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Monday, March 15, 2010

Chamois and Slumped Glass

What a great weekend! I went to Chamois Missouri on Saturday to spend some quality time with my sister. She is a glass artist and we spent the day slumping some glass pieces that I can use in my gourds. I brought back some bright colored clear glass pieces that she had in the kiln when I arrived at her house. These pieces may find their way into one of my mushroom night lights. While I was there she showed me how to cut glass and helped me put together some pieces that we put into the kiln before I left to head for home. I can’t wait to see how they turn out! She had just finished a foil piece of a frog that was real cool. If can make it out of glass-she can make it look good.
After the long trip on Saturday it was great to spend Sunday just lounging around the house with my Honey. He watched a bunch of old westerns and I wandered out to the studio with my gourds. I have a few projects in the works so watch the gourden for a new crop.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Spring Show To Do List

Good Morning! Not as warm as it was yesterday and a little overcast but all in all not too bad. Dad always said that any day that you wake up is a good day.
I have been very busy this week getting ready for the spring craft show season. I signed up for a ProPay account and ordered by “knuckle buster” so that I can accept credit cards. I got the Premier account so I can now accept VISA, MASTER CARD, DISCOVER and AMERICAN EXPRESS. AMERICAN EXPRESS costs more to use so I don’t think I will advertise that one very much.
I ordered my custom “merchant plate” for my “knuckle buster” and it should be arriving in the mail soon. It seems so strange that at this time last year I did not even know what a “merchant plate” or “knuckle buster” were, much less, that I would need them.
My husband-bless his heart- is working on getting me a banner for my booth. He is trying to work it out so that I can have my avatar on the banner along with my shop name. I would already have a banner if I wasn’t sooooo picky about using my original art instead of a clip art picture. I think I drive him crazy!
Now I need to get a table cloth. Once again I am picky. Imagine that! I want to get a basic white or black cloth that will go most of the way to the floor on the front and sides of the table. Then I want to get some small runners in different colors that I can add on top of the cloth to brighten the table for different shows. It’s off to SAM’s Club after work!
I need to contact DISCOVER. I saw an advertisement that said they will provide free signs and I like FREE!

I gotta go….work to be done. See ya soon…………………..

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Hello World!
It is almost Spring! That means it is almost time for the start of the craft show season. The plan for this year is much broader than last year’s. With one successful sales event to my credit, I have decided to sign up for multiple shows this year.

In April I will be found at Per Marquette Lodge in Grafton Illinois. The Lodge is a beautiful building of the CCC era. With stone walls and lofting beam ceilings the lodge is a piece of Americana. The lodge is a wonderful place to grab a bite to eat and take a stroll amid the beautiful grounds. There is a paved walking path along the river road for those looking for a place to stretch their legs.

The Spring & Mushroom Festival will be April 11th from 11am-3pm. At this show, held in the main hall of the lodge, will be an array of local artist and crafters displaying and offering their items for sale. I will have an AngelsGourden table with mushroom lamps, gourd vases, gourd bowls, and other forms of gourd art. I will also have a display of my beaded pouch necklaces. Please stop by and say Hi!

Also in April I will have a table at the ShowMe Etsy sponsored Artropy on April 17th from 10am—3:30pm at Sqwires Annex in the Lafeyette Square area of St Louis( http://sqwires.com/). ShowMe Etsy is a group of local artists and crafters who enjoy getting together to work as a team to present their arts and crafts to the public (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=354432762627). I would love to see you