Wondering Wednesday

I realize it’s not Wednesday, but I’m writing this to introduce a new regular feature for this blog.

What might you be wondering about?

Do you wonder “How is this or that made?”

Do you wonder  “How to handle a particular craft show or business problem?”

Do you wonder “How my cat spends his days?”

Do you wonder “What we’re working on now?”

Do you wonder “????????”

If it’s within my scope of knowledge, I’m willing to discuss it. (Just let me know in a comment) Some may not be answered immediately, but will go on my list! So stay tuned, and wonder with me, what the next post will be.

Daily Prompt

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Waiting Room.”

“Good things come to those who wait.”      This is my take on the statement.

The things in our “waiting room” have been waiting patiently, watching dust settle, sometimes for years.

These “things” are craft supplies:

unopened paint- waiting to be “the right” color,

un-spun,un-dyed fiber- waiting to take color and be spun into yarn for someone’s special project,

blank plaques- waiting a final sanding and the “perfect sized picture” to make it complete.

Each of these things were chosen during our working years for their potential to become the perfect, one of a kind (or limited edition), craft creation when transformed into something new.

During this time of waiting, they have developed patience (instead of yelling “pick me, pick me!) when we walk into their room. Some of their imagined transformations may have changed over time, but all will eventually become useful. Some are a forgotten treasure, finding them is like a new discovery.

Now that we are concentrating on our own business, instead of working for others, these items and dreams are beginning to resurface.

angels came out of hiding

angels came out of hiding

But it’s a good thing they developed patience in the “waiting room”. They will need it after their transformation because they will again be waiting!

Waiting to have their picture taken, and description written, waiting to be loaded into a tote to be displayed at a craft show. Waiting for that one person, who recognizing their uniqueness, wants to give them that special space of their own in a new home!

Retirement or Just Plain Tired

This last Spring I gave a month’s notice that I had decided to retire! After more than five years as a part-time waitress at a local restaurant I knew I would miss the regulars who had become friends over the years. But after having my craft business on the back burner for over twenty years, we decided it was time to bring it to a boil.

Create the future!

Inspiration to follow our dream

I don’t know how I ever had time to work! We displayed and sold at about 20 shows this year. For most 2-day shows we were gone 3 days, for 4-day shows we always set up the day before. That left 2-4 days between shows for drying tents, making more of low inventory items, washing dusty table cloths, etc.   I repeat, I don’t know how I had time to work even a day or two between shows.

Needle felting

Son’s corner

Hand painted scarves and wood burning.

for blogging 101 041 for blogging 101 044Needle felted ornaments

Soy Candles

Soy Candles

 

Edwin's Art

Husband had his own tent.

 

 

 

 

 

My boss called in September, to see if my shows were over and if I might want to work a day or two each week during the off-season…… I “nicely” turned him down while wanting to shout “I’m retired, I don’t have time!” This while thinking of the shows I had left, including the 3 hour workshop I taught at one on processing flax into linen.  Still have two 1 day shows to do and a blog to learn how to run, as well as two on-line shops to stock!

 

 

Last week I finished spinning and plying these yarns for blogging 101 029 for blogging 101 030

merino wool yarn

two ply hand spun merino wool

Now the 18 skeins are waiting to be labeled and listed or added to show inventory.

I also made a few batches of soy candles. I carry over 100 different scents.

Free smells of Soy Candles

Free smells of Soy Candles

Need to dye more roving, unique colors done in small batches, that I can replicate but not duplicate:)

drying dyeing.

Rainbow dyed roving and top.

If you are a knitter, crocheter, or weaver, you will understand my reference to the slight differences in dye lots. You may also notice that my skeins vary in yardage. This is because I wind all of my skeins with no knots, but may have several skeins of the same colorway or of coordinating colors. This gives you better quantity choices depending on the size of your project. I love playing with colors and seeing the differences made by combining various colors, in dyeing, in spinning and in plying.

In the future you will see many of our craft show products pictured in sections of the gallery. This way you can browse and if you can’t make it to our shows, I can list it for your purchase on my Handmade Artists shop, if it’s still available. My on-line shop listings aren’t taken to the shows with me to avoid selling the same unique item twice at the same time.

I’ve only mentioned a few details of the fiber and craft show part of our business and already feel this post is way too long. In the future look for more information about my husband’s art

Husband's Art

Husband’s Art

Husband's Art

Husband’s Art

my son’s needle felting and wire wrapping, for blogging 101 033 for blogging 101 034

Son's Crafts

Art Doll and wire wrapping

and my wood burning and other endeavors. When creating a business, it’s hard to know where it will lead.

We welcome questions and suggestions of what you would like to hear/see more about, so please leave a comment.

Day Three!

Today’s assignment of using tags in reader to find more blogs to read and sounded both easy and educational but…

I started last night, tried some tags that didn’t work quite the way I’d hoped, tried others and found some nuggets. Logged on again this morning to spend a few minutes searching for a few more blogs to follow, ended a few hours later, after reading the ones I’m following, and adding a few more. Then I went outside to play in the beautiful sun we had today.

This whole process requires more time than I realized, so the post that was on my mind is still there and will wait for another day.

Crafting and Blogging

I feel that in learning more about blogging I am actually learning to craft a website.

The Day Two assignment of checking and possibly changing my title and tagline is a lot like choosing which fiber to use to spin a new yarn. Do I want my yarn (or blog) to be a thin silk, used for special occasions, a two-ply wool, to snuggle through the long winter, or a durable linen, to withstand the tests of time and use?

I have been Mulch and More since the beginning of my business as explained on my home page, so only a slight change of spacing made my title more readable.

I want my blog to have the endurance of linen while maintaining a luster of silk and the welcoming warmth of wool. Only the test of time will tell if I can master the skills needed to craft a useful blog.

Hello, Glad to meet you!

I signed up for Blogging101 to learn more about making a blog.

For those of you who may have read my first writing of this post and you realize it sounds different, that’s because it is!   MY COMPUTER ATE my homework!   Yes I forgot to push that all important button that says “Save Draft” Lesson learned as I struggle to remember some of what I said the first time!

Hi, I’m Bev. I actually opened my blog earlier this spring to showcase and help the growth of our craft business. Yes I am technically challenged! (See above paragraph for example) Thanks to the response for my post for help I think I have things straightened out and hope not to make the same mistakes again…I know there’s many other mistakes I can find to make:)

The purpose of my blog is to find other people interested in hand made crafts, share information about the craft shows that we attend and about some of the methods used in creating things. I also hope to learn more by exploring some crafts that I haven’t done (yet)  while feeding my computer better to prevent random snacks! I’m also interested in organic gardening, healthier eating, better business practices,organizing inventory, etc.

If you would like to learn more about our family business, please check out our Home and About pages too. I welcome feedback and constructive criticism and meeting new people.