (anywhere near) as talented as they are" blues.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

If I really let myself, I could spend hours on end looking through everything at Etsy. So much talent!

Megan said...

Thanks for the feature, I REALLY appreciate it!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Thank you so much for featuring my mixed-media paintings on your blog!
All the best,

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Sounds like you did an amazing job! I love to learn more and keep growing! Those Pen drawings are so amazing!! I hope you made lot's of sales!

Intense Guy said...

P.s., I'm tickled pink the show worked out so well -