Well, I guess the official show season has started. A week from today, I will be packing up my car for the Spring Jubilee. I have been spending some long days in my studio getting ready for 3 shows I have coming up in April and May.
There's always last minute scrambling to do....making sure everything is priced, working on final displays...etc. etc.
And then you just hold your breath and hope the crowds show up and pray they like what you make.
I'm really excited about getting back out there and talking with people and being part of a show. Don't let anyone tell you it's not hard work. The set-up and break-down is physically grueling, being perky and chatty all day long gets old, hours and hours on your feet makes you want to fall into bed at night...but it's also really fun and and so, so rewarding. I wouldn't want to do it week after week like some full time show people do, that would be too much like a job. 6 or 7 shows a year is just perfect for me.
I'm also trying to keep my supply shop up. As I create in my studio, I am coming across things that I've accumulated in my travels that I know I'm not going to be using.
And last but not least....Simon. My fur ball of constant motion and naughtiness. He has his own bedroom that we put him in when he just gets to be too much. He is tormenting the household with his craziness, but he's also adorably sweet and melts my heart every day.
Can't you just see the wickedness in his face? Hee-Hee...he's so bad.
OK, now that you are up to date, it's time for me to get busy....much to do today.
altered art, bad cat, found object jewelry, mixed media, naughty kitten, pendeleton, sc, siamese cat, spring jubilee, vintage supply
March 19, 2014
I'm getting behind on my postings these days because too many other things need to be accomplished. It didn't help that I went out of town for a mini vacation last week. Oh, well....it was long overdue and definitely recharged my battery.
I took a quick mother/daughter trip to the beach with my mom. The weather was beautiful, but somehow we ended up spending more time shopping than on the beach.
I got to see my oldest son and catch up on what's new in his life.
On our way home, we made a side trip to visit my younger son and his fiance. They gave us a tour of the venue they will be marrying in at the end of June.
It is just so quaint and homey. It fits their personalities perfectly.
They've been working hard to get all the details straight and everything planned out. Actually, his fiance is doing most of the leg work and my son is smart enough to agree with her most of the time. Smart boy.
So, since I got home, I have been in super focused-creating mode. The time has crept up on me and I have a show the first weekend in April.
As the time gets closer, I need to make sure everything is priced, go over my display and much more. For show day to go smoothly, there's always preparation to do.
I think I'm on track, though, and should have everything ready.
I've made a lot of these necklaces, but I'd rather have too many than too few. I've got a long show season ahead of me and it's a good feeling to have some backstock.
Do you sometimes feel like you are losing control of your life? Things keep happening that you didn't plan on and you simply have to roll with it or you will end up pulling all of your hair out.
This is what I am talking about.....a sweet little siamese kitten and a big yellow lab.
In the course of a week and a half, we have managed to acquire 2 new pets. Well...the dog isn't official yet, but he is making himself right at home. Both were strays, seemingly homeless and found their way to us. We have done everything possible to find their owners, but no luck so far. So what choice do we have? The animal shelter in town is hoplessly small and overrun. They put down a horrifying number of potential pets every year. If we brought these animals in (especially the dog), their days would be numbered. So, we will love them and give them both the care they deserve....and count our blessings for the joy they are going to bring us.
Other than collecting pets, I had the pleasure of attending The Makers Summit this past weekend.
This is a one day conference for the art, craft and design world. I went to presentations and workshops beginning at 8 am and ending at 5:00.
It was a great resource of information and networking with other small business owners. Reps from many familiar companies were there with a wealth of information for us. I talked with people from etsy, facebook, Mailchimp, bigcartel, square and more.
....and of course, they wanted to keep our energy up all day long, so they had wonderful food and beverages available throughout the day.
I was in a wholesale workshop with Grace Kang from Pink Olive and squeezed in a photography class as well. Lots of good tips there on photographing your artwork.
Jordan Ferney gave the keynote speech and she was just adorable. I felt like I was in my living room having a personal conversation with her.
The location was The Huguenot Mill in Greenville, SC. How could you not feel artsy in such a cool place?
The day zipped by and I was pooped by 5:00. That evening featured a huge craft party, but I had an hour ride home in front of me, so I opted to hit the road. One can only absorb so much in one day!
I am still trying to get everything straightened out on the homefront since then. I think it's gonna all work out fine.