Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Along the Path to Losing My Mind.

I have a huge show this weekend.  Big.  It's been voted #28 in the nation as far as craft shows go, and it's three days of crazy crowds and high energy.  While my husband sets up and tears down the booth with me, I work the actual show alone, with no helpers.  It makes for a long, tiring day.

source
Not only am I freaked out about the normal things --- "Do I have enough inventory?", and "Where are my business cards hiding?", and "Don't forget to pack your socks this time!", I'm freaked out about a far larger issue this go around.  


I'm changing up my display.


In the past, I've used these lovely floral boxes, romantic silk hydrangeas, and lots of greenery.  Like this.
However, now that I've changed my logo to this:




I'm changing things up.


I've gotten rid of the flowered boxes in lieu of solid white and hot pink.  I have funky pink, purple, and white gerbera daisies to tuck into the dead spots on the tables.  I have some Chinese lanterns to hang from a ceiling that we normally don't even put up, as well a chain of mini-Chinese lanterns to hang instead of a floral/greenery arbor over the top of the earring display.


But none of this has been through a trial run yet.


Add to this our having to tote along our eight-year old boy, my husband's and my need to get things just-so the first time, and we have a recipe for a Scotch-and-soda kind of dinner Thursday night.

source
Or, perhaps, pie.

Snickers pie source here.

 So.

One, wish me and Rick good luck on Thursday as we struggle with translating vision-in-Lori's-brain into works-in-real-life.


Two, come visit me if you're in the Northern VA/DC Metro area to see how it turned out.


And three, I'll have pictures next week, regardless of the outcome, be it hilarious or hellacious.




Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.

69 comments:

  1. You'll be fine, Lori. You're a pro, and I bet every panic attack will turn out to be for nothing.
    <3 Good luck, girl!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Best of luck with the show, I wish I could come!
    Deb x

    ReplyDelete
  3. I think you'll do great. You're an artist with a keen sense of style! Take deep breaths, relax and the whisky/cake combo is an excellent idea.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Good luck with your show! I'm sure your booth will look fantastic. Your gorgeous jewelry will steal the show regardless. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I wish you lots of luck! Wish I was close enough I could come visit.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Lori you and hubby will do just fine. No matter what glitches jump up, you will tackle them and persevere. Your booth will shine with all the personality you have imagined. Love your new logo and decor designs. B.R.E.A.T.H.E.
    All will work out fine and just enjoy the energy of the show.
    (I think drink and pie are in order.)

    ReplyDelete
  7. I love reading your blog :) you make me laugh! The 'new look' sounds great! I wish you lots of vivacious energy throughout the entire weekend!! From the short time I've followed your blog, I know the jewelry will be fantastic! Have a great time, can't wait to see your pics!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Looking forward to hearing Monday the stories of your of great, smashing success this weekend! After all, what fun would life be without sporadic self-inflicted injections of panic (says the woman who's test driving new table set up at a show this weekend, too!)

    ReplyDelete
  9. You could throw a sheet on a table & put your dispLays out & your gorgeous jewelry wouLd still be outStanding!! ♥enJoy♥ the adVenture & treasure the time spent with all the shoppers!! Can't wait to see the pics.

    ReplyDelete
  10. It will be great. Your new setup sounds striking. Good luck!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Good luck! The description of your new set up sounds wonderful.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I am sure you will do great Lori! A nice stiff drink and a piece of cake always help calm the nervous!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Best of luck. I adore Chinese lanterns!

    ReplyDelete
  14. You'll do great! And I think you should have pie AND scotch for dinner (not WITH dinner) :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. I'll be supporting you from many miles away. Somehow I already know that things will work out fine, you'll be exhausted, people will be impressed with your work and YOU, and that you will have more memories to add to your treasure chest of life.
    And sounds like your display will be just lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I have confidence in your ability to do what you set your mind to. So, set your mind to succeed.

    Regardless, I will send positive energy your way because that never hurt a darn thing.

    Take pictures. I would love to see the new booth layout. I would also like to read a full report of the show.

    Have fun.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh that show looks fun. Have fun with it and good luck with sales.

    PD

    ReplyDelete
  18. Good luck with the show Lori. Yes, you will do just fine!! Sure wish I could be there.
    That pie looks delish!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I'm sorry, did you say something? I saw the picture of the booze and the pie and I got distracted! ;) Seriously, though, you'll do great this weekend and by Monday, you'll be saying "I don't know what I was so worried about..."

