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Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Please tell me it hasn't been over a week since I posted last! *sigh*

I've been caught up in the whirlwind of getting ready for Arts Around the Lake on Sunday, and prepping to go up to northern VA for ArtBliss. I knew it would be a challenge to jam both events into the same weekend, but it is necessary. One of my goals this year was to take more metals and jewelry classes (Melissa Manley! OMG! I am taking her class!), and also to get into better and bigger shows. Funny how both goals seemed to converge on the last weekend of September this year!

To be honest, I have made a few new things, but I haven't photographed them. Really, I feel like I don;t have time to fiddle with pictures, and if the items don't sell this weekend, I'll take the photos and put stuff up on Etsy. I know I promised to add this necklace to my Etsy shop a while back, and it hasn't made it there yet, mostly because I needed it for inventory for the show. The one thing I did do, however, was set up my display in the yard as a test run for working out the arrangement of things. I also wanted to use it to see how much inventory I needed to cover my available space, and see if there were any 'holes' that needed filling. Here's a quick-and-dirty look at the booth overall:
It's a 10x10 shade, with two of the collapsible banquet tables. I only have the two tables, and I usually set them up this way, putting myself either behind, or off to the side. I don't own the side walls for this tent, and I wish I did, because now I can't find them in white (it's a Quest brand shade from Dick's Sporting Goods), so I use white bedsheets instead. The biggest problem with that is the fact that they blow all over and billow like sails. I have to weight them with clamps. I also don't have enough to cover more than one side. It'll have to do for now, though.

One thing I am really thrilled about is my new earring card racks. I found a couple of tall slatted shelves at a yard sale a while back, and my husband cut them in half widthwise for me, and hinged them together so they stand up. My large earring cards fit perfectly on them! I made some sandbags to weight the bottom in case of wind. You can sort of see the top of the stands in back of the table. When I took the picture, I hadn't figured out how I was going to make them work, so there's no picture of them yet.

Don't worry, I promise pictures of my totally put together and dressed-up display after Sunday's show.

I'd promised myself I wasn't going to get stressed out about this show, about prepping for it or about being in it, OR about it being the same weekend as ArtBliss. I want to do both, I CAN do both, and it will all work out fine. Yesterday, however, I found myself descending into the depths of craziness, and it colored my whole day, leaving me exhausted by the end of it.

My torch and tank setup decided that yesterday was THE day to go all nasty on me and cover my glass and beads with a layer of grey, sooty crap. Over everything I made. And on my 'make list' was a set of pink beads made with CiM's Gelly's Sty, a color I typically don't have trouble with at all. Here you can see (the horror!) the difference:

On the left are the original beads, made with Gelly's Sty a few months ago. On the right....the nastiness of yesterday. Same batch of glass, too. Yuck.

I've decided that I don't have time and energy to mess with it right now. I am going to disconnect the torch and hang the hose up for a couple of days and re-evaluate. I have beads to make into more work for the show, so that's not an issue, really. I had planned to make some sets to offer at ArtBliss, but I may have to bag that.

And if you've stayed with me all the way down to here in the post....wow! :)

At any rate, i ended up making a bunch of earrings yesterday and getting them put on cards and into my inventory box was a huge relief. I wish I could say the transition from Plan A (beadmaking session) to Plan B (making earrings) was a smooth and seamless one, without gnashing of teeth and railing against the injustice of it all, but at least I got something done. Right?

So. I am totally TOTALLY looking forward to seeing some of you at ArtBliss this Friday night! Safe travels, if you're traveling, and see you there!


Melissa Meman said...

Good luck on the show Christine! The booth looks great...I just ordered a tent for my outdoor show on the 2nd. See you in Melissa Manley's class!

Courtney said...

Good luck with the weekend. For the sheet sides of your tent, what about weighting them down. Perhaps a clip (try the electrical isle at home depot) with some small weights on them at the bottom (corners, middle)

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Good luck on your show this weekend and have fun in your class. I can't wait to see the photos of the weekend!

Elisabeth said...

Hang in there - I know you'll have a great weekend! Hopefully I'll get to meet you Friday!

Krista said...

Your set up looks great. If I'm not too worn out from Metalsmith's Symposium on Saturday, I'll try to come by the show.

sundownbeaddesigns said...

Sounds like a packed weekend! Your display looks awesome! I'm taking Melissa's class too...See you there!

Cindy said...

Christine, I totally hear you. When it rains it pours. You really do have a lot on your plate right now...talk about juggling a LOT this weekend! I hope once you hop in your car at 4:00 on Friday, you can crank up your tunes and just enjoy the ride. We'll be here waiting for you...and the brownies at the Meet and Greet will make it all worth while. Really. :-) See you soon!

Pretty Things said...

Did you figure out what happened with your torch because that's what happened to mine. I still haven't re-hooked up yet.

I'm so bummed I won't be at ArtBliss!

chocoholic said...

I am sure by now you are there and enjoying your plan. A lot for them and a lot for you- it's always give and take. I actually like the color of those pink beads- it looks mauvy and I see some cool shapes in the glass.
Maybe you should sell them to me and I can rescue them. LOL


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