Well- after a long weekend away from my family and lots of prep work the weeks before, I took some time off last week to just hang out with the kids and catch up here.
Our local library has great summer programs for the kids, and I just love it. They get rewards for reading, they have free educational and fun entertainment on thursday nights, and the kids get a free book to keep each friday! I think we are reading more now then we were during the school year.
So, now Tinicum Arts Festival is this weekend....but I am NOT freaking out (seriously~I am really not). I have lots to sell. I do need to beef up the bracelet department, and play with the new load of bronze from the kiln, because honetly, I don't think I could do a show without a few new necklaces. But I feel ready (for once) Tinicum is a great show, shady park, GREAT friends and vendors there, and wonderful customers. It's one of the those places people come year after year, and I enjoy it very much!
I also took some time for me. I dyed my hair (yes- I do it myself). I wanted something funky and two tone. So I dyed the back blonde and left the front brownish / red. I don't look good with blonde hair against my face- it just doesn't go with my complexion....but I thought this way- I could be blonde and brunette. I like it~ but it was such a bear to get it light. Two applications of ultra blonde and a highlight kit later, I get reddish blonde. I'll take it. I love redheads. (I hate taking pics of myself, so please ignore my funny face I am making)
So~ its bead table wednesday again, and all I have is a list and some bronze pieces sitting on my table. I better get crackin if I want to get these made along with some more of my cuff bracelets. I made lots of little sea urchin charms- since they were a hit as earrings at the last show, and I have had some orders for them too. I also made a new mold from a large and really wonderful sea urchin for some pendant size pieces. I think they will get riveted to some cool copper backings.
What I want to know is, what is pulling you out of the studio this summer? Your children? Your garden? The pool? There are so many wonderful distractions this time of year!