Today is Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. I have many, many things to be thankful for, the same things most people have, good health, great family, great friends a wonderful husband, and a very cute Dog named Lilly. Well maybe I am the only lucky person to have Lilly, but you get the idea. Sometimes we take that all for granted. (I post enough Family pictures on Facebook, don't want to put them here - but take it from me they are a handsome & beautiful group if I say so myself). Isn't Lilly cute?
I have a confession to make and I have to do it publicly. Everyone knows I entered and was juried in to the first time ever Artfest at the Armory show. Well I am still juried in.....but in my excitement I misunderstood the next step. Upon receiving the notice that I was accepted, some where it stated that I must pay for the booth fee. I didn't reread the application form, I assumed (and we all know what that word means) the Armory would contact me with step 2. As I was waiting for them to contact me my booth space was given to someone that had paid the booth fee. Well, first I was mad, second I felt stupid, and thirdly embarrassed. What should I do now? I called. The person in charge did all he could to find a space for me and my booth, with no avail. I am on a waiting list, in case someone backs out, still hopeful......
I gave myself a day to be in my zone feeling sorry for myself until I decided to put my big girl pants on and find a way to make this a learning experience.. This is a my way to pass that information on to other artists. I did ask some of my Artist friends, and they admitted they have also done this. Doesn't make me feel any better.....they said to me "You will never let that happen again". NO I will not.
I was so proud of myself using the on line form, included my jpeg pictures. I just misunderstood the next step. Getting the booth fee entered in, I waited for a response from Armory. With no response I emailed, called, and then found out I should have sent it in......... I knew that part, I just didn't follow through, with how to do it. By the time I realized I didn't hear anything and contacted them it was too late. NEVER wait, if you have questions, call them, reread the application, "call to artists" and any other information you have regarding the show. Don't let this happen to you.
If you have a smart phone, use the calendar app....it gives you many options for taking notes, adding appointments and even reminders. You do need the reminder section.
When you put any event in, you can remind yourself of whatever is important. As we all keep our phones near us at all times, this is the perfect solution.......just folllow through.
JUST FOLLOW THROUGH
This is the calendar on my phone. It synces to my laptop. Remember...Follow through! I could have enter a note that in two weeks I should hear back from Armory. Then I would have called early enough to have gotten my fee in on time.
I don't want this story be negative ....So LEARN from my mistake, Please!
This is the show, looks fabulous, I am going to use my experience to become better at filling out applications and follow up!
Just because I am not in a booth at this Armory show, I am still going to support it and I will go to the show.
These two pictures I did not have framed, because I was going to do the show I re purposed two frames and now I will be framing or just matting each painting as I finish it. The painting on the left is "Orchid on my Tree" on the right is "Which Way is the Wind Blowing?"
Bye for now! I must get ready to open my Etsy shop.......and make cranberry sauce! Til next week! xxxooo