photo via renegade craft
When I was accepted into Renegade San Francisco, I was a little bit surprised. It's the cream of the crop handmade shows and incredibly competitive. By even applying, I felt like I was putting myself out there quite a bit -- and I prepared myself for not getting in.
Then when I got in, panic mode set in and the last month or so was a lot of work. The few days before the show, I was a ball of nerves-- even flying down, I could hardly sit still in my airplane seat. The husband came with me, and I was grateful for his support -- as well as the support I got by sharing a booth with Julie -- she's a handmade pro. :)
The weekend in a few words: exhausting, overwhelming and incredible. I had a huge fan girl moment when Brit Morin of Brit & Co bought a clutch from me and then when I spied Melissa Fleis, a runner-up on Project Runway, wandering through the crowd.
My only regret? That I had more time to shop! I picked up a bracelet from Fresh Tangerine as a thank you for a friend and a necklace from We See Stars, but with all the incredible makers there, it was hard to see it all! (I'll have to online shop later.)
I left Renegade feeling both encouraged about my shop and inspired to get back to work. I'm tired but in an odd way recharged. I'm happy to be home-- where it's warmer (San Fran was pretty chilly for summer) -- and ready to start planning for more.