Monday, July 22, 2013

2013 Ann Arbor Street Fair Recap and Inventorying

Ann Arbor Street Fair 2013
It is again that time where I tell you all about the most awesome time I had with my friend Lisa at the Ann Arbor 2013 Street Art Fair.  This is our fifth year attending and it seems to just get better and better with each year - though I seriously could do without the heat.

As usual Lisa and I stopped at Marnee Thai Restaurant for the most awesome chicken Pad Thai.  The street fair is awesome but I have to tell you the Pad Thai is to die for!  I have no idea what I will do if this place ever closes - I think bawling in the street would commence.

Of course I have to show you the University of Michigan flag flying in the wind on their Union building.

People walking up and down the streets looking at the wonderful art.  I do have to tell you I sucked at taking pictures this year.  It was hot and it was all I could do to get the camera out to take pictures of the fire hydrants.  I usually take about 400 or more pictures but this year it wasn't even 200 (mostly fire hydrants).  I even broke down before Lisa and said lets rest and take the trolley - that is how hot I was and how much my feet hurt (I have really bad plantar fasciitis and I think I blew out the inserts in my shoes on Thursday and not much padding for my feet on Friday).  Plus I had sweat going where you don't want sweat to go people!!!!!

Overall I loved our trip and I wouldn't have changed it for the world (though a little bit cooler would have been nice!).

Here is what I ended up buying at the fair:

The bell is for mom and me for the house.
It is our house warming gift for the extension -
we are going to put it in the garden between the
house and the extension
This is a new artist, I think because I don't remember seeing them last year.  What they do is take old fire extinguishers and make them into bells.  Each of them have a different sound to them.  This is the smaller one that I really liked how the bell sounded.  They had these huge bells that I wanted so bad but out of my price range and not sure how I would have got them in the car.  Plus I think Lisa would have killed me if we were dragging that huge sucker around all day :)

Gorgeous oil painting - love the colors and textures of the painting.  Lisa bought two of his paintings and I seriously hope he is there again next year.  Of course I will have to see how much wall space I have left after I move into the extension and we hang all of my paintings, photographs and prints on the walls.

Awesome polymer clay artist.  I bought mom one and the other two are mine.

Mom's little guy - she has named him Oscar and he sits next to Wilbert, the dragon, in her curio cabinet.

The sculpture lizard - no I don't have a name yet for her.

The frog and lizard together and I am also working on names for them.  I just like how the frog is holding the lizard and the lizard has his hands wrapped around the frog.  I just loved their faces and how they were holding each other.

Here are some of the images of the fire hydrants - I won't bore you with all of them - be glad, be very glad!!!

That is it for the trip.  Like I said I look forward to this trip every year and I am glad mom told me to go (I think I would have been moping around if I hadn't gone).  Mom is a good egg and so is Lisa for putting up with me!

Now that I was back from the trip mom and I had to start working on the inventory for our show this coming weekend.
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This is us as we worked on typing up the inventory sheet (this show has it's own numbers and of course it is different from other show numbers or our numbers).  Mom and I kinda get frustrated and we both have to go to separate rooms.  Needless to say the inventory sheet is done, the numbers on labels are done and we just have to get the labels on everything (bowls, pendants, and earrings were done Sunday - necklaces now need to be done).

Now that you have seen us at our worse :)  Since the show is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday I have closed the Etsy shop.  I will try and open the shop back up on August 4th but you never know what is going to happen between now and then but that is my plan.  If there is something you are looking for please email us and we will let you know if we still have it or we can make you what you are looking for.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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