CAPTURED @ The Christmas Fair
For the third year, in a row, I had a table at the ISQ Christmas Fair. This annual event, hosted by one of Qingdao’s International Schools is a nice family day out. There is lots to see, do, eat, buy and enjoy. Four years ago, Justin and I went to the Christmas Fair with little Eli as a wee little baby. We had our family picture taken with Santa, we tried some delicious foods, bought a few gifts, participated in the famous raffle, and met up with friends.
The last three years, we have been at the fair… but in a completely different way each year. Our first table at the fair was for crafts, paintings and ornaments that I had made. Justin and I sold together and had THE BEST DAY! My mom was taking care of Eli, and it sort of felt like we were on some sort of day-date. hahaha.
The following year, in November, I started my photography business and decided to focus on that at the fair. It was quite nice when people came over, and looked sad that I wasn’t selling any handmade goods. A few of the items from the year before had been quite a hit! Once again, Justin was there to help me but Eli was also at the fair.
I Miss Him
This year, ISQ moved to a new campus, and it is a little further away from where we live. Bethany and I got tables side-by-side (as we did last year) and she helped me get my stuff to the fair. Justin stayed home with Eli and then came up to the fair a little later in the morning to see me. Each year I seem to see less and less of Justin on the day of the fair. I miss the days where we just walked around, enjoying the stalls, try foods, take photos and meet up with many many friends as we walk around.
It is sweet to have a friend who is also good with her hands. Bethany makes bags and purses. She also bakes. We have different talents and blessing, which probably makes us the perfect combo. Last week she sewed my Winter Gala dress. A couple of weeks ago I took photos of her son for his fifth birthday. It is a great combination… and it reminds me how God brings certain people together. In His name, and for GREAT THINGS!
Above, for the second year in a row, we reserved side-by-side tables.
A friend came by to say hi, and we chatted for a while. Having a table at the fair means that I get to see a lot of familiar (and many new) faces. It is always good to see friends that you haven’t seen in a few months. This particular friend has an amazing photographer’s eye!!! He takes the most epic shots. It was therefore quite flattering when he commented on how much he has noticed my pictures change over the last year.
Last year, I used a large frame and tons of smaller frames for my display. It was hard to get all of my stuff to the fair, so I decided to go lighter this year. I made two book with my favorite photo shoot pictures from the last 12-18 months. It was a blessing to sit and go through all of those shoots! I am so unbelievably thankful to be doing something that I always wanted to, but never imagined I would actually be doing!
I love China – everything here is advanced SO QUICKLY! Only two people asked for my business cards. The rest knew that they could just scan my QR code (in the small black frame above) and connect with me on We Chat too book a shoot.
How ironic, when we moved here we had to get used to living in a “backwards place”, and now I don’t even carry cash. My phone does EVERYTHING!! Seems moving back to the West might be step “backwards” by the time we leave.