It's been over a month since we last posted! We can't let that happen again as there's so much to catch you up on.
We are in our trifecta month (so appropriately named since our state's most anticipated event happens in the same month....the Kentucky Derby), three shows in back to back weekends. We just got home from the Spring Tennessee Craft Fair/Nashville. If you've never attended or exhibited there, you should. It's a wonderfully operated show and the artists who exhibit there are top notch.
This coming weekend (May 13-14) we are westward bound again....this time to Paducah, Kentucky for the Lowertown Arts and Music Festival. It's this Friday and Saturday. Again, it's a well operated show for the artists and a delightful experience for attendees. This year Ben Sollee is the most anticipated musical guest performer! If you've never seen Ben you should come out to see him. Ben is a Kentucky-born cellist and composer whose music is hard to describe. Whatever genre you put him in, there's no doubt he's excelled at it. His career has expanded from his Bicycle Tour to Lincoln Center to film and Tv.
The following weekend (May 21-22) we land back in central Kentucky at Francisco's Farm Art Festival at Midway University. It will be our first time exhibiting there! Come see us and spend some time visiting Midway, one of the nicest small cities in the area. Great restaurants and shopping!
The biggest news of all is we have been accepted into the Fine American Craft Show in Washington, DC (October 21-23). It has been a goal of ours to exhibit at a show in a larger metropolitan city for a while now. The hold up has been the cost. It's at least two to three times more expensive to do a show in Washington as any other city we've done so far. It's important to us to reach out to markets that are farther away from our home base. It's necessary to help our artisan business to continue to grow. We feel better equipped now more than ever. Our jewelry line has expanded to a level we feel is appealing to a variety of customers and our booth has finally come into its own.
Expanding causes growing pains....so it's still going to be difficult to financially swing the trip to Washington. We're talking thousands here! That's ok though because we love challenges. Everything will stay the same if we don't challenge ourselves creatively or business-wise. We have to get out of our comfort zone and move forward. Some people have suggested we do a gofundme, but that's just not us. We will have to raise capital to go to Washington, but we have a unique way to bring in what we are going to need. Not only will it help us accomplish our growth plans, but it will also benefit those who choose to support us. Who doesn't like getting limited editions and more than what you pay for, right? We will be announcing this wonderful opportunity for how you can help us get to Washington in the VERY near future!