WESTPORT CREATIVE ARTS FESTIVAL

Today is the day! Robin and I leave for Westport, Connecticut to do the Westport Creative Arts Festival.

I’ve been squishing my booth down to something that will fit in my car–a 2003 Subaru Forester, so that is no mean feat.

Everything is stacked up in my studio. It looks fairly compact–only four small Rubbermaid containers, my Dynamic Display cases, an armful of wall hangings and oh, yeah, my soft puzzle mat floor from Alessco. I really like these mats because there are no strips to put on the outside to get a smooth border. They have sections with built-in smooth sides and corners.

My friend Carrie Cahill-Mulligan, who recommended this show to me, does a better job of talking about the Festival than I could today. So meet Carrie, see her exquisitely beautiful hats (I own one!), and learn more about the Festival here.

I’m glad I read her blog about it, because I didn’t know there was a special breakfast preview on Saturday morning. Who’s bringing the donuts??

I woke up this morning and my first thought was, “I wonder what I’m forgetting?” I always forget something. Sometimes it’s something critical, sometimes it’s just annoying. The great thing is, I’ll always find out. Because at some point during set-up, we will say, “Where is the x widget??” and I will slap my forehead and exclaim, “I forgot to pack it!”

I just checked my list again. Oh, yeah, the step stool!

My very first article for the now-defunct CraftsBusiness magazine told how I prepared and packed compulsively for the Boston Gift Show as part of a group booth with the League of NH Craftsmen.

I not only packed back-ups to everything, I packed back-ups for my back-up. I got to the show, set up my section of the booth with no mishap, and congratulated myself on a job well done.

Then my husband called to tell me I’d left my suitcase in the living room.

It’s always somethin’….

P.S. Actually, I’m almost at the point where I’m looking forward to the show. I hope if you are near Westport, CT this weekend, you will mosey on over to Staples High School and drop by Booth 163. We’ll be there! I have even more new jewelry and I still have a selection of small wall hangings left.

P.P.S. Go ahead. Ask us what we forgot.

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3 responses to “WESTPORT CREATIVE ARTS FESTIVAL

  1. Okay, I HAD to ask…
    what did you forget? :)
    Hope it went well!

  2. Where do I start….
    I forgot tissue paper. Had it out and ready to go, but overlooked it during pack-up. So I had nothing to wrap sculptures in. Fortunately, the hotel gave me a box of tissues. They were of such “sturdy” quality that they were kind of like tissue paper, and that worked well.

    I also had bought a brand-new Dynamic Display case from another artist this summer, with its own set of case lights. I set it up in my studio to figure out how it went together and where to place the lights. To get the lights’ electrical cord through the little hole in the bottom of the case, I unplugged the transformer, set it on my jewelry case–and forgot to pack it!

    I would have switched it out with a transformer from my other cases, but the lights have been upgraded since I first bought MY cases, and the transformers aren’t interchangeable. :^(

    Fortunately, I’d bought an extra clamp-on goose neck lamp. We were able to mount that on the pedestal top and angle it to shine into the case without blinding people on the aisle too badly. :^)

    I think there was a third thing, but I forget!!

  3. It’s bad when you forget what you forgot!
    I hope it went well despite everything.

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