"Sometimes what you're most afraid of doing is the very thing that will you set you free."
- I don't know where I got this from
"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."
Even if I grew up making little things to sell at school or in front of my mother's shop I never had a table at a fair. I had always thought about it, but I was always too scared to put myself "out there."
At the beginning of this year I told myself I would just do it and not think too much. Just do it, the thoughts can come up later. And then the timing wasn't right (when is it ever?). I had only 15 days to make things as I had been traveling quite a lot, and I can never really find the time or energy to make things when I'm out and about.
Of course many thoughts came and went like; Will I sell? Will people like what I do? Would people even notice the table?
Many things happened those two days, mostly in mind. The reality is always very different from what we imagined. I did sell. The people that approached my table did like what I do. And yes some people noticed my table.
The fair was the wrong fair for me and my work, it ended up being very different from what I had perceived the year before, but that has even made me more excited to find another fair that is actually better suited for me and my work. I think the first step is always the hardest, but once you're "out there" you simply are, and there is no turning back.
I have added this embroidered tree to my Etsy shop, and will be adding a few more things this week.
If you have ever thought of having a table at a fair or market, I really can't recommend it enough. Find the strength, do what you love and show it.
Lots of love, and happy spring,