This was the sight that greeted me last night, arriving out in Spring Green to see a play at American Player's Theater. The night was interrupted by a brief but intense storm (including hail -- thank goodness for their new shelters) but ended with stars and moonlight. It was a lovely way to pause and savor the moment, which doesn't happen too often since my head is usually bent over the sewing/button machine...
And honestly. It's almost October already?! I'm not at all prepared and I've been really bad about blogging. I used to read that in other people's blogs and think, "what's the big deal? just sit down and tell me what you've been up to." ha ha ha.
September, although it has passed quickly, has been a little bit of a break in the mad rush. Things were a little quieter at the store (same as last year) - people are going back to school, preparing for the changing seasons... We have already exceeded the annual sales from 2009 so that feels great. I've managed to catch up just a tiny tiny bit, although the list of things to make to restock the store is still quite long. Well, at least I don't feel quite so frazzled as I did in August. Which is good because there is a lot ahead of us.
The Craftacular is the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We are co-hosting the event so right now there's lots of paperwork and planning to be done. Not to mention making stuff for our own booth. We will have over 60 artists there and it promises to be a fun event. Already a lot of our customers are marking their calendars. It's exciting to be a part of a local & craft holiday event.
And even though it seems early, it is time to start thinking about the holidays. But first I have to decide about a Halloween costume. Who am I kidding, I always dress up as a fairy. But I don't know if I should make something else for the adorable girl. Speaking of, I have been working on her Blurb book for year two, reviewing the pictures and thinking about how much she's grown. It's all good, but poignant too. Here she is this morning in my parents' backyard. I love hoodies with ears.
And, oh yeah, my parents are moving. Only a few miles away but it means packing, making room for art supplies and furniture at my home... I need to take pictures of the old house for a book project that I have in mind. I need to clear room in my livingroom and make new cushions for the couch. Brown zig-zag does NOT go with lime green and red flowers! But I have been making progress and I feel like maybe it will only be a year before people can come over to my place, instead of two years that I initially thought. There's still a lot going on; which will always be the case since the living room is also a studio.
We have had some craftivities going on at the store. Last weekend we hosted a birthday party for a group of girls to make the mini coil-bound notebooks/journals.
The craftivity for the month is the decoupage paper bracelet. Because of the curved surface, the paper has to be cut into thin strips but it is fun to see the different colors that people come up with.
And a few of our other favorite things?
New headbands from Oshkosh and from Chicago, German paper scraps, new cards from Appleton and Milwaukee, mosaic picture frames from Illinois. The store is chock full right now as we gear up for Christmas and also unpack new arrivals that we found at Renegade in Chicago.