I'm really stepping up my stitching - just kind of worked out that way. It's always one of those I-wonder-what-it-would-look-like-if-I-did-this kind of things. The unintended benefit to using heavily stitched elements like this is they require very little or no embellishing so they are quick to assemble. More time spent stitching = less time spent embellishing, so it's probably a wash time wise, but lots of fun either way.
I don't know yet how I did at last weekend's craft show - I'll receive my check in the mail probably late this week. I expect to be down from last year, given the economy. As goal-driven as I am, I told Steve I need to get those things out of my head sometimes so as to not feel disappointed at things (presumably) out of my control. I need a more glass-is-half-full approach, in that I made XX more dollars than if I had not participated. (I know I easily covered my entrance fee.)
I worked Saturday morning and it was surprisingly busy! The weather was blustery - rain, snow, wind, the works. I knew people wouldn't be outside doing yard work which is always a "problem" when we have nice spring weather. But I thought it was so nasty out that people wouldn't want to leave the house. Glad I was wrong! We had lines at both registers several times. I knew 2 out of the 3 people I worked with so it was pretty fun.
I've mentioned previously that because we can sell buy/sell product at this show, I've hesitated to participate - and cite the candy-filled plastic American Idol guitar from last year's show as evidence. This year I saw a guitar shaped air freshener come through the line. I think
it was an air freshener (no American Idol logo though!) I know I only noticed it because of the guitar theme. I was laughing to myself, "Here we go again!"
What I had totally forgotten about was a vendor who makes (I assume she/he makes them) little novelty items relevant to the season. In cellophane bags, with a computer-printed header tag, she bags up a dozen pieces of pastel colored mini-marshmallows and labels it Easter Bunny Poop. I've seen her do green mini-marshmallows for Leprechaun Poop and of course the always classic white mini-marshmallows for Snowman Poop. She sells them for 50 cents, I think it is. She has a bunch of different things but that's the only one I can remember.
In spite of the above mentioned items, as I looked around further on Saturday, there really was a lot of nice stuff there - far outweighs any lesser items. Mom stopped by and she'll vouch for the show. :-)
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Work has been extra depressing this week. You'll recall I had a virus for a few days that we couldn't get rid of so I was given a new-to-me computer, using a virtual module. It turns out that I can't live with my slowish computer so our IT person told me yesterday she's getting me a new machine with a faster processor and she's doubling my RAM. I hope I get it today. I was near tears with frustration yesterday. I want the computer to respond as fast as I can type and click, which is pretty fast, if I say so myself.
Our Illinois sales tax auditor is here for the week. I honestly had hopes that this would be his last visit. Oh silly me. He is extending the time frame in which he has to finish the audit to June. June 2010.
I really did want to cry! He thinks he'll be done in August though, including time for us to dispute any of his findings. He says he'll be back for another 2 or 3 week-long visits. He really is a nice guy, very reasonable, couldn't ask for a better auditor in fact. But woe is me. I would say that I think most of my part of this is wrapping up - now it's up to him to review all the information I've given him. But I'm trying hard to remove all expectations about how this will go because clearly, I haven't a clue.
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I went into work early Monday and Tuesday but decided I need to do some happy, crafty work this morning to get myself "right". Another thing I did was I went to Stever's Chocolates on Park Avenue on yesterday's lunch hour and bought Easter chocolates for Steve, Simon, Simon's girlfriend, Steve's mom, DJ, Gershum, Lizz and "the girls" at work. The only thing I bought myself was a 5-piece package of dark chocolate covered pretzels. I ate them throughout the afternoon at my desk. Beats cryin'!
Another local chocolatier is Andy's Candies. They set up shop around town for various holidays so they are a lot more convenient but my problem with their chocolate is that it is always filled with air bubbles. Stever's Chocolates are pristine and perfect!
Oh crap! I just remembered a fellow vendor I met last year who has a shop
in East Rochester. Darn - I would like to support her, wish I'd thought of this earlier. Stever's does have a lot of novelty (there's that word again!) chocolates - so I bought most of the aforementioned people chocolates relative to their interests: iPod, cell phone, laptop, Sodoku puzzle, etc.
Let's end with an infectious laugh, shall we?