This past Sunday was my very first time working as a vendor for Silently Loud.
I only had two weeks to prepare as I only got accepted to work the poetry event Voices in Power about 2 1/2 weeks out. Preparing the items I was going to sell wasn’t too hard considering I’ve been working on putting items together for my relaunch (which by the way is taking a little longer than I originally scheduled).
On the way to the event, I admittedly found myself in a wave of self-doubt and fear. I kept saying to myself and to my best friend who was there to help me that this would be a “learning experience” and that it’s not a big deal “if no one buys anything”. I convinced myself of all of this to save myself from potential embarrassment. Just like in the beginning when I first started sewing handbags, I kept saying to myself this might end up being stupid and people will probably think it’s dumb.
I was wrong then, and I shortly realized this weekend that I was wrong to think that people wouldn’t see what I see in my shop. The open mic night showed me so much love as did the many customers I had throughout the event. I got 1,000,001 questions, people were interested in my business cards and my website, and the earrings and even my bags were literally flying off the table. At one point we were swarmed with customers.
It was great.
People want to see more for me and I can’t wait to give it to them. I will say that this was definitely a learning experience. I’ll be back with another blog post about that specifically.
For those who are still following this blog, holding me down on Instagram and Facebook. I just want to say thank you so much for supporting me and being patient with my relaunch. It’s been a little challenging as I have a full-time job being a community organizer.
My heart feels so full right now with the love of everyone supporting me and Silently
Polka-Dots and Stripes Y’all
Not going to lie, I get my best sewing done while show binging on Netflix or some other Internet show watching site.I most enjoy watching crime shows and sitcoms, documentaries and anything fashion related. I recently watched iris and it was EVERYTHING, but that is definitely another post for another day.
I find that although we are literally drowning in content, there have been times I have found myself dry on shows to watch, but I’m not worried and your world shouldn’t end either.
Turn it off and get focused.
There are times during my creative process where having peace and quiet is a major key. Sometimes that means music as well. You should totally try it sometime. Unplug if you don’t necessarily need to be plugged in for your craft. Take the time to reset your thoughts and organize your ideas. In my case, tuning out not only means being at one with my thoughts, but also getting them out in a timely but meaningful manner.
Distraction is the killer time.
Living so close to a major city, it is pretty easy to get caught in the mix of so much happening at one time. I used to walk around aimlessly as if the ideas were going to just pour into my brain.
Newsflash, it doesn’t always go down like that, and when it doesn’t I started trying to use my five senses to get the juices flowing.
1. Touch: Depending on your art of choice, considering the various textures surrounding you, check out those buildings, but cobblestone on the ground, if you’re weird like me you didn’t actually have to.
2. Taste: Get some ice cream, go and try that new food truck, I am not ashamed to admit: I’m inspired often by food!
3. Smell: Now considering I’m talking about the city, this could end up being really unpleasant but give it a go! My favorite smells come from small shops, next thing you know I’m inside networking.
4. Sight: This one’s easy. When thinking about sight I like to consider my feelings as I explore the city. Sunny days free of sunglasses help me to take in the day wholeheartedly, making me feel warm inside and out.
5. Hear: Take those earphones out and listen up! I once heard a girl complaining about what she didn’t like in a dress she was trying on and you know what I did? I went home and designed her dress for myself. The girl had style. Same can happen for you; we spend so much time browsing our playlists that we miss out on pure gold.
Give your senses a city whirl and then come back and tell me everything.
Wanna know a secret? Not every DIY is a success! (sorry if I’m ruining the magic for anyone)
Sometimes you glue the wrong sides together, break the zipper, you spill the paint and call it quits. Anything can be fixed with a little bit of patience if you’ve got it, but when you don’t…
1.Save the project
2.Gather or fold up all the pieces
3.Put everything in a bag
4.Write yourself a note
-what it was supposed to be
-what happened or went wrong
-what you need to finish or complete the project
- Sit on it. (not literally)
Sometimes a little time is all you need and leaving yourself a note helps if you let a little too much time lapse.