SPACE NICKS IN ARKANSAS!

December 14, 2017 / no comments

The Space Nicks have been spotted in Arkansas

CAROLING ON THE CREEK

This Friday, December 15, Saint Nick and the Space Nicks will be at a wonderful event. Springdale Public Schools Vocal Music Department presents CAROLING IN THE CREEK. A musical celebration in downtown Springdale, Arkansas.

The Space Nicks books will be on display at approximately 15 different booths throughout the event.
The main places to purchase Space Nicks will be at the Soldier ON Service Dogs booth and the Scott Frame and Art booth which will be located on the SouthWest corner of the Pavilion – just next to where Santa will be.
Those that will be selling the book:
Jamie and Scott McGowen from Scott Frame and Art
Judie and Tony Kaczoroski – SOSD Booth
Deb Locander – SOSD Booth
Kylie Helmick – SOSD Booth
Laura Jones – SOSD Booth
Nancy McDonald – SOSD Booth

Shiloh Square • Turnbow Park • Emma Street • Friday, December 15 at 5 pm.

The Space Nicks have teamed with an incredible charity this holiday season in the great state of Arkansas.

Soldier ON Service Dogs

Soldier ON Service Dogs (SOSD) was founded by Angie Pratt in September 2014 after a close relative, a Marine bomb technician, was injured in Afghanistan and began experiencing the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  After researching treatments, she realized a service dog would be of great benefit but no such organizations were to be found in this area.  Thus, began Soldier ON Service Dogs, the only organization of its kind in the state of Arkansas.

It’s their mission to operate as a charitable organization by providing, at no charge, trained service dogs and service dog training to qualified veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and by contributing to the overall knowledge base of best practices associated with service dogs.

SOSD’s goal is to provide a validating study while simultaneously helping to fill the gap in the availability of service dogs here in Arkansas. More specifically, we will have a curriculum based program where we will over the next three years accomplish the following:
1 – Acquire 75 purpose breed dogs.

2 – Train dogs to a service dog level and then extend it to advanced PTSD level.

3 – Screen and match veterans to dogs.

4 – Keep and maintain a database of training methods, trainer, dog, and veteran’s data longitudinally.

SAINT NICK AND THE SPACE NICKS

St. Nick is delivering his toys on Christmas eve when a strange object pops from into sight! After it crash-lands St. Nick discovers Venick from Venus, a strange purple creature with long purple hair! Dressed exactly like St. Nick, Venick tells him that while delivering his own toys on Venus, he tripped on a star and traveled from near to afar, ending up lost here on Earth. Fearing he will not be able to complete his task, he asks our St. Nick for help. When St. Nick says yes, a whole new world of Christmas opens up to them.

REVIEWS FOR OUR BOOK

“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

SPACE NICKS IN ARKANSAS

This holiday season, Stubborn Pixel will donate 47% of the retail price for every copy of SAINT NICK AND THE SPACE NICKS sold in Arkansas.

Copies of Saint Nick and the Space Nicks are available at Scott Frame and Art stores located in Fayetteville and Rogers Arkansas. http://www.scottframeandart.com

2603 W Pleasant Grove Rd #119, Rogers, AR 72758

100 E Joyce Blvd #106, Fayetteville, AR 72703

 

 

This is Soldier ON Service Dogs

December 13, 2017 / no comments

Serving Those Who Have Already Served

Soldier ON Service Dogs is an NWA based 501(c)3 organization providing qualified, trained service dogs to local veterans living with PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injury at no charge to the veteran.

History

Soldier ON Service Dogs (SOSD) was founded by Angie Pratt in September 2014 after a close relative, a Marine bomb technician, was injured in Afghanistan and began experiencing the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  After researching treatments, she realized a service dog would be of great benefit but no such organizations were to be found in this area.  Thus, began Soldier On Service Dogs, the only organization of its kind in the state of Arkansas.Twenty percent of Iraqi and Afghanistan war veterans have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Estimates for Northwest Arkansas put the number of PTSD/TBI Veterans at about 14,000. Of those, 840 (6%) would benefit from a service dog. PTSD/TBI service dogs do amazing things for their veterans. They detect seizures, disrupt nightmares, call 911, reduce the need for medication, mitigate anxiety, reduce stress and save families and veterans’ lives.