    ReplyDelete
  20. Best wishes this weekend Lori! Hope you have a great show!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I think your new display sounds gorgeous. If nothing else, hot pink and purple against stark white will certainly stand out. I'm looking forward to seeing the photos of the display next week - they'll be great, I know. Best of luck with the show and have all the pie and scotch you want before that :-)

    ReplyDelete
  22. good luck lori! let us know how it goes. i'd love to be there. bead shows are divine! DEEVINE!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hey Lori, I love the idea of the flowers tucked into little spots. Just last week, while shopping in Morgantown, I picked up Gerber daisies for the same purpose (great minds - eh?!) for here in WV. Mine are blue, pink and fushia. I borrowed the idea from QVC - ha! The pros knows! Have a fantastic and successful show in VA. Linda

    ReplyDelete
  24. It'll be great! Have fun and wish I was in the area to come by and see your gorgeous new booth!!!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Lori you will do just fine! Relax and take it slower..try to! Ill be rooting for you! Your booth sounds just wonderful. Your jewellery has such an elegant touch!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Can't wait to see the "new look" of your booth. Hope you take lots of pictures. Gee, the "old look" was pretty nifty...

    Break a leg (but not for real. I did that last year at a crafts show and I promise you, you don't want to!)!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Have fun and good luck..can't wait to see the pics of your new booth!

    ReplyDelete
  28. You're going to be GREAT, I just know it!!

    ReplyDelete
  29. If I could visit I would. I wish you all the best for your show, I know you will do well.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Enjoy every moment! ♡

    ReplyDelete
  31. Best of luck Lori. I wish I could come but I am in India. I do have friend in DC, I will pass on the message to them :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. or it could just be hella fun..?!
    You're amazing! It's gonna be cool and beautiful like all you do. I wish so bad i could drop by. But i will be sending you peace and loving chill vibes from California. ;)
    You RAWK!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Sending lots of positve energy. Now take a deep breath and - let go of that 'it has to be perfect...'.
    Because it will be beautiful anyway.
    Ummm, could you pass me a tiny piece of that pie?...

    ReplyDelete
  34. Good luck Lori!!! I'm sure everything will turn out just the way it's supposed to and that you will steal the show!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Lori, you will be fine! Your new setup sounds amazing - fresh and funky. You rock, girl!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Good luck to you and your hubby. This may be your best show ever. You never know.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Good luck! But im very sure you don't need luck with your talent =]

    ReplyDelete
  38. Lori - I'm sure it's going to be stupendous! If I wasn't laid up with this broken foot I would absolutely come down and visit/help you!!!! Good luck, I know it will go great!

    ReplyDelete
  39. I have no doubt that your show will be a 100% success! I am excited that I am able to attend and hope to meet you in person! Good luck to you!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Blessings for you all the way around!

    ReplyDelete
  41. If anyone has the energy for this kinda thing, it's you...have fun! I'm going to be up in the city, so I'll try to get in and visit!

    ReplyDelete
  42. I just might stop by! I'm sorry you will be awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  43. Best of luck with your show, Lori! You'll do great! Your jewelry is simply FABULOUS!
    Lots of love, Sanda xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  44. You will do fine! Just take a deep breath, Enhance your Chi, and off you go. I know you will do great and have a wonderful time at the show.
    Good luck! Good thoughts are going your way!

    ReplyDelete
  45. i had some great comments brewing in my head offing support and "hey, you're going to do just great" and "easy peasy, luv....this will be a great success, i think" kind of things and then i saw the snicker pie.
    .......and that's all she wrote.
    yeah.
    good luck.
    mmmmmmmm snicker pie.
    (^-^)/*

    ReplyDelete
  46. I love your booth set up. The purple accent is very attractive! Good luck with the show. That Snicker's pie has me drooling! ~Val

    ReplyDelete
  47. Show anxiety is awful!!!! I also know the fun of tranlating the idea's from an "artsy" brain, to the husband, in my case, carpenter. We think different, and have wished many times we had packed beer in our cooler ILO sandwhiches. But it always works out, and its fun.
    So- enjoy. Please take pics of the display, I would love to see what you have done. I hope you have a great and prosperous (sp??) show!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Good luck getting everything ready Lori. I am going to come visit you! I can help if you need me. It will be on Friday before my CA guests come for the weekend. Can't wait to see your new set up! - Tracy

    ReplyDelete
  49. That sounds absolutely FABULOUS!!! Seriously, how could you go wrong with chinese langerns and gerbera daisies? The lanterns could do it alone! Can't wait to see pictures!!

