Saturday, October 31, 2009

November is almost here!

I can't believe October is almost gone and November is just around the corner!! I'm running wayyyyy behind getting my Christmas jewelry uploaded to my online shops. But I plan to work diligently on it this weekend and hopefully have everything uploaded by Monday. I also plan to run a special in my Artfire shop, probably free shipping, I'm still trying to decide.

I've been spending a lot of time checking out various social networks for artisans and those of us who love handcrafted items. And I've also been checking out jewelry magazines looking for ideas and instructions to fine tune my craft. When I tackle a new project I have a compelling desire to learn everything there is to know about it! And that can be pretty mind boggling sometimes!!

Richard had to work today, bless his heart, so it's been a quite morning. Our twin grandsons, Chase and Connor, have a football game at 1:00 pm - a playoff game - so I probably should get some video of the game since Grandpa won't be able to go.

Be sure to keep checking back and checking my shops for new items and specials for Christmas.

Hugs - Cathy

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Top of Ohio Traders Market

Another busy weekend - two day show at the Williams County Fairgrounds in Montpelier, OH. Saturday was cold and windy - thankfully we were indoors. Didn't seem to keep the shoppers away though. I thought there was a fairly good crowd both days. Unfortunately, they seemed to be doing more looking than buying. Sunday was sunny with temps in the 60's and the visitors were buying more. Enough was made to cover the booth fee and have enough left to buy more Christmas beeds. I also got leads on several upcoming shows.

I made several new friends which is always the best part of doing these shows. One was a sweet young woman from Fremont, IN named Tarma. She is a very talented artist who had some beautiful items in her booth. She handpaints glassware and does an amazing job. Her glass ornaments were awesome! Please check out the beautiful items in her shop The Wishing Well. She also has  a website at

This was the last scheduled show until November 21st....maybe. I found out there is a Christmas Craft Show on November 14th at NW State Community College in Archbold, OH and I am going to try and get a booth there. So I will have a few weeks to get more Christmas pieces created before the next big show.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Winding Down from a Busy Day...and Week!!

It's been a busy, but fun day. The weather was great - sunny and cool - the perfect fall day in NW Ohio.

It all started with a 9AM soccer game starring our youngest grandson, Cameron. He scored three goals. This was his first one... (if you listen real close you can hear Kendall singing in the background)

Kendall was being "Grandma's Girl". Papaw took our picture.

After the game it was a quick trip to WalMart and then off to the twin's football game. Connor caught a pass for a 12 yard gain, setting up a score by his brother, Chase, on a 21 yard TD pass. It was very exciting, especially since it was the only score of the game and their team's first win!!

Then it was back to the house to watch Ohio State beat Wisconsin - GO BUCKS!!

OK, I know this is supposed to be a blog journaling my jewelry making progress, but a Grandma has the right to brag a little bit - right? And besides, it's my blog so I can get "off track" every now and then if I want! LOL

I received confirmation today for booth space for the next show. It will be the Top of Ohio Trader's Market in Montpelier, OH at the fairgrounds on 10/24-25/09 Saturday (9AM-5P) and Sunday(10AM-4PM).

Beads were ordered last week to make Christmas pieces - angel earrings, Christmas Tree earrings, snowmen earrings, Christmas bracelets. I found some gorgeous lampwork Christmas beads at Austin Hamilton. I can't wait until they arrive and a I can start making Christmas items! I had the right beads to make two pair of angel's a start! :)

New items have been added to both my Artfire shop and my Zibbet shop. Check them often as I'll be adding more items almost everyday.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Johnny Appleseed Festival

Saturday and Sunday I had a booth at the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Defiance, OH. The weather wasn’t very cooperative – cloudy,  cold, windy, sometimes misty….poor attendance, minimal sales. I made enough to cover my booth cost, but not much more.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

So much has been going on since my first show. I walked in the NW Ohio Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Toledo last Sunday with my sister, Melinda and daughter, Heather. We had so much fun and plan to participate again next year.

On our way to Toledo on Sunday, Heather received a phone call that her new niece had arrived (4 weeks early) and was being transferred to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. So after the race, we headed to Toledo Hospital to see how Kim (Heather's sister-in-law) was doing. She looked great and was waiting to be transferred to Cincinnati to be with her new daughter and the rest of her family.

Natalie was born with some pretty serious birth defects and had surgery yesterday. By the grace of God she is doing great. But she will be having several more surgeries.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month - THINK PINK!! I have designed several pieces of jewelry for this cause. After all, I am a breast cancer survivor myself!!

Have a 2 day show this weekend. It is outdoors and supposed to rain!! Ughhhh!! I need to get busy the next couple of days and get some more pieces created.

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