For you are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God. – Psalm 86:10
So I LOVE going to craft fairs!! I love handmade things, and I especially love to bring handmade goodies home with me! Don’t you? Well, since arriving in our new state of Colorado, I’ve been on the lookout for art/craft fairs to go to, and there is no shortage, let me tell you. Hubby even found a bunch for me! (What a guy!) And it seems like this end-of-summer/beginning-of-fall time is the happenin’ time for arts and crafts fairs around here. Yippy!
So I finally got to go to one last weekend, and boy did I have fun (of course!). It’s called Affordable Arts Festival and was held at the nearby community college. So I headed over after church, and paid my $5 to get in (which I normally don’t like to do, but I figured that I at least had to try it once to find out if it’ll be worth coming back in future years). Well, let me tell you, I was not disappointed.
This was a great show. There was no shortage of goodies that I wanted to bring home, as nothing was priced over $100 (per show guidelines), but that didn’t mean that it was the artist’s “junk” or mistake pieces (at least not that I could tell). For artists who had pieces that normally sold for over $100, they marked them down instead and made them available for us “normal folk” (for whom the $5 entrance fee was already taking a little chunk out of our fair budget). And there were plenty of artists that had pieces that were in the lower range (under $30) as well.
They had all kinds of artwork, including ceramics, photography, glass, sculpture, jewelry, wood, painting, and metal. Even though that is the usual fair at these shows, there was something different at this show. It didn’t seem so uppity or full of itself like other shows can feel. And I really appreciated that. I also appreciated that this was one of the few shows I’ve been to that I can actually afford to buy something at, or even a few somethings maybe. (heehee)
I guess when it comes to handmade, I tend to prefer things that you can tell are handmade, at least in some way or another. Good quality and well made, but definitely handmade by someone with time and care. Some people are getting so “good” at their craft that it ends up looking like something you can buy at the store. My thinking is, “If I can buy something like this at the store anytime, then I don’t need to buy it right now, and I can probably pay less for it anyway.” Is that just me? I’m not saying something can’t (or shouldn’t) be well made. I’m just saying that in general, I like to feel that I can “feel” the artist in the work, and to know that I can’t just go pick this up in a store somewhere later on.
Anywhoo…that was my first art show here in Colorado, and I’m so glad I went. I will definitely be going back next year. If you’re in that area, I definitely recommend checking it out.
See you next time…
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You have stumbled upon a place to be encouraged. To be encouraged in how you live your life and how to run your business, both with the passion they deserve. Let’s not just sit back and let life wave at us while it passes us by. It’s too easy to sit back and just let life happen. What?! Don’t we want to happen to life instead?! It might be more difficult, it might be scarier, it might turn out differently than we expected; but isn’t that ok?
I’ve heard it put this way many times: we can either react to life/circumstances/events, or we can act on them. I don’t know about you, but I’ve reacted for too long. I want to consciously live for God and not just settle for what happens to me.
Now, I’m advocating being discontent in a manner that dishonors the Lord. I’m talking about pushing past ourselves, our weaknesses, our fears, our laziness, and get out there and live what the Lord has put in our hearts, and glorifying Him the whole way.
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” – Ecclesiastes 9:10
That verse doesn’t say to just things half-heartedly; it commands to do it with all your might!!
So what do you say? Let’s do this!