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You are here. Welcome. We're going to keep this short and sweet. Pics of my stuff. New ideas. Creative blocks. Pics of my cats. My quest for the perfect pair of boots. Rambles about my craft show life.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Luxuries and fails of the snowbird artist

Ever year, my husband and I take the long road down to Florida from Pennsylvania, camouflage trailer in tow.  We love the weather down here, and since we live in the mountains at home, with no 4 wheel drive vehicle, it's better to be treading water and warm, rather than cold and miserable.
Don't be fooled folks, it's not glamorous.  We live in a tent.  We refuse to buy a travel trailer that we will only use 2 months out of the year.  We are frugal that way.  We'd rather have the money saved to buy our dream home or take a long, extended vacation.  So here is the proof of our existence:


Here is my lovely husband, on a rare cold night in our bare tent.  He watches TV, while I surf the internet.

This is the outdoor area.  Our studio, kitchen, patio, and all around general purpose room.  Most our days we are out here.  When the average temp is 85 degrees, you can't sit in a tent all day.

We cook some fabulous meals in our camp too.  We have a fridge, coleman stove, skillet, coffee maker, crock pot and a toaster oven, so we can just about make anything.  Did you know you can steam broccoli in your coffee maker?  This week was jambalaya, last week homemade mac n' cheese, and the week before pulled pork.


To be honest folks, the Florida market is flooded with all types of events to vend at this time of year, so the shows aren't quite as good as up north.  We are all competing for the same limited piece of pie, and with most people down here on a fixed income, they make their purchases count.  So we have a lot of free time.  I don't have to rush home from the show and turn on the torch and kilns right away.  We rest on Monday, do laundry and clean.  Tuesday, maybe some paperwork.  Wednesday and Thursday we go somewhere, like fishing or a fun tourist trap.  Fridays, we restock, maybe for a couple of hours, then we go grocery shopping.  Saturday and Sunday, we put on our funny costumes and head to work.

In our next post, we will show you some of the places we have been this year.

For now, take care, and don't forget to take a look at our Etsy shop.  We have lots of fun things in it right now.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Whimsical Holidays

Glow in the dark ornaments
Holiday lights jewelry
I have some nice new things available on Etsy right now.






Monday, October 15, 2012

Shedding of Leaves

My posting is erratic.  In the spring & summer, I am so busy with shows, it's hard to keep up.  This past summer festival season was pretty amazing.  We heard some amazing music and had many successful shows, along with a couple of duds.

We are in the process of learning the fall circuit, with a bit of success this year.  We used to own a building at the PA Renaissance faire, but have sold it this year, so new fall shows must be found.

We have had some free time this fall, since we have been home more.  The shows we have found, seem to be pretty heavy on the glass, and most of it under priced or imported to add pizzazz to the owner's booth.  More on the under pricing and imports later.  But for now...enamels.

I've had enamels sitting in my supply room for years, but have never really broke them out and done some experimentation, until this week.  With the disappointments of the influx of glass, I feel that I may need to go into another direction until the mass of cheap glass disappears.

So hear you go.  Some of my fall inspiration from the past week.  New enamels.  A shedding of the glass for now.



Saturday, January 21, 2012

Snow...

It's the first real snowfall of the winter.  This year, luckily, it will be the only one we get to enjoy(cough, giggle).  We leave on Monday for our migration south.  I woke up to my tiny trailer, covered in snow, well, not that much, maybe 2-4 inches.  Good thing the heavy stuff is already packed.

Even though this is the ugliest trailer in the universe, we absolutely love it and people from all over want to see it.  When we first started traveling to Florida for the winter, we had a lot of medical expenses that prevented us from buying a new van.  Our old one was recently towed away because the transmission went.  All we had was a 95 Honda Accord station wagon.  I found these trailers online that are lightweight and could be towed with any car.  It was fairly inexpensive too.  Unfortunately, when we got to the dealer, all they had was desert storm camo.  No blue or purple or green, just camo, so that is what we got.

We've actually sold two of these for the company before they went out of business.  They are called Yuppie Wagons, which is funny, because we are nowhere near Yuppie status, nor do we want to be.

It's basically a huge Tupperware container turn upside down and fastened to a small flatbed trailer.  4 feet wide by 7 feet long.

By Monday morning, she'll be full, attached to our new van, and heading off to enjoy the sunshine in Florida.

Safe tavels!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

First day of really cold air hear in PA.  It's going to get down to 17 degrees tonight.  We are leaving for Florida in 9 days.  We have no water.  Don't think it's frozen pipes.  It's not cold enough yet.  Yep, probably the water pump.  Every year, no fail, before we leave for Florida, we have a tiny disaster.  Last year it was the furnace.  The year before that, a bad storm that knocked out power for days.  The year before that, torrential rains, flooded basement, broken sump pump.  Some evil force wants to keep us from the warm weather we love so much.  Good thing my husband is so prepared this year.  He has alot of stuff already packed.
I've had little inspiration lately.  The cold weather, cloudy skies, not much daylight.  Once we get down south, my mood brightens.  This piece was my first inspiration from last years snowbird jaunt.  Can't wait much longer.
No more disasters please.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Art Bead Scene Blog: January Monthly Challenge

Art Bead Scene Blog: January Monthly Challenge
William Morris and the Arts & Crafts style have always been an inspiration for me.  Man tries so hard to replicate the beauty in nature with many materials what nature does so easily on it's own.
Who can compete with the simple beauty of the natural world?
We can only try.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

We're on the move! (almost)

It's been a while.  Between our Christmas shows, restocking, rethinking, unpacking, repacking, downsizing, upgrading, and general holiday madness, I've forgotten about my lonely blog.
Thanks to all who made my Etsy sales a holiday success.  This is the first year we really pushed on there.  Hopefully more items will be up in the next month.
Why this picture?  Why now?  Well, in 2 weeks, we will be on our way to escape from the winter.  Now it's not all fun & games.  We work and play.  This is our entering Florida pic from last year.  In the foreground, our mascot, the mystery machine on the van dash. But the van died and now we have a brand new shiny one.  I think we need a new mascot for our new dash.  Any suggestions?