May 28 - June 4 Week 22

Only a few more days until we close on the house and I can start moving. I have so much to do- the last few weeks of school are pretty labor intensive. I’ve got a show in a few weeks, I should get some new stock to a few stores, I have orders to send out, etc… I did get my first two orders on the new web site which is exciting. I am happy that I have gotten away from the PayPal shopping cart, I think that it will increase sales because what I have now is much more user friendly. J started moving her family back to Michigan. It will only be a few more months until she is out of the Army and back home with them. I’m sorry that she’ll be living farther away and I won’t get the chance to see her or the kids as much, but I am glad that she will finally have a real life, and a real job, that doesn’t have all the military junk surrounding it. I am very proud of everyone who serves in the military, I am just less than proud of the organization itself, how it is run, it’s culture, it can be depressing.

Monday I finished Mayfair. Tear down was pretty easy. We got most of it ready to go and then walked over for hot dogs before bringing the car in to load up. Mostly everyone I spoke with said that they are not coming back next year (at least everyone not local), but if the show happens I’ll be there. It is going to need a base of good, local artists if it is ever going to rebound to its former glory. And if you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.

Tuesday I went and visited my friend A. We were going to knit, but instead I got totally enthralled with her creativity and projects that she has been working on. She is truly a renaissance crafter- she can do it all and do it all so well. Inspiring!

Wednesday I mailed out an order, worked on homework and overall paperwork, and the web site (trying to do a little every day). I also registered for fall classes. The good news is that they offer the three classes I need to graduate. So I’ll be done in December for sure. I am waiting on an answer about a waiver for a course- so I either need to take 3 or 4 more classes to graduate- depending on the answer. I registered for the three that I know that I have to take, so now I just need to wait and see about the fourth. I hope that they tell me soon. I hate the wait.

Thursday: A day of homework during the day, and at night B and I took a fused glass class. It was very intro- we made two refrigerator magnets, but I really loved the overall process. I have always had an affinity for glass, and fusing is fun. They offer more advanced classes and I think we may take them in the future.

Friday: B and I went to the Bead Expo in Allentown. It was my first bead show and I was a little bead overwhelmed. B was in heaven. I just can’t “think bead”. I know what I like, and I know what colors go well together, I just can’t visualize a finished product. B is the opposite, show her a bead and she can rattle out 20 things she could do with it. I really had fun helping her spend her money though.

Saturday we went to Ikea. They are having a sale and I wanted some new shelves for the new shop at the new house (I just like saying new, new, new). The ones I wanted were not on sale (of course) but we got them anyway, why drive down again in a few weeks. So they sit in my van until closing day….In the evening I chatted with my group about mt group project. Have I ever told you how much I hate group projects? This one is no different.

Sunday: B and I went to a bead making demo (lampwork) over at OOOH in Emmaus. We walked through the farmers market and then she went to look at houses and I plopped in front of the TV to watch the NASCAR race. Hey at least the ol’ #6 didn’t loose any spots in the standings although he is pretty far back in points. I finished this monster scarf I have been working on and started another. I’ll take pictures and get it up for sale in a few days.

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