Sunday, June 12, 2011

It Rained, It Poured....

Miss Monarch butterfly, was most definitely the 'star' of the show!
Monarch butterfly, laying one on Matthew!!
Pretty fairy girl...
Whole Foods, well, food....
The flowers were happy...
Liz, and her imagination...awesome!!
Some of the framed pieces, display...

We woke up at the crack of dawn..although we could not see it through the clouds. The weather was looking grim, the forecast called for rain. And so it did. As my husband and I were driving over to the Garden City Center at about 8:15am, it rained, it poured!!! All the while, I was thinking about my 'paper goods'....yes, the cards are protected by plastic sleeves, the matted pieces are protected by plastic sleeves, and the framed pieces, well, there is glass, but the backing does not like heat or humidity. The challenges started very early on, w/ the setting up of 'the tent'. One of the connecting pieces broke, so w/ the help of my new friend, Dave, we improvised. The ground was wet (large parking lots don't have 'drainage'), it was cold. However, everybody forged ahead w/ their displays and the festivities began!!!!

It was amazing at how many people came out, umbrellas in tow, rain gear, or not. The very young to the very old, strolled through the many aisles of vendors showing their wares, from sea glass, to handmade jewelry and soaps, plenty of artwork, photography, local farms, (just to name a mere few) and food, there was plenty of food!!!! My husband, bless his heart, went home and brought me my winter coat, I was that cold!!!! I love talking to the people who come to my 'tent'. One woman was so excited to be sending 'Milk in Progress' to a friend who lives on a farm in England, another almost had her eyes popping out of her head when she bought a matted 'Dahlia Center' (my top seller of the day in cards!!) for her bedroom. One woman spent time, patiently deciding how she was going to hang the 3 framed pieces she bought!

I wish I had been able to freely roam the aisles as well, but I did get to spend time w/ my tent neighbor, Matthew. He is an author and illustrator, he lives in Mystic. He too, had the same internal dialogue while taking the hour drive from Mystic in the rain, to Rhode Island, '...to set up, or not to set up', but he did. We had some good conversations in between all the action. All in all, it was a good day and we were happy to be part of Festival Fete! We showed up, and that was the important thing.

A hearty thank you to Jennifer Neuguth, from Festival Fete, and Holly Dion, from Whole Foods, Garden City for their tremendous work to bring such a big event to pass!!!

Whew...and on to the next project....

3 comments:

Azure Islands Designs said...

lol...sounds like quit the event Amy...Miss Monarch butterfly is so cute!

Isn't it amazing how people come out with their rain gear and umbrellas to visit with the vendors...we have the same kind of people here. You just can't keep some away...even in the lightening storm we had two Saturdays ago!

I hear you about the "wet & cold"...my daughter often wears mitts and a coat in the spring and fall. :~) I've even been known to wear mitts in the fall!

I'm happy to hear after everything you had a good day and enjoyed yourself!

This Saturday that past we actually had a good day until half an hour before take down...it began to rain and didn't stop until we were finished taking down??? Gotta wonder why that had to be...
Enjoy the day.
Cheers
Cheers

Amy Lilley Designs said...

Heather...sounds like YOU have had quite the time w/ weather as well...I ran into another friend who also sells cards, and we were both quietly panicking from the rain...it was mostly the framed pieces which took a little bit of a hit...like I mentioned, in the back...they tend to warp a bit...but it can be addressed..YES, I was amazed at how many many people came out, many in shorts and flip flops (and there I was w/ long sleeves, sweater and the winter coat...go figure)...once everything gets going, as you know, you can't help but have a good time because there are such interesting people to talk to, and thankfully, a good day of sales...it was a HUGE undertaking and Festival Fete did a great job...sorry that your parade was rained on @ the very end...yup, you have to give your head a scratch at that....:))))))

Enjoy your day as well...
XXXXXXX

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