Manic Panic!

No, this post is not about the cheap hair dye goths have been buying from Hot Topic for years now.

I’m 12 days (eek!) away from my craft show debut and the manic super-amped up creative energy is giving way to panic:

  • how much should I make? 
  • am I pricing it fairly?
  • will anyone buy it? 
  • Is it too generic?
  • too old?
  • too childish? 
  • Should I make sets or let people mix and match?

these are only a minor number of the panic stricken scenarios and doubts running through my head right now.

I’m trying to focus my energy on jewelry only for the show that’s in two weeks, figure when I have an entire month to devote to production I can start worrying about other stuff. 

I just want to do well, really well, well enough that I can justify the crazy I’ve been putting my family through, as well as the craft-supply bomb that’s gone off in my living room. I really need to be able to justify myself, that I’m not just wasting time.

This show is really the first chance I’ve gotten to pursue my small-business dream and I’m terrified of failing.

I want to be able to appeal to all ages, bring in as many customers as possible, but I’m also afraid of going to “old” to appeal to kids, or too “dark” or too “kitsch” for adults (my personal style tends to lean towards punk rock/ rocker edge).

I’ve spent all day online reading, researching craft fair advice and I think I’m going to go crazy by the end of this!



Dies de Los Muertos themed necklace



About bonefishdesigns

I hold a BFA in printmaking and drawing from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. Drawing and illustration have always been my passion and I make my living teaching people how to draw and paint. Currently, in addition to my work as a lifeguard, swim instructor and an art teacher, I'm also an apprentice to a tattoo artist and have done quite a bit of flash as well. I started this blog more as a way for me to keep track of my thoughts and inspiration, resources and references but I'm more than happy to welcome you to it with open arms. View all posts by bonefishdesigns

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