Last weekend my husband and I headed to Annapolis, Maryland for the Arts and Music Festival
at Quiet Waters Park. I was one of 65 artists exhibiting. We stayed at the Taylor House Bed and Breakfast
less than a mile away from the park. It is a gorgeous home set on beautiful land, owned by an energetically friendly woman named Sophia. If you are spending time in Annapolis, this is a lovely place to stay. You will feel like you are at home!
This was my second year participating in the festival. I spent several weeks preparing for it. As some of you know, I had set a goal of creating 80 new pieces of jewelry, at a rate of 20 per week. I actually surpassed this goal!
Here a few of the pieces I created...
Once I completed the jewelry, I then worked on earring cards.
I created the cards with recycled kraft cardstock and stamped them with various tree and autumn stamps.
It is the same cardstock that I use to create my price tags. Creates nice continuity.
This really helped the earrings stand out on the tables and they make a really nice presentation for each pair!
I had been getting requests for jewelry for little girls, so I decided to make some pretty hair pins with resin flowers. Turns out that my customers liked them more for themselves! The cards that the pins are on were made from cardstock and scrapbook paper. They were actually quite fun to create!
A beautiful sunny weekend at Quiet Waters Park...
All ready for day one!
My amazing husband helps me at every show! He loads, unloads, carries all of the heavy items and even helps me set up the booth. We each take a table and set it up. He did the table on the left and I set up the one to the right.
I have proudly given him the titles of "Tech Support" and "Creative Director".
One of the fun aspects of having a booth is the artistic expression that goes into it's design!
What a great find and perfect addition to my booth!
I really enjoy creating a unique space for my customers to browse in.
I had a steady stream of people in my booth for most of Saturday.
While we were quite busy, it gave me the opportunity to meet some really wonderful people! Each of them commented on how much they liked my booth and the displays. Several asked to purchase them! It is such an honor to hear those compliments and very rewarding to create a space that people enjoy being in!
Getting ready for day two!
Some of the other artists at the festival...
Aimo Hill, a watercolor and oil painter from Annapolis.
Once again, we had a gorgeous view from our booth!
We were very fortunate, not only to have beautiful weather but also have a successful weekend of sales. I sold 65 pieces of jewelry! As most of you who exhibit at arts festivals and craft shows know, you really can't predict how it will go. You can only hope for the best!