Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dreams are Tricky Things...

I was thinking the other day about dreams come true. I lived so much of my life on the strength of my "someday" dreams that now that some of them are actually happening I feel a bit at a loss. Has this ever happened to you?

So I went back to my list of "to-do's" and "someday's" and realized that some of those dreams aren't really what I want to do any more. Skinny dipping in the Mediterranean for instance... that one's flown by (ok so I made that one up- but if I had thought of it...). Or backpacking around Europe, you get the idea...Still I had a list of majors.

Having a booth at an art fair was one of those. Ever since I was little and went with my mom to her craft shows I've wanted to do it. For years I visited the local art fair and imagined what it would be like to know that one of those white tented booths is mine.

Then just a few weeks ago I found what looks like the perfect entry-level experience for me. It's the Woodbury Lakes Art Fair and the cost was good, they were offering tent rental, and I could choose to participate on just Saturday. So I did it!

BUT I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO PREPARE for this. I've read books about craft fairs, I re-read the Crafty Superstar chapter on it, I've checked out the tips over on the Buzz blog, and feel like I have a basic idea of how they work. But still I don't know how to display my work, if I need lighting... I'm really hoping they have a wi-fi thing going so I can process credit cards. All these little details that I never thought about because I've never actually got this far.

What I expect to get out of this experience is well, actual experience. Dreams "coming true" means they lose that "dreamy" fog where reality doesn't infringe too much on your perfect scenario. Dreams are safe, stepping up and making those dreams a reality brings risk of difficulty and failure. But it also brings reward beyond imagining. Just knowing that you did something you've always wanted is hugely fulfilling. And it leads to either closure, or new dreams- I think it's worth the risks to find out.

9 comments:

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

I think it is worth the risk. Good on you for being brave and chasing down your dreams.

Jen said...

Best wishes with the Art Fair. I'm sure the experience will be worth the risks. And I absolutely love your scribble heart!!!!

Robin Norgren-Well of Creations said...

Have an AMAZING TIME! people are going to go GAGA over your stuff-I just KNOW IT!

Jen said...

Thanks girls- I really really really appreciate the support!

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

Hi Jen! Fun to see you at the top of the Flying Lessons spreadsheet! Congrats on the art show - that's a great big leap and I bet it will be wonderful. Can you reach out to other local artists about tips and tricks? One who comes to mind is Cheri Meyer (outofthecracks.blogspot.com) - she's done a lot of trial and error with local shows over the past year and I bet she'd be happy to share her learnings. Good luck! And by the way, I ADORE that heart with angel wings. Wow!!

suzanna Leigh said...

your blog is an inspiration. I love the way it is laid out, your heading at the top, your words about your creative journey, and--of course--your art!
I'm a KellyRae flyer to. I hail from an Island near Seattle WA. It's great to make your acquaintance.

suzannaleigh
suzannaleigh.blogspot.com

{little.happy.things} said...

Love your works! You are so talented!

bluemoonmama.com said...

I just stopped in from Kelly Rae's ecourse too and I saw your winged scribble heart and immediately went to your shop and bought it. I never make impulsive purchases like that but I just absolutely had to have it. I can imagine it on my wall. I really loved it with the cloud shadow box that you showed in your other post as well, but that wasn't in your shop, darn it ;)! Anyway, I can't wait to get this. It's just lovely. So glad I found you through the ecourse!

Nic Hohn said...

I love that last paragraph... there is a difference between dreamy fog dreams and making dreams come true. For me its called action. Love, love love your wire hearts....