Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Elder Care

isn't easy.  I try my best but I miss having some time for myself and hate having guilt when I manage to get some time with my husband.  Just getting an afternoon (last Saturday) with my husband felt incredible.  I've regained the appreciation for the *very* small pleasures in life such as grabbing a beer at a local microbrewery and a burrito for an early dinner or having the privacy to talk to my husband about anything.  

I've always been one of those people who rides the fence post on whether I'm extroverted or introverted and took for granted my "time to myself" when I could re-charge mentally, physically, and creatively.  I no longer have that time and I find it hard.

I've got my demo day for the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi fast approaching so, I've got to get to work.  My demonstration will be interesting no matter what!  If you're in coastal MS on Friday, August 1st, please stop by the Biloxi Craft Center and say hi.  I'll be there all day during the open house to demonstrate several of the techniques that I use in my jewelry.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Remembering The Brave Civil Rights Activists

NAACP_Freedom Summer 1964

Ending 50 Years of Silence

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kiosks at the Outlets of MS

The Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi worked with the MS Development Authority to secure a 1,400 square foot space in the new Outlets of MS in Pearl.  The satellite gallery is housed inside the visitor services office which is located in a great corner space.  They also have five unmanned kiosks located throughout the outlet showcasing the wares of artists from five distinct areas of MS.

My husband and I visited the outlet while we were in MS for a guild meeting and were very pleasantly surprised.  The gallery space seemed larger and the displays are very nicely done.  The kiosks are adorable.  I only wish that the light had been more conducive to photography that afternoon. 

Craftsmen's Guild of MS_Outlets of MS Satellite Gallery

Capital River Region Kiosk_Craftsmen's Guild of MS

Coastal Region Kiosk_Craftsmen's Guild of MS

Delta Region_Craftsmen's Guild of MS

Hills Region Kiosk_Craftsmen's Guild of MS

Pines Region Kiosk_Craftsmen's Guild of MS

Other states should consider emulating their idea with outlets in touristy areas showcasing the work of local artisans and traditional craftsmen.  If you're going to be in the Ridgeland/Jackson/Pearl MS area, please consider visiting the MS Craft Center and the gallery at the outlet mall.  You're sure to find lots of beautiful, handmade treasures!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Better Late Than Never...

Bayou Boogaloo was a whole month ago and it was great!  I had expected the weather to be insanely hot and humid.  Previous festivals were scorchers but we were blessed with sunny skies, lovely white clouds, and daily temperatures no higher than 81º.  The great weather meant that lots of people came out for the music, food, and art.  I would not be surprised if attendance exceeded the pre-festival estimate.

Stress has been making my neck and shoulders ache so, I wasn't feeling great the first evening but I felt better and better as the weekend progressed.  Other than my aches and pains and a certain little *dog who decided to hike his leg and scent mark one of my newly finished linen table skirts, it was a very nice weekend.

I saw lots of friends and repeat customers--gotta love that!  My customers' purchases also confirmed for me that you can never anticipate what will be popular during any given show.  Very few new pieces of jewelry were purchased but my customers did seem determined to help me clear out a lot of old stock.  That was a welcome surprise.  I get sick of seeing the same items from market to market and festival to festival and feel like customers are bound of be sick of seeing certain pieces over and over again.  Thank goodness for my new customers who saw everything as "new".

Several months back, I purchased window panels that match my green tablecloths with the intention of hanging them in front of the back canopy wall.  I'd never gotten around to using them because my last few markets were all during very muddy, rainy weather.  I think they were a hit because I got a lot of positive feedback from customers, fellow vendors, and festival officials.  I'm now determined to get panels for the remaining two sides, as well.  It should look good and also provide a bit more insulation during cold weather markets and an additional plus is that they'll cover the the other cambuckle straps which are so glaringly neon orange.  The question is whether I should use green for all three sides or stick to using only turquoise on the side where my Cicada Silver items are displayed.  Any suggestions?

Libellula Jewelry & Cicada Silver Tent_Bayou Booglaoo 2014
 Set-up starting to look a bit bedraggled from heat, humidity, and diminishing stock

I was busy with customers and didn't have an opportunity to watch the rubber duck derby but a video was posted to YouTube.  It was taken using a camera mounted on a drone and provides a really good aerial vantage point.  I wonder how much money was raised for Second Harvest NOLA?

My husband and I stopped in Fairhope AL on our drive back to FL because we've been wanting to give the Fairhope Brewing Company a try.  They offer pints and 6 oz. samples and we shared four samples:  Mamasbier (Belgian Single), I Drink Therefore I Amber (American Amber), Rescue Dog Red Ale (Imperial Red), and Painted Black IPA (Black IPA).  The Mamasbier and IDTI Amber were both very good beers but the Rescue Dog Red Ale and Painted Black IPA were our favorites.  I've had better Black IPAs but I've never had a better Imperial Red.  Fairhope Brewing Co. has  only been open a little more than a year but the Rescue Dog Red Ale is seriously on par with some of Abita's best.  I look forward to future visits and a time when their distribution area expands into the panhandle. 

*Back to that little dog...Does anyone have any ideas on how to deter dogs from urinating on tablecloths/skirting?  I treated the table skirt with a pet urine remover so that future dogs won't smell where the other dog marked it but I'd like to prevent it from happening to the other skirts, too.  I really don't think this is an infrequent occurrence because I saw it happen at Freret Market and an additional time while out at Bayou Boogaloo.  That time, the dog aimed and (thankfully!) missed the woman's tablecloth.