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Cindy Welch
  • Female
  • Houma, LA
  • United States
  • Tumbled Travertine, Solvent Ink,…
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Cindy Welch's Discussions

What are you doing this weekend? Dec. 9-10, 2017?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch Dec 10, 2017. 4 Replies

Just popping in while I wait on wax to dry.  It is about as boring as watching paint dry or grass grow. LOLI have prepped some quart size mason jars for painting.  Will get to it this weekend.  This…Continue

Tags: weekend, plans, doing, you, are

Spring Arts Festival (Gainesville, FL)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barrie Lynn Bryant Nov 16, 2017. 8 Replies

I received a post card for the Spring Arts Festival in Gainesville, FL. The dates ... April 7-8, 2017. It has some association with Santa Fe College. It is a 49 year old show. I am wondering if this…Continue

Tags: Santa, Fe, College, Festival, Arts

Budding Photographer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kirk Bergman Oct 30, 2017. 18 Replies

Our daughter is a budding photographer,  mostly taking photos of sunsets and flowers.  There are evenings where we become sunset chasers as opposed to storm chasers!  LOL What advice would you give…Continue

Tags: photography, photographer, amateur

Shadows on the Teche (Fall 2017)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch Oct 10, 2017. 6 Replies

We went to New Iberia, LA, for an art and craft show that is all handmade. We have done it before and loved it. However it had been about a year since we did it because of the demise of our tent in…Continue

Tags: art, show, fair, arts, crafts

 

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Cindy Welch replied to Greg Little's discussion Selling on Amazon Handmade
"I agree.  It's good that we can each find a platform that works for us ... with more or less work in each given location."
Friday
Cindy Welch replied to Greg Little's discussion Selling on Amazon Handmade
"Greg, Judy gives a good example of what often happens when sellers are shut down.  It is not always a big company that gets the small guy shut down.  Sometimes it's a seller who is insecure, has an ax to grind, or just wants all their…"
Friday
Cindy Welch replied to Greg Little's discussion Selling on Amazon Handmade
"TOS = terms of service, basically, Etsy's rules that you have to follow for listing stuff on their site."
Friday
Cindy Welch replied to Greg Little's discussion Selling on Amazon Handmade
">>You never know what the future holds, and it is good to have another site to fall back on if necessary.<< In regards to this statement from Judy, I most certainly agree.  I have read of others on Etsy who had no violations…"
Feb 15
Cindy Welch replied to Greg Little's discussion Selling on Amazon Handmade
"Greg, I had an Etsy shop for a few years.  I had some success on it but it started to wain.  I decided to start my own website.  The reason is basically 2-fold---for me. One, sales were dwindling and I felt I had nothing to lose by…"
Feb 14
Cindy Welch replied to Peter Geiger's discussion New booth shot would like some input
"Peter, the reason I chimed in about the dark booth is the dark walls in the photo you posted, that's all."
Feb 13
Cindy Welch replied to Peter Geiger's discussion New booth shot would like some input
"I wondered about the dark sides too.  Our tent is white and I am not sure I'd like a dark one on dark days.  It seems it would take much more lighting to keep a booth with black walls light and bright."
Feb 12
Cindy Welch commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Takeaways from the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Jury
"Connie, I just read the article.  I have submitted apps to juried shows before, all within about a 4 hour drive of home, so none of the really prestigious shows.  It was an interesting read.  I hope the dedication of the jury this…"
Feb 12
Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Is creating art killing you?
"Wow.  That is hard. I don't solder but use paint, wax and other stuff related to painting home decor and furniture as well as sanding some pieces.  If I remember correctly all my products, except maybe one, are low VOC.  I need…"
Feb 12
Cindy Welch replied to Julie Holman's discussion Booth flooring questions
"We would clean our astroturf in the same way.  Hose it down on the drive way and hang it over the fence or patio furniture."
Jan 31
Cindy Welch replied to Julie Holman's discussion Booth flooring questions
"We were using astroturf from Lowes at outdoor shows.  Dh found some picks that go in the ground in the Christmas section.  They were actually made to hold Christmas lights.  Dh used a mallet to push them into the ground along the…"
Jan 31
Cindy Welch commented on Nels johnson's blog post Our Ybor house—what happened here in the 1930s is the reason marijuana is illegal now
"Interesting story.  We love touring historic homes and sites. We toured a couple in San Antonio and loved both tours and homes."
Jan 19
Cindy Welch replied to Sandy Walker's discussion What do you expect?
"Mark, we do about 8 shows per year.  We travel up to 4 hours away at this point, however many miles that translates to. Our number of shows and length of travel are limited somewhat because we own a retail store, unrelated to our craft…"
Jan 16
Cindy Welch commented on Brenda Flynn's blog post Help! Need to do a show in Florida in September....
"We have done shows in southern Louisiana in April and November on a regular basis.  The temps can range from in the low 50's to the low 80's.  It is quite a ride concerning the temps and humidity."
Jan 15
Cindy Welch replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Larry, it sounds like you were given lemons and made lemonade!  vbg Although I don't do a show just to make contacts for future use or that sort of thing, that schmoozing can add a little lagniappe to any event, especially if it helps…"
Jan 13
Cindy Welch replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Linnea, I totally agree.  Having items in a certain price range and only that price range can definitely hurt us in the long run, as you have shown with your mug.  If the "fabulous potter" had never made the mug, which was at a…"
Jan 13
Cindy Welch replied to kara unland's discussion frustration and feeling like the biggest loser
"Don, I think you are suggesting differing price points in whatever setting an artist is selling in ... art shows, gallery, online, etc.  I agree wholeheartedly and think most artists/crafts persons benefit from this practice. If we get to a…"
Jan 13
Cindy Welch commented on Brenda Flynn's blog post Help! Need to do a show in Florida in September....
"We live in Louisiana and deal with hurricane season as well.  Though it runs from June 1 - November 30, the most active months for storms are August and September.  I have not scheduled outdoor shows during those months due to the chances…"
Jan 12
Cindy Welch replied to Susan McCulley's discussion One theme, 2 mediums? plus wall space room for notecards.....
"Larry, I have read over and over  hear about how note cards, greeting cards as you call them here, are frowned upon at high end shows.  I am curious about something ... If it's clearly marked "reproduction" and it's…"
Jan 12
Cindy Welch commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 10 tips to tune up your website for the New Year
"When I started out my domain name named what I did.  However, as I began to diversify, it no longer was an accurate picture of what I was doing.  I decided to from my former name (Custom Coasters by Cindy) to Cynthia Welch Designs. …"
Jan 3

