So the Universe was 1 for 2. I found a new source of inspiration, but as for the craft fair . . . I basically got what I paid for (the spaces were free).
We got to the craft fair site at about 9 am. We found our space and were set up, ready to go in about half an hour. As we began, we were in full shade with a light breeze and we were freezing. We took turns walking around, looking at all the other stuff - about half of the vendors were in the sunshine, though, under canopies, so we had a chance to warm up. Out of 62 vendors, there were four who were NOT selling jewelry. Tough crowd. There were only about 3 beadweavers - the rest were stringers, wireworkers and/or metal workers.
The host of the fair, Mama's Minerals, had engaged a chair masseuse for all the vendors to enjoy for free. She set up right next to us, so we all took turns. Twice.
I spent most of my time saying, "Yes, those are My Little Ponies that I've encased in beads," and "No, it isn't work when you love what you do," and "Yes, they did take a lot of time to make." I will say this, though - no one walked by without stopping to admire them. If you click on the photo above, you'll see that I managed to finish the manes and tails for Vinnie and Monet (better pictures later).
The morning was overcast, which was great - kept us from frying - but the last three hours of our tour was full burn. It was the worst turnout for a craft fair I'd ever seen. We packed it in at 4 pm. I sold a few of my sale pieces and some of my destash seed beads - I walked away from the experience with a wicked sunburn, a slight case of dehydration, a migraine, massive hunger, and $63.50.
NOTE TO SELF: Never, ever do an outdoor craft fair in Albuquerque WITHOUT a canopy. Doesn't matter how much water you drink; if the sun's staring you down, you're gonna lose.
There was a high spot to the day, though. Inspiration #15 is a lampworker I found on Craigs List last year. We corresponded for a while and he was interested in trading beads for bookstore credit. His business has taken him all over the country and we never managed to connect, until yesterday. I am now the proud conservator of two of his fabulous "high desert twist" lampworked beads - he is the exceptional Rashan Omari Jones. Check out his gallery - you'll be glad you did!