My first show at the Marriott (yesterday) Today’s show… at the winery at Tin City Cider… 

Well, I have two recent shows behind me and just one more to go. These back to back shows are killing me! Where did the time go? It seems as if just yesterday, I was in my very early 30s listening to the older crafter ladies complaining about this ache or that, and I am afraid that I wasn’t very empathetic. Tonight, I am ready to fall into bed. A nice soft feather one would be fine. But then, I am afraid I would never be able to get back up!

The last show left is Sugarplum the first week of  December down South Though I appreciate the efforts that each show maker makes. Sugarplum is still at the top of my list. It is really like a well oiled machine. After over 3 decades of fluffing and tweaking, it is nearly perfected. They have to hold back the lines on certain days and only let a few in at a time due to room capacity laws, and if you have ever been to the Buena Park Sugarplum Fesivals, the room is pretty huge!  It just is so magical and well attended. And even those lines move swiftly in both entering and checking out and everything is managed so well, you rarely will hear a customer complain.

Though it is a lot of work setting up and tearing down, it is all magical to me. I am literally as happy as a kid on Christmas morning when I am doing these shows. I pray that they will keep being more and more successful because I am much happier creating than working for an owner feeling owned and unappreciated. My pinterest (under my name, Diane Reed) has a section (under the title: (“Things I’ve learned”) filled with advice to me about what I am going through right now as the time limit (end of the year) is quickly approaching! As I wait for that message … “What am I supposed to do?”

I have given myself a financial  time limit, that has to yell the answer to me. I will know after my next show. It will be kind of sad if I don’t reach my goal because I feel as if I have finally begun to gain a decent momentum and a  pretty decent customer following and feel appreciated again as an artist. Today I am literally  hitting that fork in the road and it is iconic for me as I read…  “Never give up, GREAT things, take time.” And… “Worry is a mis-use of your imagination.” and TAH DAH…. “Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering & doubting. Have faith that things will work out. Maybe not how you planned, but just how it’s meant to be. It is as if I gathered everything I needed  and stuck it somewhere for me to find which I am doing right this very minute! Okay! I got the message! But is time on my side?

Funny, I just was wandering around other sections of my pinterest and found……….            “THE BEST ADVICE EVER” section that I created a few years ago and just looked and there are 347 posts! I had to smile at that because sometimes I go  way back, when I first began my blog and I read some of the first entries here, and I find myself reading posts that I wrote that I totally needed to hear now. Me giving me advice. Now if that’s not validating or at the very least an oxymoron! Lol.

I had to share one more of my pinterests… It doesn’t matter what’s been written in your story so far, it’s how you fill up the rest of the pages that counts!

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