Have you ever had an idea that sticks in your brain? It hides out in the back and you think about it and dream about it when you are driving really, really long distances or when you can't fall asleep at night? That's how it felt for Tracy and I when we were contemplating putting together an epic handmade market here in the north. 

For me I would daydream about planning an awesome market while driving from my house to my camp. An hour and a half to think about all of the ways that I'd make it great and all of the things I wouldn't do. I'd participated in enough markets at this point to know what wasn't so great; when there were no shoppers, when you applied for a 'craft' show but the majority of the other vendors were selling nail polish or tutoring services, or when you just felt like a number and that the organizers really didn't give a crap about you. I also dreamed about ways that organizers could make an event amazing: creating excitement about all that is handmade, making makers and shoppers feel welcome and valued, and making it a real 'day out' by having great food. 

Even though I knew all this, I still felt really apprehensive about taking the chance and planning a market. It's really scary to take an idea and actually move forward with it, to just BEGIN. Meeting Tracy and teaming up together was a highlight of 2016 for me. We took a chance, threw ourselves into doing something we love and feel passionate about; planning an event that would highlight local makers, bring people together, and really support the essence of all that is handmade. And you know what? It felt amazing. Cause here we are in January looking back on 2016 and learning from what we did and planning loads and loads of awesome-sauce stuff for 2017. If 2016 felt good, I think 2017 is going to be out-of-this-world-freaking-amazing!

 

And now I'm off to make things.
Julieanne