As you already know, I attend the Craftman's Fair every year, and have for 34 years. Last summer I asked my son and daughter-in-law if maybe Lyndi, who was 10, would like to go to the Fair with me for one day. We picked a day that didn't clash with her gymnastics and made plans.
I arrived at 7 in the morning to pick her up and she was dragging her feet. She hadn't been up very long, she hadn't eaten anything, and she obviously didn't want to go. Well, she had lots of excuses, and finally made it to the car. I asked her directly if she wanted to go and she hesitantly said 'No.' I don't think she wanted to disappoint me. I told her that I thought we could make it work, and would that be okay? She agreed. She was feeling sick on the way over, and we had to stop a couple of times. I really think it was nerves because she had no idea what to expect. When we got to the fairgrounds, we went on into my booth.
Her first comment was "gramma, did you make all this stuff!'
She settled her things behind my booth. She had brought lots of things to do because she thought she was 'in my booth' for the day.
Then I told her we needed to go find breakfast. Well that was okay, and then we went to the Next Generation Tent, where all the young artists were setting up their art. Suzanne, who runs the tent, introduced Lyndi to one of the girls there and they were off and running. One rule, never travel anywhere alone. They had no intentions of doing anything without each other. And they made lots of plans.
She came back a few times, once for food money, which included money for my lunch. The girls delivered my lunch, went and ate theirs, and then went up the mountain on the chairlift, three times. They were thrilled. Lyndi told me she had no idea what the Fair was all about. She thought I was going to make her work.
Lyndi had a great day.
And Friday she went back and had another great day.
She was a little upset that she other commitments on Saturday, as her great-grandmother had a birthday party. But she was good about it and went to the party without complaints. But Sunday she was up and waiting for me, all smiles. Ready to go. And when it came time to pack everything up Sunday afternoon, she was right there, helping Suzanne pack up the next generation tent and me with my booth. She packs fast, too. And then she had to go back and say bye to all her new friends.
This year Lyndi will be participating in the Next Generation Tent.
She will be there with her one of a kind note cards embellished with paper punch outs and a couple other ideas. She wants to make lots of money. And I am sure she will. She is very excited this year. I'll bet there will be no dragging of the feet this year.
Lyndi would love for you to stop by and see her work.
And maybe buy a card, of course!
Quilled Victorian Wedding Invitation Keepsake
In this keepsake, the original wedding invitation is embellished with pink roses, blue daisies, yellow black eyed suzies, and tiny white flowers, along with cut leaves.
As always, the original invitation is placed on a mat, triple matted, and framed under glass in whatever size frame is needed to appropriately fit the invitation. A satin gold frame is included but you may upgrade to a black wood, satin silver frame or light oak frame if you wish. I can also get a different frame, if you want something fancier, but I like to keep the frame simple to show off the invitation.
You can always pick out your own color scheme, including the flowers, mats and background colors. If your want you can check out my quilled victorian wedding invitation gallery.
I will mock up the invitation with its flowers, mats and frame and send you a photo by email for you to approve or make any changes you want before I glue it all together. I can even send you a photo in different frames if you want to compare. And don't worry about wanting different color flowers than I made, I have a box that has all my extra flowers. They will perfect for another invitation some where down the line.
The Quilled Wedding Invitation Keepsake is usually back in the mail within two weeks after I receive it. Since I am waiting for you to approve the design or make changes, the sooner I hear from you, the sooner I finish it up and mail it out. If you think you are too late to make the wedding, call me and ask, you never know...and oftentimes the Bride and Groom are going on their honeymoon anyways. And if you give it to them after the wedding, they will remember it, and it won't be something in the pile of gifts. I have also had people request it for a shower gift, and then the Bride places it on the guest table at the wedding.
You can also do the same thing with a birth announcement.
I ask that you be sure to send the invitation in a stiff photo mailer so it doesn't get wrinkled in the mail, or folded to fit in the mailbox. I have received a few in bubble mailers that don't have a very good trip. And please include payment with the invitation.
I will also gift wrap the quilled keepsake and mail it to the Bride and Groom and include a quilled card with your sentiment. Or include your own gift card when you send the invitation to me.
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