What a different life I have now that I don’t go to the day job every day. Different, as in better! I’ve noticed it the most when I’m getting ready to take my wares on the road to craft shows and festivals.
A lot of work goes into making actual products, as any artisan knows. Then there’s packaging the products. I spend a huge amount of time getting my candles and drink charms retail ready ~ creating labels, protecting them with shrink wrap (candles) and bags plus hang tags (charms) and putting price tags on each and every item. After all of the products are made and packaged they have to be displayed within a 10′ X 10′ space as efficiently and pleasingly as possible. That requires props, tables and shelving. When it comes time to actually head out to an event the products and displays have to be accounted for in addition to the canopy under which everything is placed. The canopy requires assembly at every show and won’t be complete without stakes and weights. So many things to consider and organize…and fit into a standard SUV for transport.
Husby and I have it down. As my roadie he makes sure all of the displays and canopy are packed, as well as a huge toolbox containing everything (and then some) we’ll need for the structure. I’m responsible for packing all of the products as efficiently as I can.
If I’m lucky, the only thing I have to do at the last minute is pack up my scented candles. I don’t like to keep them tubbed up for too long for fear the fragrances will bleed together. I’m paranoid that way.
With all it takes not only to create these products but to also take them on the road I’ve never been more grateful for the fact that I don’t have to squeeze it all into little snippets of time like I did when I had a day job.
This weekend I’ll be at the Baker Orchard Art Festival in Centuria, Wisconsin. It’s just a short and beautiful drive from Minneapolis/Saint Paul and will surely get you excited about the autumn time of year in the midwest. Plus, I’ll be relaxed as ever as the day job is gone.