Thursday, July 21, 2011

ONE World Market

Woo hoo!  Next craft show coming up next Saturday!  Stop by the ONE (that stands for the Old North End) World Market at 191 North Street in Burlington on July 30th from 10 - 4 and pick up a one of a kind planter from my booth.

ONE World Market on Facebook

Besides the fun of getting to meet buyers in person, I also love that I can sell items at craft shows that I never sell on etsy because, well, I just don't want to ship them.  So all the recycled bags I post on etsy  will be there, but also a whole bunch of planters (with plants!) made from odd and interesting items like old plastic toys, switch plates, pots, pans, tea cups, doll heads, shoes...  If it holds dirt, I've put a plant in it. 

I've also taken a look at the work of some of the other vendors and it should be a really neat small show.  So come and say hi!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Benefit of Getting Away From it All

For three years I've neglected to join my partner's family Fourth of July camping trip in a field by his grandfather's house in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  I've just never been a camping kind of gal, and I have a nasty health issue that makes me pass out when it gets above 85 degrees and burn to a crisp in the sun.  But today we went to spend the day and I'm so sorry I ever missed it before.  I was surrounded by nature, a babbling brook that I happily tromped barefoot through, a gaggle of loving and hilarious family members, and the most adorable puppy named Lucky.  It's been far too long since I was away from a cell phone signal, an internet connection, the ever-present responsibility of checking my email, and the feeling of dread that I'm wasting any moment at home when I'm not working on projects for my etsy store.  This, my friends, was a well needed respite.  The moral of this quick blog post?  Do not neglect self care.  It's oh so easy to do in this world of 24-7 work and responsibility, but it's not healthy.  And I say that as a life long workaholic.  Did you hear me other type A workaholics?  IT'S NOT HEALTHY.  That constant backache, throbbing in your frontal lobe, and dry red eyes - yeah, you know what I'm talking about - that's not normal.  That pit of your stomach knot that never goes away?  Also not normal.  Toss the phone for a weekend.  Leave the house and/or studio.  Put down the brush/thread/hook/needles/wax/fiber/whatever your drug of choice is/ and take a break.  The guilt will pass.  I promise.  And you'll feel better.  And you'll be happier when you get back to it.  Seriously. 

Why are you still reading this?  Go now!