This time of year always makes me somewhat frantic. I have two big Christmas shows, The Vintage Home Market and the Holiday Craft Fair at the Fredericksburg Expo Center. At the Vintage Home Market I can bring vintage Christmas items as well as handmade items with a vintage flair. I don’t feel so stressed about stocking my booth there because I always have a lot of vintage Christmas items I bought throughout the year and squirreled away. The Holiday Craft Fair is another story. Everything in my 10 x 10 booth for this THREE day show has to be handmade! That is quite intimidating. I helped a friend do this show last year and she practically sold out on the first day!
So this is the reason I have not been able to blog as frequently as usual. Every waking hour I seem to be making stuff, thinking of stuff to make, pricing stuff I made, packing stuff I made and generally freaking out in the mess my house has become.
Here are some pictures of the chaos which has become my life.
This tote is absolutely stuffed with handmade December Dailies, Gratitude journals, altered mini compo books, junk journals and up-cycled denim and cashmere flower pins.
This is just a sampling of the arrangements I will be selling. As you can see, they are mostly finished.
These containers are patiently waiting for me to make their arrangements.
These are waiting too.
Yep, these are too.
This is where I will be spending the good part of the next two weeks. I hope to have all the container arrangements done and the totes that are full of supplies emptied, or mostly emptied.
So now you can see the glitz and glamour that is the life of a crafter! If you would like information about either of these shows, please see my upcoming events page.
Just a quick post today as I am in the frantic last days before the Vintage Home Market in Richmond. I am going to show you the dark side of crafting. Intrigued?
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a neat nick. I like things tidy, organized and generally uncluttered. Neatness helps me stay calm and think clearer. This past week I was not calm or lucid because I was working here….
I had about 12″ square of uncluttered surface to work on.
I literally had to make a path to negotiate around the floor.
In the kitchen I had my “helpers” who absolutely do not add to my calmness when I’m working! I have a few hanging wires to add to my altered bingo cards and some finishing touches to add to some of my larger pieces and I’ll be done for this weekend. Here are pictures of some of the items I finished yesterday.
So this is just a sampling of what I will have at the show this weekend. I hope these things make you smile and get you ready for a great Christmas season.
For now I have cleaned up my studio and have restored a little calm and order. I will enjoy it for as long as I can. Next week it will all be dragged out again as I get ready for a show I’m doing on December 4th. I’m not complaining, though, I love my job and I love seeing what comes out of the mess even more!
P.S. I was so verklempt by the mess I used the wrong setting on my camera when I took these pictures.