Since I'm not yet a marketing genius who has found the ideal scenario in which I create a bunch of waycoolstuff and people just call me from out of the blue and ask to buy it with no effort on my part, it's good to have places I can go to sell my little creations. Where I run into friendly faces.
Today at GTCC (see this entry for more info) was a lot of fun because not only did I sell some things, but I also saw a lot of people I used to very much enjoy working with. Amazing how many people you meet over the years and become actually quite fond of. Apparently some of 'em even liked me a lot. So I don't mind so much it's a two day soiree.
My favorite compliment of the day was when a former co-worker said softly, "Your work is wasted here." Meaning, of course, that some people who walk by and stop out of curiosity won't see the value. I was flattered, naturally, and realize that without any insulting thoughts whatsoever to those who don't value my work, she's right. There's no way everyone will find value in the same things. But it's good to know people I respect and whose opinions I do value also "get" what I do.
Meanwhile, I had a couple of commissions for earrings that I didn't have. Things like, "If you had this earring using that colored bead, it would be a great present for my sister for Christmas." Two of those. The first one was for a bead I don't have in stock but I was fairly certain I could find. And as it turned out, when I went to purchase it at one of our many local art and craft stores, they also had a great sale on some sterling silver pieces I needed. Score!
Now perhaps I'll go make those earrings so I don't have to get up earlier than already planned, tomorrow, and rush around trying to create a masterpiece with my eyes half closed...