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The Wagon

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Oh the wagon. It is so easy to fall off. And I did. Though, if you look at it a certain way, I didn’t really fall off. Maybe. I don’t know. Here’s what happened:

I was all set to participate in a show at the end of Aug. It was an outdoor show, which I have never done before. The people putting the show on had actually approached me about participating, which I thought was cool (and a little strange since I’m still pretty new to the area, but I’ll take it!) So I was excited. They asked me to participate about 4 weeks before the event was scheduled for. I didn’t think it would be a problem on that amount of notice. So I set about trying to find a tent to borrow. We don’t have one, and I wasn’t sure if I was ready to invest in one yet.

I also started looking online for tips on doing an outdoor event. I have a background thing that I used once, and liked, but it had some kinks that needed working out, especially on uneven ground. I found someone willing to lend me a tent, so that was awesome. Until my reading informed me that I needed sides and weights for the tent. *deep breath* Okay. More research. And money I didn’t really want to spend, especially on a tent that didn’t belong to us.

I should probably tell you that the event was scheduled for the weekend before school started, which meant meeting teachers, gathering supplies, and all the fun stuff that goes along with back-to-school the week before my event, which is prime time for running pre-event errands. (also, my oldest had a large amount of special circumstances to work out for the school year, AND she got braces the day before my event was supposed to be) *deeper breath*

Phone call. My inlaws are coming to visit! The week before school starts, and through the weekend. Hmm. Hey, they can help! Oh wait. I have to clean the house, which is something I tend to let go when a lot of other things are happening. Toilets become low-priority. But they CAN’T be low priority with my husband’s family coming in. Shoot. Okay. Well. Hmmmm.

(Oh, and let’s toss 3 birthdays in this time period… two of the kids and me, plus sports practices have begun)

Another phone call. This time it was my husband (who was scheduled to be out of town the week all this was going down). The poor guy just called to tell me he was on his way home, and gets me all stressed out, breaking down, primarily over the tent sides and the expense. And he calmly mentions that maybe I should back out of the event.

Wait… WHAAAAA?!? THIS from the most supportive, let’s-make-it-happen guy? And I knew he was right. I have NEVER backed out of something like this, and hope I never need to again. But as soon as I made the decision, I felt better, felt lighter. I was very disappointed, but mostly because it sounded like a fun event to be part of. And the final week and a half before the event was happening, while I was cleaning and running errands, I just kept thinking how glad I was that I wasn’t trying to get the vendor things in order too. So I know it was a good decision. But MAN was it a hard one to make.

So, now I’m scheduled to participate in an event at the beginning of Oct. I’m trying to stay really organized and on top of my to-do list so I’m not scrounging around at the last minute. I probably still will be, but hopefully it’ll be minimal. I’m also working on creating an inventory. And going through my eleventy-seven million pictures and sorting and cataloging them all. Yikes. But I’m getting there. And I’ve managed to work on orders (yay!) and get other random bits of things accomplished. So I’m feeling more ready for this show than I think I have for any others.

I’m sad I had to back out of an event, but I really think it was for the best. And now I’m feeling even more motivated to make things more organized and functional so I can STAY on top of things, and get my listings moving again. I haven’t listed anything in a while, though I have managed to get some photos taken. Etsy, unfortunately, had to take a temporary back seat through all of this chaos. But I think this week I should be able to start pushing that again, and all that jazz. Long story short, I’ve had some set-backs, but I think I am still moving in the right direction. And that’s what counts in the end.

Here’s a peek at some of the pieces I have managed to get made the last couple of weeks. I LOVE them! They make me happy.

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A Valiant Effort

I made a large focal piece with resin a couple of months ago.  I absolutely love it.  It’s one of the things that I want to use “just right” and not waste on something that is just okay.

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I decided to add it to a bracelet blank, thinking how amazing it would be as a big, chunky, awesome bracelet.  And of course, leather is just the thing to use with it.  Hello… cowboy/girl theme.  It seemed pretty obvious to me.  The thing is… I have never worked with leather.  But I figured I might as well give it a go.  I’ve heard that it’s relatively simple to learn to do, and I’m feeling pretty bold these days.  So I gathered the tools I had, plus a couple I went and bought (I’ve been meaning to try leather work, but hadn’t gotten up the courage yet)  I watched a couple short little videos, too, just to make sure what I was picturing in my head was what I actually needed to do.  My head is not always accurate… but this time I was pretty spot on.  I’m glad I watched the process though.  It never hurts to be more prepared, right Boy Scouts?

So here’s what came of it:

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Here it is laid out flat.
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Here it is snapped together.

It sure looks better snapped together, doesn’t it?

I’m not really very happy with the final result.  It’s a little small, and it just doesn’t quite lay right, and something just seems off about it.  I’m disappointed, but at the same time I am glad it gave me a reason to bust out my snaps and rivets and give a new form of jewelry creation a try.  I’ll take it apart, though maybe not for a couple of weeks, or until I come up with an alternative… (I’m weak when it comes to taking things apart, no matter how awful they are.)
At least no damage was done to the focal piece.  I seriously love this thing.  
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Here it is again. Because it’s fabulous.

You can take the girl out of Montana, but you can’t take Montana out of the girl.

Yee-haw.