Friday, September 26, 2014

Recap of the Art on the Wabash Show

The inside of the car
This last week was The Art on the Wabash show.  Mom and I love this show and it was great to be back in it this year.

The first picture is the back of the new car - we bought a Toyota Highlander a few weeks ago.  It is SOOOO nice to be able to pack up the back of the car without it being a circus act trying to fit everything in the back.  Of course it was pretty interesting packing because it started to downpour as we were packing the car - at that point it was throw the stuff in the car and sort it out in the morning.

Tent and the stands with photos and shadow boxes on the street in front
It turned out to be a sunny day - but it was a bit muddy from the downpour the night before.  Plus it was a little windy that morning when we set up - so the sides of the tent went up.  We are usually part of the first group that drives in to set up - they have to times for people to setup - and I love the early setup because we are done before people start arriving.

The interior of the tent.  To the right - you see the first necklace (looks like a fish - you can see the piece here) it actually sold.  Mom and I didn't think it every would - even though we liked it - we thought it would take a very bold person to buy it.  That person was at the show on Sunday - now how cool was that!  We also sold our last large enameled copper bowl - that was going to be a wedding gift.  I guess we now need to buy more copper and get to sawing and hammering out bowls!

Mom putting the finishing touches on the grids with the pictures on them.  Mom is the set up artist for our shows - I just put things where she tells me too :)

The enameled pendants I worked on Saturday for this show. I liked how they turned out and I can't wait to make more of them up!

The big purple and yellow bowl is the one that sold
We did have a slight problem during the show - WIND!  I hate wind!  The wind gusted through and took down all the shelves - and damaged several pieces (at least it was enameled pieces I could fix).  Even with the weights on the tent mom and I were still trying to hold down the tent.  It was heart breaking hearing other peoples' pieces being knocked over all throughout the fair.  Every so often you would hear a crash and breaking of glass or pottery.

A close up of the chips in the enamel I had to fix - the bottom one is our flower bib necklace - that bib pendant was a bitch to enamel and fixing it almost did me in.  But at least it is fixed - just need to reassemble the piece for this weekends show.

And finally - a picture of mom and me after the show - finally eating.  The last time we ate was at 7am before the show started.  I think we were a little hungry by 6pm.

Overall it was a great show and it was so great to talk to customers and have pieces sell that you never thought would sell.

Salt Fork River Festival
This weekend is the Salt Fork River Festival at Sleepy Creek Vineyards in Fairmount, IL. It is an awesome show and mom and I have been at this show since it was created by our friends Joe and Dawn Taylor, owners of Sleepy Creek. You can click here to see pictures from last year. So, if you are near Fairmount, IL I seriously recommend coming out and visiting the winery and us :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

We are Alive - Two Shows this Month

via Pinterest
Well, it has been a very, very, very long time since I have blogged.  It just seemed to be so much effort to do it - it has been that way for almost a year.

via Pinterest
My house is still on the market - though I have had a buyer since January 16th.  My mortgage company is taking its sweet time to get through the short sale.

Mom and I have had some other issues come up over the last year and I think we are just tired.  We keep telling ourselves it will get better - that we both are healthy, we have jobs and we have a roof over our head.  Sometimes the unexpected hits and the hits you know that are coming just take the oomph out of you.

Okay - enough of that.  Mom and I do have good news.  We have two shows this month - Woohoo!

We got back into one of our favorite shows - Art on the Wabash.  We love this show and we are so happy we were accepted this year.  Of course that means we need to get the tent out and make sure everything is in order - but hey - we have a show!!!!

The next show is our ALL TIME FAVORITE SHOW - Salt Fork River Festival at our friend's winery.

This is a two day show - we set up on Saturday and the show ends on Sunday.  There are lots of other vendors, there is music and of course there is their wine.  It is such a laid back show with the customers walking around with wine glasses and just enjoying the atmosphere.  Our spot is located right next to the pond and the hummingbird feeder.

Okay - that is the updates on the shows.  Now updates on pendants we have made.  We haven't been in the studio as much we both wanted but we have made up some new pendants that are posted out on Etsy.

Turtle Pendant
Dragon Pendant
Finch Pendant
Frog Pendant
Hope Pendant
Hummingbird Pendant
Hummingbird Pendant
Lotus Pendant
I guess that is all the updates for now.  If you want to see what is going on with us I have been mostly posting on our Instagram if you want to keep up with us.

I hope this is a turn for the good and I will be posting more.  I will try and be more positive - being a downer is now fun for me, mom or you guys.

Thanks for sticking it out with us!!!
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