Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Lost Dotee and A Commission

After stating that I would take a break from making Dotee dolls, don't I get an Email from one of my swap partners telling me that she never received her doll. She was very gracious. She said she believed I mailed the doll and that it must have got lost in the mail and that she didn't expect me to make another doll for her.

Well, of course, I will make another doll. So look for a new Dotee post in the next day or so.

A long time family friend, M, who is the President of a local artists' society, has approached me many times about joining the group. I have declined because what I do is more along the lines of crafting than fine art. For the last few years, I have been religious about sending M greeting cards (Valentines, Easter, Christmas, birthday) and she has been impressed by my creations. She has asked me to produce some cards to sell at a local jazz festival at which the artists' society will have a presence.

This time I think I am going to do it. I am excited at the prospect for two reasons. One, making art cards is something I can do with confidence as opposed to producing a piece of fine art. Two, the jazz festival is held, literally, within a five minute walk from my house. The jazz festival is a fundraiser for a children's camp. And best of all, I am a major jazz fan (critic) and I know, based on what I witnessed last year at the festival, that the talent is top notch.

My nephew is a professional jazz drummer. He was invited last year to perform but had to turn down the gig because he already had other things booked. One of his peers took the job instead.

I really, really, want my nephew to appear this year, but since the powers that be have already established a relationship with "the other guy", my nephew might not get the invitation. I like the "other guy" too but family is family.

But I digress. The card making is a big deal. It's one thing to whip up some cards for friends. When you're talking about selling your cards, there are so many things to take into consideration such as the quality and colour of cardstock and the what kind of permanent adhesive to use. The jazz festival is in August and it's not too early to start planning right now. Yikes!!!


creative dreams said...

Hi Inga, wow selling your cards how cool. You will be able to get some great face to face feedback. I know you'll do great, good luck in preparation to the big event. I love Jazz music, (couldn't pick a singer) but love it and I'll cross my fingers for your nephew. Belinda

GraceBeading said...

Sorry to hear about the lost Dotee, but GREAT news on the cards at the festival. Trust yourself, you do beautiful work. I bet they will be wonderful!

Creativehands said...

I've got an 'in' with that drummer you refered to; I'll see what I can do. :o)
Please keep us informed about the festival; hopefully we can add to the guest list!
You do make wonderful cards...looking for scraps? Any particular themes? Enjoy yourself, that's the important part!

Summerset said...

Congrats to you! It is very exciting to be invited to sell your things. You're very smart to plan in advance.

Jacky said...

Congratulations! Cant wait to see some of the cards you make for the Jazz festival. Sounds like it will be a lot of fun.
That was bad news about your Dotee Doll going missing. I know I posted one package (to my MIL for her birthday) and it took 3 months to arrive???? Stranger things have happened, it may arrive at a much later date!

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

What a great opportunity! Wonderful.