So, what have I been up to this week? Well, apart from sorting out my computer issues I have been completing orders from last week and building up stock for a new 2-day show coming up this weekend at the Kent County Showground, Detling called Tots '2' Teens. Planned as a show for all parents and soon-to-be parents, the show boasts a real mix of stalls and activities from crafts to financial advice to family-friendly vehicles.
Available at www.studiocrafts.net
What is difficult is knowing whether to focus on the range of children's designs such as the really popular Noah's Ark or whether visitors are just as likely to purchase classic floral and animal desigs.
Hmm... Anyone got a crystal ball I can borrow for a week or so?
New shows are always pretty scary ventures for a few simple reasons:
- Will the organisers do their job and promote, advertise and market the event? (So far, the answer does seem to be yes on this one)
- Will the people come out and visit? (Will let you know...)
- Will we cover our costs and make enough sales to make it a worthwhile weekend? (Again, will let you know...)
If you or anyone you know fancy a trip to what is set to be a really great show, please do come along and say hello. I am located in the Craft Section in the John Hendry Pavilion.
More details on the show can be found here Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. Oh, and don't worry if the weather decides to take a turn - it is fully indoors!
Back to what I have been up to this week - I have three special orders which I am completing - none of which are straightforward!
The first is a second dog portrait for a customer (I did another portrait of the same dog a couple of weeks ago) which fortunately is now almost complete and ready to be posted.
However, my major challenge has been two large designs of Hindu Gods - Ganesh and Hanuman. In some ways, these are easier than the portraits as the lines are simpler and more in line with my normal work but the colouring of them is a different matter! These are really colourful and sooooo detailed with all their jewels and elaborate decorations. I will post a pic of them next week once they are finished and you will see what I mean!
I have Ganesh complete so far (apart from a little touching up here and there) and am really pleased with how it has come out. Hanuman is next and is likely to prove to be a little more complicated as I have to work out the colours from a set of different images and each one seems to be different!! I can see a bit of Artistic Licence coming into play here... I also need to come up with designs for two Buddhas for the same person ready for when I deliver the completed items and I can't believe how many different images there are out there.
Who said this was going to be easy??? Have a great week - I'm off to start stage one of colouring jewels on a Monkey-God...
As a short footnote, today would have been my Dad's 81st Birthday so Happy Birthday Dad we miss you and are all thinking of you today (and every day) xxx