Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Crafting Community

As I wrapped up my summer market sale this year, at the same time, I was getting ready for my end of summer Manyfest Event that takes place in our downtown. This was my second year attending this event and I always look forward to it. It is one of those once a year events that take place that for a second year in a row left me in awe of the organization that puts it on, and the people who attend it!

By far my favorite thing about this event is the evening. There is a big stage which always lends way to fantastic local talent, a huge wine and cheese tasting area, chairs, tables and candle light everywhere! Everywhere you look, there are candles, lighting up the night. There are people of all ages holding hands, dancing, singing and truly enjoying the night. This year the weather was perfect. Purely perfect for this wonderful evening. It was a great way to end the summer. And did summer ever end! The next day it was windy, cold, overcast, and summer was gone.....

Following that sale, I worked like crazy to get ready for a bigger sale in Brandon, Manitoba - Brandon's Big One. It was great, very busy on the Saturday, and slower on the Sunday. As with all sales, I forgot something! Two somethings this time, my sign (which is a big no no to forget) and part of my wine princess display. I also thought to complete my display, I needed an empty wine bottle. So guess what I did that Saturday evening?  Yup, I needed an empty bottle so I needed to drink the wine!

I have learned a few lessons from the crafting community. You will meet some people who will steal your ideas, copy your work without asking, talk badly about you, or not talk to you at all. Then there are the people you will meet who will admire your work, provide you with good feedback, share knowledge of other sales with you, be honest with you, share their check lists with you so you don't forget your sign in the future! There are crafters who will become friends, ones you will see at many sales and they will greet you with a genuine hug. I made so many great acquaintances, and friends in my fellow creative peers, and those are the ones I enjoy seeing so much! It is a busy time of year for us, and I wish you all success, great sales and fun times!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!



  1. Your displays ( and of course product) look awesome! WIsh I could have been there!!

  2. Thanks Michelle! Do you like my new Christmas template on the blog?

  3. Hi Tannis,
    I've linked back to here on my blog post about the Festive artisans market
    nice to "meet" you :)

  4. Thanks so much Ruth, I will see you at the sale, looking forward to meeting you!