It doesn't seem possible that it's my 34th year with my Quilling at the Craftman's Fair.
What that means is packing up almost everything in my studio, taking the booth out of the 'barn' where it spends most of its life, except for 9 days a year, getting it all in the truck, and heading for Mount Sunapee Resort in the early morning on Thursday August 1st. And taking food and lots of water with me since the lodge is not open until Saturday. At that point, it takes my son Eric and me most of the day to get the booth put together and looking straight and level. And then go home with the snaps of my booth and sleep on it, after I pack the car with my work.
After all, I will be 'living' there for 9 days.
Friday is add my work to the booth day. On the way to the Fair, I need to stop and get flowers for my booth. I will add my work to the booth after I make sure I am happy and loving my booth set up. I always have a couple of tweaks on Friday morning, especially if it has rained the night before, which it always does. We always hope that it rains itself out before the fair, but we are are a ski area, at the bottom of a mountain, where all the water runs through us to Lake Sunapee. The week usually has thunderstorms and down pours, but that's okay, because that means all our visitors have to hide in the tents. And that's where we are!
I will be adding pictures to my Facebook page as I set up on Thursday and Friday, and the finished picture on Saturday morning, when the flowers arrive with me -- and Lyndi too. Maybe you would like to see me work my magic on my booth...well Eric will work his magic too. He is good at the high lights and my really high banner, and at hiding all the cords. Sometimes you just need those younger eyes and more energy to make everything right. And he has both.
Here is a picture of last years booth:
I always love to visit with my previous buyers. This is also the only week all year that I get to see my craftsman friends, as it's the only show that I do every year. We all catch up during slow times and early in the morning.
Hope to See You There!
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