It's been both busy and quiet this week. September is typically a quiet month for us as the summer tourists head back to work and school. But that gives us time to get ready for the holidays. I apparently had a very tiny window for clearing out the office - unfortunately I did not get as far as I anticipated. There's a big desk piece of furniture that I would like to move out to make room for more efficient shelving but I thought I'd at least give a shot at Freecycle, which adds more steps to the process. Now I'm not sure if I should push to get it taken care of before the holiday shipments start arriving or if I should wait until after I install the rest of the window (and get those pieces out of the office). It is true that some part of my mind is always preoccupied with empty space, how to fill it, and how to create it... it's like that little game with the tiles of numbers and only one available space to move things into.
In the meantime, I did tweak the window to prepare for Halloween. I know that everyone says it is a big holiday and people are spending lots of money on it, but, honestly, I just haven't been able to find product that really charms me. So, while we do have some cards and suitably colored straws, and some adorable masks on order, I'm afraid the window is more of a collection of fall- and disguise- related items. While not precisely Halloween, the moustache game has been popular and seemed like a suitable window element.
We also got our holiday order of stamped pottery this week. That's always a fun task as the artist brings several boxes from Milwaukee for me to pick from. The bicycle images have been popular so I got more of those, but I also like the new feather design to go along with my holiday window plans.
Sachi picked up a few new artists on our trip to Renegade in Chicago - the letterpress Wisconsin print already arrived this week.
And, after some delay, we received more of the messenger bags which were an unexpectedly popular find from the Atlanta trade show. We are particularly fond of the applique birds on a branch.
And in other news, I've continued my work on my circle book - most of the pages have their painting/pattern, now I'm adding text in. Pinterest has been particularly useful: I just search for circle/journey/path quotes and have found some new ones to add to my pages.