Musings from the Moonroom

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Post Show Hangover


The days after a show are like having a hangover; a post show hangover without the bed spins or dry mouth.  The excitement and nervousness that builds prior to a show has dissipated.  Whatever inventory remains has been repacked and not necessarily in the order it went to the show.  The table coverings aren’t folded as nicely and probably need cleaning.  The drive home always seems shorter and faster than the drive out.  The car needs to be washed. 

My head feels a little fuzzy and my eyes a little heavy.  It takes several hours to really feel awake.  The computer stays at home so I have to thin out the email and respond to those that are most important.  Is there a Murphy’s Law stating wholesale orders shall increase in proportion to the number of days one is away at a show?

Eventually I organize the credit card receipts and call in the information.  Cash and checks will be deposited.  New names and addresses will be transferred to my customer mailing list.  I make a note to research email newsletters and to update transactions in Quickbooks.

Then I sit and stare at the plastic totes that need to be put away; back under tables or stacked behind the wire shelves.  That will wait for another day or at least until I trip over them one too many times.  My work table needs to be cleaned and cleared of whatever it was that I last worked on before I left for the show.  Sigh; I forgot to switch off the pasta machine motor.  Fortunately it is plugged into a pedal so, technically, it wasn’t left running.

Now where to begin as I emerge from my haze.  There are bottle stoppers to be made and card cases too.  A few more new sculptures are also on the list.  No rest for the weary; this is true.  Not much room for down time as there is always something to fill in the void.  I know this is better than nothing to do and twiddling my thumbs.  But for just a few more minutes I’d like to just sit here and rest in the sun.

6 thoughts on “Post Show Hangover

  1. I guess when the show is over, it’s not really over, is it? That post-show wrapup work is kind of a drag. It sure would be nice to come home and not have anything to do but relax a bit and look forward to the next one.

    I hope the show went well for you!

  2. I also put on a show. I spent 6 weeks arranging a surprise birthday party for my husband. Those 6 weeks very immensely exciting, getting in touch with people we had not seen some of them for as many as 45 years. Keeping things secret, and nearly getting caught. Making decisions about catering and decorating. The day was fantastic. People came and went all day long, it was easy and fun, except my feet hurt a lot. The days after were really anticlimactic. Even into Memorial Day weekend, when I felt so guilty for doing nothing, that I ended up making a sweet collection of necklaces, called the Summer Confection. And now I have found my muse again. So maybe a change of pace, Amy. And then back to sweet creativity….

  3. I’m sure the post show letdown is awful. Hopefully you can permit yourself a little time to just unwind. Sometimes it’s good to allow yourself a bit of ‘doing nothing’ time… that’s often when the subconscious brain can finally come to the surface and speak up a bit.

    It was great to see you there. Your display was great.. love your figures! Can’t wait to finally purchase my house… so I have a place to put art like yours.

  4. Sounds like you need some “Being” time instead of “Doing” time, Amy. Aaah, no rest for the weary. There’s work to be done, I know, but I hope that you get some “resting in the sun” time this weekend. 🙂

  5. Hi Lisa,

    The show was good; an improvement financially over last year and I continue to meet great people.


  6. Hi Brenda, Debbie, and Karen,

    Yes, I’ve had a little bit of down time; sitting on the deck and having lunch. The hard part is convincing myself to get out of the chair and back to the studio.

    But it all comes in due time and soon I’ll be back in the swing of things.


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