Sunday, April 22, 2012

busy as a bee

Three weeks from right now, it will all be over.  At this time on Sunday night, I will hopefully have my feet up, a glass of wine in my hand, and a big smile on my face from a successful weekend.

You may remember my post last May, when I went to the Shepherd's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival, for the first time ever.  (photos are from last year)

It was a delightfully unique day, and I thoroughly enjoyed each wool filled minute.  I spent a big portion of my allowance that day, and the gorgeous colors and textures at every turn made my little knitting heart so happy.  Not to mention the adorable llamas, sheep, goats, and bunnies!

Late last year, I learned from my dear friend Helen (who accompanied me that day, and introduced me to all of the fun) that we had an opportunity to reserve a space, and become vendors at the show.  I only debated for a short time before I agreed, as Helen works like I do.  She is very organized, and always on time, and is so friendly with customers.  And did I mention she is an incredible knitter/spinner, beekeeper, master gardener, and all around amazing woman?

When I agreed, I put it on my calendar and knew I would have many months to prepare.  It is now three weeks away, and I have reached stress level 3 out of 5 (5 being unable to sleep as I feel I have too much to do).  We are quite busy with a big project for our store right now as well, so time is at a premium.  Fortunately Mike is managing most of that work load, and I can spend my free minutes making things that sheep and wool lovers might enjoy.

The festival is located at the Washington County Fairgrounds, in Lake Elmo, and will take place on Saturday, May 12th from 9-5 and Sunday, May 13th from 10-4.  Admission and parking are free, here is the link to find out about all of the activities that will be taking place.  It is quite an event!  There is a lot more than just shopping....

Part of my stress is that I am creating many new things that I have not crafted before, so there is a lot of creative time needed before I can hit production.  And then I need to come up with the perfect packaging, and a unique display, and of course some kind of clever sign...

So far I have created some pretty jeweled knitting markers, charm necklaces on leather cord that feature gems, natural stones, and knitting/sheep related charms, and some new button bracelets.  I have crafted earrings out of adorable sheep buttons, and plan to have more earrings with other themes to round out the assortment.  I have taken industrial size thread spools, covered them in white burlap and vintage crocheted flowers and trim; the cones will make pretty packaging for a Mother's Day gift.  I still hope to craft some cards and a few other things I have in mind, time permitting....

I will be posting some pictures when I get a chance to take them!  If this sounds like something you might be interested in, mark your calendar for the second weekend in May and perhaps I will see you there.  (I don't know yet which of the four vendor buildings I will be in, look for the up north cabin themed spot!)


  1. You are incredible! Please post pics of all the cute things you're making (at some point!). I don't know how you find the time to do all you do. But, I'm glad you do. :o)

  2. Oooh, I definitely want to go to the show! It sounds like you are choosing good wool-related art to sell. Good luck!

  3. I am so sad I have to miss this! Cannot wait to see the pics! xo

  4. I have absolutely no experience with event like this and find your pictures and narrative fascinating -

    I'm nowhere near you to attend, but I wish you well (and hopefully no stress-levels 4 and 5?) and can't wait to see pictures...

    Hang in there, busy bee!


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