I'm thrilled to say hosting my very first booth (and at a big event nonetheless), went extremely well! I nearly sold out, and the majority of it sold in the first hour or so. I'm so overwhelmed by what a great response I got. A lot of my customers were people who already knew me, but many were also people I'd never met before, so that was great!
I have to give a TON of credit to my husband and parents. The days leading up to the bazaar, and the day itself, they were right next to me, helping me set up, price items, solve problems, quell a few of my meltdowns (haha), feed me, hydrate me, etc. etc. etc. I don't know if I've ever felt more loved than those few days. I was so incredibly nervous, especially the couple days beforehand, and all three of them were such comforts to me. I've thanked them all about a thousand times for all their help, but I don't know if I'll ever be able to adequately express my gratitude to them.
Now, I'm on to the next stage of my business: conquering the custom work flow and hopefully launching my Etsy page sometime soon (while maintaining a full-time job). I've already got a few custom pieces in the works, and I'm excited! It's really validating to see that people are still interested in my artwork and want to partner with me on their ideas.
Stay tuned for some posts about the fun things I'm making for people! And feel free to email me if you've got an idea in mind ;)
Tickets are $10 at the entrance or you can purchase them here. If you purchase your tickets ahead of time, you'll get to go through the express line, and will get some extra goodies when you arrive.
I hope I see some of you there!
From an early age, I’ve been interested in experimenting with my handwriting. I remember always wanting to be called on to write on the board in elementary and junior high, and taking extra care to make sure it looked perfect. And I can especially remember playing around with different fonts as I took notes in my high school history class.
When my husband and I got married in October of 2012, I incorporated a lot of hand-lettered items and labored over the addressing of all our save-the-dates and invitations. It was through that experience especially that I realized this was something I really loved doing (even with all the hand cramps) and could do as more than a hobby.
Over the next couple of years, I did some custom pieces for friends, mostly wedding chalkboards, but it wasn’t until last summer that I started pursuing making my business “official.”
At the church I work at, Scottsdale Bible, we opened up an on-campus café, and I was asked to do the chalkboard menus for it. It was a huge undertaking—they were waaaaay bigger than anything I had done before—but probably one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done.
Doing these chalkboards caught the attention of the gals in our Women’s Ministry, and they encouraged me to host a booth and sell my artwork at their huge vintage market event in January. The thought was a bit daunting, but I knew this was the push I needed to really pursue this passion of mine.
Fast forward to now, and I’m just a couple weeks away from hosting my booth at Treasured!
Over the past few months, I’ve spent countless hours (and a lot of money, haha) to be prepared for this event and the launch of my business, but through it I feel like I’ve grown so much. I tend to be really critical of my own work, but I’m finally at the point where I’m actually happy with what I’m putting out. There’s still lots of room for more growth and improvement, and there always will be. But I’m really proud of how far I’ve come.
After Treasured, my hope is to continue making lots of fun pieces and do more custom work. Be watching for the launch of my Etsy page, and feel free to email me if there’s anything I can make for you!