I didn't know what to expect when I arrived at the Har Mar Mall Rock Show. People kept telling me it was a dead mall and nobody will never come to the show. The mall was packed solid Saturday, thank you rain! Sunday was a quiet day, probably because I forgot to bring my TV so people could watch football while they shopped. ;-) Actually, it saddened me how few families were out shopping together, and how many people didn't come out because of silly football. Its something I'll never understand. Its just a game, and there is just so much more to life to enjoy! Not saying shopping is necessarily the best way of spending your time either, but its about being with people and being social face to face. We've forgotten that so much over recent years, with tv and the internet taking precedence.
Anyways, I had a few people stop by to try my gem trees for healing. One lady wasn't sure what she wanted, until she took a peak at a tag, and she said, "yep, that's the tree for me!". My grandmother (in her mid-80s), in a wheelchair, spotted her tree sitting in the very back, and said, "that's the one I want!". Later on I found out that the one she chose is good for healing after illness and trauma, and I think its going to bring a lot of sunshine and good health into her life in the coming days! She isn't typically into crystals or trees, it was a very emotional experience for both of us. I also had a few requests for custom work, to fit people and their needs. Its going to be a big test for me, to see if I can put my crystal and Reiki knowledge to work in picking out the right gems and tree form to work for specific people.
As I was leaving the show Sunday evening, I stopped and chatted with a vendor that I hadn't had a chance to meet during the show. I was on the opposite end of the mall from her. Apparently my booth was the talk of the show, many people were walking by talking about my gem trees! I was referred to as the "lady with the gem trees". Its quite an honour! I put my heart and soul into what I make, and it really touches me to know that I can make an impact on people. Most of the show vendors stopped by one at a time to introduce themselves, and check out my work. I was thinking it was going to be tough to go up against professional vendors, fearing they weren't going to have a lot to say about someone making more of a "craft" out of their treasured rocks. But they loved them! Some even found opportunity to force me to buy their unique rocks for future bases. Talk about taking advantage of me! hehehe I'm just kidding, I really appreciated their help, and their deals. I will be hitting them up again this coming weekend for more bases, after I've had the week to plan out my next steps.
I also had a long visit from a fellow, and infamous, Bonsai Artist in town, Mr. Jim Sakamoto (I believe that's how is last name is spelled). He makes more of the Ming Gem Trees (using smaller seed beads in different tree shapes). He invited me out to see his show this coming weekend, in Cottage Grove. It was great to meet a fellow artist, because what we do is important, and it is a lot of fun to discuss our unique art.
I'm not sure what my next steps from here will be. I've gotten advice on some shows to try, so hopefully there will be a few openings between now and Christmas for me to sneak into! I still find the show circuit absolutely exhausting, even though it is so rewarding. I came home from 13 hours on my feet, feeling just so peaceful and renewed though! I'd love to try more. I will keep you posted on my events as they're confirmed. Thank you so much for your support, once again, I greatly appreciate it!