Sunday, 27 January 2019

Olde Towne Portsmouth Antiques and Flea Market.

Hello my lovelies, how have you been? Sorry I have been absent for a little while, sadly I lost a family member and flew home to England for the funeral. It is times like these that make it so very hard for me to live so far away from all my loved ones back home. It is wonderful that modern technology means I can Skype, FaceTime, or WhatsApp them all at the touch of a button, but it is not the same as being able to spend time with them in person. 

However, I am back in Virginia now, and I only have a few days to get ready for my next event! I have signed up to sell at the Olde Towne Portsmouth Antiques and Flea Market next Saturday, 2nd February. The event is from 10:00 - 14:00, rain or shine, but it is under cover, so even if it is raining, we won't get wet! And since it is so close to Valentine's day, this is the perfect time to come and find something unique for your loved ones. There are so many different vendors, of all kinds, so you are bound to find something perfect for someone you know. Or why not treat yourself?! I often do. ;-) 

For more info about this event, follow the link HERE to their Facebook page. Oh, and by the way, this Flea Market is held on the first Saturday of every month, so if this one goes well, I hope to make this a regular thing. The location is very close to me, and I would love to do more fairs locally, as well as support the Olde Towne business association. 


Thursday, 17 January 2019

New Year's Resolutions.

Okay, so I'm a little late posting this, which is not a good start. I must do better! This year I am committed to doing so much more in my art, that I really need to be clear about what I will be doing, what my goals are, etc. One of my goals is to take more videos, one, to share on social media, and two, to get more comfortable in front of the camera, so that I am able to do tutorials, interviews and suchlike in the future, without working myself into a severe panic attack about being on film.

So, here's the first video of the year, giving you a quick peek at my current studio space. Let me know what other videos you would like to see... Perhaps some time lapses of my work? Some tutorials of how I create things? The stories behind each thing I make? Maybe a how-to Halloween makeup video? Let me know! And let me know how you're getting on with your resolutions too! Maybe we can all help to hold eachother accountable to help reach our dreams. 



Sunday, 30 December 2018

Happy New Year!

On Sundays, I post a Sunday Selfie, usually a recent pic to show what I have been up to. Well, on our last Sunday of 2019, I have chosen to share one of my favourite photos taken this year, which was taken with my favourite person, in my favourite place! It seems like so long ago since we were in Ireland, and I really need to start planning our next trip. I know we will be in England next Christmas, but I would love to be able to see my family, old friends, and soul country before that.



Next year I really want to expand my little business, do more art shows, and really start doing what I have dreamed of my whole life. I have already started to fill out my calendar with fairs and events where I can showcase my art, and am getting exciting about focusing more on my mixed media art, which I hope to be able to sell in some galleries next year.



I know that the New Year is all about looking forward to new things, and while I love doing that, I also love to take a look back at what I’ve done this year. 2018 has been a helluva year! I’ve made some huge changes in my life, reducing my "day job" hours, and stepping out of my comfort zone to meet new people and put my art, and my heart on show. It has certainly not always been easy, but I am so looking forward to what 2019 will bring.

Thank you to each and every one of you for the support and friendship you offer daily, you have made my year a wonderful one! I so look forward to seeing all of your new adventures too. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year, and may it bring all that you wish for and more.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Oozlefinch Brewery Christmas Shopping Spree Event

So on Sunday I took part in a craft fair at a local brewery, and it was awesome! They had live music, a food truck, a cupcake decorating station, and multiple vendors selling a whole array of different crafts. This is the new bar for other events, because now I'm spoiled. Everyone was in a very festive mood, many having a drink as they walked and shopped, and of course, there were lots of Christmas sweaters on show. You can find more information on the Oozlefinch Brewery HERE.
My Christmas earrings sold well, as did my new bookmark range, which make great gifts. This was only my fourth fair this year, and I am still learning how best to sell and market my work. Obviously, each event will be different, and there is always something new to learn. I definitely plan on doing a lot more fairs next year!
I got lots of good feedback on my stall and my work. A couple of people asked if I had a proper shop yet. I told them no, but I'm working on it! It is so nice to have positive feedback, reaffirming that I made the right decision when I stepped back from my other job, and giving me a confidence boost to continue following my dreams.





Sunday, 9 December 2018

Steampunk Presentation.

Hello my lovelies, I hope you are doing well? Please forgive my lack of posts recently, I have been super busy with work-work, as well as getting ready for Christmas, making more things to sell at my next fair, and prepping for this Steampunk presentation. 

Back in June, when I was doing my first Steampunk fair at the Hampton History Museum, I was invited to give a short presentation at a local youth library. They wanted me to talk about my art, how I got into Steampunk, what Steampunk actually is, etc. After the talk I also taught a small class on how to make fun selfie props, all in a Steampunky theme, of course. 

I was nervous, as always, speaking in front of people, but I think it went well. The Library staff also mentioned doing another, longer presentation for adults, perhaps sometime in the Spring next year, so that will be something else to look forward to. Also good practice for when I own my own place and will be giving occasional classes!