The first upheaval was moving from the San Francisco Bay Area back to my roots in Idaho. This required me not only to move all that yarn :) but also learn to navigate a new craft fair circuit and state business forms. Fortunately, on the business end, the transition wasn't as hard or technical (I absolutely hate paperwork) as I feared. Turns out I have a lot less paperwork in Idaho which was an unexpected up!
To try to get a wide understanding of the local craft fair circuit, I participated in a record breaking ten craft fairs! Unfortunately, one was rained out which reminded me that Idaho actually has weather that I need to take into consideration. A fact that I had quite forgotten living in the beautifully mild weather of the Bay Area. Of the other craft fairs some were great and some were total busts but each one taught me a ton of valuable information about the local market which is definitely different from the Bay Area. I have so many ideas and plans that I hope to utilize in the year to come! An unexpected up was that at one of the craft fairs I was interviewed and featured in the local paper!
Another up was that I got to get involved with my local community by donating two decorated trees to local fundraisers. The first was the Festival of Trees in Idaho Falls. Proceeds from this event support people with disabilities in East Idaho through the Development Workshop, Inc. For this event I donated a miniature tree with the theme "A Handmade Christmas." The second event I donated a tree to was the Bingham County Christmas Tree Fantasy. Proceeds from this event go to a variety of local charities that help those in need.For this event, I donated a 4 ft tree tree with the theme "Carolling, Carolling through the Snow." Of course everything that went on both these trees was handmade by me!