I had a great time at the Handmade Mart yesterday! The day started off with me waking at 6AM to hear rain on the roof, but by the time I arrived to set -up at 7:30 AM the sun was out and the ground was drying up. The day ended up being gorgeous weather wise with only a little wind started tossing tents around at the end of the day. I had an extra table this time, so I decided to try something new. I included a kids table covered with craft paper for the kids to color on and some polymer clay for the kids to go crazy with. It turned out to be a great idea because the kids totally loved it, The parents were able to spend more time shopping, and the kids artwork was really inspiring. It was also a great way to share the fun of polymer clay and explain how my items start. I have to admit that it was extremely entertaining too. Several kids came back a couple of times to make more art. The only thing I plan to add next time is some handy wipes and directions for how to bake the clay at home. Here are some of the wonderful things the kids made:
At the end of the day a couple kids came int he booth and stacked all the remaining pieces together to make a fun abstract art installation:
A sweet little boy worked very hard on a portrait of his cat:
and as his parents were trying to get him away from the table he told them that he had to make one more thing for me. He was inspired by my new ice cream cone pendants and he made me a little ice cream cone.
I have since baked it and it's now a cherished treasure that I will keep in my cash box always! Yes, I think I will definitely include the art table again!