This is the cool place!
A woman exclaimed that as she approached my booth yesterday at the Rose Bowl. AND she actually proceeded to buy something.
I’ve discovered that exclamations of “OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS!!!!” do not necessarily lead to purchases. Last year a woman stopped dead in her tracks, and shouted (like at the top of her lungs) “I’VE GOT TO HAVE THAT!!!!” when looking at one my clocks. Then there was a brief pause while I, and pretty much everyone nearby, stopped and waited. Aaaand then she walked on.
Now I realize that I don’t actually purchase everything I think is cool. But I’m kind of a quiet person by nature so if something grabbed me so much that I reacted to it like I was having a heart attack and it was a nitroglycerin tablet I’d probably fork over the money. But that’s just me.
Anyway, the weather was beyond beautiful yesterday (sorry east coasters) - 70s, sunny with a light breeze. Sales were good, although my “oh this is so cool/but I’m not buying it” rate was better. I think people were suffering with that post-Christmas “good lord what did I do!?” hangover.
The big eye catcher was my new dresser that I hinted at on Saturday.
I’d had this dresser sitting around and was waiting for inspiration to strike. And it struck big time when I saw this blog post from the very talented Lauren and Nick of Lindaure Designs (the link is for their excellent tutorial).
(and I just realized when I posted this that I not only stole their dresser idea I even stole the fan they put on top of it! Shall we just chalk the whole thing up to “sincerest form of flattery” and move on? I think we shall. Oops!)
The dresser got the most “oh that’s cool/wander away” action but I kind of expected that. It’s a very specific person who’s going to want to own it so it’s OK.
I did manage to get away from the booth to hang out for a bit with my friend Nicki of Nicki Huard Creations. Her booth was busier than mine. Crazy busy. Too busy….. I think I like her less now….
However, despite liking her less, I have to show you these nifty teapot lamps she makes.
Look at how clean those lines are! You may be thinking “uhhh, David, it’s a stencil.” But this is rough wood so to get that kind of sharpness takes some skills and I want to acquire them!
Today I started to tackle the garage as phase one of my war on disorganization! If you don’ t hear from me again I probably dropped something on myself.