Twenty percent of Iraqi and Afghanistan war veterans have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Estimates for Northwest Arkansas put the number of PTSD/TBI Veterans at about 14,000. Of those, 840 (6%) would benefit from a service dog. PTSD/TBI service dogs do amazing things for their veterans. They detect seizures, disrupt nightmares, call 911, reduce the need for medication, mitigate anxiety, reduce stress and save families and veterans’ lives.

SOSD puts its dogs through a two-year training process.  First, the company acquires a puppy between six and eight weeks old.  The puppy is then sent to live with a foster family (see Puppy Raisers for more information), where it is disciplined and learns to adapt to a family environment.  After about a year, the dog is brought in for advanced work with the company’s trainers for four to six months.  When the dog reaches 18 months old, it is paired with a veteran for further training.

Each veteran applicant is required to be in counseling and has obtained a letter from that counselor stating they would benefit from a service dog and would be able to take care of it.  Soldier ON Service Dogs also requires the veterans take classes with them to find a dog that suits them and learn to handle their dogs. These classes continue as long as necessary before the veteran is allowed to take their service dog home.  The entire training and raising process costs about $25,000 per dog/veteran duo.

 

Our Mission

To operate as a charitable organization by providing, at no charge, trained service dogs and service dog training to qualified veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and by contributing to the overall knowledge base of best practices associated with service dogs.

We will focus on the quality of the dog, it’s training, it’s trainers and veteran clients to assure successful placement and ongoing dog/client partnerships.

Our Goal

To provide a validating study while simultaneously helping to fill the gap in the availability of service dogs here in Arkansas. More specifically, we will have a curriculum based program where we will over the next three years accomplish the following:
1 – Acquire 75 purpose breed dogs.

2 – Train dogs to a service dog level and then extend it to advanced PTSD level.

3 – Screen and match veterans to dogs.

4 – Keep and maintain a database of training methods, trainer, dog, and veteran’s data longitudinally.

CAROLING ON THE CREEK

Springdale Public Schools Vocal Music Department presents CAROLING IN THE CREEK. A musical celebration in downtown Springdale, Arkansas.

Shiloh Square, Turnbow Park. Emma Street this Friday, December 15 at 5 pm.

Santa arrives at 6:30 pm

Saint Nick and the Space Nicks will be available at SOSD’s table!

Trumbull Booth Hill School Book Sale for Space Nicks

December 7, 2016 / no comments

Booth Hill School Space Nicks Book Sale

Booth Hill School Space Nicks Book Sale

The Space Nicks are coming to Trumbull, CT! I’ll be at my daughter’s school next Friday, December 16, 2016, from 12p to 2p selling copies of my holiday classic, ‘Saint Nick and the Space Nicks’. All copies will be $15 and I’ll be available to autograph them. I hope to see you there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space Nicks: From concept to ‘Out of this World’!

April 29, 2015 / no comments

Space Nicks Book Cover

Space Nicks Book Cover

When I first got together with writer, Richard C. Mears to develop Saint Nick and the Space Nicks into a children’s book my concept art was much different for the main character of ‘Venick’ than what the final version ended up being. The secondary characters remained the same for the most part. The only major difference was I ’rounded’ the aliens off. I removed claws or beady/cold looking eyes and fattened them up.

The original Venick was skinny with a little pot belly. His hair was long and basically stringy and his face was a bit too narrow with a goatee with no mustache. Oh… and kind of claw-ish hands. How could it miss?

When no publishers picked Space Nicks up I put it to bed as a learning experience and moved on to other projects. After a few years, Richard contacted me about possibly self-publishing, but I wasn’t interested because at that time the quality of self published books just wasn’t that good and I wasn’t interested in creating a vanity project. You know, just so I could point to some book and say, ‘I’m published’! Still even though I did shoot down multiple attempts by Richard to restart the Space Nicks project, I did revisit the idea of recreating the world of the Space Nicks.

Everybody can change their mind…

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When the quality of self publishing companies began to rise, I took revisiting Space Nicks more seriously. After researching and finding a company I liked I decided to jump back in.

