Recap

So the expo was yesterday and it was a really interesting experience. I learned a ton in the five hours or so that it took to put the thing on.

The main purpose of the evening was exposure and I got a ton of it yesterday. I had the first tent in the line and it was right by the “Patron’s Party,” which was essentially where the rich people hung out and drank wine. Can’t think of a better place to have my tent than right next to a big group of people who support the arts and have lowered inhibitions!

I haven’t talked a whole lot about my business on here for a bunch of reasons, but the number one reason is because I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. Today, however, I can say that I did pull it off and I feel a little more confident talking about things.

Currently, most of my business is based around selling my art. I mostly paint art for children with Louisiana themes. It’s the kind of stuff that I wanted when I was pregnant with Charlie and nobody made it. All of my art is Louisiana-inspired although some it is less obviously so. I’ve also done some digital designs that I’m putting on stationary and soon I hope to have branched out and put it on onesies and maybe blankets in the near future. I’m also working on some designs for those seasonal flags that people put out in front of their houses.

I learned a lot yesterday and made a little money. I’d heard that some people who’ve worked this show in the past don’t make any money at all, so I knew that was a possibility, but I sold some prints. I also figured out a few things. I learned that my storage and display system sucks. My screen kept falling down until I anchored it to my chairs which resulted in some hilarious, Three Stooges moments. I also learned a little bit about the kinds of things people are looking for and it’s going to help me with marketing and whatnot.

So, I’m tired, but I feel good about things and I feel like I can only improve from here!

So, without further ado, the web address for my new business is www.redbeandream.com I’m still in the process of adding things to the store, but for the most part everything is up and running! Check it out (if you like).

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Comments

  1. caryanne says:

    Love, love, love your stuff and I can see why others did too. Can’t wait til I figure out a reason why I just NEED to have some!

  2. blairspage says:

    How awesome!!!! I can’t wait to check out your website! Love all of your stuff!

    Hugs – tiff

  3. Shannon says:

    Yay! It turned out FANTASTIC!!!!!

  4. Yay! This is very exciting! Congrats!

  5. Barbara says:

    Very happy for you!

    Loved seeing your smiles, almost as much as Charlie’s smiles!

  6. Congratulations!!! How exciting!!!

    Just visited the website… LOVE your work! It is now a "favorite" link on mine… I plan to buy some baby gifts & other presents in the future for your site. I may also order some prints for our home! :)

  7. Hi. Well, I did the web equivalent of running (not walking) to check out the site. It is AWESOME!!!! I loved the letters. I especially love the elephant. And I am so glad you did well at the expo, I know how encouraging that must have been. This gave me a lift, I had a really hard week. Go, you!

    I’m sorry if I missed this in a previous post, but can you explain the meaning of Red Bean Dream?

  8. Shoeaddict says:

    I LOVE everything. I’m excited to be staring the nursery soon and I PROMISE that I will be buying something (or more than one something) soon.

    AWESOME!

  9. blairspage says:

    Hey girl… to support you I put a link on my blogspot to get the word out! :)

    Hugs – tiff

  10. Small Town Girl says:

    The site looks great! I’m so happy for you and I’m really happy that the expo boosted your confidence!

  11. Billie says:

    I checked it out before I knew it was you! Good luck in your new venture.

  12. awesome awesome sweet sweet yes yes YES! I LOVE your stuff and I’m sure tons of other people will too. Your site is going to take off, girl! You are an inspiration to me. There, I’ve said too much. Congrats!

  13. AshleyS says:

    Your website looks quite classy!

  14. Love the Fleur de Pea! Glad all went well.

  15. Nadine Hightower says:

    It looks like you had a good time despite the 3stooges moment. Are you going to go to other craft shows?? The more exposure the better!!

  16. Gina (Mannyed) says:

    the fleur de Pea is my fav!

  17. desperate housewife says:

    Congratulations! How exciting.

  18. Hey, you look so HAPPY in these pictures! It makes me want to BUY STUFF.

  19. Wahzat Gayle says:

    Only just reading this… so proud of you!
    Ok I know you are leaps and bounds from here now but it is still great to read about again.

    (I was so busy breastfeeding my girlies when you were thinking this up)