The freak in the green and yellow sundress.

Hi, nervous here. 
 I have my art festival today and I feel sick to my stomach.  I’ve been up since 4:00am thinking about booth set up, square (I don’t even know how to use), driving into Charlotte and no clue where I’m going, how I’m going to stay awake till 9:00pm when I am already tired and I haven’t even set up my tent.  Oh and how am I going to set up this tent by myself!?!?
You would think this was my first art festival.  It’s not, I’m just a freak.  It’s something about putting your art out there for people to see and then to buy or not buy.  The thrill of getting a sell and someone liking your stuff is soooooo exciting, BUT to see people just walk by your booth crushes me just a little bit each time.  It’s so much easier to put your stuff in a boutique or shop and then you don’t have to be there to witness how people react to your creations.
Ohhhhh how I want to be a free spirit, laid back, go with the flow kind of person.  Someone who completely trusts the Lord and doesn’t worry.  I need to go sit and pray.  But then I feel so guilty praying for help to get through my silly day when there are hungry children and homeless people sleeping under bridges right around the corner from where the art festival is taking place.
Ok now I am sitting here thinking why am I wasting my time doing art festivals and painting things blue and cutting owls out of wood, when I should be doing more to help the poor and the homeless.  See what little sleep does to me. 
 Ok so will you come see me!?!? I will be the freak in the green and yellow sundress! 
Event: Creative Loafing Art & Music Festival
Date: Saturday, June 16th
Time: 12pm – 9pm
Location: NC Music Factory, Plaza Fountain
Cost: Admission and Parking Free to Public
All day event with 4 local bands, 25 local artists, local restaurants, and outdoor patios overlooking the plaza. Rain or shine
Insert big crazy smile here!
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6 Responses to The freak in the green and yellow sundress.

  1. dawn paton/humbleotter June 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Oh Dear! one of those mornings. Have had many. Girl, remember you have a mission to the girls on this site if nothing else. You are doing great. Your sweetness and appreciation of beauty and simple things shines THROUGH your art and that's what people appreciate and TAKE HOME with them to live with. It speaks to them daily as they walk by or sit and ponder. A little bit of your bright bright spirit is with them in their crazy kitchens, when they are at their wits' end with the crying baby, when they are celebrating an evening with friends or loved ones. Your blue bits and your owlies make people smile. That's a gift. Your smile behind that table is a gift. Not everyone will receive it, but it's a gift nonetheless. So sad we won't be able to visit you today after all, headed for the mountains this morning.

  2. reeve June 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    So wish I could be there and help you with all this and hang out all day. Maybe next time. I've got the Beatles trib and a cold:(

    Love ya!

  3. Jen June 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    Amen to what Dawn said above! The Lord has given us all our portion…for some, it is to be missionaries in Africa, for some it's to be a stay at home mom, for some it's to use their gift of creativity to spark light in their world. Whether you're ladling out soup, or painting things blue, if it's what the Lord has called YOU to do—it's where you're supposed to be.

    If I didn't live in Minnesota, I'd be there today, loudly exclaiming to everyone, “look at how CUTE this stuff is!!!” :) Hope you've had a fun day!

  4. craftythriftydecoratingwifemom June 17, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    You're more talented and brave than I am. I feel guilty at a show like yours not buying all the artist's works, or at least one thing from all, but let's be realistic. If it were geographically possible, I'd have been there today. If you read my post yesterday on travel you know how utterly impossible that is for me in CT. I don't buy out your Etsy shop because I can't, not because I don't love your work.

  5. Empty Nest Full Life June 17, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    If I had known, I would have sent my son right over to set that tent up for you. I can't wait to hear all about it. Next time you head to Charlotte and need a hand you will have to let me know.

  6. Gillian Layne June 17, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    I hope it was a great day, and remember there are a bunch of us who live far away and wish we could have visited you! :)

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