Sep 19, 2013

Back From Country Living Show

 I am back from the show, and had a wonderful time seeing 
everyone, and being with friends Paula , and Kari . 
Kari's wonderful artwork will also be joining me in
Atlanta Ga for Country Living in October. 
And, Paula and Kari will both be with me.
Exicted! (paula also promised to bring her awesome boot cuffs)
I am so glad they are able to both come to both!

(Kari and me)
 I hate to share a bad note at all,
but feel like I just have to let you all know, as some of 
you may be starting your fall show seasons as well, and I don't want
 this to happen to you all.   Or, you just may spot 
some of my work where it shouldn't be!

 I have never had this happen before on this scale.
Unfortunately, Every  time the 3 of us turned around there was another
large piece stolen!
and another, and another,
They even stole the necklace of the cage doll that is in Art Doll Quarterly Magazine this issue!

 What really toasted my cookies, was that they stole my class
samples for my upcoming workshop that starts in November!
Who does that?????
My husband says I am very sheltered , and maybe so, but 
you just don't expect it in a warm friendly experience such as that. At least
I don't. Everyone comes to have  a wonderful time and see all
of the creations, and share , and visit, and
someone has to attempt to spoil it.
they didn't,
 as a great time was still had by all!

I just want to put that warning out there to you all that are doing the fall shows, as
I heard it was an organized group of women that were
doing it with pretty lined shopping tote carts! 
Again , Seriously?

 (Paula and me :)
So be careful , and be safe. Who needs to say that
when you are talking about art and craft shows? LOL 
Any ways, 
love you guys, and if my one negative nelly post saves some
of your stuff then it was well worth it :)
see you in Atlanta!
and just to let you know the early bird special is running through 
October 1, for "Solder and Spice workshop!"
55.00 now through october 1st!
you can see all details on my online workshop page here on the blog , or on my etsy store.
(somebody is just walking around with the class samples doing some free advertising for me ? LOL)


  1. Oh, Shari, I'm soooo sorry to hear that. I experienced the same thievery last Fall during a large craft show, then again on a smaller amount at a church!

    For this reason, I really try to limit myself to private trunk shows in my home, and the homes of good friends. It may limit my sales, but I know my clients and the peace of mind is worth it to me.

    People have taking ways and I'm afraid that will always be the case. As trusting souls the loss of product is not as hurtful as the loss of trust in our fellow man.

    Have a wonderful time in Atlanta, and I hope to see lots of happy pictures! Wish I could join you!

    1. So well said Karen!
      I would not like to think badly of anyone that came into my booth! And , I certainly don't want to live suspicious of anyone , its not fun or productive.
      And wow! you had it happen at a church!
      Thanks so much for your words :)

  2. So sorry to hear of this misfortune! I have received a few rubber checks in my days of craft shows but, never anything stolen. How violating!!! I would never expect this kind of behavior at a show but I guess there are lots of sticky fingers out there -so, thanks for the heads up!

    Good Luck in Atlanta!

    1. Hi Barbara,
      No ,I have never had it like this either , and there were other vendors that it happened to as well not just our booth, which is why I wanted to warn others . You just don't expect 4 "besties" to get together and say "Hey, lets take everything! " LOL, but that's what it felt like at one point in the day . Their fingers weren't just sticky , they were like magic with three of us watching it disappear! LOL

  3. Shari, so sorry you had such a bad experience. You just never know about people and what they are up to. Bring someone along that can keep an eye on your booth, just in case. I can't help this year in Atlanta, but would be willing to do so next year. Just believe in Karma and that what goes around comes around. They'll get their just desserts eventually.

    1. Hi Dawn!
      Yes, I will miss seeing you this year in Atlanta!

      I like to mostly believe in good Karma . That someone can do a kindness for someone else, and change their mind for the better. Kind of like when I experience a really grumpy shop clerk , and try to cheer up their day by saying something nice to them ,instead of being mad at them for being grumpy.

      Hopefully something will happen to these women that they will realize how hurtful it is to take ANYTHING at all first of all, but especially from people who take time to make it all by hand.
      Thanks so much Dawn

  4. Shari, I am so sorry. I always like to think that artists look out for each other and that patrons are there because they admire the art not because they want to steal it. So sad to hear. I also believe in Karma...their time will come.

    1. Thanks so much Linda,
      I think we all want to see the best in everyone all the time. Especially in that sort of setting. Girls get away,artful creative weekend, etc. etc.

      Maybe the bottoms of those pretty lined carts got so heavy with their greed, that they fell out in the end! LOL

  5. I've heard that there are families that do this for a living! After taking them off for a few minutes, my friend had her brand new sandals stolen from her garage sale. How do these...thieves freakin' sleep at night? Well, if they try to sell your stolen items online, we all know which items to keep an eye for, right? I hope they get caught on camera very soon.

    1. Hi Laura,
      Thanks so much!
      Oh my gosh , the shoes right off her feet! lol
      That is terrible!
      I wonder the same thing as I can't imagine the mind set at all.
      Have a great week!

  6. oh no how horrible ... artisans have enough to deal with out light fingered thieves... looking forwards to seeing you in Atlanta... and i just going to sigh up for the class it looks really interesting. `*.¸.*´ ¸.•´¸.•*¨`*. ¸.•*¨*.¸¸.•*¨`*•
    (¸¸¸.•*¨`*•.•´*.¸.•´* .•´*¸¸.•*¨`*• ♥♥ hugs wendy

    1. HI Wendy,
      We are going to have a lot of fun in this workshop!!
      See you in Atlanta :))

  7. Hey Shari,
    My guts got in a knot from reading this argh!! How awful. I know,you work so hard and put not only a lot of time into your works but the financial investment too for the big shows. And Blammo!! Emotionally and financially robbed. It's heart breaking, I'm so sorry. Big hug

    1. Thanks Lurena!
      Maybe I should feel flattered that every time the crowd got packed in , they ,(the stealers) ,kept coming back for more, and more , and more! LOL
      But , instead I felt really stupid that it kept happening right in front of our eyes , but we didn't "see it" ! I think I am probably just the most gullible , they were probably talking right to me , and I didn't know LOL


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