My mother, my pastor, and my husband all call me magpie--quite the trio, I'd say. There are others, but these three use that beloved nickname of mine more frequently. All that to say, I have a small little business of calligraphy and hand lettering designs called magpie writes. And this weekend, I had my first opportunity to attend a craft fair/market as a vendor, and I LOVED IT.
Each week, our church ends the Sunday worship service with this benediction: "As we approach this week, may we love God, embrace beauty, and live life to the fullest." In an effort to live that out, especially the 'embrace beauty' aspect, a few women collaborated and put on the MADE in Waco Handmade Market, at which I participated this past weekend. At first, I was merely planning on being a volunteer, but as the day drew nearer, I knew I wanted to go for it as a vendor.
I have had an etsy shop for about a year, and have made some extra cash here and there, but I have never really put all my weight and creativity into a full-on seamless collection to offer. The holiday season and this event gave me the push I needed to really throw myself into my work and put out a Holiday collection of gift tags, place cards, postcards, and prints. The night before the event, I was scrambling until 3 a.m. to finish the final touches. By 10 a.m. the next day, I had everything displayed to perfection and I was living out a little dream!
My family has served as my cheer leading section for the past year; but, as it goes with family, you never really know if they love the product, or just support you. I am pleased to say that I now am confident to pursue this venture even more fully with the reception I received from fellow vendors and shoppers! I was overwhelmed with the success of the day, and I can't wait to get everything up on the etsy store!
If you like what you see in the pictures, be sure to keep checking in on magpie writes as I expand my collection!
Extra special thanks to all my shoppers, my sweet in-laws and sister for driving down for the show, and BYRON for capturing all of my work!