Vacation is over. We’re home, unpacked, and getting back in the groove of every day life. We all had such a good time in North Carolina. We got to visit family, meet relatives we never met, the kids got to experience the beach for the first time. It was really a great time.
Now that we’re home, I’m focusing on Fall and Winter holiday items, which seems weird to me. I worked retail in the 80’s and we never put the Halloween merchandise out until mid-September, and Christmas merchandise most assuredly did not go on the shelves until the week of Thanksgiving. Being a crafter, I understand why craft stores have Fall and Christmas stuff out in July. We need those things to get ready for our Autumn and Winter shows. So, I’m getting in the holiday spirit way early.
I’m working on wreaths and ornaments. Most of the ornaments will not make it to the Etsy shop because there are just too many of them. I am debating listing them as sets, but then you run into customers wanting to switch out pieces with other sets. Pictures of all the ornaments will eventually be posted here and on facebook. If you see something you absolutely have to have, just send me a message. Until then, my brain is buzzing with more ideas than I can handle. My sketch book is filling up quickly.
Yesterday, I spent the day at the church my mother attended as a child. My grand parents, great grand parents, and several other relatives are buried. I was really hoping I would get the chance to wander the cemetery with my husband and children, and show them the graves of some of the most special people in our family, and take some pictures. I love cemetery photography. We didn’t get to do that, though. Instead, we spent the day inside the fellowship hall, meeting new relatives and catching up with ones we have known for years, and all the little ones got to play together. It was a really great day.
I was also hoping to spend some time at my mom’s house, searching through her barns. There is stuff in there that has been in there since 1970, so some of it is even older than that. I know there are things in there that are just waiting to be made into something new and cool. I also know that they will still be there when I do finally get a chance to look for them.
We will be heading to the beach today so maybe I’ll be able to collect some cool shells and drift wood. We shall see.
We’re on vacation this week, visiting family in NC. I don’t know about the rest of my family, but I am absolutely enjoying this trip. It’s somewhat of a walk down memory lane, since I lived here almost 10 years ago. Today, we’re heading out to two family reunions (both sides of my mom’s family). We will be back in the town I lived in, a place I absolutely love. I’m hoping to get in a little photography time at the cemetery, and to be able to dig through my mom’s barn for what ever treasures she is willing to part with. I’m pretty sure I still have a few boxes of my own stuff in there that didn’t move when I did, so this should be interesting.
I’m always looking for ideas and “found junque” to use in my creations, so even though this is a family vacation, I’m looking around and getting ideas and hoping for some funky finds.
This blog is dedicated to my crafting business. I will be sharing links to my Etsy shop, things I’ve made, crafting ideas of things I don’t make but think are fun, upcoming show dates. I’ll be sharing lots of thoughts and ideas, and an occasional surprise. I hope you enjoy the ride. I promise, it will be an interesting adventure.