It rained on my parade.

I’m pretty sure that I’m not going to do anymore craft festivals *unless the opportunity to be at the Highlands Festival happens*.  I’ve attended 3 “fairs” this year.  The first was a poorly advertised gig with artists set up at local banks.  I made 2 sales at the very end of the day as I was packing up for a total of $24.  The second was a county fair that I attended for a Friday evening and all day Saturday.  I made a whopping $1.70 and what I sold wasn’t even being displayed on the table.

That brings us to today.  My first official craft festival, where you have to be an artisan (no mass-produced stuff) to be in the festival.  People come from all over to attend this festival.  To cut my costs, I shared a booth space with my dear friend Mary.  I made $32.  My entry fee was $30 so therefore I made $2.00.  Most of what I sold was bubble magnets that I can make 10 seconds.  I did sell one book and one crochet toy.  Other than that, no one was interested in my books or knits.  It rained all day and was cold for most of it.  Even through all of this, I had a wonderful time while I was there and enjoyed my company and new people that I met.

Another rain on my parade moment was when I discovered that either I was much larger in June than I am now (and I wasn’t) or I just completely mis-measured (remember kids, measure twice, cut knit once) when I started my February Lady Sweater.  I’ve completed the body and tried it on…. and It’s 2-3 sizes too big.  I made a large when I could have gone with a small or possibly x-small.  I’m going to finish the sleeves and just go with it.  I’ll wear it around the office when I’m cold.

I’m bummed today.  But on an excellent note, I got my copy of the new Ani Difranco CD Red Letter Year yesterday and it is wonderful.


Come See The Crafty Kitten

I will be at my first for-real craft festival this Saturday 9/27 8:00-3:00.  If you live in Virginia or will be traveling through stop by the ever so beautiful Burke’s Garden for the annual Burke’s Garden Festival.  I will be sharing booth space with my dear friend and wonderful basket maker at the Community Center.  I will have my handmade books and Knit/Crochet items and will be demonstrating some too.


I’ve finally finished my first pair of knit socks.  I made Monkey socks from  Yarn is from Hand Painted Yarns.  I knit them 2 at a time on 2 circs.  One thing I’ve discovered… photographing your own leg/foot is difficult!

My first socks - Monkey

My first socks - Monkey

BTW, I never wear these shoes. I just figured they would make a better photo than my beat-up comfy sketchers that I wear most everyday.

Three Years Of Happiness

It’s our wedding anniversary today.  As I’ve stated before, I’m notorious for destroying ALL holidays.  This past Valentine’s Day, I had an alergic reaction to medication and had a head to toe rash.  So now it anniversary time and I have a cold.  Hurray.  Sicky icky sneezy and drippy.  Aren’t I just a barrel of fun.

I’ve been “medicating” with some natural things, hot tea with lemon & honey, spicy chili, and other sinus unstoppers.  I really don’t like to take medicines (you know, the whole rash thing and some other similar occurrences).  I’m out of ideas and I’m hoping to avoid the doctor (and the 5-7 hours of wasted time sitting in the clinic waiting room).

So tell me, dear readers, what are your favorite natural cold remedies?

Lazy Sunny Sunday

Today is the first day off I’ve had since Labor Day.  There’s nothing like waking up without the sound of a blaring alarmclock.  For breakfast I had a fresh poppyseed bagel one side with blackberry jelly and the other with honey pear jam.  I picked up the bagels and jams at the farmer’s market yesterday morning.

I’m determined to not just sit in front of my computer all day so after my initial email check I shut it off and went to tinker in the studio.  For the first time in ages I painted.

The whole house is fully of lazy beings today, lol.  Here’s two of my lazy fur babies:


Zoe Sleeping In The Sun

Now I’m off to enjoy the rest of my lazy day 😀

Time off also gives me time to cook. For dinner I made salmon patties, roasted red potatoes and onions, and cooked apple. I say “apple” because I only had one. The apple is from my grandparent’s tree. My mom brought it to me on Friday.

The Story Behind The Press Pass

Working seven days a week really leaves no time to know what is going on in the world.  Lately, if I don’t overhear a conversation or catch a short radio news blip I am usually clueless about any news, family, friends, town, region, let alone country or world news.

