Monday, September 29, 2008

When You're Strange....

Oh to be strange.  So much more fun than normalcy.  So this weekend was the climax of all my hard work:  The Strange Folk Festival.  This was my fist time doing anything like this, and I couldn't have picked a better festival to break myself in, or perhaps maybe they are all like this one, but somehow I doubt it, as I don't often hear of many craft festivals involving an alpaca petting zoo, but I could be wrong.  

Selling on Etsy is very fun, especially when the sale is to someone over an ocean, but on Etsy I can't hear any reactions or see any faces to note whether they are smiling or not.  In the three dimensional, real world, however, I can see all of that.  I have to admit, it was a little intimidating at first.  I imagine a parent who has a child that gets asked to be in a commercial on TV has a similar sort of feeling.  I just set them all up on my table and exposed them to the Strange Folk masses.  It was great though.  People laughed out loud, and some even came back to laugh some more.  Other people smiled and some looked a little confused.  One of the confused ones did buy a pig-girl because she said, "this doesn't make any sense, and that is why I like it," which was kind of nice.  My favorite reaction though was from a Brownie who was at the Festival all day selling girl scout cookies with her troop.  I don't think she will grow up to be a business woman because she tired quite early with the cookie sales and would frequently stop by my table and pick up a different pillow monster to look at.  She didn't say much to me, but I could sort of tell that she was inventing stories about the creatures, which delighted me.  

Sales weren't fantasmigorical, but I did have some people whose plush I adore buy some things which made the weekend really special. Katie from SkunkBoyCreatures bought a bear girl which was really exciting for me---I found myself a little Plushie star-struck by her because I have admired her creatures on Etsy for awhile now.  Also, Shannah, from Das Kaninchen was there---she makes amazing rabbits, and she bought an Elephant girl.  Then, I got to meet the man behind the Crammed Organisms show, David Wolk, who had on these neon striped knee-high socks and an aura of fun surrounding him AND he gave me my Crammed Organisms book, which I have been obsessively checking my mail box for and am now relieved that I can stop.  I feel a little frantic in this blog entry and I am hoping I haven't left out any important tid bits from the weekend.  A want to say a really quick thank you to the girl in the mosaic above who bought three pillow monsters and made me blush with her patron-ing of my booth (she bought not one, not two, but three (!))!  Thanks so much, and I love your dog!  



Melissa and Emmitt said...

yay nichol!
i was thinking about you!
i love your post and all of your pictures. i am so happy for you!

Susan said...

You are so brave to have done this. Everything looks wonderfully fancy. I'm so glad you had fun. I'll bet that little Brownie Scout is at home making her own pillow dolls right now. Way to go!

Crammed said...

I wish I had a huge budget so I could have bought a ton of your goods! I'm so sad I couldn't!

I'm glad to finally meet you though! You're simply wonderful!

Perhaps we will meet again at the Strange-folk.

Leeanna Butcher said...

Congrats! I was thinking to myself this weekend of all the people who were grinning ear to ear because they saw your work for the first time. Hooray for Pillow Monsters! :D

LuLu said...

Bonjour Nichol! Nice meeting you! I LOOOOOVE your monsters and creatures and weirdnest! Wish I could have gone to The Strange Folk Festival, I guess I could have fit into it too! I gotta get myself one of your creatures soon! Come for a visit when you have a minute! LuLu

suze said...

Congrats on your show. I know exactly what you mean about peoples reactions. Way to go!

sheridan said...

Loved the photos - especially of the gentleman with the moustache!
I hope he bought the pillow monster.
Your stall looked terrific.

claire said...

Congratulations! Sounds great!

Jhon said...

I LOVE your monsters and creatures and weirdnest! Wish I could have gone to The Strange Folk Festival.

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