Oh yeah, baby. One of the best things about vending at festivals with such talented artists is definitely the booty. I love to trade mermaid clothing for goodies on my travels. Sometimes I even buy stuff.
Like the painting above. I bought it from the guy selling next to me up at that oregon show. I love it. sort of a cross between sunset at the beach up here and maybe some other planetscape. Plus the guy was neat to talk with (and he wasn't selling much I think).
This bag is great and the fabric is fuzzy. Love it so much I made it my new magical money bag for the booth. I scored both of these at the fair on Clear Lake. The bag I traded for. The painting I bought from this little old lady who was so sweet! She was doing her booth all alone and it was painful to watch, she wouldn't accept much help cuz she said, if I can't do it alone I might as well stay home. The painting really reminds me of her.
The card above was SUCH a score! I was at that oregon show, running to get some coffee faaar from my booth. On the way back I saw these gorgeous large painted panels and I had to stop and coo over them. They are the female archetypes and one of them (of course) is a mermaid. But that might not even be my favorite. Anyway, the original panels were like $200 each as a set, and I contemplated trying to haggle my way into buying one. I liked them sooo much. Then I saw she was selling these cards for $5! Five bucks! Now I get all 4 on this nice big heavy paper with a poem and everything. Score!
And of course, jewels. A mermaid needs her jewels. These came from a few different festivals and I traded for all of it. My new favorites are for sure the beaded star set from my friend Lily down in Mendo. We are in love with eachother's work and trade every chance we get. Sorta hard to see I guess, but trust me... they're lovely.
Yeah, Barney thinks I trade too often. But I always think I'm getting a good deal and stuff I probably wouldn't buy for myself you know.
These are the perks of living the Mermaid life.
Friday, July 20, 2007
I'm resting. But as we know, the Mermaid's work is never done...
I have things to take care of. Let's see... uh, website stuff for sure. I haven't updated the inventory on it for months. Gotta do that. I also have a bunch of items not shown on the site. So, new photos and new pages are in order for sure. I think I'm going to hire my friend's daughter to help with a bunch of stuff. That will be fun.
I have business crap to take care of too. This place is a mess! Gotta fix up my files and sales records and all that. Ick.
OH, and it looks like I'm gonna get me a new VAN finally! Yipee! A nice big cargo van, just like the one I use that belongs to Barney. But newer and not creepy. THAT is freakin exciting.
Christmas fair applications are showing up, so time to figure out what the hell I'm doing this year in that area. Sigh.
Oh, and the designs I've been working on with The Buz are coming together. I should have at least 2 new pieces for North Country Fair. Woooo!
And I need to clean the house. Vacuum or something, it's pretty yucky.
Yeah, see? Even when I'm resting I'm a busy busy woman. This saving the world stuff isn't easy, friends.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
So today at work, as I slaved away over a hot keyboard/phone/stickerpile... we had khum on the radio as usual. At some point I noticed they were playing the friday songs. (Larry usually plays a few particular songs near 5pm on fridays and then announces it's officially the weekend. Sometimes he'll play them at like 2pm and just say he's 'calling it'. It's the weekend people, start figuring out your excuse to leave work early. Cute, I know. I love Larry.)
How odd, thought I. Why the hell are they playing friday songs at noon on tuesday? Cruelty? I may have mumbled about it to myself throughout the set of songs... I'm not saying for sure.
Well duh Mermaid, there is a holiday tomorrow and many many folks have the day off or even long weekends. Sure, ok.
At the end of the set Mike says, "call me up and tell me what just happened, using the proper phrasing and I'll give you a cd". So I did. You called it, man! Then he asked if I had to work tomorrow and I totally got to plug my booth on the plaza at the 4th of July hootinany tomorrow.
AND he's sending me a Guitar Shorty cd. Sweet!
Thanks Mike! Wooooo.
Come by and visit me tomorrow, I'm famous... I'll be facing Mazotti's or close by.