Archive for October, 2018

The Craft Sale At Ozark

October 15, 2018

It was hot and sticky weather during set-up, the craft fair, and breaking it all down again. It rained a little on Sat. and it was pretty miserable most of the time. We had a lot of customers, however; made a little money and most of all, got rid of a lot of crafts. It didn’t seem like it, though, when we started packing everything up to bring it all home again.

We got there pretty early Thurs. morning. Even though we knew how we were going to set it all up, had each section for the tables in their own totes, it still took us till mid-afternoon to get it all set up. I don’t know why it takes us so long to set up and break down. Maybe because we have so many little things and it takes a lot of finessing to get everything looking nice.

I really liked the way we set up the screens at the back of the booth this time. The tables were all pointing out toward the aisle and it gave people a lot of room to walk and look around. We left one table pulled out at one end so Sis and I could sit in our chairs and be away from the customers.

The way we had it set up seemed to confuse a lot of people, however, so the next day we turned the middle table around and opened up the middle of the booth so it would look more like one big booth.

To me, however, it looked more crowded. We’ll have to work on this. Yes, we’re already thinking about doing this again next year.

Here’s a few pics of a few more crafts that I finished to take with us.

A basket of pumpkins that I’ve sold a lot of in the past. I sold one this time! Go figure!

I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was so cool. Didn’t sell it.

Made three more of these. I painted a spider web out of my sparkly fabric paint in the corner and added some spiders. Sold two of these.

And made a couple of these little cuties. Sold them both.

I sold my turkey wreath first thing on the first day. I wish I’d made a couple more of them.

So that’s our adventure for another year. Already looking forward to next year and have been thinking about what to make. As long as God blesses us with good health and the stamina to do all this, (because it is a lot of work), we’ll be down at Ozark again next year.

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It’s “Our” Day Again

October 4, 2018

My dear friend and I have been meeting once a year since 2008. Yes, this year was our 10th “anniversary” of meeting with each other. You may have read in my past blog entries about how we live two hours from each other and we started meeting half way between our houses just to see each other again and “catch up” with all the news between ourselves.

We both look forward to “our” day every year. Our birthdays are just two weeks apart so we always exchange a gift with each other as well.

I don’t know how much longer we’ll be able to drive the distance to see each other, but I hope it will be a few more years. We both enjoy getting together because we have so much in common. Being just two weeks difference in our age, we’ve had kids about the same time, we enjoy the same life-styles, and we both love crafting and going to thrift shops and enjoying a good bargain! 🙂

The weather was nice for the long drive to see each other. We had lunch in the same little restaurant and then went to the same thrift shop. We both loaded up on “goodies” to bring home. All the rest of the time, we talked and talked and oh yes, talked!

Here’s my friend with all her “goodies”

I didn’t have her take a pic of my “goodies”, but I got some t-shirts that I’ll decorate with sequins, a wooden sled that I’ll paint on, a knitting mystery book to read, and a pillow that I’ll use for a form to make another pillow.

Here are the pics we took of each other gifts that we exchanged. I knitted my friend a cap to wear when she walks her dog this winter. That’s her favorite color and she really liked it!

My friend knows how I loved “distressed” things, so she gave me a pottery bowl that is a little wonky and has some chips in it, and an embroidered picture that looks like it was done by a child. I’m not sure where she got it, but the backing was in bad shape so she had her son re-frame it just as it was originally. She wrote a personal message on the back of the frame. I love it! It makes me wonder who did it and when. It’s too bad it wasn’t signed.

I wonder who made the pottery bowl as well. It has initials carved into the bottom of the bowl. It looks like someone’s first attempt at making pottery or maybe a child made it. Wouldn’t it be nice to know some of the history of this bowl? She filled the bowl with candy corn which I sure enjoyed snacking on on the way home. Yum!

When it was time to say good-bye, I noticed a note stuck to her steering wheel.

It was to remind her to pick up her coat at the cleaners before she went home. I had to laugh. Nothing like having notes to help with our “senior moments”.

We always hate the good-bye part of our visit, but we’ll both be looking forward to “our” day again next year!

And The Crafts Go On

October 1, 2018

Yep, it’s craft time in the Ozarks again. There are lots of little craft shows and festivals popping up all over the area. Hubby and I have already gone to one craft show that his brother was in where I bought these.

The three biggest shows, however, are Fair Grove which was this weekend, the Ozarks show which is next weekend, and the Mt. Vernon show which is the weekend after that.

Sis and I will be in the Ozarks’ show. For the most part, we’re ready to go. I still have a few crafts to finish up and we’re both working on crocheting the tops on towels.

Sis and I love to go to the craft shows and we never miss the big ones if we can help it. So naturally we went to the Fair Grove festival over the weekend.

After picking her up, early, we arrived just as they were starting the festival Sat. morning. It was a little chilly, but we were thankful if wasn’t as HOT as it was last year.

We have a tradition to get a cup of coffee and a funnel cake to start the day. The coffee sure tasted good on that chilly early start. And the funnel cake was soooo good!

We started right in looking at all the crafts.

We stopped to listen to some of the entertainment that was going on.

One of the craft booths was selling huge pumpkin/nut muffins. We couldn’t resist, so that’s what we had for our lunch. We found a nice shady spot away from all the crowds. The muffins were delicious!

Yes, it was crowded! I’m betting they broke records on Sat.!

Sis and I used to stay until they shut down for the day, but we don’t seem to have that much stamina anymore. After all, we’re both in our 70’s now! But we lasted until four o’clock.

The day was warming up by the time we decided to take our purchases and head for the car. When we passed a place selling ice cream, we couldn’t resist.

Our craft show is coming up next weekend. We’re looking forward to it. It’ll be a lot of work, but a lot of fun as well. And hopefully we’ll come back home without a lot of the crafts that we’ve been working on all year. Empty totes to start filling up again! (We hope)