The first step was to redesign the characters. Venick would get a complete overhaul. While the other characters would be ‘softened’. Fatter, rounder hands; no claws! Livelier eyes and inviting faces. Plus setting the scenes with more dramatic angles. After speaking with Richard C. Mears and agreeing to give this project another go-round. I took a year and a full sketchbook to develop all these characters and illustrations.

Here are a selection of original sketches. Some made it to the book as final illustrations. Others didn’t.

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The USS Eagle

In Richard Mears original poem, the USS Eagle played a much bigger part. The spaceship observed all the events and the poem was told through the astronauts eyes. The poem actually opens with the crew of the eagle watching Santa deliver his toys on Christmas Eve. These sketches reflect this version.illustration 2 version A

Perspective! Perspective! Perspective! 

It was very important with this sketchbook to explore possible illustrations with extreme perspectives. The sketch above was an idea for the beginning when Santa is delivering his toys in Cork.illustration 2 version B

The County Cork

The sketch up above is of Santa seeing a Pink Pie sky by and crash nearby. I liked it and did a finished gouache painting of it, but in the end I had to go in a different direction and didn’t use it for the book. I did use it though for the animation and later it was used for the Storybook App version.

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The sketch above did make it as a finished illustration. The only real difference was when I designed where the text placement, I had to adjust where Venicks’s legs actually went.

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The three sketches above were other ideas for the Cork crash/meeting Venick section. Check out Venick’s sleigh. My original sketches of his sleigh were drawn to literally look like a slice of pie. I liked it, but unfortunately the general consensus was at certain angles it looked too much like a shark’s face. The final design was made to have it look literally like a full baked pie.

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Nice to meet you!

I used this sketch for the book. The biggest difference was I flipped it and made it a vignette.

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It turned a knob that was next to its ear and the words that came out were perfectly clear.

Not only did I use this sketch and create a gouache illustration almost exactly like it. It turned out to be the very first illustration completed for the book. I spent about one year developing the concepts in the sketchbook. From this first illustration it took another six months to complete the other illustrations.

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This sketch  never made it to being a finished gouache painting for the book, but it was completed later as a digital painting for the animation and also the Space Nicks HD storybook App.

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This sketch of Venick creating a hologram of his home planet to show Santa never made the book, but was digitally created and used (only) in the animation.

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I tripped on a star and traveled near to afar!

Here’s a better view of the original design of Venick’s Sleigh in the above sketch. See the shark fins? Anyway, I only used this concept design for the animation. I created a digital illustration with the ‘full‘ pie sleigh.

illustration 12 version BSanta told Venick about his good girls and boys

I liked this sketch of Santa reading his ‘good’ list while sitting on a tool so much it barely changed at all as a finished gouache painting. I did take out the boy’s waving hand.

 

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illustration 12 version ASaint Nick offered candy that Venick could chew, And showed him the cities, the old and the new

These two sketches didn’t make the book, but were digitally created. Both were used in the animation. Only the one on the left was used in the Storybook app.

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More rapid than light, they sped through the night

This sketch above remained almost the same as a final illustration except it because a text page. I lost Santa’s sleigh and pushed the remaining elements to the corners. In the final version of Richard’s poem this page ended up having the only mention of the USS Eagle. Although the poem was better for the changes, I was disappointed because I spent quite a few pages in my sketchbook developing this spaceship and I loved the design I created. Oh well…

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Above is the original sketch, below is the original gouache painting of Santa and Venick over Venus

Christmas Over Venus

Christmas Over Venus

Then in a twinkle of the great Northern Star, All the Space Nicks came from near and far.

This finished illustration of Santa Over Venus (above) might be my favorite of all the gouache paintings. The colors are vibrant and the characters are playful and cute. Surprisingly close to the original sketch.

 

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Above is the original sketch, below is the original gouache painting of Santa and Venick on Venus meeting all the Space Nicks

Distant Relatives

Distant Relatives

Saint Nicholas was amazed and astonished to see, So many creatures dressed exactly as he

During the first go-round with Space Nicks I did another version of this illustration. Fairly soon after it was done and I put the project on the shelf I grew to really dislike that version. I knew I could do better. Once I restarted the project and finished this 2nd version I was so much more satisfied with it I ceremoniously cut the original into small pieces. True story. I still have most of them in my flat files.

