I thought about it for a few days and sent her another one saying, "You know what. I'm doing this! Christmas fairs and bazaars are so much fun, the price is so reasonable and I really want to do it. Get me a table!" (I really need another project right now like I need a hole in my head!) I talked her into renting two tables and selling stuff with me. So now it's even more fun! You always need two people working at these things anyway, in case, you have to, you know...use the facilities or something. Really, it's just so I can get food and, more importantly, COFFEE when I really need it. We can take turns shopping at the fair! We can chat when its slow.
She is going to sell a few craft items and mostly baked goods, mainly cookies.
So, to make a short story long, I am spending every spare moment (which is not a lot) making things for the fair.
At first I had about a zillion ideas of things to make and sell. After running around for a day or so without really accomplishing anything, I narrowed it down to just a few that I can focus on. I have to watch myself now, as I keep thinking of new things I could make. I don't think I'm going to have the time to make the things from my "focus" list, as it is.
I am busily making soap and cooking it so it will be ready on time. I have now made: almond biscotti (my favourite), coconut, blackberry (which I still need to rebatch and colour), sweet orange vegan and healing-herbal-antibiotic with oil of oregano and thyme. I have plans to make blueberry, strawberry and lilac this week.
I am selling:
1) Hand painted Christmas tree balls with country scenes, that are customized with lettering like "The Gallants", "Baby's First Christmas", "Our First Christmas Together" and so forth. I plan to take some paint with me and customize them on the spot.
2) Hand painted Greeting cards
3) Pumpkin/squash pies. Some plain, some "nut free"(no nutmeg), some with maple, some with nuts, some with mini marshmallows toasted on top - whole pies only.
4) Pine cone Christmas tree ornaments, snowed & glittered
5) Beaded lanyards and eyeglass chains
7) Christmas grapevine wreaths
I brought in a small tree with lots of branches to hang my Christmas tree balls on as I paint them. I might take it with me as a hanging display! It's standing in a big pot of soil, anchored with bricks. I bought a doz balls and have put two coats of base paint on them all. I have completely finished one, just to see what it looks like. I might make some hand painted fridge magnets with country scenes too, time and mental energy permitting. I think I could paint up some stained and painted wooden signs with saying on them to hang on the wall. My favourite is: "Dull Women Have Immaculate Homes" and, of course, Bible verses.
I have so many other things to do! Buck is still getting out. Once last week and once again today. I spent a day last week "Buck proofing" the front fence area where he was getting out. I spent this morning "Buck proofing" the back stretch where he got out into the woods today. Someone picked him up and took him to the pound on Saturday. Now he has a license and a tag with phone numbers and address clearly engraved on it. He had no ID before. When an honest person finds him ("when", not if, he gets out again) they will know where to return him or they can call us. Hopefully, he won't get out again.
When we leave the house now or at night, Buck is chained. He got out today when I was out there with him, fixing the fence. He's sneaky and he knows he's not suppose to be outside the fence so he won't come when I call him, if he's out. He just hunkers down and becomes real quiet. Today I looked all over and called him to "Come in and get a treat" for half an hour! When I finally gave up and went in, I slammed the door so he would hear it. He got back inside the fence and came running like he had been there all the time.
Anyway, I've been fencing all summer long. This has been "the year of the fence". I feel like I have done nothing but work on the fence for a long time now and I'm sure it's not over yet. He will find a way. He goes along and tests the fence for weakness and looks for ways out. I've seen him doing it! Whenever I say that he cannot possibly get out now, he gets out. We have started calling him "Houdini".
All this to say that I am still very busy with other things too. There's still a large pile of cut wood on the parking lot that needs to be stacked on the porch. It's taken a back seat to the Christmas fair stuff, for now, but will need to be moved before the bottom layer is frozen in place until spring. There's still lots of garden work to be done before snowfall. I might end up leaving some of it until early spring when I hope to have more time. Maybe winter will be late this year?
I have lots of squash in the basement to process for pies for the fair and to freeze before it starts to go bad. We also have the tobacco to process. Most is colour cured now, the rest might need to be moved so it will cure before it freezes. Does anyone out there grow tobacco in the great, white north? How late do you let it hang in a shed before winter comes? Does it ever freeze and can it still be aged after being frozen and thawed? If we hung it in the basement to cure would our house smell like tobacco? I'm a bit worried about it hanging outside in the shed now. It is supposes to be -7c one night this week.
The Chrstmas fair in Base Borden promises to be loads of fun, espeically with a friend to chat with! If you are in this area on Dec 4th, please come and introduce yourself!