Southbury Autumn Craft Festival epilogue

November 12, 2013 / no comments

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. 2 steps forward. 1 step backward.

Well…. at least we sold a few items. Unfortunately, we didn’t sell enough to come out in the black. We didn’t even cover the $110 entrance fee.
At first I thought we’d have a little trouble when we got there. An exhibitor that was assigned to be next to us was squeezing into our space with her suitcase to ‘save’ room for a friend and fellow exhibitor. We were assigned a corner slot and because of the smaller table had no problem setting up.
When the organizer came by, this exhibitor began complaining that she had already requested to be next to her friend. Virgil (the organizer) then asked if we wouldn’t mind moving to the position you see in the photos. We didn’t mind at all as it was a much better slot. It was literally a 10 foot move. We had the wall at our back and a much nicer exhibitor next to us.

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Funny enough, the exhibitor we made room for was the one who bought the only print that sold from us that day – a Kirk and Spock airbrush print. Even funnier, Heidi bought something from the ‘space invader’ exhibitor for Keira.
We ended up with a nice display, but we also discovered that a 4 ft table is just too small. We had no place to play the Space Nicks DVD or even the basket which held the extra watercolor prints. At least we had an extra chair that the basket sat on.
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My helpers were great.They made it very easy to be there with us. I thought that at some point Heidi would have to take them because it would be too boring for them, but they hung tough and made me proud. It did help that they were able to play Minecraft on the iPad and laptop during a few of the long stretches of no customers. This is also where our move to a location with the wall at our back really paid off. The kids were able to play undisturbed without getting under any of the other exhibitors feet.
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Aidan’s job was making rubber band wristbands. “If you buy something, you get one of my wristbands as a gift.”
Keira’s job was to come around the table to customers and show them the Space Nicks HD app on the iPad.
They both took their respective responsibilities very seriously and neither had to be asked twice to get out there with the rif-raf.
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Heidi did a great job scouting the other exhibitors for advice about Craft Shows in general and where the best ones are. One of these exhibitors was a pretty girl and she came over with a list for us, Aidan gave her one of his wristbands. He was obviously smitten and when she left he said, ‘She’s beautiful.’ in a soft and dreamlike way. Heidi and I just laughed.
Because it was so dead, some of the exhibitors/vendors began  packing up an hour early. I held out hope for another 1/2 hour, but no dice, no sale. I thought briefly about trying to cancel out of the Danbury Show, but in the end I figured, wtf. One week closer to Christmas, might be all it takes for our sales to pick up.
So roll on Danbury Craft Show on November 17th. Well I guess the good news is that I won’t have to go crazy making new prints or greeting cards. We have plenty of stock left over from Southbury.
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Southbury Autumn Craft Festival 2

November 7, 2013 / no comments

The Southbury Autumn Craft Festival is fast approaching this weekend. Am I ready? Well, maybe. My Greeting Card Display stand arrived from Amazon last night. I drove to Alphabet City in NYC last saturday to pick up the 2 metal free standing display stands (for my artwork prints) from Victoria.

The only thing left is completing printing and packaging my artwork. The big question is do I keep with a complete Holiday theme and keep the prints of the Space Nicks artwork…  or see how my landscape and figurative watercolors do. Well at least I have plenty of ink and enough Hahnemuhle’s William Turner Matte Fine Art paper to print plenty of both.

Southbury Autumn Craft Festival at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1284 Strongtown Rd. (Rte. 188),  Southbury, CT on Sunday, Nov. 10, 11a -5p

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November 2, 2013 / no comments

Space Nicks Book Cover

Space Nicks Book Cover

We are going to be doing several Craft Shows this holiday season to help promote Stubborn Pixel and Saint Nick and the Space Nicks. We’re planning to sell Handmade Holiday Greeting cards, prints and copies of the original ‘Saint Nick and the Space Nicks’ children’s book.
The first show will be 
Saturday, November 10th
at the Southbury Autumn Craft Festival
Crowne Plaza, 1284 Strongtown Rd., Southbury, CT
Hours 11 – 5
A special shout out to Victoria Hunter McKenzie. Her help has been invaluable as I geared up for this venture. She has provided me so much information and has made it VERY easy for me to get started. Victoria is a very talented artist from NYC. Check her out! http://www.etsy.com/shop/vhmckenzie
 

Autographed copies of the children’s book, ‘Saint Nick and the Space Nicks’ by the illustrator will be available for $15

“Saint Nick and the Space Nicks is a light hearted, rhyming Christmas story with terrific color illustrations, appropriate for pre-schoolers. In Mears’ active imagination, Christmas is everywhere in space – and each planet has its own Space Nick. This is a goofy story that kids will certainly enjoy, but the illustrations are the best part of the book. The colors are bright and the wide variety of space creatures – versions of Santas and reindeer – are so clever.”

– The Berkshire Eagle

“St. Nick goes intergalactical… a hypothetical collaboration between Clement Clark Moore, who wrote ‘The Night Before Christmas’, and the incomparable Dr. Suess.”

– Berkshire Record

 

Boxed sets of our Handmade greeting cards will be available for $10 each.

Bi-plane SantaEach set includes 5 cards with original illustrations from Bill Westerfield and 5 envelopes. Each set of cards are packaged in Crystal Clear Boxes that hi-light the whimsical and colorful illustrations.

Archival Quality Prints will be available.

8.5 x 11” for $20
11” x 14” for $30
Our artwork is printed on the superior Hahnemuhle’s William Turner Matte Fine Art paper.
  • 310 gsm
  • 100% cotton
  • white mould-made slightly textured
  • Certified archivabilityChristmas Ticket

 

Come out to Southbury CT this weekend and say hi. Start the holidays with us. We would love to see you all!