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The Space Nicks worked quickly in Venus’s short night, And Christmas shined wondrously before morning’s bright light

In the sketchbook I spent a lot of time developing Space Nick ‘toys’. Aside from a vignette illustration of a ‘Moondoll, Boondoll and a Hopo from Space’ the finished gouache painting based on the sketch above was the only place I had the toys. Wait… I used the toy vignette on the TITLE PAGE for the book too.

 

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And when they departed and said their goodbyes, There were hugs of goodness and tears in their eyes

The sketch on the left never got used, but the one on the right with the waving hands did. It was a vignette gouache painting on a text page with the toy vignette.

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A part of space fell through our ozone fence

I created a gouache painting based on the ozone hole sketch, but scrapped it in the end. After completing the elf holding on to the north pole gouache painting I scrapped that too and then combined the two and created a Elf Holding on to the pole double page spread painting with the moon poking its head through an ozone hole in the corner. Much better

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Above is the original sketch, below is the original gouache painting of the big storm on the North Pole

Elf at the North Pole

‘Hang On!’

The wind and the sea blew all that night, The raging storm was a terrible fright.

The finished gouache painting above is the right panel. The left panel was designed as a text page. I did two versions of this in gouache.

 

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I had fun with these sketches. How do you depict the destruction of Santa’s workshop?illustration 23 version B

Getting closer…illustration 23 version C

Everything was ruined or blown out of sight, Nothing good happened and nothing was right

The finished illustration of the destroyed workshop was almost completely taken from the sketch above. I only had to change one thing…illustration 23 version D

That’s better. Get rid of the stuffed leather chair (I have the same one at home) and put Santa in a broken sleigh. Of course….illustration 25 version D

Look to the sky, to the heavens above, there are billions of stars hat sparkle with love!

The above sketch was unused. Mainly because there just not enough pages in the children’s book for all these illustrations. illustration 25 version E

Then from out of the heavens and into the night, came thousands of Space Nicks via space flight

The sketch above is loose and was quickly done, but it was the inspiration for the finished gouache illustration. All I had to do was make room for the text.

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Above is an unused sketch idea of the Space Nicks helping Santa deliver his toys after the devastating storm that destroyed his workshopillustration 27 version A

They brought all their toys and candies delight, And delivered the joys of Christmas that night

Here’s the original sketch of the finished gouache painting I did go with. I fought for this one. Richard Mears thought the tentacle of the alien Space Nick coming from the chimney and trimming the tree was ‘too scary’ for kids. My argument was ‘It’s trimming a Christmas Tree not strangling a puppy!’ – (technically that was my point, not my literal argument).

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It was Venick from Venus in a whirl of ‘Go’ light, And the Space Nicks together who lit up the night.

Playing with ideas for the final page of the book.

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They sang in the heavens in voices of gold, As star dust settled in words to behold.

In the end the final finished gouache illustration was very similar to the above sketch. Of course this version still had the ‘slice of pie’ sleigh for Venick. The final version became a two page illustration with the text reserved for the left hand page.

I hope you enjoyed looking at these concept sketches of my children’s book ‘Saint Nick and the Space Nicks’. If you’re looking for an ‘Out of this World’ spin on a Christmas adventure check out Space Nicks.

Follow this link for the book and all its colorful illustrations:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/202253015/saint-nick-and-the-space-nicks

or Check Out the Storybook App version I created for iPad, iPhone and Kindle Fire

iPad – Saint Nick and the Space Nicks HD

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saint-nick-space-nicks-hd/id720246570?mt=8

 

iPhone – Saint Nick and the Space Nicks – An Intergalactic Christmas Tale

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/saint-nick-space-nicks-intergalactic/id579012010?mt=8

 

Kindle Fire – Saint Nick and the Space Nicks HD

http://www.amazon.com/Saint-Nick-Space-Nicks-HD/dp/B00G18FHV2

 

 

 

 

