I just got some really good advice. At least it was advice that I thought was really good. You see, I’ve been stressed about being behind in my blog. With the creating of our new website (can you say, “learning curve”?) and with our daughter Xan finishing up her senior year in high school (I can say, “high maintenance”!), I got behind on many things. I’ve got videos from shows and lots of ideas about the stuff that I want to write and I wasn’t getting to any of it. And, of course, we kept going to shows and at every show I would think about how I shouldn’t write about it until I get the backed-up blogs done. Then this past weekend someone said to me that I should just let it go and start fresh. What?! It never occurred to me to start writing fresh and catch up on the other blogs when I get a chance. It’s funny how we get stuck in cycles of thinking. One of the many good reasons that we have to travel in packs folks!
So this past weekend was Francisco’s Farm Art Festival in Midway, KY. A real sweet show. It’s one of those shows that we consistently do okay at and the promoter treats us all real well. When I am at a show I never really plan what I want to write about or what pictures I want to take. I really don’t walk into the weekend with a plan. Everything happens rather organically. That’s the beauty of what we do. There is always some special nugget of surprise that creeps up on us at a show. Some specialness that wouldn’t be happening to us if we weren’t there in that place at that time.
Last year when we did Francisco’s Farm I met a young woman that was new to the art show circuit. I love it when I see young artists and crafts people entering the art show world. I love to see the industry being refreshed with new talent. So, I met Megan of ‘The Binding Bee‘. She is a wonderful book maker and she had these most adorable book earrings that I wanted. And she wanted one of Michael’s postcards so we bartered. I have been wearing these earrings all year and getting gobs of compliments for them. Of all the sad things, I couldn’t remember Megan’s name or the name of her business; I so wanted to tell everyone where to get their own earrings.
One of the reasons that I was keen on seeing Megan was that when we traded at the end of the day I had had a couple glasses of wine (the show is at a winery, ya know). I got my earrings and brought them back to our booth and Michael said that he knew exactly which postcard she wanted so we took it off the panel and wrapped it up for her. I walked it over to her booth and she was busy so I left if for her. Later I realized that I never checked in with her to make sure that she did indeed get the postcard that she wanted. I thought about it all year. Cut to the chase….she did, I now know her name and business, I got to tell her how much I love her earrings and I wore them at the show just for her. Megan is a lovely human who has had a very successful year! Here are some pictures of her and her work:
One more thing that I want to share with you is our friends Josie and Mark of ‘May Apple Creations‘. They don’t do as many shows as they used to and it was such a treat to see them at the show. I ran into their booth and did ‘the happy dance’ when I saw them. Here’s what’s been taking up all their attention of late:
Josie and Mark are such wonderful dear humans and it is always a joy to see them and catch up on our lives.
So that is it folks. I’ve got a blog entry done. Yay me! I will now attempt to stay on top of things and every once in a while insert a ‘catch up’ blog into the mix. I know how much you all want to know about Fest For All in Baton Rouge, LA and how you’re just itching to see the video that I made of Xan & I making glassed in our friend, Bill Ryker’s glass studio.