Tuesday, October 21, 2008

things i learn at shows

Last weekend was my largest show of the year~the Sami Show held at the Merrill Center, in Katy. It was a very good show for me, but thinking back on it, I always come home with lessons learned. Yes, it is good to make the booth rent, but I know & have always known, it is the people I enjoy. Because I am a people person, I normally have alot of good conversation with my customers, and even with those who just choose to look. Did I learn this from my grandmother, Josie, or from her daugher, my mother, Vivian? My great grandmother, Rosa's mother Rosalia, sits in the picture above, in the black dress. I never knew her. She spoke only Czech.
I learned the previous weekend, at another sale, the reason why people did not smile in these photos. You may or may not have noticed. Elsie said, in those days it took so long to take the picture, that the subject was told not to smile, or move during the taking of the picture, as it would ruin it. I never knew that. The only reason we talked about it at all was because in another one of my photos (all family members), now used in my display, is a picture taken of my two uncles and an aunt as children. My uncle, Eldie, is the baby in the picture, and he is smiling. She commented they were never allowed to smile. I told her he smiled all his life, and because he was a baby, they probably couldn't stop him. Eldie never married, and had the best disposition of anyone in my entire family. He smiled alot. I inherited his home, which was my grandparent's, and all the pictures left inside. A box full of cabinet cards and old photos. I am eternally grateful that they landed in my possession. I scanned them for safekeeping, and will not use them forever, but for now they are my muses at shows.
I had so many wonderful compliments on my set-up. Thank you all....I felt like I was sitting in my own little corner of bliss. Was it because of all the family photos that surrounded me? The vintage suitcase to the right held a wedding picture of my grandmother, Rosa's, brother and new wife. The wedding dresses they wore were gorgeous, and the headdresses even more so.
The primitive pumpkin and witch were bought at the Warrenton Antique Festival.

A pair of stick freshwater pearl earrings sat quitely waiting to be purchased.

An iron dove sat on one of the tables, keeping watch for me.

I had the sweetest neighbor, Nona. It was her booth's lattice work that I used as a back drop behind one of my tables. It worked out beautifully, as I hung a lovely guilded mirror and a piece of my art, a collaged Frida, on it. Voila!
Nona designs and sells purses, bags and other fabric items made from vintage fabric and trim. I have bought 4 purses from her in the past 2 years. I just love them.

"The highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is".
~John Lancaster Spalding


Chris said...

How beautiful your booth was!! And I loved the way you spoke of your ancestors..and the old things you love.
The earrings are darling!

Fanciful Expressions said...

Your display is gorgeous! I'm glad that you did well.


Anonymous said...

diane my love, what pride and care you took setting up this show. the passion for what you do SHINES through every detail!


i expect a visit when you and the mister get out here to california!

Anita said...

What a beautiful booth!
Sounds like you had a wonderful time...

Diana said...

Love your suitcase and the use of your treasured family photos. Hoping you did well at the show. You do beautiful work, Diane!

Daryl said...

Its like visiting your home, in my imagination anyway, its so cozy and inviting...

I bet people are always asking to buy your muses


Kahshe Cottager said...

Thanks for commenting on my photo in Paintbox! Your display looks lovely and I am glad you enjoyed your day. I can see why people would want to stop and talk with you - it looked very inviting!

A bird in the hand said...

Oh, I wish I could have come. It all looks so fine. Hope you made more than the booth rental. xoxo

Stephani Gorman said...

Hi Diane, So nice of you to visit my blog. Just wanted to let you know you are the reason I used Slide on my site. I am so new at all this as you can see, I really appreciate your comment! I look forward to visiting with you again. You are an inspiration to me. Love your beautiful work! Stephani Gorman