I opened my Lamoille, NV, studio to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 11/19/16 and had a great turnout and abundant sales, thank the Lord! Attendees could do their Christmas shopping from my full inventory of creations, including my artwork, note cards, jewelry, decorative multi-dose pillboxes, Protestant prayer beads, sun catchers, and SteedBeads™ (jingling necklaces for horses and model horses).
A friend brought a group of women from her church, and one of those women brought treats to add to my cookies and hot cider refreshments. Another member of that group brought her viola and treated us to Bach background music during her stay. She even went out to our paddocks and serenaded the horses, who considered it a very interesting experience.
I had my encaustic (melted wax) tools set up and hot, and demonstrated their use, making tiny landscapes for attendees to take home as souvenirs of the event. Several attendees tried their hands at making melted wax art, inspiring them to do more of such art at home or for their youth groups.
I was so pleased with this event that I will likely make it an annual affair. Many thanks to all who participated and helped out!