The final market day of the season came and went today. Goodbyes have been said; gifts, tokens, and phone numbers have been exchanged amongst farmers and artisans. Kind and genuine words were shared in a brief closing ceremony. I've enjoyed my place in this community over these last several weeks, and I look forward to returning next season.
How did we fare on our final day? It was windy! It is the one thing that I find difficult to deal with when it comes to setting up shop in the great outdoors. Perhaps it's because I've seen one too many tents over the years be swept up into the air and thrown down twenty feet away in a twisted heap of metal. We all made it through, with messy, wind blown displays and very patient customers as we wrestled tissue paper and business cards flying out of hand. Tents were dismantled before they became airborne, and cheeks were seriously wind burned. It feels fabulous on top of my recently acquired poison ivy, but that's another story.
There are a few remaining items that I will load into the shop here and there over the next few days, so check back as you'd like. What I am really looking forward to is time to finish up a few things; a friends shower gift, a housewarming gift for another friend. Starting on holiday goodies, a list that is growing each day! For the last several months I've continuously filed away new ideas, using my time to keep a plentiful stock of current designs. Patiently I've waited for the space in my schedule to play with a few new ideas. I'm looking forward to some serious free time in the studio, and hope to have many fresh creations to share over the next month or so.
These are the first two from my stock to find there way into the shop. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start.
And if you are a farmer, thank you for all that you do.