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Where have I been?

Seriously…where have I been?

A sabbatical? Perhaps. Lets see what the definition tells us. Hmm…there were quite a few different definitions, the only one that even came close was from www.dictionary.com and said “any extended period of leave from one’s customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc.”.  Unfortunately, I did not acquire any new skills or training, and resting was not involved. OK, none of the definitions pertained to me. It was NOT a sabbatical.

So, where have I been?

All I can really come up with, is that the family-owned business I worked for was sold to a corporation about one month after my last post in April 2015. The culture changed completely from being customer/service oriented to being all about the money. I had been there for 20 years and made it two and a half more years until this past January when I had had all I could take and retired.

At the time, back then, I did not just up and quit designing and making jewelry. It was a slow, downward spiral into a lack of creativity. I did not even realize it was happening until it happened. Looking back now, it was almost like waking up one day and realizing no more jewelry was being made. I had no idea that the stress experienced during my work days could have that kind of effect on the rest of my life. It is actually quite sad, and bringing some moisture to my eyes. I have been in mourning for my lost creativity.

BUT, since retiring, my spiritual quest has taken me farther up the mountain, a few pieces of jewelry have been made, gardening has been ongoing, line dancing classes happened, and a poodle skirt was sewn (for a line dancing demonstration at a Sock Hop). It’s happening, my creativity is alive!

I will not go so far as to say I’M BAAACK…but, I’m here.

Peace and love, Phyllis

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Suppose I run out of jewelry?

It seems like all I’ve been doing is designing and making jewelry, creating tags, categorizing, taking pictures, and organizing what I need for this show tomorrow. I have never been to a craft show that lasts three days and sure hope I have enough jewelry. Seriously. That is extremely positive thinking, but I do try to be positive. Plenty of necklaces have been created, but not sure about earrings and bracelets. I’ve taken off work tomorrow to finish getting ready at home, and then go set up at the civic center for the 5 pm opening. It should be quite an experience. I’ve been to the Better Living Expo before as a customer and it is a big event. Granted, most of the vendors are NOT artists and crafters, but I saw the layout and there were a lot of 10’x10′ spaces laid out for us. I still need to get change; I have enough ones and quarters, but need fives and tens. I cannot find one of my plastic tubs filled with velvet busts to display necklaces. The last time I saw it was while packing up after the Milton Holly Festival in December. I’m hoping it got stored in the attic with my Christmas boxes…which means I have to go look through all of them tonight! I need to pack drinks and food, and am grateful my granddaughter wants to come help me tomorrow night and all day Saturday. I still have to sew some burlap to use for hanging earrings on my dividers. Good grief, enough thinking about all that needs to be done. Only one cup of tea was drank early this morning, after waking up at 4:40 am, and a nap would be wonderful…but impossible! I really, truly am looking forward to being part of this show, but somehow I believe Sunday night will find me quite content.

Peace and Love, Phyllis

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Better Living Expo at Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland

I’m starting to see a pattern in the craft shows that I choose to attend…they support the community and good causes. The Better Living Expo is put on by the Salisbury Optimist Club and is their largest fund raiser of the year. This quote is from their website “Meeting the needs of young people in communities worldwide, Optimist Clubs have been ‘Bringing Out the Best in Kids’ since 1919. Optimist Clubs conduct positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. Club Members are best known in their communities for their upbeat attitudes. By believing in young people and empowering them to be the best they can, Optimist volunteers continually make this world a better place to live. ”

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So, with all that being said, please come out and see a “multitude of area contractors with the newest innovations for your home and garden and an entire room devoted to Arts and Crafts”.  Their facebook page features some of the arts and craft vendors that will be there…I hope I’m not out of my league!! I’m just going to have fun and spread peace and love ♥

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My 2nd Craft Show and getting ready for my 3rd!

I now have two craft shows under my belt. It was nice to support an organization that does so much for the community. The Blind Industries holiday fair was held at their training center on Northwood Drive in Salisbury, Maryland. On their website www.bism.org and facebook page the description of what they do is “…comprehensive rehabilitation and training programs along with diverse employment opportunities for blind and low vision people”. There were a lot of craft vendors there, but I was not expecting the amount of commercial vendors like Avon, Scentsy, Pampered Chef, and Paparazzi Accessories.

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I guess I had gotten used to 3rd Friday in Salisbury where you must create what you’re selling to be allowed to participate. It amazes me at the amount of creative people we have in this area and the magnitude of their different types of crafts. I bought space for two tables and surprised myself by filling them up! I realize I need a tablecloth and have bought some red burlap material. I will be sewing that up this week before I attend the Milton Holly Festival on December 13th. I’ll be in the library, which is very fitting, as I love books. I have A LOT of Christmas jewelry and think I’m going to discount it a little bit at the Holly Festival. Most people probably want to buy their holiday jewelry back in November so they can wear it this whole month. But, I have plenty that is not Christmas oriented, too. Come on out to Milton, Delaware on Saturday. It’s the 25th year for their Holly Festival and it’s so large it takes four buildings to hold everyone; the fire hall, the library, the historic Milton Theatre, and Goshen Hall. A holly wreath-making demonstration is offered at the Historical Society Museum, and a Holiday House Tour starts at 2:30 pm after the festival. I believe everything is within walking distance and located in the downtown area, but I’ve never been before. They will be handing out brochures with descriptions of all the vendors and their location. I’m really excited to be part of this festival.

Peace and Love, Phyllis

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Blind Industries Holiday Fair in Salisbury, Maryland

I’m bummed…I didn’t make it to 3rd Friday in November. BUT, I will be at the annual Holiday Fair at the Blind Industries on Saturday, December 6th with two tables. The hours are from 10 am until 3 pm, and, it’s indoors! Their address is 2240 Northwood Drive, Salisbury, Maryland. They have two buildings of vendors and free admission. The proceeds of the vendor’s registration fees benefit blind and low vision senior citizens at the Salisbury Training Center. Here is their flyer. It’s my first time attending and I’m excited!