Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Spreading My Wings

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist. ~Schumann

This past Sunday I participated in The Holiday Hunt...a hand-made art festival held in my hometown. I had been wanting to do this show for the past 2 years but chickened out everytime. But this year was different.

I did it!!

Girls, can I tell you how scared I was. Oh my goodness...the entire time I was setting up I just wanted to run!

As the other artists put the finishing touches on their booths all I could think about was how I didn't belong there. Afterall...me?? An artist??!?!

There was my Soul, laid out on the table for all the world to see.

My sweet girl, Em helped me put everything just so and added a bit of Christmas sparkle to my work.

I really loved how it turned out!!

Before the show opened the vendors were encouraged to visit one another's booths and shop...there were sooo many talented artisans from all over the Northwest Missouri and Southwest Iowa area.
When I got back to my booth a sweet lady was looking at my things. Imagine my surprise when she picked up one of my pieces and said she'd take it!! The show hadn't even started yet!!! I was on cloud nine:)

All art requires courage. ~Anne Tucker

The rest of the day was amazing!! I ended up selling over half of what I brought and made $150.00!!! It was my biggest show to date and inspired me to keep on living my dream. I also met sooo many people including three women with BIG DREAMS like mine!! I shared my vision of an art retreat with them and they were almost excited as me. And I was invited to participate in three shows and teach two classes!! It was an AMAZING day!!!

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
Jim Morrison

One more thing....


I am so grateful for each of you!!!


  1. well done you :) i am so pleased that you faced your fear and yes you did deserve to be at the craft fair,(really glad you enjoyed it too) and yes you leslie are an artist ... and may i add a very talented one ...

  2. Leslie, I am so proud of you for following your creative dreams and taking the risk to sell your art at the show. i am thinking of the quote - when your leap the net will appear- you did it! Thanks for your continued creative inspiration. I am following some of my own creative dreams like this. Making more time to paint, create, and go where the peace is. xo, kathy

  3. Yay you!! That is scary, yet exciting all at the same time. You had the courage to step out of the shadow and shine...and that, my friend, is HUGE! I'm so happy for you and the response you had, seems like taking a chance and living your dream opens up opportunities and endless possibilities! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. :)

  4. Congrats on your successful show!!! I can't wait to see where our dreams take us!

  5. How wonderful, congrats on a great show. Keep on following your dreams. And as I have learned this year, sometimes you don't make a lot of money at shows, but the contacts and opportunities that you find at each one are priceless.

  6. Congradulations sweet friend!! Would LOVE to see a close up of the suitcase if it didn't sell!!

  7. Great news, Leslie!! I have no doubt it wasn't easy to get thru that! So you slayed the "fear" beast this time!! Congratulations!!

  8. Well done Leslie! So glad you went ahead and did it, and congratulations! What a wonderful achievement!

  9. Absolutely no doubt about it, you ARE an artist, well done!!!!

  10. Congratulations Leslie! I know how difficult it can be. You are on your way now!

  11. Wow, Leslie...what an amazing experience! I am so happy for you. I know what it is like to lay out all that is important to you and then basically wait for the world to pass judgment on it. Your day sounds so amazing in terms of money made and doors of opportunity opened. I am so happy for you!

  12. Wow Leslie! How wonderful for you!
    You should be very proud of yourself!

  13. That is awesome Leslie! I’m so glad I saw your post today on FB and decided to re-visit “WordsOfMeProject”, I honestly have not visited or seen your blog in a very, very long time. I’m not into blogging, but I do enjoy the things that are shared and your work is very inspiring. I read your “about me” page to get re-acquainted. I love what you shared. I have a passion for scrap booking/creating too - which I guess all of us do if we are here sharing! But often I allow the fear to set in and then I don’t create though my heart longs to. Anyway, so grateful too for a loving Heavenly Father who hears all of our prayers and connects us! There’s no doubt that I was inspired to visit your page today and be a part of what you have created! Thank you Leslie! Keep up the GOOD work! I’m going to work on some projects today to keep my dream going and going.. From Lori (We met through Transformation, just in case you don’t remember me)

  14. Awesome, Awesome! So happy and proud of you!!! xoxo


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