Fall is always my busy time of year. The few shows I do each year tend to gather in the fall. In a way, this is great – it gives me the rest of the year to work on what I want. In the late summer and fall I need to work on stuff for my shows. But, those are fun too – it just keeps me really busy! The first show was with our glass group, GlassAct! at the Stony Creek Bead Shop in Ypsilanti, Michigan. A fabulously gorgeous shop with the most incredible beaded jewelry on display and run by two great lady beaders. It was a really nice and fun day and even profitable 🙂 Who knew beaders liked buttons so much?
The next show was Sunday, October 5th at the Southfield Civic Center in Southfield, Michigan. Bead Bonanza is a beader’s dream as it has so many wonderful bead shops and bead makers in attendance each year. I had fused glass buttons, glass beads and fused glass pendants available. Once again, this is an easy show for me as I’m part of the GlassAct! booth and get to enjoy the atmosphere, camaraderie of my glass group – and sales – with minimal show work. I like this arrangement 😉
The next show was Winter Wonders and was on Saturday, November 1st in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. This is a great show and has lots of gifts items for Holiday shopping from all kinds of wonderful glass, bead and jewelry artists. I had buttons, beads, pendants, finished jewelry, woven scarves and other gift worthy items available. The snack table alone was worth coming out!
The last show I have scheduled is the Heritage Holiday Bazaar on Sunday, December 7th from noon to 4 pm at Heritage Spinning & Weaving in Lake Orion, Michigan. This is the show where I get to haul out all my stuff: buttons, beads, pendants, jewelry, woven scarves, hand dyed fabrics, hand dyed yarns, sewn goodies… you get the idea. A wonderful way to really get into the Holiday spirit and do some serious gift shopping. Again, there is a munchie table that is always fantastic (usually thanks to Clara).
There is nothing quite like a one-of-a-kind, hand-made gift for that someone special to help tone-down the commercial 3-ring circus that mall gifts foster. I hope to see some of you at our last show and look forward to some familiar smiling faces! One of these years I’ll get the knack for posting about all our shows BEFORE they happen – sigh.
Meanwhile, back at the studio(s). I have gotten a few things done for me. Aside from the sneak peaks in the photos above, I have finished two (count them, 1 – 2) pair of socks! The summer socks can be worn through the fall over another pair of socks to keep my feet a little warmer.
And the grey socks will keep me cozy right up to snow-fly when I trade in my Birkenstocks for my snow boots.
I’ve made progress on the Epic Sock Challenge (six at a time on one needle), but they are still too short to stuff the yarn into each toe. This means I spend more time untangling balls of yarn than knitting. What was I thinking?!?!
I’m also doing some Dragon Paws for my daughter with a modification; she is getting short fingers instead of the pattern’s fingerless mitts because I’m writing a new pattern and needed to work out the fingers part. I’m getting really close to ruffle & bead time! I hope she will have these in time for the Holidays.
Since I didn’t get a photo taken of her Dragon Paws, here is a photo of the great Grey Herons that were in my back yard the other morning – I never knew they were so big – and beautiful!
Back to work,