I had two shows to get through this month... two shows on consecutive weekends... eight months pregnant... in the rain. Yep. Both weekends were wet too. I sold about half of what I was counting on while shivering in the rain. I got through it. I didn't cry about it (much).
I did make a couple of promising business contacts. Schmitt music out of O'Fallon schmittmusiccenter.net is selling a bunch of my guitar straps. I also made a deal with a shop in Mascoutah called Kindred Spiritz. Jana has a box full of my stuff to display and sell.
I don't regret busting ass to get ready for these shows. My booth really did look nice.
I can't believe how much people love to buy baby stuff. This works out for me because I started with a basket of stuffed animals and now my dining room is full. Joe and I are finally able to work on the baby's room this week. He is nailing down loose paneling as I type. After that I get to dust, tape and paint. Maybe I can get all of this stuff out of my dining room this weekend and move it upstairs. That is... if we don't have that pesky labor thing get in the way.
So sorry blog, but pregnancy plus my job at the bank really took over my life for the last six months. It took everything out of me to just get through the normal stuff- everything creative went to the wayside. Since the end of my day job is inching closer (my last day is September 7th), I am feeling anxious about everything, mostly about money but that is totally human. Single income marriages are hard to come by these days. I was able to restock the etsy shop in hopes of bring in a little and show the husband that I do care about our finances. I finally have enough energy to work on some things for the Strangefolk festival booth.
I was also able to finish a major large scale baby-related project. Unfortunately, this one is not for my baby. I made a scrap quilt for a friend at my church who had a little girl about a month ago. This one was my first attempt at real machine quilting. I think I did alright despite some bunching and pleating on the back. If anyone has some tips on preventing that stuff, let me know.
Yep. Joe and I are nine weeks pregnant. We are very happy and I am very tired. I haven't made anything to show off in the last couple of weeks due to couching and nausea. I am trying to convert many of my works in progress into things for the baby. Diaper bag, baby quilt, you know the drill.
My Valentine's gift to Joe turned out so cute that I decided to post it. Think of me next Valentines when you are stumped on what to get your impossible to buy for musician boyfriend. There are links to my etsy shop full of guitar straps on the right side of the screen.
Take a peek at how I am turning these pendants into necklaces. I just have a single strand of seed beads with a handful of medium sized beads to chunk it up.
Here is a really fast moving drop stitch scarf I am making for someone at my church. I started it last night and I think I will finish it today. Nice. I am going to tease a little with this one. I am starting a project for my living room. (It's not a quilt!) You'll see.
Winter has made me especially crabby lately. I had a huge urge to make something completely different... Different mediums, different skills, different motives. I came up with some pendants made from Rummikub tiles that Anna picked up at a yard sale. I went through some old magazines and cut tiny little pieces of everything I found remotely interesting. I arranged these bits and decoupaged them to the backs of the tiles. I let them dry over night and then sealed them with diamond glaze. I plan to glue some kind of metal loop to the back so I can string them up.