So how did it get to be Wednesday evening already! What’s Blooming has come and gone, and while it was a lot of fun (and a lot of work), I am already finding myself asking, what’s next? The event was a great learning experience, and I definitely want to do this again. I didn’t sell much, but I’m hooked. I had fun talking to customers and vendors all day and hanging out with Rose, my partner in crime (well, if you consider art a crime, that is).
I wish I had more pictures to post but most of them turned out blurry. Here’s a couple, though:
That’s Rose, tending the store, and below, here’s me:
I’ve got a lot more ideas for how to set things up, and we got a few suggestions of other events we could participate in.
What do you get when you cross an art opening at a gallery with a farmer’s market? An art fair! That’s kind of what it feels like to me, anyway. I’ve been in gallery shows, and helped out a farmer’s market booth, and find both activities immensely enjoyable. Tomorrow is my first outdoor art fair and I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of new folks and showing off the fruits of my labor. The weather is supposed to be on the hot side of perfect.
I’ll be at booth #78 on the South side of Harrison Street, east of Lombard.
Then after that I’ve got to focus a little bit on What’s Blooming in my garden. The weeds have definitely gotten the upper hand this year, so they need a little talking to! My little dwarf peach tree is leafing out and my fig tree looks awesome. The persimmons, japanese maple and paperbark maple are looking happy too. It occurred to me the other day that I might eventually be able to take the flaky bark from the mature paperbark maple and roll them into beads, kind of like the Ugandan barkcloth beads I bought from Mzuribeads.com. That might work together in a necklace. I also need to plant my canna lilies so I make sure to have lots of the perfect, round, unbreakable seeds that look great as spacer beads. They are a deep chocolate-brown. And of course, over the next week or so I need to plant lots of scarlet runner beans, the magic bean that started my jewelry making frenzy.
I’ll still have plenty of edibles, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, and such are going in the ground too. And then I need to harvest the bumper crop of garlic, carrots and purple peacock broccoli that lived through the winter and completely took over the square foot gardens.
Less than a week to go before my first art fair as a vendor! My friend Rose and I will have a booth at What’s Blooming on Harrison, in Oak Park, IL. We’ll be street vendors on Saturday only, but the event is happening on Friday at the brick and mortar galleries in the arts district, too. For a little information about What’s Blooming, check out this link. Personally, I’m hoping I can take a break from my booth long enough to check out the beekeeping demonstration.
As an aside, I like bees a lot. They keep me well fed, between all of the fruits and veggies made possible by bee pollination and the delicious honey they make, as well as all the things you can do with bees wax…what’s not to love?