Alaska made me who I am

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It's only been a little over a week since I left, but I am really missing Alaska. Being home with my family in the house that I lived in all throughout high school felt soothing. Yet going back also made me realize, even more, how much I've changed. I don't find the mall a place of solace anymore, nor do I find consuming rice at every meal a necessity. Apart from the topical changes, I've am definitely now more comfortable with the idea of living outside of how society dictates one should live-- that happiness and success are subjective and always at reach. But Alaska will always feel like a kind of home to me. How can I not love the landscape-- soaring mountains, bouquets of trees, and the snow that envelopes it all?

Today, I signed up to be in April's Middle Market! It's going to be the first time I'll be selling my wares in a booth, and I am both excited and kinda scared. My brain is brimming over with ideas on displays and more items to make before the day, and I'm hoping that I sprout an extra pair of hands before that. If any of you have sold at shows before, I would be so appreciative of any tips and suggestions!
  

33 comments:

  1. So, so, so pretty. I just adore winter landscapes. Beautiful.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  2. I can definitely see why you love it so much - it is so beautiful! And it's so wonderful to have a place that you can "go home again" you know?

    Congrats on signing up for the craft market! You will be awesome! I hope you sell tons!

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  3. I often wonder how I'll feel when I return to the UK for a visit, so much has changed, both personally and within the country that I don't know if I'll feel like I belong there.

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  4. Going back home always makes me feel a little sad when I leave, but glad that I have made roots with my family where I live now. Alaska is so beautiful and I can see why you would miss it, especially since your family is still there.

    Congrats on your first craft booth. You will kick butt! Heather

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  5. what a wonderful wonderland to me.
    xo,
    nancy

    http://adoretoadorn.blogspot.com

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  6. This was beautiful Laura. Home will always have a place in your life! You will do fine at the show. Relax and be yourself.

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  7. Oh beautiful photographs!
    Beautiful landscapes!

    xoxo

    www.sakuranko.com

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  8. GREAT pictures! Good luck on your first time selling your items in a booth :)

    xo,
    janmloves.blogspot.com

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  9. Alaska looks so beautiful. I always miss San Antonio terribly after I visit; I know how you feel.

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  10. Alaska is so so beautiful and breathtaking. It must have been a real lifestyle to have grown up in such an untainted part of the world. The scenery is just incredible! :)

    Good luck w/your booth. I hope you sell out!

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  11. Alaska is seriously beautiful. My parents' neighbors are from Alaska. Their kids used to get in trouble at school (in Virginia) for taking their jackets off when it was 40 degrees outside. The swore up and down it wasn't cold! That always makes me chuckle. :)

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  12. I hope to visit Alaska one day, it sounds like such a beautiful place. I know exactly what you mean about going to your childhood home and feeling nostalgic and relieved to be gone at the same time, I too have changed immensely since leaving my parents home (in 2008). Best of luck with your booth darling.

    <3Honeysuckelle

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  13. I know how you feel. I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and moved to Oregon when I was 10. I still remember so much of Alaska and how fun it was to play in the snow with my brothers and sisters. It weird when I tell people I'm from there though - half of the people I talk to think AK is some sort of uninhabited land where they use igloos as houses. It's painful to hear. lol

    xo, samantha
    www.sammyblackwood.com

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  14. Alaska looks beautiful. I have had so many people tell me it is the most beautiful/wonderful place they have ever visited.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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  15. Bouquets of trees - I like that. Beautiful photos, Laura. I can easily see how Alaska claims a hold on those who live/visit there.

    Congratulations on signing up for the market! It will be awesome! Sending lots of good vibes :)

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  16. I can only imagine what it must feel like to go visit home knowing that you've built a life elsewhere. Do you miss your family? Why did you leave? Have you had a chance to show your husband Alaska (unless he's also from there?)

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  17. Great post! This is in some ways how I feel about California, too. Good luck prepping for the Middle Market!

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  18. I'd LOVE to visit Alaska someday even though I do live in Northern Canada. But there's something about Alaska that I feel needs to be seen. Good luck on selling at the booth! I know you'll do well.

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  19. Beautiful photos, Laura! I would love o visit Alaska someday:)

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  20. That looks so beautiful! Great photos.

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  21. So excited for you, I'm sure you'll sell well :) And I'm happy you are just the way you are now, as you are perfect that way :) I'll send you something nice in mail during weekend, you'll get the new addy attached ;) xo

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  22. Such a lovely post, I like these pictures so much! :)

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  23. Those landscapes are really amazing !
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  24. Thanks for leaving such a darling comment on my blog! And these photos are just stunning...

    Have the best week ever,
    -Kati

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  25. That's exciting about the market! I'll be in Chambana the next Saturday, otherwise I'd have loved to stop by! Good luck! :)

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    1. I guess I could've given more information here :)

      I'll be in Chambana on April 26th and 27th.... I think we'll get in around dinner time on Friday night, then Saturday I'll be running the first leg of the Illinois Marathon (bright and early at 7am if you want to come watch!). I think the plan is to head home after the race, but I think I can find an hour for coffee or something while we're there!

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  26. It's beautiful!! Not a snow fan, but the picture of the snow by the water, is so very wonderful! Great news about the market, I hope you have fun :) xx

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  27. the pictures are beautiful, laura!!

    i've been on both sides at events...seller and customer. few tips that helped me: have prices clearly marked, have lots of small change ($1, $5, etc), have a email sign-up list, have some kind of form ready for any special orders or requests you might receive...and just have fun! good luck and let us know how it goes!

    rockoomph.blogspot.com

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  28. The snow looks lovely...especially when it's not on my way to work. lol

    If you have a smart phone sign up for square or PayPal here so that you can accept credit cards. You don't have to have the card reader, but it's nice because the fees are lower when accepting CC payments.

    Bring a small craft to work on that's easy to put down and find your way back to for when you're not busy helping customers.

    Business cards, lots of business cards.

    Good luck. Can't wait to hear how it goes.

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  29. I've never been to Alaska but surprisingly there are a lot of blogger who call it home and I've seen many beautiful photos of the landscape online :)

    Good luck with the show, I've never sold at one so I can't give you any advice, I'm sure you'll do great though!

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