Aside from the fact that summer is going so quickly? The adorable girl got adorable clogs and every day there are new words and sentences. It's amazing to see her learn and grow.
My birthmonth is August and I have only a few more days to gear up for those celebrations. What will they be? Who knows?! I am going to see "500 Days of Summer" and am looking forward to that outing. And I think I've managed to grab a couple days away from the store - a quick trip to Door County and a quick trip to Point Beach (hopefully stopping at everyone else's cool shops along the way: Dainty Daisies, Persimmon Girl, here I come!).
Every once in a while I consult The List and then I run away screaming or hyperventilating. I cannot believe how much I have made that has sold since March of 2008! It is absolutely incredible. Stressful, but incredible. I made a "short" list that looks something like this: headbands, aprons, artist pockets, knitters' pockets, fabric rolls, anklets, fabric pennants, glass square pendants, scrabble tile necklaces, large magnets, terrace chair button frames, button bracelets, origami ornaments, Vintaj bracelets and necklaces, Madison necklaces, Madison photo cubes, hankie flower pins, large photo necklaces, ceramic word necklaces, Paris necklaces. Yeah, that's the short list. Thankfully I've started calling on some helper elves: Alison to do some sewing for me, and Pamela's son to do some button making for both of us. That helped a lot.
Anthology has been experiencing fabulous growth - ever since we entered into our second year, each month has been a very big increase over the same month from the year before. Along with keeping busy with summer tourists and other visitors, it has been very rewarding and affirming. We've got the sparkling watercolors out right now for people to paint postcards, but we have also been really busy with various craft parties - some birthday parties but also people bringing in out-of-town visitors. The calendar has been very full - decoupage mirrors, comb-bound journals, altered books intro, stamped charms, chipboard journals, button picture frames and bracelets. In addition, we are co-hosting the Holiday Craftacular so we've been getting lots of applications from area crafters. If you are interested in applying, the links are over off to the left. And if you'll be in town the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we hope you will stop by and get a jump on your holiday shopping. In years' past I have done much of my shopping at the local craft fairs and it is always a fun experience.
I have also been keeping very busy with various art projects. As if I needed more. The art journal swap is moving along smoothly. Right now I am working on the pages for the France journal. I never know what journal is going to arrive next so that has been kind of fun. This is my page from the shadows and transformations journal - the base coat is twinkling watercolors... I do love those sparkles and am so glad that the company is not closing!
I also finished an altered book of Alice in Wonderland for the Wisconsin Book Festival in October. I'm very pleased with it and now thinking about a fairy tale series. Well, I need stories that are long enough that they have chapter headings because I used the chapter headings to guide the collage images and the text that I wrote. Any thoughts? Wizard of Oz, maybe?