I took two days off from work to finish any last minute details for the event. (I think I went to bed at 1 a.m. both nights -- unheard of in my universe.) My friends were also supportive and offered help where they could by doing things like helping me package products to turning PDFs to jpegs to providing me with a solution to be able to run credit card purchases. My husband, Jason, and my good friend, Shannon, also put in their time to help me organize my booth set up. Without everyone's help, I would not have been able to pull it all off.
When the morning of October 2nd came around, I was SO EXCITED and NERVOUS. Here I was, putting myself out there for the world to see. But by doing so, I learned that there IS a niche of people out there who actually enjoy my art. I received so many compliments that day, both for my booth set up and for my art work, and I had so many of my friends and coworkers show up to support me that it really made me feel like a true artist. I felt validated in pursuing this dream. When it was all over, I had a renewed sense of motivation. There is so much more I want to do with this dream of mine. So much more... and I can't wait to share it all with you.
It was truly a perfect day.
**Congratualtions to Kannikka who is now the proud owner of an Inochi Designs original painting, a set of handmade decorative tile art, and a hand crafted felt flower pin! She won the raffle contest that I held for Little Pink Houses of Hope as a salute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.**
"If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up."
- J.M. Power