With a beautiful weekend in the forecast and a wonderful location, I really looked forward to participating in the Chastain Park Arts Festival. This was to be my biggest show, with sunny skies. What you may not know, however, is that when it came close to show time, I struggled over the decision to attend. Having lost my grandfather one week prior, work and jewelry were not high priorities; I just wanted to be with my family. But as time progressed, I was able to say a final goodbye to Grandpa and make it back to Atlanta just in time to set up my booth for the weekend.
Those who know me well, know that I spend days, and sometimes weeks, sweating the details of events such as these. I want to put my best foot forward, all the time. But losing a loved one has a way of putting things in perspective: if I was going to do the show, I was as prepared as I could be. Things would be okay if I didn’t have time to make more jewelry. If I forgot to pack something I could run to the store. If a rain cloud appeared from the middle of nowhere, so be it. In fact, there was no sweating involved. I had peace.
Reflecting back, it was the right decision. There were lots of smiling visitors, cool temps and plenty of sunshine. I met some of the most wonderful people (and saw familiar faces!) who gave great feedback on my jewelry and display. It’s gratifying to see others happily browse through my work and even walk away with one of my handcrafted creations.
Here is a booth shot from the show. My display continues to evolve but I’m happy with its “bones”.
The copper and silver flower post earrings were a big hit. They were a new design that I hadn’t shown in person, so I didn’t know how they’d be received. But as you can see, I’ve had to restock them. 🙂
I have great memories of the Chastain Park Arts Festival and if all goes as planned, I’ll be back next year.
Thank you to everyone who made it out to the show. To this day it’s still mind boggling that I get paid for work this fun and satisfying to me.
I think it’s the way work is meant to be.