Smartappsforkids.com’s ‘Autism Acceptance Month’

April 6, 2015 / no comments

Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Acceptance Month

Stubborn Pixel is participating in Smartappsforkids ‘Autism Acceptance Month’. For the entire month our Christmas storybook app, ‘Saint Nick and the Space Nicks’ will be 67% off. Written by Richard Chase Mears, Space Nicks is a clever twist on the traditional Christmas tale. Santa discovers that Christmas is not bound to earth alone. He meets Venick, a Space Nick from Venus that has lost his way and in danger of not completing his own Christmas deliveries. When Santa decides to help they meet all the Space Nicks from all the planets in the galaxy!

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 Saint Nick and the Space Nicks HD

Only .99¢ 

Space Nicks Hd is available for iPad at the iTunes Store and also for Kindle Fire HD at Amazon’s Appstore.

Wonderfully narrated by NPR’s Robert Krulwich.

Written by Richard Chase Mears.

32 pages of whimsically detailed illustrations by Bill Westerfield with hundreds of interactive buttons, visible and hidden, that trigger animations, draggle objects and silly sound effects that kids will love!.

Space Nicks HD also includes ‘Paint Nicks’! 5 coloring pages, now with even more colors to choose from! Children can spend hours coloring their favorite Space Nicks.

 

 

Promoting Space Nicks for Autism Awareness Month

March 24, 2015 / no comments

 

Space Nicks HD ChipSmartappsforkids.com is promoting Autism Awareness Month and have asked developers to take part by setting their app/s to free or reducing the price for a few days during the month of April. We will make our Saint Nick and the Space Nicks HD storybook app (iPad and Kindle Fire HD) available for the entire month of April for only .99¢ That is a 66% discount!

Our app normally sells for $2.99. The iPad version will be promoted on Smartappsforkids.com, but we will make sure that the Kindle Fire HD version also reflects the sale price.

‘Space Nicks’ is wonderfully narrated by NPR’s Robert Krulwich. Written by Richard Chase Mears. Illustrated, Animated and developed for Stubborn Pixel by Bill Westerfield

32 pages of whimsically detailed illustrations with hundreds of interactive buttons, visible and hidden, that trigger animations, draggle objects and silly sound effects that kids will love!.

‘Paint Nicks’! 5 coloring pages, now with even more colors to choose from! Children can spend hours coloring their favorite Space Nicks.

‘Space Nicks’ tells the story of how St. Nick meets Venick from Venus. Venick is a strange purple creature with long purple hair and is dressed exactly like St. Nick. Venick tells him that while delivering his own toys on Venus he tripped on a star and tumbled from near to afar, ending up lost here on Earth. Fearing he will not be able to complete his task, he asks for help. When St. Nick says yes, a whole new world of Christmas opens up to them.

From the original children’s book, Saint Nick and the Space Nicks is the hypothetical marriage between Clement Clark Moore’s ‘The Night before Christmas’ and Dr. Seuss! With Richard Mear’s smart and snappy writing and Bill’s whimsically detailed illustrations, they have created a wonderful new spin to the traditional Christmas story.

Introducing Stubborn Pixel Studios Etsy Shop

September 24, 2014 / no comments

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Stubborn Pixel is proud to announce the opening of our Etsy Shop.

Stubborn Pixel Studios has original artwork created by myself (Bill Westerfield).

Stubborn Pixel Studios Etsy Store is filled with Giclee prints of my original illustrations and watercolors. Including my popular LickedinPop Series. Plus an original Christmas children’s book that I produced and self-published and a selection of greeting cards.

I am a graduate from DuCret School of the Arts and I’ve studied at The Arts Students League in NYC. Besides this crazy artist stuff, I am also a BDA, Peabody and Emmy award winning artist for ABC News.

 

Please take a few minutes an check out my store. I’m sure you find something you’ll like! Just click on the Etsy banner above. 

 

I design and execute everything here with top-quality paints, inks and archival papers. Each item listed will detail the particulars of the materials and process used to create it. I want my customers to be as happy with their purchase as I have been in the process of creating each piece.