Profile Information

Your Medium
Tumbled Travertine, Solvent Ink, Challk Paint, Metal, Resin, Wood, Glass
Years in the Art Fair Business
Since December 2012
First show ever
At a local church
What is your website?
http://www.cynthiawelchdesigns.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Getting to show/sell something I've created!
Getting to meet awesome people
Being outdoors at shows
Best show ever and why
Southdown Plantation Marketplace in Houma, LA
We have a good day in sales, it is the closest to my home (less than 5 minutes)
Worst show ever and why
In general, shows at churches .... they almost never have properly advertised for artists/crafts people nor for shoppers, leading to little to no foot traffic
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Internet search
What is one fun fact about yourself?
Been married to the same awesome man since 1979!!

Cindy Welch's Blog

Review: Vintage Market Days of Mississippi

Posted on April 5, 2017 at 10:09am 10 Comments

This past weekend my husband, our daughter and I had a booth at Vintage Market Days (VMD) in Brandon, MS, near Jackson.  This was our first ever VMD event.  I had applied to the one in southeast Louisiana but was wait listed due to my category being full.

VMD is a franchise based promoter that has been doing shows around 5 years.  They started off in middle America, Oklahoma I think.  Promoters buy a franchise or a given area to run a bi-annual show, spring and…

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Bust of a Show

Posted on March 19, 2016 at 9:22pm 31 Comments

We had that show that is near my house.  It has been a bad weekend all around for the artists, the organizer, the shoppers, EVERYONE.  Oh, and the weather was a major player too.  Where do I start. 

Let's start with the weather.  It was predicted it would begin…

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Trunk Sale vs. Craft Show

Posted on December 9, 2015 at 5:19pm 17 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a trunk sale in my home.  I had mentioned it here on AFI and Connie mentioned blogging about it so here I am.  Specifically Connie had suggested blogging trunk sale vs. a craft show.  This is my first blog here so try to be forgiving if I don't pull it off well.  <smile>

I have been doing my craft, making travertine tile coasters, trivets and plaques for 3 years this month.  I actually got into this coaster business somewhat accidentally. …

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Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 6:37pm on June 14, 2014, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Cynthia.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

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At 10:17am on September 3, 2014, Linda Patrick said…

Hi Cynthia!  We have been in Memphis visiting grandkids.  You can see my jewelry at Laurindalee's Paper Bead Jewelry on Etsy or Facebook - Laurindalee's  or my home page on facebook  Linda Myer Miller Patrick.   My son lives in Metairie and manages Rick's Sports Bar on Bourbon.  To find those festivals just look under a search for festivals in Alabama.  Look for Elberta Sausage Festival, Daphne Jubilee Festival, Strawberry Festival in Loxely Alabama.  It just takes some time doing the legwork.  Love your coasters!

At 5:51pm on November 20, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
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Happy birthday, Cynthia. Thanks so much for being such a great team player here. Hope the next year is your best ever and dreams come true.
At 11:15pm on December 01, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 12/1/2014.
At 9:48pm on December 15, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 12/14/2015
At 9:18am on June 27, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
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Cindy, I can't tell you how much I (and others) appreciate your upbeat and helpful comments and posts on AFI. Many thanks. I hope all your family's health problems are going away. Really soon.

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