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a little bit art. a little bit me.

A little bit art.  A little bit me.

Spring is in The Air

Jennifer Calkins

(confession...I posted this two days after I wrote it.  I meant to post it yesterday.  I did not.  Obviously!  So it's actually been raining today.  ALL.  Day.  Long.  Whatevs...happy reading!)

It’s sunny and supposed to be over 60 degrees today!  Can I get a WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO?!  I love sunshine.  It’s so happy.  It’s taken me ten minutes just to type those two quasi-sentences because I keep staring at the sun shining out the window that’s two feet away from me.

So last week I took a bit of a break but I am back!  I found out last week that I was accepted to be a vendor at a Spring Market in March (get the deets HERE!)  I am super excited about this market.  It also means I have less than a month - er, I mean less than three weeks?! - to make a crap ton of stuff to sell at said market.

That part can get a bit tricky when signing up for markets/craft shows/etc.  There are times when you don’t know you will be accepted into the market until closer to the date.  So that leaves the question of “when do I make stuff and how much do I make?”  I don’t want to have a ton of product on hand at all times.  First, it’s a lot of cost upfront with no certain sell point/end date.  Second, I simply don’t have the storage space!  So yeah.  When I applied for this market I kept it in the back of my head but didn’t really start making much.  So I must bust my little booty over the next few weeks.

I have a lot of ideas of what I want to sell at this market.  I have work I need to finish glazing so I’ll be selling that but I also wanted to make some new stuff.  Since Spring is right around the corner and the market is right before Easter I really want to sell some planters and lanterns.  Last week I started by making some lanterns.  They are looking pretty awesome so far, I can’t wait to finish them/clean them up.  On Monday I worked in the studio again and made a few planters to start my day.  Then it went a bit downhill.  I ended up with a pile of mushed-up-this-didn’t-work clay.  I pushed through and tried to keep working but said pile of clay kept growing like unwanted facial hair.  Not my best day of work.  I managed to salvage several pieces but threw in the towel a little earlier than I wanted.  I may have said some curse words.  And the towel I was using may have grown wings and flew across the garage.  By itself, I swear.  I’ll get back to the studio tomorrow but for today I am enjoying the Spring weather with my son.  Perhaps the sunshine and fresh air will help me create some awesomeness the next time I’m in the studio.

Update:  Like I said above, I originally wrote this two days ago.  I enjoyed the sunshine with my son at the zoo then again at the park yesterday.  I had a super successful day in the studio today.  It's amazing what some sunshine can do for your mindset and ability to work.  I cleaned up a few of the planters I made, made some soap dishes, soon to be beer mugs, and two pitchers with tumblers (something new I came up with on the fly...because I felt like it apparently!)  I have a few more things I want to make over the weekend then I need to really buckle down and get all of this work fired and ready to sell!  Wish me luck!