PLEASE NOTE: I have my prints custom made to order and then I ship them once per week. Please allow a maximum of 7-10 business days for routine print orders. If you need expedited delivery, please contact me before ordering.

Booth Hill PTA Space Nicks Book Sale

December 26, 2013 / no comments

The Space Nicks Came and Everyone enjoyed themselves 

Space Nicks Book Cover

Space Nicks Book Cover

Many thanks to Lara Walden, Heidi Westerfield  and the Booth Hill PTA for setting up a successful sale of Saint Nick and the Space Nicks at the entranceway of the Booth Hill School in Trumbull on the last day before Christmas break on December 20th.
We did much better than I expected, especially after all the bad luck we had with the Craft Shows. We ended up selling 31 books and giving away over 21 free promo codes for the iPad storybook app version of Space Nicks HD! That’s 11 more books than my highest expectation. After the bad luck at the Craft Shows I became VERY gun shy and had lowered my estimate number to only 5 books so I was quite pleased.
I have to admit I was quite unprepared to have that many people standing in line waiting to have their book signed by me. Lol. But, it was all good and Stubborn Pixel will be able to give the Booth Hill PTA a nice donation of almost $235 for 1.5 hours work.

Holiday Carousel of Crafts Showcase – Epilogue

December 26, 2013 / no comments

Winter Storm Part II

Having two Craft Shows spoiled by one Winter Storm was something I hadn’t anticipated, but…. The Holiday Carousel of Crafts Showcase on December 15th at the Trumbull Marriott suffered greatly from the ill effects of the previous days winter blast.
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Once again, we had many no show vendors. Yes, the weather was a big factor, but mainly it was because they hadn’t paid the promoter in advance. The weather sucked, but was a million times better than the day before during the snowstorm. If they had deposits involved, they would have been there.
The upside was I finally made a profit, but not enough to break even for the money I lost at the Shelton Holiday Craft Festival the day before. Plus, as I told a vendor, I’m not here to ‘break even’.
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It is truly a shame about the weather because, for what I sell, I need lots of foot traffic, so people can loiter by tables without feeling uncomfortable or pressured. I believe my books, original prints and original greeting cards are more ‘impulse buys’, you know… ‘Oh wait, this book would be great for ‘so and so’.
Even though it was better than the other shows by 3:30p most of the vendors were packed and gone. By 4p I was there by myself in a giant conference room. I was packed by 4:30p and gone. The show was supposed to be from 11a-5p.
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Most of the vendors had had it with the promoter. Most were quietly saying amongst each other that they wouldn’t sell at his shows anymore, until a woman selling jewelry to my left totally lost her shit! “Get away from me or I’ll CHOKE YOU!!!! You’re TERRIBLE!!!! We should have WATER!!! Where’s the COFFEE??? Where are the SIGNS???? You have to promote the shows in the NEWSPAPER!!!!” She was screaming like a mad woman. Which sucked because even though there weren’t many customers at the time of her meltdown, there were a few. I felt bad for the promoter, he seems like a nice guy and the woman’s meltdown was incredibly unprofessional. Jeez, take it outside!
Take the weather out of the equation and I believe I easily double my sales, but what are you going to do? Like I said, never ever Double Dare the Craft Show gods. It’s just plain trouble, man.

Shelton Holiday Craft Festival – Epilogue

December 26, 2013 / no comments

Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it SNOW!

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Never. I mean never Double Dare the Craft Show gods. You’re just looking for trouble, man.

Snow. So much snow. The Shelton Holiday Craft Festivial on December 14th was a bust. If I wasn’t only 2 miles from the where the craft show was held, I probably wouldn’t have gone myself. As it was, only 3 other vendors showed up which made the space appear VERY empty. Customers were few and far between and after only 2 hours the other vendors wanted to split. Two vendors left by 1p but because I was staying, one other vendor decided to stay with me and she was promptly rewarded by a snow infused customer that came almost immediately after the others left and bought a bunch of her items (not mine, hers).
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In the end we toughed it out until 2:30p and then packed it in. In 4 and a half hours I managed to sell one box of greeting cards. I told Heidi that even in that weather I expected to sell a minimum of 5 books and if I didn’t, I’d be depressed. Well, guess what…
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