Saturday, July 15, 2006

CRAZY HAPPY LUNCH

"Does Miss Mermaid know,
She is made of sausage
And a friend from the sea?"

(Note: When I googled 'crazy mermaid' I got this pic. You MUST look at this guy's other Japanese kid's lunch haikus. Awesome!)

I like to keep busy, for sure. But seems like the past couple months have been craaaazy busy. What with craft fairs every other weekend and my day job, i've been using every day off either working in my studio or selling at a craft fair. Whew!

So, I was looking forward to July... no big fairs until August. I thought I would relax and beef up my web site, etc. But noooooo.

We decided to move into a bigger house, and to push ourselves into motion, gave our notice on July 1. You know what that means... we are near panic as we continue to try to find a place to live (housing up here is nuts, have to race tons of other folks for the good ones).

Meanwhile, the current land lady wants to show our place in a few days. Hahahaha. We haven't done a bit of house cleaning for the past couple months, busy as we have been. Add that to the list of things to do.

And suddenly I am working extra hours/days in the office to cover for a lady on vacation... and still vending Sundays in Trinidad. And now I DO have a pending craft fair to prepair for. Of course, Barney continues his crazy 12-15 hr days, 6 or sometimes 7 days a week.

Needless to say, things are a little tense around here... but I fear by month's end we will both be totally insane.

Good thing we have the Crazy Happy Lunch Mermaid to see us through... sigh...

Monday, July 10, 2006

Trinidad Market ... more


I finally took my camera to the Trinidad Farmers & Artists Market...


...there's my booth...


The view from my booth across the way... too bad you can't see the woven scarves very well, they are gorgeous.


This is my friend, Marianna with her lovely wares... she's a fun booth neighbor, and her sister (the lady with the little oyster shell paintings) gives me snacks. Woohoo.

Again, the music was excellent. A group of guys singing old-timey tunes, twangy harmonies and all. Rooster Something, McClintock? Close. Anyway, that's my weekly Trinidad Sunday Market report. Read more about it in my earlier posts. Good times...

Monday, July 03, 2006

More Fun In Trinidad...

...California, that is.

Ok, so I started the Trinidad Farmers & Artists Market yesterday. Well, started to do it regularly anyway. I've mentioned it before, but it's worth mentioning again I think.

Trinidad, for those who haven't been up to this end of the state, is maybe the prettiest town in the area. It's got some cute little shops, restaurants and B&Bs... as well as gorgeous beaches and ocean views. It's also right next to a ton of camp grounds and state parks, ie redwoods. Really beautiful.

So, this little Sunday market happens each Sunday throughout the summer, in front of the grocery store there. The quality of crafts is very high, for such a dinky market. We just have a ton of talented folks around here, what can I say? There is also music each week and it's really pretty fun.

Yesterday (I wish I had taken my camera, maybe next time) went very well... I thought. The music was exceptional... I think they were called The Fabulous Blue Jays (or was it Amazing?), and consisted of two women with a guitar and base who sang killer jazz. It was awesome! The one lady's stand up bass was electric... so picture a regular stand up bass, but without the body. Just the neck. Trippy. Yeah... they were fantastic.

Let's see... the crafts were nice as usual... I had my clothing (most of it anyway), and I was next door to that nice couple with the lovely turned wood stuff. They are such a friendly pair, with their little backpack with the wine bottle holder. Um there was the lady with the woven rugs and scarves, about 4 or 5 jewelry booths (one with awesome dicroic pendants), the lady with the blown glass candle holders with gold on them, the gourmet dog treats, a new booth with baby clothes, and I think 2 booths of art cards and such. Oh, and of course, my friend Marianna with her crocheted hats and stuff... and her sister with the oyster shells with little paintings on them. And let's not forget the farmer part, there were two people with veggies and plants.

It's really worth the drive... and yesterday I even sold some stuff too! Yes, I will definitely take some photos next time...