A couple of months back, I created a mosaic for the Habitat for Humanity Recycled Art show, “Home is Where the Art Is”. It was great to be involved in something like this, and I’ve never sold any of my own artwork so I had no idea what to expect.
There was a great variety of items at the show (<—check out the other pieces) and I was impressed and proud to be one of the contributing artists. It was a little bit nerve-wracking to glance at the silent auction sheet for my piece, though. Near the end of some hors d’oeuvre-eating and wine-sipping, the quiet fight over my piece began…and on one end of that fight was my very own mother-in-law, Robin! I kept telling her she didn’t need to be bidding on my piece but she insisted that she truly did love it and would love to have it, and that the money was going toward a good cause. I even told her we could make one together! But my insisting was pointless. I kept giving her the tsk, tsk every time she approached the paper to check out who was winning, and she would smile at me. She was bidding to win.
At the very end, my piece brought in $105. I was pretty shocked that something I created could be worth that much to someone, but it was also a really good feeling knowing the money was going toward a great organization.
Here’s Robin next to her new piece of artwork:
After telling my mom about Robin’s shenanigans, she said she would have done the same, and was sad she couldn’t be here to do so. That spurred another moment of giving, and Robin and my mom are now sharing custody of the piece. It’s a little silly and cute but very heart-warming that my mom and Robin think that highly of something I created.