Craft Fair

One More Day to Prepare

I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself when this craft fair is over. I have done nothing but prepare for this one event since I first signed up. Last night, I spent two hours shopping for last-minute items like chalk, cellophane and florist wire. I spent the rest of the night, adding header cards to the fudge and other sweet treats. I finally fell into bed around 11:00, but lay awake, strung out on sugar, until at least midnight.
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Craft Fair in Two Days

It has been more than three decades since I have shown my goods at a craft fair. The last time, I was a Junior in High School and I had been making crocheted stuffed animals and selling them to teachers and classmates. When our school put on their annual fair, I was encouraged to see what I could sell.

I didn’t have any idea what to expect and didn’t have time to make any stock to sell. That didn’t stop me (although, it should have) and I set up my little table with purple kangaroos, ombre orange squirrels and so on. The problem was, I wasn’t selling the toys, I was taking orders. I could say it was an abysmal failure, but that would be understating things. I think I took two orders, much more than I deserved.
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Almost Ready

My parents are awesome. They came over yesterday, and not just to sample the sweet treats I made for the fair. They helped me get all of the fudge and cookies packaged and they also helped make more pillar candles.
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I Love to Bake

I know that baking isn’t really crafting, although it can be if you put your mind to it. Still, baking is one of my favorite things that I never do. I’m a big gal and I’m always trying (unsuccessfully) to get smaller, so making cookies and fudge isn’t something I indulge in often. But when I do, watch out!
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What are you going to do with that?

As a prolific crafter, I get one of two questions when I show coworkers and friends the latest batch of things I’ve made: “What are you going to do with that?” and “Don’t you have a life?” The answer to the second one is (obviously) yes – a life that involves crafting and not just vegging in front of the TV or computer. I know I should get more time out of my crafting chair, but there are just so many ideas and products I want to explore.
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Necessity is the Stepmother of Invention

I’m getting tired of this book thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love matching the fabrics and papers and then picking just the right filler paper and thread to make each book special. However, making books is time-consuming and tiring. For each one, I have to cut two sets of boards, measure and cut fabric, padding, and paper and then there is the glue… lots and lots of glue. On top of that, for every book I make, I have to punch 35 holes before I can start the sewing.
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