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Bead Fest Texas Report~The Buisness of Lampworking

Hey guys! Bet you thought I forgot all about you didn’t you? Nope. I’ve just been busy writing Witches of Bourbon Street, but I’m taking a break to give you the skinny on Bead Fest Texas.

This was the second year Bead Fest was held in Arlington, and my first year doing this particular show. In comparison to Bead Fest Philly it was much smaller. I’d say about a third of forth the amount of vendors as Philly.

The good:

It’s pretty close to me. It took eight hours to drive each way. Going I had my friend Susan Sheehan with me, so it seemed much shorter, especially since she drove most of the way. Our other friend Lisa Liddy was a vendor there, so for us it was kind of a girls weekend in addition to working the show.

The show was low cost (relative to the other ones I do).

I had a great day sales wise on Friday. (It’s a three day show). Easily my best one day total in a very long time. I had high hopes after Friday, let me tell you.

There were quite a few less vendors than I’m used to, so less competition which is always nice.

The bad:

We had to pay five dollars a day parking.

I had an artist’s table, which means one eight foot table (pretty standard). But all the artists tables were butted up against each other. I’d say there were twelve to fifteen tables all lined up with no room to get to the other side of the table. We had to trek all the way down to the end to get around to the other side. It wasn’t very convenient.

Perhaps the most unfortunate issue was the show was the same weekend as the World Series. The ballpark was literally right next door. The Rangers and Cardinals played both Saturday and Sunday night. To add insult to injury the Cowboys football games was Sunday at 3 pm.  Needless to say, Sunday was a snooze fest. I’m sure we lost many possible shoppers who were afraid of crowds and issues with parking. Luckily for those who did come out there was designated Bead Fest parking. However, if one didn’t brave it, they wouldn’t know that.

The good news is I made more than my formula on Friday, so the show was certainly successful for me. I’ll definitely be back next year.

Formula:

Table fee + electricity + travel fee + $100 a day I’m out of my studio (traveling, packing, manning my booth) = Amount  I have to make to consider the show successful.

Next show: Houston Bead Society November, 11, 12, 13. Only Greg is handling this one. I have a book to finish.

Let The Steaming Begin

Yesterday I blogged about the bees yellow jackets in our backyard. Yes we thought they were bees.

You see, we have some huge wasps that live around here that we are constantly battling with, so when we saw these little guys, we assumed they were bees. And if so, we didn’t want to kill them off. However, with the help of a friend and a kind person who stopped by the blog, we were informed they are indeed yellow jackets.

Okay, now we need to get rid of them. Otherwise we’ll never mow or go outside. We can’t have that. Greg promptly looked up the best way to eliminate the little buggers. Since he didn’t think pouring gasoline down the hole was a good idea(you just have to shake your head at that one) , we’ve opted for steaming them.

Glass bowl, 100 degree temps hopefully=no more wasps. Greg covered the hole last night. Supposedly this method is supposed to take a few days to work since it cuts them off from food. But it’s so hot, it looks like they’ll be fried long before that.

This morning there were quite a few trapped in the top of the bowl and they were not all happy about it. We’ll let you know how it goes. If it works it was by far the easiest and most natural way to get rid of them. Cross your fingers.

 

Another Haunted on Bourbon Street

This is what Greg fished out of the kiln this morning. He named it. I didn’t. :)There is a courtyard in the middle with a ghost hanging around in there.

Happy Holidays!

I know, I have been a terrible blogger lately.  Please don’t hate me.  Seriously, I have been one busy girl these last six months. First, let me start by thanking all of you, my loyal customers, since part of the reason I have been silent is all the time I have spent making beads.  Business is still strong enough to keep us going and more times than not I have custom orders to fill.  In these economic times, Greg and I both feel very lucky and blessed to have such wonderful and caring clients.

I bet you didn’t know that come December 29th it will be our five year anniversary of making beads and marbles full time.  That’s right, in the last five years we haven’t worked for anyone but ourselves.  And you of course. So Thank You! The time has flown by and we were just remarking today about how our time spent at our last jobs, which was roughly about five years also, seemed like an enternity while we were there. Neither of us could imagine going back.  So here’s to the next five years.  Catch ya online (or if you are in Tuscon this February at Best Bead stop by and say hi.  We’d love to meet you).

I didn't believe...

Really, I didn’t.  In fact I mocked the weather forcast.  Greg said, “look it’s says it’s going to snow.”

I said.  “Ya right.”  Whatever.

Yesterday morning, I was woken up my my dear hubby at 6:30 am.  Ya, you read that right.  I don’t get up at 6:30.  Ever.  Try between 8 and 9.  It did snow and it was sticking to the cars.  So I had to take pictures to prove to you it snowed right?  (I live in South East Louisiana.  It just doesn’t snow here, or so I thought.)

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By 7am our power was out.  Knocked out my a tree limb across the street.

By 10 am, the house and property looked like this:

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Pretty right?  ya, I thought so too.  Except I was freezing!  I spent all day wrapped up in bed under the blankets.  Having no heat sucks.  It finally came back on at 11 pm last night.  Thank fate.

So we still have snow and it looks like this today:

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That last picture is our neighbors house.  Hers is still pretty.

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