I have always loved going to markets, farmer's markets, flea markets, antique markets, European markets, you name it, I'm there.  Lately though there seems to be a new interest in these sweet gatherings of vendors and shoppers, wandering through little white tents or tables, gathering hand made and homegrown goodness, maybe like people used to do before there were 'supermarkets'.  Now you'll also find artist markets, makers markets, vintage markets, garden markets, etc. in the upcoming event promotions of things to do with your weekend...I LOVE IT!

If I'm not vending or selling my wares at some sort of art/garden related marketplace, I'm probably attending one, because it's still fun to be on the other side of the table sometimes.  And if I am vending at one, I so enjoy all of the people you meet and connections you make.  The shoppers out enjoying their day, and the other vendors and artisans as passionate about their work as I am.  They're always willing to share their stories on why they do what they do and how blessed we are to get to do what we love!  So in addition to the 'advertising marketing' part of this awesome, crazy business adventure, there's also this 'to market we go' part.  Yes, it's a lot of work to make it, take it, haul it all out there, pray for nice weather and nice crowds, and sell yourself shamelessly...but I still love it, from either side of the table.

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As another year draws to a close, it's always bittersweet looking back to the things coming to an end, and the new things that are ahead for the upcoming year.  It's been a year of unexpected opportunities, amazing adventures, and challenging events as well.  Most of all I'm forever grateful to all of my encouragers and supporters, without whom I couldn't do what I do.  I'm humbled and forever grateful for your following!

Looking ahead, it's time to schedule new events, shows and exhibits, plan and dive into new works of projects that have been swirling around in my head just waiting to get out on paper, continuing to build, learn and grow my art, and seeing where the Lord takes me next.  Saying yes to the best opportunities and no to the ones not meant for me is sometimes difficult to discern, but it's all part of the journey, and I'm excited to see what 2018 has in store.

May the year ahead hold many creative adventures for you as well, and blessings for a most fabulous new year!