Sunday, when I met my friend to carpool to our teaching jobs she told me we were making a side trip on the way.  She, like me, is a super busy person and found out through a friend that Barack Obama would be coming to our area (Lebanon, VA).  We stopped at Rick Boucher’s campaign office in Abingdon where we met a small gathering and a sign on the door that said they were out of tickets but more were on the way.  Had I known this the day before I would have had no problems at all getting a ticket because I had lots of time to kill before I went to work that morning, just thee blocks from Boucher’s office.  We had 30 minutes until we had to be at work so we decided to wait it out.  A local news crew was outside and asked for volunteers for interviews, thankfully someone else jumped being interviewed.  After their interview, they moved the camera to start filming the few of us standing outside in the hot sun (the nice cool inside was full).  Just as they started filming, they came out to tell us that there weren’t any tickets coming.  Only a few were left and they were giving those out at other places, other places that were too far for us to drive to because we had to be at work in 5-10 minutes.  Here’s a screen shot of us on the 6:00 news.

wcyb1 9-7-08

When we left the phone calls to friends started.  Mine was to my brother who is taking a photography class and had mentioned to me earlier in the week that if either of the candidates came close they would be able to get press passes to go see them.  My brother and I have differing views on politics and he would argue his side with me until he is blue in the face if I would argue back (he didn’t learn the “don’t talk politics or religion” thing from mom very well).  Even though the first words from him after I asked if he could get me a pass were, “I’m going to kill you.” and his last words to me were “We’re going to have a long talk about this.” he did say that he would see what he could do about getting me in.

Sunday & Monday, it seemed like everyone I bumped into was going to see Obama.  I even received an email from a friend that I was supposed to have lunch with that she needed to cancel because she was leaving work early to go.  Early in the day, I spoke to my Sis-in-law (who is in the same photo class with my brother) and she said she would talk to their professor about getting me in.  I kept anxiously waiting and very quickly answering the phone every time it rang.  Finally, she called to tell me that I was on the list to get a press pass but there was no guarantee that I would be able to get in.  I was so excited but I didn’t want to talk about it in case it didn’t happen.  I informed my boss that I would need to leave work early and after I told him the reason why, he proceeded to (even more so than usual) treat me like crap for the rest of the day and all of yesterday.

Since I am not a student, I wasn’t for sure that the college was going to agree to give me a press pass but luckily, I didn’t run into any problems.  I spent all day just waiting until the minute I could leave work and meet the rest of the group.

I met my Bro & SIL at the college and rode with them.  When we arrived, the crowd was amazing and parking was non-existent.  We found a place to park and began walking up to where it looked like press people may be headed to.  Then I spotted the guy that informed me on Sunday that there were no more tickets and told my SIL to ask him where we should go.  When we walked up to him, he said “Hey, do you need any tickets?”  Face-palm.  “I thought there weren’t anymore tickets?”  “Oh, people who took extra and didn’t need them are now bringing them back.”  *Grrrr* He then proceeded to take us up the hill (past the extremely long line) and lead us to the press sign in table.

We were not a pre-approved press group so we had to wait until we had approval to go in.  While waiting for approval I tried to call my friend that I carpool with to let her know that they were giving away tickets but it went to her voicemail.  Then we all signed in and had to go through security checks.  The guy checking ID’s told me that my press pass photo didn’t look a thing like me.  Haha, I had the photo taken just a few hours before and I was wearing the exact same outfit.  Finally, we were allowed inside and they showed us where to stand.

Seated just beside the press section was my friend that I was supposed to have lunch so that was cool.  There were also a couple of local celebrities there, Ralph Stanley and Big Tom from Survivor and of course, there were local politicians there such as Senator Puckett.

Rick Boucher came out and gave a speech before Obama came out.  His speech answered the question that I had been rolling around in my head,  “What is Obama’s stance on liquid coal?”  I was very happy with his answer; “Obama is a friend of coal.”  After that, a local teacher came out to do an introduction.  Lucky, lucky girl.

Barack Obama 09-09-08 Lebanon, VA

Senator Obama spoke for about 30-40 minutes and then took questions.  My particular favorite was a question that came from a teacher in the crowd about No Child Left Behind & I loved the answer that came with it.  Standardized testing has led to teachers teaching the test and nothing else and “it makes for uninspired teaching and uninspired students”.  His solution is to come up with other ways of evaluating students than just using standardized testing and looking more toward the individual improvements of a student.

Barack Obama 09-09-08 Lebanon, VA

I ended up taking 147 photos and recorded the entire speech with my mp3 player.  I haven’t listened back to the entire thing yet but I am planning on doing that today and taking notes while I do.  Some parts are hard to hear but I think it came out pretty good from the little bits that I have listened to so far.

