Saturday, June 19, 2010

Handmade with Love

12:25 AM

Friday night I was able to be part of a really awesome event. Some friends of mine, Coryn & Adam, helped put together a birthday party for Etsy, the online handmade shopping community. Crafters from all over the Tampa area came together to party! Coryn asked me to set up a table about my trip to Cambodia, just so I could let people know about what I'm going to be doing in the coming months. I was excited for the opportunity, and even brought some bags and purses that I had made, in case I had the chance to sell those too.

I really didn't know what to expect, and I had such a long day that it took so much effort just to get myself there that I wasn't really sure how the night would go. But it exceeded all my expectations. Isn't that just like God to show up when we don't expect him to?? The courtyard was packed and stayed busy for hours. People came from all over to check out great handmade art! I sold several bags, and told countless people about my journey to Cambodia and plans for the future. It was such a great chance to network with people outside of my usual network, and be part of Tampa's ever-evolving art community.

Adam, Coryn, and I [and others!] are planning another art/music/craft event for July 30, which will be a benefit show called Create:Freedom. The whole show will benefit the cause to end human trafficking in Cambodia. After tonight's amazing success, I am hopeful that our next effort could be great as well.

About the author

Joy Muldoon is a full-time missionary and part-time blogger. Read about her travels, adventures, and missions here!