So, now that I’ve gotten the bitching about the show out of my system, (mostly), I wanted to mention some good things. There were some amazing artisans there. I made some great contacts, got to meet some really nice people, and swapped a ton of soap for a bunch of goodies I wanted. Another soapmaker and I traded some products, which is always fun. I traded some soap for two gorgeous wraps/shawls/poncho kinda things. And traded some soap for pair of fun rock earrings. There was a chick there who makes the grooviest “bottle jewelry” I’ve ever seen, and I think some of her stuff may find it’s way into xmas baskets this year. It was so pretty.
The other soaper and I had (lots of) time to chat, and I got some good ideas about packaging that I’m going to implement. I chatted with some graphic designers about the joys of spray adhesive…I think I’ll be doing some experimental labels soon.
I also think, after the show at St. Andrews next month, I’m going to give up on the whole craft show thing. I just don’t think that’s really my comfort zone. So, if you consider the fees, travel costs, time spent, etc… as “life tuition”, then all in all…ok, the show still sucked ass. But there were some high points. Hee.