bay area art alliance festival
I attended an arts and crafts festival today in Nassau Bay, Texas, the quiet suburban community where I grew up. The art alliance is housed in a large old building that once upon a time, was a bank.
On a June day in 1969, my parents walked into that bank and applied for a mortgage to buy the house where I grew up. This is that house today.
The trees sure are a lot bigger than they were when I was 8 years old. I would help my dad replace the mantles in the front yard gas lantern. He probably let me help because I had little hands.
OK enough nostalgia. I went to the art show to see if it was a venue that >>>maybe<<< I might consider >>>if<<< I ever gather the courage to become a craft merchant. And the answer to that question is a resounding maybe.
I loved some aspects of the venue, but there did not seem to be a lot of buyers and the merchant spaces were not all conducive to potential customer traffic. Some spots were great and others just downright awful.
One of the artists was Susan Freeman. She creates pieces under the name Metal Mercy. And I swiftly made a few purchases for possible Christmas gift giving. Susan uses found objects to make lovely and inspired crosses. She attaches a verse from the Bible to each work, a verse that resonates for her while she is making her art.
Oh! And I saw a fabulously cute-cute-cute and creative way to display merchandise.
But I didn’t take a picture, so let’s visualize together. First take a lampshade from a second hand lamp and remove the fabric shade. You’ll have something like this.
Next, wrap the metal with strips of muslin or other fabric. Then adorn it with your necklaces, earrings or other small products. Adorable! Really. It was adorable.
Not to change the subject, but the Thanksgiving progressive dinner potluck is still in progress. Yes, it is! Today, Laura at White Spray Paint is sharing a recipe that has been a family favorite for several generations and tomorrow, Tracey at Frugal Luxuries is sharing one of her very favorite recipes, perfect for Thanksgiving or nearly any time of year. You’re definitely invited, it’s a come-as-you-are affair.
Thank you for dropping by, and if you have any advice pertaining to the transition from home-crafter to merchant-crafter, please please share your pearls of wisdom.
Hope you’re having a fabulously wonderful fall weekend 🙂