Some people call it Artsfest at Annmarie Gardens. (Seen here is my set up last year - early stages)
This week I was hit by a doozy of a head cold. And I have a show this weekend. I took Monday off and then started tackling the to-do list. Granted most of it got done Thursday - but I thought would share my experience with you...
This post and the whole week brought to you by copious amounts of coffee and "cool" Kleenex...
Since I am a highly skilled procrastinator - I spent what little energy I had early in the week making more stuff. I have new "Mythic Nature" ceramic pendants that hadn't been seen at this show last year, and I wanted to represent them in jewelry. And making jewelry - simple wire wraps is something I can design and create when I am low energy, and drink coffee simultaneously.
|The work table on Wednesday. Yes, I am watching "The Chew" on my iPad. Don't judge.|
|The guest room looks like a bead store exploded. Well, in some ways that's not far off... I had to switch out the trays of beads, pendants, etc with the trays/inserts of finished jewelry. I don't have enough, you see, so its musical trays.|
|Then there are the earrings I made in a frenzy a week or so ago. (I love to make earrings - not that you'd know since I never get them posted to the AJE earring challenge...) They have to be carded, labeled and priced.|
This is my living room. I know it doesnt look like a huge pile but let me give you a tour:
- 1 tote ceramic sculptural shrines
- 2 totes ceramic decorative tiles
- 1 tote fabric and packaging material
- the "office" box
- small tote OOAK tiles
- tent walls
- wooden crate of frames and jewelry display items
- 2 IKEA bags: large lucite risers/levels, table risers, pennant flags, cigar boxes/display, banner, bungees, blocks of wood....
- Not pictured: tables, tent, chairs, hanging wire/mesh frames
Phew! I am tired just typing all that. I always stage upstairs the day before a show as all that lives in my basement and I have to haul it upstairs! (Clay is heavy.)
|Necklaces need chains...|
Now - dont get me wrong - I am not complaining. I choose to do this. My previous career as a HS ceramics teacher? Chose that too. I love doing shows and talking with people, and the woods is a stunning setting, especially this time of year. But it is quite a bit of work...
So it Thursday night and I have more to do... let me just show you pix from last year... so you can picture me art camping this weekend!