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Slow Summer Predicted

It’s that craft show registration time of year.  Actually it’s past that time of year, for most summer shows at least.  My craft show schedule should consist of more than one show…alas.

I’ve been tripped up by several things regarding show registrations, mostly because two of my main venues have gotten a little weird for me and I’ve decided not to participate.  I’ll miss those venues more than I can say, but one must make hard business decisions.  Looking for new show and festival venues is like shopping for a new doctor or dentist – a long and painful process that must be done, but if you find a good one you can stick with it for a long time.  The two venues I’ve deleted from my schedule accounted for four shows during the year, and I have no idea how to make up for them.

The Art and Wine Festival in Cannon Falls, MN  is on the docket (see the 2016 Events tab above) and I’m looking forward to it.  I’ve got one registration ready to be sent out next week, plus another that’s put me on the fence – I can’t decide if I really want to do it or not.  Summertime craft shows will probably see me as a customer and researcher instead of a vendor; perhaps I’ll find some good venues in my travels, ones I can participate in next summer.  I’ll also keep my eyes open for late fall and winter shows, something I didn’t care to do when I had a day job because there was never enough time.

I remain occupied with supplying my Etsy shop and two brick and mortars with my wares, and I’m happy about that.  Being new to a life sans day job I’m still a little discombobulated, but I have no doubt everything will unfold as it should.

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Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Miranda July posted this wonderful little excerpt: Martha Graham’s advice to her fellow dancer and choreographer Agnes de Mille, perfect for all of us creative types (“No artist is pleased”):

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April Showers

The crocuses have been pushing their leaves out of the ground, and what do they get for their efforts?  An April SNOW shower.  Poor things.

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It’s a dreary day at the Auntie B’s Wax World Headquarters.  The dark, grey sky keeps spitting ice pellets, making the sidewalks and streets look like they’re coated with kosher salt.  I love days like this.  But I’d probably opt for plain rain rather than ice this time of year.

It’s a perfect day to play on the computer.  I’m in a big green chair facing the window out to the back yard, the laptop warming my legs.  I’ve been catching up some blog reading and writing the usual e-mails back and forth to Charlotte.  Seriously, I don’t know any two sisters who can talk/write to each other more than Charlotte and I.

Coconut Lime Verbena Paraffin Pillar Candle

One thing that’s sort of new at the World Headquarters is that I’ve reopened my Etsy shop.  The shop was on vacation for quite a while, but I’ve been slowly adding things to the listings and everything shown is up for sale.

There are candles, drink charms and magnets.  The most exciting thing of all is that in the days to come I’ll be adding some never-before-seen products; I just have to get over the photography hump on that.  I’ve been experimenting with the camera and my new items, but the lack of sunshine and natural light coming into the windows these days is making it difficult.

Mr. Margate’s Mermaid – Pulp Fiction Magnet

It matters not.  There are plenty of existing items I can keep adding to the shop.  Right now there aren’t many, but I’ll be adding a few listings every day, whether they be new or existing products.

Wish me luck with the photo shoots!  I’m not a professional.

Ferris and Friends – Drink Charms Set of 6

You can keep up with new listings on Facebook or Twitter.  I invite you to visit the shop too!  I’m excited about getting back into the swing of things.

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