I went to the St. Luke's Craft Fair yesterday - which totally put me in a creative mood. Going to a craft fair gives me the same feeling as sitting in the audience at a Broadway play - wishing I was onstage singing that solo, rehearsing 7 nights a week and performing 7 shows a week. I can envision myself walking down the streets of New York with my rehearsel bag stuffed with music and clothes... I gave up on that dream too long ago, but it's still there, and it peeks out once in a while.
Now the craft shows just reminds of the pottery class I haven't taken, the beading I haven't learned, the sewing I want to master and the miter saw I want to work. Naturally, by the time I can take those classes, my arthritic fingers won't be able to string the beads, throw the pottery, thread the needle or safely work the heavy machinery. But I do consider myself an artist, a "life artist" - a phrase coined by Ali Edwards. I take pride in my scrapbooks and I do consider each one a little work of art - but to bring me back down to reality, while we were at the craft show, Morgan says, "Mommy, I want to be an artist" and I say, "That's great! Mommy is an artist too" and she says, "Um, Mommy, your an accountant".... and there you have it - I'm an accountant...
The most exciting find at the Craft Show was a brand new company called Southern Grace Frames. They make frames out of reclaimed wood. There was a company that used to make similar frames called "Unusually Usual Frames", but they have stopped making frames and I have been searching for another source. A friend mentioned that a store in Zachary was carrying a similar type frame - but let's face it, if it is past the College Drive exit - I'm lost!
This is the frame I bought at the Craft Fair, and I ordered another one (black frame with red ribbon - and the ribbon comes from Red Door - so you KNOW it's fabulous).
The website is http://www.southerngraceframes.com/. I checked it out and since it's new, there isn't much info on it yet, but Stacey and Clifford Howell own it and you can reach Stacey at (225) 281-1533. She is perfectly precious! She has some wall space at "The Foyer" on Perkins and she will also have a booth at Mistletoe Market. I am NOT missing Mistletoe Market this year AND I am NOT taking M&A!
I did a Father's Day layout this morning - I just love using up old (very old) stuff. Have to make room for new goodies!
And I finally did one of the pocket school folders taught by Teri at the All Day Crop. I have a SERIOUS school paper/embellishment issue! So I used stuff I already had on hand for the first one. I'm going to make two for each girl for the year - finally - a place to put all of those "priceless" treasures!
OK - tomorrow is the 5th - only 10 days until the tax deadline... Then I have BiG plans - sleep, a few classes at the Simply Inspired Event in Lafayette, paint my kitchen, finish my scrapbook room, hopefully have LASIK, and then enter the mad dash to Christmas - SO MUCH BETTER than TAX SEASON!!!!!
laugh for me this week - I don't see many laughs in my future....