Thursday, April 13, 2017

Snow, Quilting, Craft Show, this and that!!

Hi Everyone,

Another blog from me, my week in review.

We started out with snow on the Friday, April 7th, only got about an inch and a half.  Not too bad.  Hopefully our last one til next winter.  You can see my Easter Eggs hanging from the bushes underneath the snow.

 and my poor daffodils, hanging in there, actually they made it through the snow.

The weekend was a lamp making weekend.  We started out going to the lumber yard to purchase more wood.  Then it was time to begin.  Bernie taught me more about the production of lamps.  I was formerly just the stone placer, but now I've graduated to official hand sander and then I learned how to assemble the lighting assembly.  I'm learning the lamp making business by leaps and bounds! :)

To tell you more about the show we are doing it is two weekends in October, 14 & 15 and 21 & 22.
It is in Columbiana, OH which is about an hour from us.  It is called "Christmas In the Woods" at Shaker Woods!  I've been going to this show as a customer for many years, but this will be our first time as a vendor.  The larger fairs, like this one, are generally juried. The jurying process involved my sending in a portfolio that included photos of our lamps, and a resume, along with a jurying fee. I also had to tell them what I'd be wearing to fit in with the Old-Fashioned Christmas Theme while manning our booth.  

A selection committee looks over your photos and makes their choice based on originality, creativity, marketability, general appeal, and quality of craft and booth design.
I'm told that it is a very rewarding experience when you are selected as an exhibitor for a major show. It shows that you are now ready to compete with "the big boys."  The selection committee is made up of craft professionals and if they pick you, they think you are ready. 
This show is advertised all over the country and in "Country Living" magazine as well as some others.  So yes, we are excited and will be kept busy all summer long preparing for this show.  

This week was our Easter Lunch at the center on Tuesday, ham with mustard sauce, scalloped potatoes, carrots, roll and butter, Easter cupcake, milk and coffee.  They once again sang Karaoke.  I'm still a spectator!  

Yesterday was quilting and I'm working on the border for the civil war quilt.  It's a queen size so it will need to be large.  Will show you more on that later on. I now have this lap size quilt ready to be border is on.

My next one, same size has peacocks on it, it is now ready to be quilted as well.

Today was Square Dancing again at the center.  Lots of fun and great exercise.  My legs hurt!!!!!  And finally.............................................

It is beginning to look like spring finally here, 
 Wild Violets in the yard!
 My daffodils survived the snow!!

And our home is decorated for Easter..............

 Avon Mr. & Mrs. Bunny
Mr. Primitive Burlap Bunny 
Mr. Fuzzy Bunny
 Mr. Fiber Optic Bunny
 My Pussy Willow and Forsynthia Design in Porcelain Coffee Pot
 Mr. Chenille Bunny that I made several years ago.
Fabric Easter Eggs made by Bernie's Sister, Donna.

Easter Plate made by me several years ago.

So with that, I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy, Blessed Easter!!

Please pray for my girlfriend Eileen as she will be beginning chemo in a few weeks and also for my sister-in-law, Bernie's sister, Joann who fell a week ago Sunday and fractured her wrist and had to have surgery last Friday!  Wishing them both well and a speedy recovery!!!!!  Love ya both!!



  1. Best of luck to you guys at Shaker Woods. I'll have to see if I can get Amanda to go with me and we'll check out your booth.
    Your Easter decorations are all so cute. I never got any of mine out. I thought about it a few times but that's as far as I got. I even still have my shamrock on the front I'm so pitiful

  2. Just saw your comment, Ann. I'm bad!! I love decorating for every holiday!!! Unfortunately it is all taken down already.