I can’t believe it. After all this time, I’ve finally gotten all my ducks in a row and opened up my handmade art shop, located at my home. It’s surreal. And fabulous. And so much fun! I’m beyond thrilled with how today went with all the visitors who came to check out my art while on their tour of the Bolton and Harvard Open Studios.
Since buying this house about 6 months ago, my family has had a vision of turning the front enclosed porch into a little art shop with all of my handmade pieces on display. Our goal was to set everything up when we first moved in to get it up and running as quickly as possible, but with my mom’s health and being her care givers, we had to put that idea on hold so we could focus on her and her well being.
Sadly, now that she’s gone, we now have a little more time to devote to putting into our shop idea. So here we are, diving headlong into this little venture. It’s nothing fancy, nothing over the top. Just an adorable little room filled with sunlight and jazz tunes and colorful mixed media art!
Today was an absolute blessing! I never thought I’d have as many visitors as I did. The Bolton Harvard Open Studios event has been in the planning for several months now, and being that this was my first year, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. In the past, I’ve always done fairly large craft shows and events, with hours upon hours of tent setup and merchandising all of my art with a secret fear of each event having some sort of rain or crummy weather that would ruin my art. Talk about stressful. But now, I’ve got such a cute little setup and I don’t have to tear down, worry about rain or being unsure if the money that I put into the cost of the show was going to be made back. Now, my art is just up there on the walls of the shop for all who visit to look at and enjoy (which I hope they did!)
So thank you to all of the wonderful folks who came out today to support my art and visit the first day of my shop being open. It was an exciting day for all of us (my kids as well because they’ve been working hard helping us set up too!)
Hope you’ll come back and visit again soon! I’ll have the shop open tomorrow (Sunday, September 29) from 12-4 so stop on by!