There were two events. The first was on Thursday and was mainly geared toward community members with some influence, like reporters, city council members, etc. The second and main event was on Saturday and was open to the public with free food and entertainment. Artists of many types displayed their work all through the building. There were filmmakers, metal workers, wood sculptors, painters, digital artists, cartoonists, and more. Angela, her sister Vanessa, and I were the planners. The parts that I helped with were the brainstorming, dessert order, pamphlet creation, coffee order, table and chair rental, balloon order, and floral order.
It was super nuts trying to prepare my own booth while also planning the event, but I feel like I pulled it off. Many folks took my business cards, which made me happy. I also got plenty of compliments on my work, making me beam with pride.
This was my first time tabling for crochet. In high school and college I sold jewelry semi-successfully, but I stopped when the materials became too expensive and I lost my inspiration. Jewelry making is fun but also pretty limiting unless you are willing to put a lot of money into materials and learning new skills like metal work or glass blowing. I much prefer crochet, not only because the results are a little more practical, but also because it is so accessible. You can buy yarn for $3 a skein or $30 a skein. You can stick to basic stitches or expand to hundreds of new stitches. You can buy patterns, find free patterns, or make your own patterns. You can make things to wear, things to play with, things to snuggle under, things to cook with, things to look at...the possibilities are endless and inspiring! Participating in this event really solidified my resolve to make crochet my lifelong hobby and hopefully small business. In these past few months I've really gotten serious about it and I've already enjoyed a bit of success in pattern sales, gathering a blog following, and selling a few items. I am very hopeful about the future.
I got to be a part of Vision 5's beginning. Thanks for being a part of my new beginning as I grow as a crochet creator, designer, and blogger.