Hi everyone! Brrrrr! It has finally turned to winter. Hope you are all staying warm. Just as we have finished cleaning up after Christmas, spent days filling out show applications,(UGH!!!) and finished running dozens of errands so we can FINALLY buckle down and start working…..it has turned bitterly cold . My husband (Al) cuts and sands all my wood surfaces to paint out in the garage/workshop. The unheated, bitterly cold workshop.Now mind, I already have several substantial stacks of wood ready to paint, but we need to get way ahead of the game.He reminds me all the time how I am working snug and warm in the house and how he braves the cold in the winter and the heat in the summer. Poor baby!! Maybe I’ll cut him a break for a few days!!
Speaking of applications, we are hoping to pick up a few new shows this year. I just hate filling out applications. Each show demands a different number of photos,different forms,some want resumes, some want shop photos,some want an SASE, some want insurance numbers, and on and on…and ON. The most I can do in a day is 3, and then I am shot for the day. If ANYTHING is left out or not filled out, it is returned or denied.I’m up to 51 show days so far for the year in 4 states. That’s a lot of driving and a lot of product!!
This is the time of year I really try to eliminate old product and replace it with new. I keep notes of new ideas and sketches I may want to do. Many pieces are a result of ideas from my customers. I truly value my customers—many have become friends that follow us from show to show. Some bring scrapbooks to our shows to show us how they are using our pieces or show us a spot they need a custom piece for.
I’m hoping to take a crash course of inserting photos this weekend from our son. I have some things I am eager to show everyone. He lives on the other side of the country so it all has to be done over the phone. He’s also a busy guy so I have to wait til he is free.
until next time, blessings–Jan