Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
Happy Monday y’all! I had a wonderful weekend with my boys. We went to a local craft fair and boy was that an experience. Allow me to elaborate.
First, let me just say that I have only ever been to one other craft fair and these two events were completely different. The first craft fair I had ever gone to was in October of 2017, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The event was something that my family and I happened upon. The event had just started that morning. People were still setting up when we arrived. There were so many beautiful crocheted items and sewn items. My heart was overwhelmed with joy! The creators of these beautiful pieces were so happy to stop setting up to discuss their methods of creating and discussing their inspiration for each piece. The event was well organized and even when the larger crowd showed up right before we left, the organization of the booth setups and walkways, people were not crowding each other to walk from booth to booth. Each booth was spaced out enough, that you were able to stop at booths and truly take in the work of the crafter.
This experience was not carried through to this local event on Saturday. The Lake Sumter Landing Arts and Crafts Fair was celebrating their tenth year. The Villages, Florida is a massive community, I was already aware that the crowds were going to be very large. What I did not anticipate, was just how large these crowds would be. This event was hosted outside in the middle of the square, booths were basically attached to each other, on either side of the roads of the square. People had a clear line of the way foot traffic should move, however, most did not follow that. At one point, my son, my husband, and I were in a single file line, while people bumped and even pushed by us. I would strongly suggest that next year, the wonderful coordinators of this event keep that in mind as they plan. I would love it if the event was held in another part of Lake Sumter Landing. Somewhere that people are able to move from booth to booth and not have to push their way through a massive flow of people to see the crafts people worked so hard to display.
Now, that being said; despite seeing very few needle crafts, there were some pretty amazing paintings. I noticed a booth that had the most beautiful murals painted on old driftwood. The paintings were so beautiful and truly captured some beautiful scenes of nature. Of course, I fought to be able to get a picture of this so I could show this amazing work to you.
I did see a few sewn items that were pretty awesome and a quite a few places that had some pretty wreaths. I loved being able to go to the event and look forward to going again next year. I probably will go to the event on my own and let the boys relax at the house. I do believe being a single person to event that brings out so many people would be a good tactic to use in being able to see as much as possible.
With all of this being said, it brings me to my next topic. When it comes to crowds of this size, everyone being on top of one another, and my not having much room to breathe; my anxiety was at a relatively high level. One way that I combatted the desire to fall apart, was taking moments to try and pull away from the crowds. The sidewalks behind the booths were pretty well vacant, so we would walk down those to move from aisle to aisle. During that time on the sidewalk, I would practice some breathing exercises and just try to relax my mind. I would talk to my husband about other things or look at the buildings on the other side of the sidewalk. One thing I am very proud of is my attitude didn’t falter. I remained upbeat and in doing that, it helped me process the feelings of anxiety quicker and the feeling of happiness was able to be maintained.
Overall, to have had the opportunity to draw inspiration from other artists and crafters, I feel very fortunate. I can’t wait to go to another craft fair and get inspired by others again. The community of crafters is such a safe haven for me and I am so grateful that I was able to attend the event.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this like, comment, and share. I would certainly appreciate it. Also feel free to follow me on Facebook at facebook.com/kraftaholicmommy and on Instagram at instagram.com/alishia_blount this is where I post between posts. Until next time,