I have never been rejected like that before in all of my ** year life. "Rejected" by boys I had a crush on in high school. "Rejected" by honor clubs for which I had interviewed in college. But... never... ever... ever rejected in my artsy life.
I was so sure I would be at that craft fair. I had already begun production on my products. I had also invested quite a bit in my booth presentation. The theme of my booth was to be a re-creation of a general store from times past. I had purchased this:
|Vintage 1920's General Store Paper Cutter|
|Special Delivery Postal Stamp!|
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Add vintage aprons with Hillcrest Cottage art sewn onto it. I was pumped about the craft fair to come.
Until... the rejection email arrived.
Now, I was faced with more choices. Not fun choices, like how to design my rubber stamp logo, but hard choices, like what do I do with failure?
I tried several options which led me down dead end roads to no where. Ultimately, I asked myself, "What would be your dream? If you could just punt this whole fall craft season, how would you like to see yourself this time next year?"
I want to learn how to print with a letterpress. Say "hello" to my new baby: a 1893 Model Kelsey Excelsior Letterpress. It is missing some important parts (I am currently working on that.)... and I have no idea of how to use it (Working on that part, too.)... and I don't have all the supplies to print (Okay... so I have a long way to go before I can actually print.)...BUT, the main point is that I am working toward a goal.
I am inspired by what my son learned at West Point: Fail and Continue.
And, I'm gonna be so cool and awesome that no craft fair is ever going to reject me again.
This is how I respond to failure.