It is indeed time to take a breath after the Craftmans Fair...
Did you ever wonder what the aftermath of the Fair really means to many of us? Here is what it means to me. I was going to say 'simply put' but there is no way for it to be simple.
First you unpack everything...
That means you unpack the truck and air out the booth panels so everything is put away dry for next year. The carpet may need to be washed if it can be reused next year. And then put Don's tools all back in the truck so he can go back to work. Then you wash the curtains, clean the lights (they are dusty), pack everything that needs to 'be there' for next year, make a note of what needs fixing or replacing, put away all the bags and supplies, and get a big glass of iced tea. Brewed of course.
Then you unpack all the Quilled Pictures...
All the art needs to be removed from the bubble bags and dried out. Even if it didn't rain, everything is damp from being there for 10 days in a tent, on the grass. A couple of days later, they all get wrapped back up again, unless they need new backings or need to be repaired. They are then placed back into my stock where I can find them when someone wants that certain piece.
And repack all the Quilled Pictures...
Then its truly time to take a breath...
The next step is to open the mail and add the many wedding invitation orders that have arrived and add them to the pile. I then sort the invitations into a pile according to the date that the invitation is needed. And some of them are after the wedding, and not needed right away. Maybe this year I will have more birth announcement keepsakes. That would truly be fun.
Each invitation is carefully assessed...
I take out each invitation, determine designs and colors, make a list of the flowers that I need, and make sure I have the frame and mat board in the right colors. Sometimes I have to contact people for more information which takes a little more time.
Then I begin to make the flowers...
I love to make the flowers in the evening in front of a good movie. I find it relaxing and I don't fall asleep during the movie, which can happen if I am not working. The next day I will start on my wedding invitation orders by cutting mats, placing flowers and their scrolls on the invitation with the mat and frame, taking a quick photo and emailing it to my client.
I play email tag until everyone is happy with the Quilled Keepsake.
Then I glue the invitation together allowing at least a day for the glue to dry, take a photo for my gallery without glass, then finish up with glass and frame. It is packed in bubble wrap, double cardboard, and sent by USPS priority mail. BTW the post office has only broke three invitations in the 40 years that I have mailed them out. And all were saved with just replacing the glass, no damage to the Quilling or the invitation.
And off it goes in the mail...
The Quilled Wedding Invitation Keepsake usually arrives to its destination in two to three days. And then I receive the wonderful news that my client is happy and the Bride will be delighted. Oftentimes I hear the Brides remarks a few weeks later.
coming next week:
highlights of my
quilled collage wedding
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Sandra J White
Quilling, the art of paper filigree, is my passion, since 1973.