Another First: A marvellous feeling to see my write-up published online in the James Bay Market Holiday Gift Guide! Yay!
I’m excited to be selling my stained glass designs at the Dickens Christmas Fair here in Victoria on December 3, 2011. Put on by the James Bay Market Society, it looks like it will be a fabulous family event with a great line-up of music, food, and loads of pretty things to look at. I hope to see you there!
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Making this stained glass design has been incredibly invigorating to me. Earlier this year, I created an idea for my online Etsy Shop that people could have their child’s art turned into a stained glass window suncatcher. I know my son was tickled pink when I turned his artwork into stained glass (click to see his art), so I thought that other families might find this to be a rich and meaningful experience as well.
And now, thanks to Shannon who purchased this idea as a thoughtful and creative gift for her daughter’s grandparent, I got to work with the art her 3-year-old daughter created. It all came alive to me when Shannon explained why her daughter chose to draw this picture.
“This is my daughter’s idea of the ocean, beach, a shark and pieces of sea glass and shark teeth on the beach. She spends vacations searching for these things with my parents. She turned 3 in July and is obsessed with sharks and their teeth.”
I love the energy and sense of balance in this drawing. Using my stained glass software, I was able to provide Shannon with some options for her suncatcher design. She chose the design and colours of the middle circular suncatcher.
And here is the final stained glass suncatcher. I know that the grandparents are going to adore this gift, and I’m so thankful to have been asked to create art with Shannon’s daughter.
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I had such a fantastic day today at the Victoria craft fair at Commonwealth Pool. I sold a load of snowmen as well as a lot of other stained glass designs and also met a lot of fabulous people (I love this crowd)! I’m looking forward to another day tomorrow. See you there!
I learned a valuable lesson at the craft fair this last weekend: Make loads of little stained glass ornaments to sell at great prices. I made a couple dozen $2 snowmen for my fair last weekend and to my great surprise, I had a crazy rush and sold out right away. Well, that was so much fun that I worked all evening and made a bunch more snowmen for the next day. Once again, I had such a rush that the snowmen were sold out within half an hour. There’s nothing like the feeling of having word get out and people scrambling to get to my table fast enough. What craziness! Lesson learned: This week I am going to create a million snowmen for the Victorian Craft Fair at Commonwealth Pool here in Victoria. If you ordered snowmen in advance, I’ll see you there!
I had such a great time selling my stained glass designs at my first craft fair this past weekend! I met lots of fabulous people (many of whom had great ideas and loads of compliments to share), sold some of my designs (I did a couple happy dances), learned some marketing strategies, and came away feeling tired, but energized and excited to continue on this amazing journey. Fair Number Two next weekend – here I come!
The cooler weather has come and with that in mind, I’m excited to bring these pretty snowflake designs to my Christmas Craft Fair this weekend. I’ve made them in green and white, as well, but these blue ones are my personal favourites. They are pretty to hang in the window all through the winter, not just as a Christmas decoration.
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