I have three holiday events that are fast approaching.
The first one is this weekend, Saturday November 12th from 10-5pm at Bead Quest in Grand Rapids, MI.
Bead Quest is hosting their annual holiday event with several artists and a crystal event. It should be quite the party. I am teaching my nest class in the morning and then from 2-5pm I'm signing books. My beads will be available throughout the day. I am making lots of the new holiday items, they flew out of my Etsy shop as fast I could make them this weekend. I have a feeling they will do well at the open house too.
(Photo credit: Bead Quest)
And speaking of making things quickly, I'm also preparing to take items for the South Haven Art Center for their annual Mistletoe Market. That is a holiday boutique that goes from November 18th until December 11th. I'm making lots of impulse buy items: pendants, earrings, hair pins, etc - it's a tourist town that is pretty slow in the winter, but the artsy folks in the area brave the cold and support local artists. Don't you just love that? Ah, that makes me feel nostalgic - I remember shopping for Christmas gifts at the Mistletoe Market when I was in high school and then selling at the market for many years when I was a budding jewelry designer. Oh, those were the salad days.
And finally, my last event of the year will be the Artist's Market at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts. We used to do this show back in the day too. Now the UICA is all spiffy in their new big building and it's their 23rd annual show. This will be the show I pull out the big guns and get all super high end creative with designs like the ones in my book.
I haven't even started to explore Grand Rapids. There are all these hip little shops in my old neighborhood - it's totally urban chic. I want to go check out The Sparrows coffee shop - okay, I just love the name. There are some wonderful galleries and shops and I'd like to visit. Hopefully at the beginning of December when I slow down a bit and we are all settled here in GR.
Overwhelmed - nope, not really. Way more excited about living my dream everyday and rising to the challenge.
"And you could say, because it’s your right to, that you’re feeling “overwhelmed”.
But don’t. Don’t go there.
Stay with me, on the light side of change and bursting creativity; on the front end of pressure, and greatness, and the best and worst kinds of challenges."