I make things all year, but when I need gifts for friends and family, I'm often more interested in sharing the work of other talented makers I've encountered in my travels. Here are some of my local and internet-local gift sources.
The Placitas Holiday Show was a great success! I got to send lots of folks home with pens and knives for themselves or as gifts for others. Met LOTS of cool people, visitors and other vendors. Even ran into some old friends I'd not seen in many years.
I'm super grateful to everyone who came to see me and check out the booth, whether you bought anything or not. I feel so supported in my business and as a human being right now, and it really means a great deal to me. Hopefully I will be attending this event again next year.
For those of you who missed it, or went but were overwhelmed by all the amazing work there, the show's web site stays up year-round, and has a lovely index of all the participating vendors, with links to their (our!) web sites. You can see that at www.placitasholidaysale.com, and if you wish you'd bought a thing, asked a question, or given a compliment, most of us are available via websites, email, and other means. Thanks to the show organizers for inviting me to join the fun!
A special thank you goes out to anyone who tried to pay with a credit card and was foiled by me and my dodgy technology. Sorry about that! I really appreciate your patience and kindness as I struggled to make the gadget see things my way.
Special thanks also go to Jerry, who is my booth babe / adult supervision / fellow maker of things and all around good guy. Although he isn't visible in that photo, he's back there. He is writing a book, and managed to make progress on it while working my booth at a busy event. Amaze!
Well, I mean really just to acknowledge that it is now November. I suppose some of us might not be happy about that. Or even may be angry about it. You'll be okay, these things only last about a month.
The last Rail Yards Market day of 2016 happened this past Sunday, on the 30th of October. Lots of folks turned out (vendors and visitors), and there was fabulous food and music as well. Good times. After five months, 20+ Sundays, I'm very much looking forward to sleeping in this coming Sunday!
I have two shows coming up this holiday season, one at the Rail Yards on December 11th (yep, a Sunday), and the other on the 19th and 20th of November in the nearby town of Placitas. I am still waiting on more precise location details so I can share those, but since that show is only 3 weeks out, most of my energy is focused on preparing my wares for the event!
Other than that, I'm working hard to wrap up a bunch of custom orders between now and the end of the year. Which, as the date suggests, is coming up uncomfortably fast. Well, technically, it's coming up at the usual speed. Time flies when you're panicking to get stuff done!
What else is there? Life is life.
Probably the lovechild of a three-toed sloth and a busy bee.