Barack Obama 09-09-08 Lebanon, VA

After everything was over and we were headed back to the car, I spotted my friend that I carpool with who at the last minute got a ticket from another friend.  We were so excited that we were both able to attend.

Barack Obama 09-09-08 Lebanon, VA

P.S. The “lipstick on a pig” comment has totally been taken out of context and blown way out of proportion.

Full post to follow…

I just wanted to give a teaser about my next post that I’ll be writing up soon.  My mom taught me that there are two things that are not discussed, religion and politics.  But…..

Yes, that does say Press...

Yes that says “Press” on the bottom, and yes it is mine.

Perfect September Evening

Have I mentioned how much I love September?  Today was perfect.  My morning scooter ride wasn’t too cold and my lunchtime scooter ride was wonderful.  Warm but not too hot and sunny with a warm breeze all day.

I rode up to the produce market and bought some fresh local grown corn & a tomato.  I also picked up a couple of apples but I’m not sure about where they were grown.  All for $3.00.  Seriously, that is an excellent price.  I would have bought more stuff but my scooter trunk will only hold so much.

Dinner was delicious.  Chicken thighs, fresh tomato, and a baked potato loaded up with butter, sour cream, cheddar, and onion followed by a slice of amish cinnamon bread.

Amish Cinnamon Bread

I checked on my veggies that are growing in (and out of) the flower boxes.  My pumpkins are doing well.  So far I have 4 growing.  Three that are all about the same size and one larger one that has started to turn orange.  I picked my first tomato.  The tomato bush is loaded down but this is the first that has ripened and it is HUGE.  It’s an old german plant and I can’t wait to eat it.  Funny enough, it’s exactly what I bought at the produce market this afternoon. I’m so proud of my little (super tiny) veggie garden. I don’t use any type of fertilizer, plant food, or chemicals on them. In fact I didn’t even stake my tomato plant and the pumpkins are a voluntary plant. I just like to let them be. Since the pumpkin came up due to us tossing the inside of our jack-o-lantern in the flower box, I’ve been randomly tossing veggies in the yard hoping that more will come next year.


First Tomato 2008

I took Raisin on a walk while the sun was setting.  I took the camera in hopes of getting her reaction to the pumpkin on video.  No luck.  She usually freaks out and runs from it like it jumped out of the bushes at her and then timidly tries to inspect it by staying 3 feet from it and sticking her neck out really far.  She’s silly sometimes.  I did get this video of what she likes to do when we’re walking up on the hill.  She likes to walk along the rock wall top like a little kid would.  She jumped down part way through the video because a dog was barking across the street.  My video has no sound… silly camera records video but no sound.

For some reason, WordPress will not accept my code for my video so you can watch it from my Flickr page here.

I love the view we get on our walk. It’s surprising how much two blocks can make in the view here. The view from my porch is ok but not like this.

Sunset 9-4-08

While we were on our walk, I came upon this little plant.  I would love to know what it is.  Anyone care to tell me?

What are these?

Raisin is always such a happy pup after our walks. Sadly I haven’t been able to take her on many in the past 2 months. I’m hoping that now that things have calmed down a bit we can get back into the swing of walking every evening.

Raisin after our walk

I’m off to work on the monkey socks and watch the Project Runway that I recorded last night.

Voodoo & Zen

Yesterday, while I was working at the shop, a very lovely lady (who’s name escapes me at the moment) was hanging work for the new show at Zazzy’z.  One of the artists that has work in the show is Rice Freeman-Zachery.  She has a book out called Living the Creative Life: Ideas and Inspiration from Working Artists.  Her work is amazing fabric journal pages.  She has an Etsy shop:  Voodoo Cafe and a website Voodoo & Zen.  I highly recommend that you check out her work.

The end of summer…

The beginning of my favorite time of year.  I *love* fall.  Warm days, cool nights, and the chaning of the leaves.  Festivals, friends, and fun.  September makes me want to make comfort foods… veggie beef stew, chicken & dumplings.

I’m setting a goal for myself.  Cooler weather means warmer clothes.  I’ve stalled out on the February Lady Sweater and I’ve just re-started the monkey socks.  I want to be finished with both by the end of the month.  That’s a big goal for me but I’m planning on putting all my other projects on hold until I finish them.

I’m off to enjoy my day off and knit.