Well last weekend did not go according to plan. Parts of it really, really sucked but then there were all these other parts that were really, really good. Brace yourself, this is a bumpy ride :)
So the Farmer’s Market was Saturday morning. It sucked. It was really cold and really windy (like the vendor tents kept blowing down because the gust were so freaking strong) and technically I had one non-related, non-friend sale. For $5. We had to hold things down and things kept blowing away and it just was not good. What was good about it was the fact that Andrew came and helped me and sat in the misery with me and he is seriously the best boyfriend ever. And my parents stopped by (my mom was my first sale two and a half hours in, how sad) and I had a few friends stop by. It made me feel loved in the absolute misery. My allergies because of all the wind were atrocious and I ended up with two bloody noses Saturday and another one Sunday. Gotta love this time of year.
Here is the very simple set up we had since we couldn't get the tent up and a lot of stuff kept trying to blow away...
Saturday night I had a 5k for Amanda the Panda Grief Center and it was still super windy and cold and it was really hard to run in. But I got to wear my friend who died, her soccer tshirt and they had a line of colorful bags (with tons of sand in them so they wouldn’t blow away) and they had one there for her. I managed to run the race in 34 min which for not having run consistently or run for that long in quite a while, I was happy with it. They had a band playing and was going to have fireworks and a whole thing but not long after I finished I was done. I had spent enough time in the wind so we went home. Andrew went with me and it is so nice to have him being so supportive of me. I love that boy. He’s just the best.
When we got back to my apartment from the race I had a letter in the mail from my new pen pal from Camp Amanda (grief camp that Amanda the Panda does that I volunteer for) and it totally made my night. She is 10 years old and lives in a small town near where I grew up. She sent me a little friendship bracelet she made too. How cute is that?!
Sunday I went to my sister’s to grill out with my mom for Mother’s day. It was fun. Andrew and I basically played with my niece Hope the whole time. Later in the afternoon we went to the cemetery so I could go to my friend’s grave and my brother-in-law had flowers to take to his mother’s grave. It was nice to sit in the sun and feed the ducks with Hope.
Hanging out in the club house...
After I got home my friend Lisa’s daughter Allie came over (she’s 7) and made her mom a bracelet and earrings for her mom for Mother’s Day. It was so much fun. I took her home when she was done and then had dinner with them.
It was a really nice day. It was a really nice weekend overall. I’m glad even with the miserable parts I can say that.
In other jewelry business news, I made the plunge and set up an esty.com store. I also set up a facebook page so if anyone wants to keep up to date with any of that stuff here are some links.
I’m glad I’m trying to move it forward and I always really enjoy making them. One of my male co-workers that stopped by my table at the farmer’s market said he was surprised how nice the stuff was and was really proud of me for doing it. He didn’t mean it in a mean way but I think people think something different about hand made jewelry so I’m glad to show what I can do. I’m proud of what I can do and it’s really nice to be sharing it with others. And after Allie telling me how beautiful my stuff was and that she thinks I could really sell a lot made my night. She said she wishes she didn’t have to go to school and we could just make jewelry all the time. I told her I wish I could not go to work and do it all the time.
Anyways that is about all for my weekend. Hope all the mommies out there (fur baby and other wise :)) had a wonderful mother’s day!