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Sunday, November 8, 2009

An Uncommon Holiday Show & Sale

Custom Cakes by Mandy, Kay's Kloset

Favor Cakes, Homemade Gourmet

Shoppers! AND my sweet Grandma Anne!! Grandma, Grandpa and Aunt Carol drove all the way up from Houston for the event -I was so happy and surprised I nearly cried! Actually, I cried afterward. Several times. I felt so blessed and loved!

June Jenney with Advocare

Delicious Cameo Chocolates by Dian VerColen

Fabulous handmade items from BeckyMae Designs

Angry Baby -a great handcrafted baby and kids boutique on Etsy

Custom Cakes by Mandy Major -I loved the mint mini-cakes! So moist!

Tastefully Simple and BeckyMae Designs

Studio K setting up their great handmade items

Betty manning the Uncommon Women booth for me while I snapped away

Awesome childrens books from Usborne Books

WOAH! We did it! In truth, God did it -honest to goodness. Yesterday during and after An Uncommon Holiday Show & Sale I had so many folks and vendors tell me how proud I must be for getting such a great turn out of people and vendors for a first time event -and that it conflicted with a UT Football game and two big festivals in Georgetown. In all honesty, I am not proud of myself, I'm proud of God. I don't feel like I did anything exceptional, but was blessed all the way through my honest desire to help local women in small business get exposure and have a fun event!

Now that the big day is over and the fresh one has begun I'm definitely in recovery mode, but also thrilled to get started on all the upcoming events we have planned as well as following up with the new connections I've made.

Can I tell you how awesome God is? Friday I booked 3 -yes, count 'em- THREE photography gigs! Two women found me on my website -one for a small wedding, the other for headshots- and my third customer was one of our vendors who wants a family Christmas portrait. I booked another 2 during the Show & Sale and was amazed at the response I got from folks regarding my photography. It was so gratifying hearing people ooh and aahh over the shots and I loved having so many 8x10s of my photos displayed -I can't wait to see some of them printed even larger. So right at the cusp of the Holiday Show & Sale God blessed me with my first paid photography gigs. When it rains, it pours -and that's not always a bad thing!! Definite showers of blessings!

Another way I felt overwhelmingly blessed was by each of the vendors at An Uncommon Holiday Show & Sale. Such a wonderful group of women, all so gifted in each area of their expertise. I was amazed at how self sufficient the ladies were, originally expecting to be "putting out fires" for a good chunk of the show -but not once! Their table displays, products and services were so fabulous as well as the general good cheer and holiday spirit they emanated!

I was also very blessed by Brian (the man of the year, in my eyes) and several vendors who tirelessly helped with set up and tear down. I started having strong contractions right as the show was wrapping up and was ordered by many "mothers" to sit the heck down and let them help -and, boy, did they help! I am so thankful for all the hands and feet of Christ that helped make this event so phenomenally successful and fun!

Above are just a handful of photos I was able to take at the tail end of set-up and during the show. I wished I could have taken so many more, as well as shopped, but I had to man my booths at the front entrance. I'm glad I was able to take these. Here's a link to the set of pictures on Flicker so you get a better taste of the vendors and event!

Dear Jesus, I am overwhelmed by you and your greatness. Your plans dwarf my like an elephant does a mouse, as a mountain does an ant hill. I feel so loved and wrapped in your blessings right now. Thank you for all of the prayers that have been lifted up on my behalf and for this incredible journey we're on. May I rest in you today as I seek re-balancing after this busy time. Amen.

Thank you all for your prayers, love, encouragement, and cheerleading. This was truly awesome.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

All through the day yesterday, I would pause and think of you & all the goings on. My heart would smile, I'd wish I was there - AND I'd say a pray. Thank you, Jesus, for being with my precious Kelly. Love, Mama


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