    ReplyDelete
  50. It is going to rock! Your set up will be wonderful. :) Sending lots of luck and hugs.

    ReplyDelete
  51. Hey Lori, you are such a pro and your new set up sounds lovely. I bet it will leave you tired but feeling really good once it's all said and done. Just have fun but remember that cocktail and pie, both look so yummy!
    All the best, Susan

    ReplyDelete
  52. You'll be fine, but I know the feeling. The anxiety comes from being a perfectionist, I think. At least that's my case. Here in Puerto Rico I only have a table space (6' by 3'). I wish I had a whole booth. Good luck!!

    ReplyDelete
  53. Lori not to worry you will be fine. I relate to the three day shows they can be a bugger. Your vision sounds enviting and soooo clever Be Blessed

    ReplyDelete
  54. I have no doubt...your display will be gorgeous, you and your husband will whip through the set up as though you've done it many times before...it will be a resounding successful show!!!!!!!

    I do have to say...only those who've done three day shows know how exhausted you will be...I've done many in the last four years but I've been very fortunate to have my daughter with me...couldn't do it without her!!! I think you deserve a drink & desert every day of the show...go for it! :0)

    I wish I was in the neighborhood...best of luck with the show Lori, have fun!
    Cheers

    ReplyDelete
  55. Good luck! I know you'll do well - clearly, you thrive under pressure. Look how you handled the last BSBP! I can't wait to see the pics of your new display - it'll be fab!

    ReplyDelete
  56. I think you'll be just fine Lori, just have that drink and keep breathing! It'll be a great show, I wish I could come but we have birthday's this weekend and then we leave for the annual food show in atlantic city for a few days. Best of luck to you, will look forward to the pix after.

    ReplyDelete
  57. You are gonna do fine! Don't forget to eat and drink (but not too much alcohol, just a little, ok), and to take little brakes when needed. Get some fresh air!

    I am looking forward to see the pictures of how it turned out.

    Oh, it is exciting also, isn't it! A thrill!

    Good luck!

    ReplyDelete
  58. Your new display sounds wonderful. I am sure you and your husband will be able to pull it off. Good luck at the show. Can't wait to see pics.

    ReplyDelete
  59. Gosh, I have always wondered if I went to a big show like that if it would pay off, going to my small town shows never pay. Low income and I dont why.. Love your booth! I would choose the pie, and a glass of wine after! LOL!!

    ReplyDelete
  60. First, that pie looks freaking delicious.
    Secondly, you'll be fine! It will look beautiful and stunning and you'll have some great pictures and profits =]

    ReplyDelete
  61. Sandi Volpe2:08 PM

    Lori, Remember to breathe, you will rock and have a great show. I will see if I can squezze in a visit! it is a packed weekend with birthday happenings for my youngest and soccer for my oldest.

    Cyber hugs:-)

    Sandi

    ReplyDelete
  62. Have a great show! :)

    ReplyDelete
  63. My advice is to eat lots of pie. Sneak in bites of pie between customers to keep up your strength. Make sure you don't run out of pie. If you get caught eating pie on the sly, deny it. You'll be fine!

    ReplyDelete
  64. Wish I could visit you! The set up sounds great - I think you should trust your beautiful imagination :-)

    ReplyDelete
  65. Best of luck, Lori and Rick!

    Your vision sounds wonderful. I wish I could be there to see it in person.

    Glad you'll be posting photos after.

    P. S. Wear comfy well-cushioned shoes. Your feet and your disposition will thank you ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  66. Good luck with the show! I'm sure you'll do fantastic :D

    ReplyDelete
  67. I'm sure the show will be fine and all problems will be TINY and easily sorted! Love to see your new set up when you get time :)

    ReplyDelete
  68. Since I know you may not get this today I will still tell you that you will rock this show and I have no doubt that your vision will be a reality!

    Hugs Always!

    ReplyDelete

I appreciate comments! <3

DESIGN BY: THE BLOG DECORATOR