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A busy, busy week. and Jingle Through Joseph Bazaar

We’ve had a whirl of social activity in the past week. Last Thursday we drove from Enterprise to Portland, and met up with old-time friends at a local hotel to talk–haven’t seen these folks for almost twenty years, but we were able to pick up just where we left off from then. Sweet.

Then Friday was lunch with former colleagues of the hubby, followed by Orycon and intensive socialization, panels, and social, social, social until Sunday evening.

Monday we went down to Clatskanie to harvest garden carrots, beets, cabbage, and some other stuff. The mild beginning to winter is a blessing because we still have a lot of carrots in the ground. The hubby and our friend S went out and found some chanterelles–not many but they were big and meaty.

Back to PDX on Tuesday, dealing with errands, errands, errands on Wednesday. I got to have a drink with a teacher colleague and talk shop for a bit. Then back to the PDX house for Thanksgiving dinner with the son.

After a quick brunch this morning, we set out to return to Enterprise. I have a craft show on Friday and Saturday both this weekend and next weekend, where I’m hoping to sell books and jewelry and other assorted art stuff. I was hoping to have time tonight to go set up so I wouldn’t have to rush around as much tomorrow.

The drive didn’t start out all that well. Driving hard rain in Portland, coupled with wind as we went further up the Gorge. ODOT has resurfaced a lot of I-84 between PDX and Hood River this summer and boy does it make a difference in managing the puddles that pop up during a hard downpour. All the same, the rain and wind played havoc with the Outback’s usual good mileage. While we got out of the rain by The Dalles, we still had a hard wind hitting the passenger-side front corner of the car, which is just about the worst for mileage and weird little gusts that make the car want to dance around the lane. On the other hand, I love seeing the desert and plateau country in this sort of desolate, cloudy, early winter mood. No snow except above about 5000 feet in the Blues, and the hillsides are green with fall grass. Grays and blues reflect back the brown overlaying green of the ground.

Traffic really got light after we passed Pendleton and started climbing Cabbage Hill. I didn’t mind that one bit. It’s nice to have the interstate to yourself once in a while, and Thanksgiving Day is a good day to be traveling away from urban areas.

We didn’t see any deer or bighorn sheep or elk on this run, at least not until we reached LaGrande. But the wind appears to have all the mammals looking for cover, and given the amount of green we saw on our drive, I’m betting that sheltered feeding grounds are readily available. We did see whistling swans on the Columbia, as well as snowy egrets.

Finding food was a bit of a challenge, as all the fast food places were closed when we reached LaGrande. Safeway was open so we got hot deli food and drove on. I wanted to have some time to get my table set up for the craft show tomorrow, so I bugged out of unpacking and took off for Joseph shortly after we got home. It was probably the quietest the place will be until Christmas. Only Our Little Store, the Hydrant, and the Community Center were open. But the Christmas decorations are up and the Main Street shops could give downtown PDX a run for their beauty. If I’d been thinking, I would have taken my camera and gotten some pix.

But of course, I was like the other tired crafters setting up at the bazaar, making a list of stuff I’d forgotten and stuff I need to change out tomorrow morning. The culture hasn’t changed that much from when I was doing craft bazaars 18 years or so ago. Similar jokes, but the difference is just what’s locally available. I’m getting back into some different sorts of art and craft stuff from what I was doing in the 90s, so we’ll see how that plays out. I am happy to have that part of me back again…and I am also selling books at the table as well.

This year I’m only doing two weekends. Next year…I want to do more. Which means I’ve got to figure out what the local bazaars are, when, and where.

But right now I’m going to find out more about this bazaar, this year. It’s all a process.

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ARRGH! Getting behind things!

Running late on getting Netwalk’s Children up today, plus I’m running behind on Pledges of Honor. But I did have a good excuse…as in two craft shows plus a flying overnight to Portland to deal with possible basement issues after the deluge there…

So a quick catch-up. The first weekend in December I participated in my first craft show in years. At least 13-14 years, perhaps? I can’t remember when I stopped doing them but I know I stopped for certain by 2003, when I went back to school to get the teaching certificate. Even with giving jewelry away as presents and selling or trading a couple of items at music festivals, I still had a sizable inventory of earrings, necklaces, and wineglass tags. I noticed that several bazaars/craft shows were happening in Wallowa County over the weekend, and I couldn’t do them all, so–I went for the first one I heard about.

It was–underwhelming. My sales were minimal and the audience wasn’t really there for jewelry. If anything, most of the sales went to several people who had an established clientele that came in to buy their stuff and maybe look at other things. If it hadn’t been for some trades for morels and essential oils, I would not have made my booth fee. If I hadn’t had previous experience with a poorly performing show, it would have been more discouraging than it was.

However. An organizer for a show the following weekend, in downtown Enterprise, talked to me during this show. We had been toying with the notion of a quick run over the weekend to attend a party, but the forecast didn’t look good. So I went ahead and contacted the organizer, who had a positive memory of my booth management. I got a space.

Then the son called. There was water in the basement but he wasn’t certain how bad it was, and he was reluctant to try and sort out the mess. So we raced down (eyeing the forecast as those two days were the only mellow trip days available this week) and surveyed what happened. Fortunately, when I’d been piling potential garage sale stuff in the basement, I’d used my head and very little outside of boxes got wet. Things got sorted and moved, and we were back on the road early the next day. Got to Enterprise, then had to run down and set up my booth.

Show Two was much different. I sold earrings (and only one necklace; this does not appear to be a place for necklaces). I could also bring my books and sold three copies. Along with that, I got to meet a local bulk leaf tea source, get some ideas for crafts for next year, hook up with another massage therapist, and trade for homemade chocolate. We also got serenaded by carolers both days, and watched the parade of lights on Saturday. For such a small town it was a pretty good parade, too.

Am I getting back into jewelry full scale? No. It just isn’t going to pay. I am going to pick up some findings but otherwise, I’m looking for craft stuff to help me use up my stock of beads, craft, and paper supplies laid in during years of beading, 4-H leading, and teaching. Besides having fun with some of this stuff I want to get a little cash back from it, so…I’m keeping notes on the shows, looking for some local outlets, and tiptoeing into the art (well, okay, the craft) world.

I guess I also do some pretty decent embroidery which is another thought, too.

All this and writing too…but damn it, the writing’s got to take off soon as well.

Anyway, I need to head out. The Netwalk’s Children chapter will get posted later, and I PROMISE I’ll do more than post chapters. Okay?

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