This time of year, I escape from my studio and take part in as many fall - holiday festivals as I can manage.
I love the interaction with people, I love the one to one selling and the challenge of presentation. This photo was taken in the auditorium in Montrose at their Fair Grounds. Setting up without my Easy-Up is a little tougher, but I managed. Next event is the first weekend in Rifle at the Rifle Middle School. Then the following weekend it's Unique Boutique here in Glenwood Springs. I needed to stimulate my own economy and this is a great way for me to get out. Plus I often will make contacts for prospective wholesale accounts. A lot of work, yes. But the rewards are worth it.
In my studio... little happy holiday wreaths are popping up as fast as I can make them. Last year I made some of these small fabric wreaths, for friends and family. I love the happy bright colors and decided to make some to sell at the upcoming shows. I also have my fabric ties on a garland with white lights. It brings fun color ino my booth and makes me smile.
Speaking of smiling.....
With the cold weather coming on, I moved my Banana tree into the dining room. Despite the hardy banana's ability to weather cold temps... I couldn't risk losing this! It's my little hold onto tropical island longings. This weekend we worked hard and long in the yard cutting back all the flowers, shrubs and tall grasses to bed down for winter which is fast approaching. A huge load of clippings were loaded into the truck and taken to the local landfill. And we worked on the refinishing the front door. And we bought a new chandlier to hang in our entry way. There simply wasn't enough time in the day to finish our long list of to dos!
Now I wake to a week full of work and smiles. And the best of all news? An angel has landed in my heart and I am keeping my heart tight and sacred for the news that came to me on Friday. Despite the concerns and worries that are bubbling up, I am focusing on the promise of a dream that has been with me for a long time now. A smile and laugh that tinkles in my head. A love that makes me feel like I am walking on the Moon. A little girl that makes my heart melt. Emalie. My sweetest little angel. Her mama and papa are moving back to Colorado.. bringing me a gift that I can hardley believe will really happen. Keeping my fingers crossed. My heart strings tied tight.
may you have a day filled with light and hope too.