Saturday, March 26, 2016

My love hate relationship with my computer

was in full force last week, right before I was about to leave for Venice, FL and the quilt show I was vending at.  The first one this year.  I like the small city of Venice, especially the "on island" portion of it that you reach by driving across a really short bridge.
     I dropped my CPU off at Stables on my way out of town.  It was acting like it had a virus.  When I checked to see if the virus program I had purchased was even installed and it wasn't.  Needles to say I was NOT happy.  Sure enough it hadn't been so they de bugged the CPU and installed the software that I paid for along with two years of tech services. 
     Then after I got it home and was going to blog about my trip to Venice, I could get to my blog.  Not even sure how I did it this morning.  Just let me say, it wasn't how I have done it for all the past times/years. 
     There is usually a guild show somewhere in Central/south Florida every weekend beginning in January and lasting to maybe the middle of April.  Because this was the first one for the year that I have attended I can't be entirely sure my observation is accurate, but I am going to put my thoughts out there anyway.
     Two, no three things have happened in Florida in the last several months that is changing the outlook and profitability  long range  for small guild shows.  First, the Mancuso show moved to Orlando from West Palm where it steadily decreased in show floor size mainly because of poor attendance. I did that show as a vendor once and swore I'd never do it again.  The attendance was terrible.  When they opted to move to Orlando their  dates collide with an established guild here in  Central Florida which prompted them to cancel their show instead of competing with a more professionally staged one. 
The second thing is a AQS show was held in Dayton Beach this year for the first time.  AQS always puts on a quality show.  More competition for quilt guilds.  And lastly the Sewing & Quilting Expo overlapped the show in Venice and according to the guild show chair she felt that caused their attendance to drop.  Since this was my first time there and I was steady busy, not sure how I could have handled  being much busier by myself so they must have  in the past had a tremendous gate.
    I passed on both the Mancuso and AQS show even though I could have done both and driven to and from each day and slept in my own bed. 
    I like small guild shows. I get to see different parts of the State that I wouldn't get in my car and drive to alone, just to be going.  The cost of a  vendor space is reasonable and doesn't  dent the bank account even if I have a couple of not so good selling days, like this past weekend.  But I had fun.
I talked to a lost of quilters.  I passed out a lot of peppermints and my business card (post cards with contact info on the back)  At quilt show is where I get most of my teaching engagements in  other parts of the country.  I even had an inquiry about coming to Canada and another inquiry about being an artist in residence for a private school which was something I did in Kentucky back  in the 1990 for two weeks.  hmmm not sure if I want to do that again. :)
My cactus finally stopped blooming a week ago, so no blooms for Easter.  But 10 of the 12 battery powered candles from Christmas are still flickering. 
I am still taking pictures of the sky on days I am in the studio.  While at the market the other day  I brought myself some flowers for Easter.
And because I miss Tulips I brought these too

Happy Easter everyone.



Barb Watson said...

Happy Easter. I feel your pain when it comes to computers and support for them. Our Crazy Quilters port st. Lucie show in Feb. also had competition from Alex and Rickies show in miami, I think.

Barb Watson said...

Happy Easter I feel your pain when it comes to computer support. Our Crazy Quilters port st lucie quilt show also had competition with Alex and Rickies show in South Florida.

Rayna said...

The Mancuso shows cannibalized the wonderful show that the NJ Quilt Guild used to have, by coming into the state during the same week. That was the end of the State Guild, since their only purpose was to have a show with all the guilds participating. And the NJ Mancuso show is nothing special, including most of the vendors (with a couple of terrific exceptions).

I was at the West Pal Beach show last year and was delighted to be there because I ran into a couple of people I knew but hadn't seen for years. But true, the show was very empty of visitors. Don't know if they did any better in Orlando, but no way am I driving up to Orlando for a quilt show. The Palm Beach guild show was last week and I went to that. Sigh...