I am so glad today is here! As those of you who have been following along know I've been busy filling holiday orders from my shop and also getting ready for the craft fair I did this last weekend. And last week, it was a long one. While in the throes of getting ready for the show our whole house came down with some respiratory virus that kept us up hacking all hours of the night, school was missed (a.k.a. time alone to get stuff done was missed), we had a wind storm which knocked down a few trees in out neighborhood and were left without power for 24 hours. With so much going on I decided not to get a tree, put up lights, or buy any Christmas presents until that was all over. So from here on out it's all about the holidays for us. I am so looking forward to spending the next week doing some shopping, wrapping presents and watching holiday movies, baking cookies, and just being present enough to truly enjoy the season with my littles. In fact I am so excited to get on with them that, despite my lethargy last night, I dragged out my trusty fake tree just to put up for the next few days until we get a real one (it also confirmed how much i want a real one this year).
And speaking of the craft fair - it was a completely different experience from the first time I did it this last spring. Working from home can be pretty isolating and one of the reasons I wanted to do the craft fair to begin with was just to be out, in person. See who my customers are, meet other makers, see what people gravitate towards, get feedback and the like. The mood of the last one just seemed so off, that despite the fact I was pretty certain I didn't want to do it again, I thought I'd try the holiday one. And I am really glad I did. Obviously the holidays are a time when people are out and about looking for presents, so the crowd was much larger, and overall the mood was just so much more upbeat. Both the shoppers and vendors seemed in really good spirits which made it really fun. And this time I really did get to have all of those experiences that I had hoped for. One of the random things I noticed was that both men and women like my products. I am not sure I would have really known that otherwise. So from the business end of things to the social end of things it was a great experience this time around. And as an added bonus at the end, a lot of the vendors, myself included, did trades with our goods which was such a fun way to start my pile of Christmas gifts.