Tuesday, April 29, 2008


True, the show was not busy... still it was fun. I was surprised at how not-busy it was, really. I know it was an unusually warm weekend, but jeesh. Last year's was much better, even with all the increased advertising this year. Hmp. Again, the crafts were great, the music was fun (we were right in front of the stage), I saw many friends and spent some quality time with Dimitra & Veda, my awesome booth helpers.

The print booth was a hit... well, relatively speaking. If there had been more kids or um people, I think we would have cleaned up! Still it was a great first run, learned a lot and over all it was well received. Yvonne of The wax hands come by to consult for a while. She had some great ideas for improvements. I think I'm going to try it (by myself!) at the show in Old Shasta for Mother's Day weekend. Woo.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Spring Fever Time!

Ok, on to something more uplifting. Spring! It's again time for the Spring Fever Festival at Redwood Acres this weekend, Apr 26-27. Wooo! The theme is luau and folks are encouraged to wear their loudest Hawaiian shirts or mumus. Again there will be hourly door prizes, donated by the artists. This time it costs $1 to get in, but that gets you into the prize drawing and the prizes are always really nice.

This is a relatively new festival in its 3rd year, and it's really a fun family scene. Mostly it's a craft fair, featuring wonderful quality handmade goods from local artists. I have been impressed with the quality and variety of crafts. There will also be non-profit booths like a photo booth & face painting, food, beer & wine. Oh and music both days.

I have had a great time at these shows (spring and fall), although they aren't very well known yet. This year there's an ad on KHUM, so maybe that will help. Really I'd love to see these shows take off and get huge, because the community idea is really there.

The big deal for me is the world premier of my new Stamp Art, Print your own T-shirt! booth. I'll have bandanas, shirts for kids & adults, baby onesies and more to be printed by you with an array of handmade stamps. I'm so excited about this... I even have a Hawaiian flower, so you can make your own Hawaiian shirt. Wooo!

I'll also have my usual Mermaid clothing booth... and since this is my first actual show this season (after all my van drama and canceled shows grrr) I've got TONS of clothes. Which means tons of stuff on sale. I even started $5 and $10 buckets. Oh, and I've added about a million new baby and girl's dresses. They aren't on sale, but man are they cute!!

Anyway, hope to see you there! Tell everyone! We need to support this cool local show. Yay Spring!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Hey! THAT was fun...

Never a dull moment around the Palace. Adventure is my middle name. Or is it Panky? One of those...

Yep, worked hard all week to prepare for this big awesome show down in Bodega Bay... about a 5 hour drive from here. Packed up the Shiny Van by noon with a big smile on my face. Ready to go!

But, Shiny Van wouldn't start. Made noise like it wanted to, but no go. Fighting back panic, I called Barney who sent our friend Bob over to help with some male mojo or whatever. Bob shows up, looks under the hood (just looks, doesn't touch anything), casually turns the key and tada! Started right up! I was baffled. I may have felt a little dumb. But hey... it's running and I'm behind schedule. Thanks Bob!

Barney suggested I take it by his mechanic for a quick look-over... but after driving
it around town doing my errands with no problems, I decided to get going. Good thinkin.

Driving down 101 was great fun... the sun was shining, the ipod & I were singing, the van was running as awesomely as ever. Woooo! I was dreaming of a very successful show. Some needed financial and social relief. Ah dreams.

Just past Laytonville, about 12 miles before Willits... I decided to stop at the rest area (rather than in Willits as usual), so as to cruise on through the next couple hours to my destination and hopefully miss the Santa Rosa traffic. I called Barney to let him know how well things were going, how lovely the van was driving, etc... as I was saying these things, I started up the van. But wait. No I didn't. It wouldn't start. Not the first time, not the tenth time. I was stuck.

Did you know there's a horror movie called Rest Stop? Uh huh. It wasn't quite that bad. Not scary or anything... just depressing. I sat for a while, trying to start the van using Bob magic. I wiggled stuff under the hood. I prayed. I asked a Harley dude if he could help but, "I don't fix no cars." Silly me.

Finally, I called a tow truck for a jump. What do I know? After an hour, he shows up and tells me I don't need a jump... and he can't tow me. He calls another truck. I wait.

I'm still thinking I have until 7am to get to the show and it could happen. Frustrated but hopeful.

A lady calls me to say my AAA card won't cover the mileage, so the tow will cost $50 and do I have the means to pay? Yeah. Whatever.

The second tow truck shows up and the guy is SO friendly and helpful. He pokes around and gives me some possible causes. None of which are as readily fixable as I had hoped. But, he is a good sport and tries to get it running for me. Then, we're off to the thriving metropolis of Willits.

The Nice Tow Guy tells me if he takes me to a particular AAA approved site, I won't have to pay anything. Ok that sounds good. In fact, this site also rents uhauls... which looks more like what we'll need to get this Shiny baby home. Great.

Well... I'll abbreviate the rest of the story. Between Ukiah and Willits there were no tow trailers to be had on a Friday evening. We loaded what we could into Barney's truck, headed to Eureka in extremely foul moods.
We were both exhausted. I was very sad and disappointed. I dare say Barney was a little more on the psycho side.

Saturday, we awoke with much more optimistic attitudes. MUCH. It took most of the day to haul the van back, but it was calm and sunny and actually pleasant time together after all. We learned some things that helped ease our minds... my van had not been ravaged by tweekers while we were gone. And the
suspect van parts would cost much less than we had previously been led to believe.

And hey, Willits and back on a 1/4 tank is great huh?

If you were at the Bodega Bay Fisherman's festival... I'm sorry, but I don't really want to hear about it. I'm sure it was fun and sunny and lots of people showed up. Keep it to yourself for now ok? lol. I can't take any more good news right now.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Time for the Fish Fest

Wooo! Man, I am sooo ready to hit the road next weekend for my first show of the season, the Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival. As I mentioned earlier, this is my first time vending at this show... but I have art buddies who do it and say it's great fun.

I've been checking the weather, and right now They are saying 76 degrees for next weekend. What? 76?? At the coast?? Ok, sounds good to me. Since it dumped rain last year (and last night), I'll take warm and sunny no problem. I wonder if I can embed a little weather doohicky that will update itself... hm let me see for a sec...

Ok, that didn't work. I guess blogspot doesn't like java script... huh.

Anyway, back to the festival. Lots of neato activities happening there... um, a wooden boat race, blessing of the fleet by a mermaid lady (at least that's what I read someplace - I sure hope I get to see that), boat parade, kite flying, pet parade (and me with no doggy T-shirts grr), seafood, music, and probably more stuff. Excellent.

AND I'll be pulling into the show driving my shiny new Mermaid Mobile. I picture lots of honking and waving and cheering as I drive into the park. Maybe confetti. I'll let you know.

Ok, still lots to do to get ready. Oh, and it will be like 2 weeks before I see Barney again... what with him only home on weekends, and me gone for the weekend. Sigh. But, a girl's got to bring home the bacon.