.......... and I'm dancing (shuffling) as fast as I can!! AND, loving every minute of it!!! My first show was 2 weeks ago. It's a 2 day outdoor show on Mother's Day weekend every year. The first day was a blow out! I was SO pleased!! I almost doubled my 2-day total from last year. The 2nd day it rained. Well, no.. it POURED!! The field became a mud pit. The coordinators told us we could leave early, but I and a lot of other artists decided to stick it out for awhile. After all, I had sent cards and e-mails to customers. If they decided to venture out in the rain, then I was certainly going to be there. AND be there with a smile on my face. I spent most of the day driving my help, Jan, crazy singing one of those silly songs that get stuck in your head. (Have you seen the movie trailer for Madagascar 3? The zebra singing "Circus Afro"? If not, you must google it! It's quite funny, and will make you smile as well as everyone around you.... unless of course you sing it over and over and over and over on a rainy day... :o) I did have some loyal customers come out in the rain with their umbrellas, jackets and galoshes to shop.
So, yes, all that was shuffling. But the REAL shuffling goes on prior to the shows. It's the jewelry making binges that really make me dance. Again, I headed to my sister's house, with all of my prepared findings, beads, pendants, etc, and had several days of "creative therapy". She's such a big help. She pulls out all of the jewelry I have, and makes inventory lists, and organizes me (well.. as best she can). She tells me where the "holes" are in the inventory... "need more green earrings"... "you have 3 pairs of black earrings, and no necklace"... etc. Below is the aftermath of the weekend. Her piano was covered, as well as the piano bench behind it, and the window sills! It was a GREAT session! I think I left with 144 pieces.
Here was one of my favorites.
And her beautiful flower gardens around the house inspired me, and put good use to some of my polka-dot beads.
Now to fill in the holes and get ready for next weekend's show. Hopefully, rain or no rain, it will be another success. Either way, I'll have a great time, and meet some more wonderful people.