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Monday, May 20, 2013
Procrastination pays off NOW
Wow. Blogging is hard work.
Every few days since that last post in FEBRUARY, I've told myself to write a blog entry. Time and tide, eh?
So here we are, three months later, finally getting around to it. Well, I have an excuse for March and April ... kind of. I spent March preparing for our April 20 Craft Fair! For some reason, I volunteered as "craft king," which is much less prestigious than it sounds. My duties included securing the location, arranging for tables, collecting fees and paying for advertising. Much like when I do housework at home, I simply behaved incompetently until relieved of my duties.
The fair itself was outstanding. For an introvert, I really enjoyed being out there mingling with potential clients and showcasing my work. There are now a good number of new proud owners of Hope & Grace writing instruments, and I've spent much of my free time since filling custom orders, including these beauties for Felicia P. and her husband as well as a cross and Celtic knot for a certain religious figure here.
Of course, my efforts would all have been in vain had it not been for my beautiful assistant, Brenda. I swear that woman can sell ice to Eskimos. She just has a smiling personality and an ability to put potential purchases into perspective for people.
"Oh, Father's Day is coming up and your Dad is a gun enthusiast? Do you think he'd enjoy this nice bullet pen?"
My big competition was Troy R. from Gemstone Pens. He set up shop right next to me and we had a good "coopetition" thing going. It's funny how two people can do the same thing and come up with very different results. Troy's pens are absolutely top notch, and I highly recommend him ... if you can't find anything in my inventory to suit your taste ;-D
Late April and May also saw some new projects, though they aren't quite ready for public consumption. I got my hands on a copy of Rush Limbaugh's book, "See I Told You So." So after gutting the drivel inside, I made a cool little book safe ... guaranteed to never get pulled off the shelf by unsuspecting visitors. It was so pleasing to deface Limbaugh's book, I did another by him and a few others, including Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue."
It's the little things in life, you know?
In addition to book safes (think "Shawshank Redemption"), I'm going to make iPad/Kindle cases from books! I want to know!
Who's books should I deface next?