Friday, June 24, 2011

Fairy Festival 2011 Recap

The fairy festival was a blast this year! Despite a few snafus near the beginning everything went well. It is always fascinating to see what sells the best - this year it was the fairy bell rings (hanging on the vertical stand). Last year it was the magic wands. Overall I sold a lot of stuff, which is always a relief!

I half-assed some things this year that I need not repeat in the future. I am making myself take notes on a few things that I need to improve on for future shows:

<< The Tent. The blue tent was TERRIBLE. I hated the color it made everything under it, i.e. all my items for sale. I used it last year and hated it then, so I have no idea why I didn't get rid of it this year. I need white. I don't care if I have to sell something I own to buy a new one... I will.

<< Be EARLY. Way early. I was not as early as I wanted this year and it left me stressed out.

<< Sketch a diagram of my setup. With everything I usually use for display currently in storage I didn't have a lot of my usual decor etc. This left me this time around with tables that were extremely vertically challenged. I could have done more to improve this, but I didn't and it's my fault.

<< Get a sign. Why don't I think of these things when I have time...

I have another show in a couple weeks with an average attendance of 20,000 people. Wow. I already have some great plans for my space, which will be quite different as I will be sharing a booth for this one.

Planning is important...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Things I Haven't Told You, Part 1: The Cat on the High Dive

This cat has quite the form. He has been practicing on the high dive. I kid, but it's funny how they scrunch themselves into these sorts of precarious formations. Jonah sleeps a lot. He lost some weight too. Then he got big eyes - not like the kind when they get spooked by a sound, but pupils that are dilated all the time. We knew something was not right so we loaded up Joaney-cat and took him to see his favorite vet (lol he hates that place). $575 later they had all these test results and no idea what was wrong with him. They told us to take him to see a neurologist - maybe he has brain tumor they said. Yeah, like we can afford a neurologist!

So we took him back home and decided to watch him for a bit. Then Billy's dad had a great idea to take him to see Jonah's old vet, an older gentleman who has seen a cat or two in his day. So turns out Jonah is blind. The old doctor said high blood pressure can cause blindness and that's what he thinks happened. My cat is blind as a bat. If I took him to this vet from the beginning this may not have happened. But it did.

I feel terrible for him. He bumps into stuff and it's just about the saddest thing ever! The old doctor said he will still live a happy life, whether or not that's true who knows.
So yeah.
One of the best cats I've ever had.
Still is.
Just... blind.
There are a handful of things I haven't said too much about on this space. I am going to start a little series called "Things I Haven't Told You." Then I can get it all out of my system.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

First Day of Summer

Summer Raspberries
Happy First Day of Summer friends.

I have been waiting for this day for a long time. Well, since the end of last summer anyway.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Battle of the Fairies >> Fairy Festival!

I looked at my calendar the other day and realized that the Fairy Festival at the San Diego Botanic Garden is this Saturday. Oops. I need to start looking at my calendar more often. I am really excited to sell again at this year's festival for a few reasons, one of them being the host of fun new fabrics I have been collecting for wands. Etsy is a fantastic place to shop for things, wouldn't you say? Some of these prints are just not in stores. I think Etsy must have been created by God himself. I kid.
If you have a little girl, or niece, or granddaughter and live in the San Diego area you would totally enjoy the Fairy Festival. Just about every little girl comes dressed in wings and tights which is just about the cutest thing. The look on the faces is sheer joy and it is downright entertaining to watch their insatiable lust for just about every thing they see. Icecream? Definitely. Fairy wand? Why not. Useless trinkets? Of course. WHY DO YOU EVEN ASK. Give me 50 more. By the end of the day a handful turn fussy, or just grow silent with exhaustion, dragging their wands in the dirt as their tried mothers wheel them along in little sister's stroller. But there is a fairy queen, a parade, games and crafts, and all for the price of the garden admission. It is so worth it :)
My arsenal this year includes wands, headbands, fairy bell rings, toadstool treasure chests (these deserve a post on their own), and perhaps a new crown design I have been working on.
Ok, so that's it for now, I seriously have to get back to work on this stuff. I just charged my iPod and have a fresh cup of tea so I am ready for battle.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summer >> Just Can't Wait

Strawberry Patch
If I could tell you about all the things I love about this time of year, I might run out of room to write. Thoughts of summer just plain get me excited.

I asked Billy the other day to pick two or three things that represented the scents of his childhood up in Northern California. He said the beach, the mountains, and the pool. I said for me it would be the beach and my dads bbq chicken. Thinking about it again I think I'd have to add watermelon and sunscreen. My parents love the beach, and we were always there. They didn't care if we buried ourselves in the sand or if seaweed was tangled in our hair. Both of them were very easy going like that.


Remember the little contest we had a few weeks ago? Jeesh. Time flies. Thanks so much for all your comments on which logo you liked best - I knew I could count on you! So I did pick a random winner for the mystery prize and the random number generator picked...
Chelsea from The Dainty Woods! Yay Chels! I will be sending something fun your way soon!
I hope everyone likes my new bloggy look. A change was long overdue!
Next on my list>>

<< Pick up a couple more summer dresses
<< Find a raft for the pool
<< Make some amazing sun tea
<< Attempt to get some sort of color on my ultra white skin.

(At least the first three seem realistic).

What scents represent your childhood?