This past Friday and Saturday, I was set up at The Wilmington Art & Pottery Festival. It was a smallish show with a good variety of vendors. I usually do The Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair in Newark this weekend but with Andy's job change and having only one day vacation the first year of employment, he wasn't able to drive the truck and pull the trailer. The Wilmington show was about 15 minutes from home and was an excellent alternative with little travel expense, no hotel fees, and no meal fees for two
people. Plus, the show was a great opportunity to meet more local people and potential
The Roberts Center is such a nice venue for an indoor show. Very roomy. I was able to get three tables and my floor displays in my space. I ordered table display units to hold my new shrink-wrapped soaps and they arrived the day I had to set up the booth. Great timing! And, they really worked well.
*** I don't know if any of my customers from the show will read this - I want to thank everyone who stopped by my booth. I hope you are enjoying your purchases and will see the difference that quality handcrafted soap and body products can make for your skin. I feel that my products are good for the soul, too. The fragrances I use can be uplifting, reviving, calming, energizing, soothing - whatever you need. Choose a different scent to match your mood of the moment. Or, one to put you in the mood you want! When you run out, there's always more to be had at Bird Bath Essentials and I'm just an email or a phone call away!! Thank you so much for supporting my passion and my small business!! ***
I really enjoyed meeting and talking with Susan, a local enamelist. Her pins and pictures were so detailed, so creative. When Mom and Daddy come for their visit, I am planning on taking them to visit her. Mom will enjoy seeing her gardens and her enamel work.
The was a broom maker doing demonstrations. He grows some of his broom straw but orders the bulk of it as he said he just can't grow all he needs. He brought this broom straw specimen for display. It was SO TALL! If you've never used a handmade broom, you really should buy one at your next opportunity. They are far superior to store-bought ones. I bought one of his kid-sized brooms for Landen because he loves to sweep. I also purchased one of his cobweb catchers. I already have two handmade brooms - an indoor and an outdoor (yes, there is a difference) - that I bought years ago at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Show.
Ray and Betty Storer, of Grandpa's Pottery had a huge area filled with their beautiful pottery. Ray did demonstrations and worked with children throughout the show. It was wonderful seeing the older generation sharing knowledge and skill with the younger folks. These children will remember their experience and perhaps it will stick with them that they actually MAKE SOMETHING with their own two hands. I think that's a very important thing for young people to realize.
Other interesting booths - a pine needle basket maker, several woodturners and other woodworkers, a great pottery critter maker, wooden pen craftsman, a beekeeper with regular, lavender infused, and vanilla honey, a woman who had homemade Buckeye Candy for sale, several jewelry makers, a booth with outdoor metal yard art, pottery booths and demonstrations, etc. So many talented people!!!
During the slow moments of the show, I got a chance to work on Raleigh's baby blanket. I'm knitting the Tweed Baby Blanket and am almost finished - just a few more of the Feather and Fan lace pattern rows to go. For this pattern, the middle (darker gray) is knit first. Then, you pick up the edge stitches and knit the Feather and Fan lace pattern. This is all done using circular needles in the round. I love this but at the same time, it's a little frustrating (anticipation!!) having to wait to see the blanket all stretched out. Soon..... very soon!
Our day began with having to turn off all the water. Since we sit on rock and can't drill a well, we have a cistern that holds our water. Our water is hauled in to fill the cistern. We were having to order about every 5-7 weeks. Then, we had two rather disturbing and suspicious periods - a two week and a three week - where we had to reorder water. The cistern guy came this AM and we had to drain all the water - a lot! - for him to get down in the tank and clean and inspect it. As we suspected, he found some cracks and had to do some repair work. The water hauler is going to deliver three loads of water tonight - that's 6,000 gallons. Too bad, we can't go swimming in it!
Wishing everyone a fabulous relaxing Sunday!!! I'm off to get groceries!