First Craft Fair of 2017!

Hello everyone!

I am so excited to be doing craft shows this year! My first show was last Sunday in a  beautiful Sunday park. I couldn’t have been more scared to be honest, haha. But here was my little set up:

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Lafayette Park in Norfolk was full of colorful tents and vendors from all over the area, each with some AMAZING displays! As I sat down at my table in the early morning I couldn’t believe I finally had the courage to sell out in public again, also among such talented artist! I was one of the few newbies to the season, and probably the most nervous as I kept rearranging and stressing just how to put my display together.

Selling in person is such a unique experience. The best part was seeing the children run to my tent with a giant grin on their faces. They were all so polite and sweet, I just wanted to give them a big hug! I even felt pretty bashful as they’d star at me wide eyed once I told them I made the little dolls they were clutching so tightly. I felt so great seeing their faces light up.

Unfortunately, as with selling anything there were some downsides. Mostly due to my oversensitiveness to be honest (lol). There was a slight feeling of defeat whenever customers would show great interest in products, then complain about the price being “too high” even though I just explained why the item is priced like that. I also got annoyed with people carelessly tossing products back on and off the table. Or not putting them back even in the same general area, that able wasn’t even that big!

After that day I realized I have to have a tougher skin and get better with conversing in general. My shyness dominated a little too much, with my husband really being my hype man. He had a good balance of conversing enough to get interest, yet not making the customer feel pressured to buy something. In general after saying “Hello, how are you doing?” my mind practically went blank. Ahhh, good ol’ social anxieties!

On the bright side, this was my largest vending event ever, and towards the afternoon I generated an amazing audience and made more sales than I expected. My husband was so impressed, he suggested I sign up for larger events, such as Anime or Comic Cons. In that regard, I’m elated and feel relieved the show turned out alright.

Anyone in the Southern Virginia area? The Riverview Village Days is twice a month on Sundays, and I will probably be showing up for more events. I’d love to give a discount to anyone who gives a shout out to my “Millie on her World” blog.

Hope everyone had a great Easter, I spent my day by the beautiful beach with freezing water hahaha. 😀 Bye for now!

The House of Fan Art

Been a long time since my last blog lost, but I kind of miss it!

As of now I am 26, mother of a spoiled 16 lb healthy cat, and still completely devoted to the lovely craft of crochet (woohoo, longest running hobby EVER)! 

Yet here I am going through and internal battle of passion vs profit. Over the past two years my shop (*ahem* Millie’s Crochet House via Etsy) has been fantastic. I love fulfilling orders and creating new product. But alas, my shop has taken a dive into the world of fan art. 

I have always had a little bit of pop culture in my shop,mainly when the My Little Pony fan base ran ramped. One day I made a doll pattern I was satisfied with, and made the anime character OnePunch Man. From there I made a handful of other cartoon characters just for the fun of it. Listed them on Etsy just to get them out of my storage space. 

Then it happened. Before I knew it I was getting custom requests to make more and more dolls from fandom’s. At fitst, it was a lot of fun! The challenge of getting down characteristics via yarn. I really do enjoy making them…however once the fan art sales went up, my original design sales went down. And those original ideas are what made my love of amigurumi flourish, making those designs is a great passion.

I guess this is when I should establish more who exactly I want my target audience to be. Fan art is fun, making up and drawing new designs is fun. But juggling both in one shop seems to be more difficult than I thought, or I’m just doing it wrong ahaha! The next couple of days I’m working on my biggest original designs project ever, I hope to add that extra pep in my step while lost among the fandom dolls. 

Well there is my updates rant! Here are some pictures of some original and fan art dolls 🙂 

Bear Purse!