The Seattle Gift Show is just around the corner and today marks the one week countdown until set up (!).
During the past few weeks I designed six new posters and a couple new cards. I managed to burn all my screens before studio renovations at Pratt made screen exposing impossible and in general have been printing, printing, printing! I’m getting close to being finished with the essentials, but in my mind there’s always more to print and stock.
Yesterday I dropped my catalog and order forms off to be printed and I should be getting a bunch of business cards today. I’d wanted to screenprint my business cards (seems appropriate no?), but my list of items to print has been extraordinarily long and my hands two. It was a tremendous relief to have them printed rather than have that hanging over my head. Priorities!
Curtains have been flameproofed and are currently being professionally pressed. The thought of trying to iron 8×10 ft expanses of white curtains in the midst of cat-hair tumble weeds seemed stupid.
Out-of-town mailings have been sent and local mailings go out tomorrow.
Today I’m printing and beginning to mock up what my booth will look like with the furniture and accessories. I found out that the boxes I purchased to go in the shelving are all totally different from each other (how did that happen?) and that I really need to get my signage in order. I know, I’m a little behind. I’ve got 4 valid ideas and am trying to decide which one will match the aesthetic, be useful at future markets/shows, and be light and easily portable. Bonus points for something inexpensive and weatherproof. Extra bonus points if the solution doesn’t take me forever to make!
In between making a gazillion decisions and feeling terrified about doing a trade show, I’ve been snatching 30-40 minutes of sun, taking walks (mandatory after I realized felt like crap and realized that I’d stopped walking everyday), and enjoying garlic, green beans, and alpine strawberries from our yard.
That’s it for now. I’ll try to post early next week before the show.