Monday, March 24, 2008

No Sick or Vacation Days!

There's something I realized this past week…

There are no Sick Days, Vacations and /or days off when you are an artist or crafter.

I recently had a baby shower order of 70 invitations that needed to be done and like many of my male counter parts I waited almost to the last minute to get them done. These invites had a 2 fold flap front, nice sheer lace ribbon and acrylic pacifier.

Inside, I used vellum translucent paper with pink baby footprints. I added a pacifier and rattle stamp to the inside side flaps and vellum stickers.

Shortly after completing that order I had to quickly get myself together because I had a show coming up in the next week and a half. This being my first show and me myself initially being a shy person, wanted every card I brought to this show to be as close to perfect as I can get it. I mean I wanted my cards to look as good as if they were mass produced in some factory and sold everyday in stores. But as I said in my first statement,

There are no Sick Days, Vacations and /or days off when you are an artist or crafter.”

And the truth of this statement hit me hard one Wednesday. I had gotten so sick I could hardly move…but do you know how it feels to be unable to move and do something when your brain is running as fast as a locomotive? Well that was the case. My wife walked in from work and said, ‘Ah my baby’s sick?’ I nodded my head with sad puppy eyes, and then she turned around and said to me, ‘You know there are NO SICK or VACATION DAYS for an artist! So you need to take a nap and get back to work, your show is in 3 days!’

(Sorry not the greatest picture taker)

Well I made it to my show with 88 pieces of inventory, no where near what my entire collection consists of. I’m glad to say, for it being my first show, and a show of its kind, I did very well for myself. I pitched my FREE customization, my FREE personalization and my VERY, VERY LOW prices! HOORRAY! Yes, that is what the little man inside my brain said then and is still sitting on a cloud saying it now!

My point here is that no matter what, you have to push until something happens! When there is something out there that you want, you have to go out there and get it. Yes sometimes you have to take a back seat to yourself, but the benefits you will reap will be worth it at the end….So keep on keepin’ on, and always believe in yourself, because if you don’t believe, who will?

by LaMar Lynch of Handcrafted by LaMar


Anonymous said...

I love your baby invitations and congrats on your first show!! It's great to see a guy out there crafting!! I am looking into doing a show, I might come get some needed advice from you!

Callooh Callay said...

Very cute cards--I'm not surprised you did well. Perseverance, man. That's what it's all about.

artmixter said...

Well done, that man!

UniqueNurseGranny said...

Those cards are incredible.Since in another life I was a single mom with 3 kids and a demanding clinical teaching job,am sadly familiar with that state of affairs when in this life as a jewelry maker.
Glad your show was a success.Great blog.

Haute Innovations said...

Congratulations... keep up the awesome work!

Unknown said...

wow!! great work

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

gorgoues cards...this post reminds me of a "lovely" saying my husband know where you can find sympathy in the dictionary...between sh.t and syphillis! so true!

Little Lovables said...

Wow, great job and lovely work! And holy cow, who invvites 70 people to a baby shower!! :)

Tabitha Brown said...

Good Job! Now grab a few seconds of rest:)

capitolagirl said...

Great cards, I'm really glad to have found your blog and all the wonderful shops that you showcase on your blog today!


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