Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I'm still here!

I've been ignoring my blog of late. When I turn on my computer my home page stares at me accusingly. But here are some pictures and an update!

I had my first whole sale order!!  Jo at Miller Farms purchased a large quantity of my "farm ware" for her shop.  I'm thrilled.  Their farm is a wonderful place.  They raise beef cattle, provide seasonal pick your own, a produce and flower stand and a sweet farm gift shop.

I've been weaving again.

I have been preparing for My One Big Show this year. Fall Fiber Festival held in Orange VA. I have gone to the festival for years as a shopper (and BOY can I shop when it comes to all the gorgeous colored fiber....) but this year fiber sales will be down because I will be working at my own booth!  I have no idea what to expect but I will have an abundance of pots.  So we will see.

This past weekend I attended a spinning retreat at Graves Mountain Lodge as a vendor. 

It was a last minute decision since I was concerned about my stock for FFF.  It turned out to be a good decision, I had a few sales that made it worth my while (and still leaving plenty of stock for FFF) and it was a good dry run for set up and credit card logistics. SQUARE is my friend. Even with no cell service up there in the mountains we did have access to WiFi in the lodge so it worked perfectly.

Tell me what you think of my new banner....I couldn't hang it up here but the plan is to hang it high.

The next several weeks are VERY busy.  Lots of concerts (this week is Ray LaMontagne with Brandi Carlisle opening on Thursday night and Head and the Heart on Saturday night).  Sunday Greg and I will drive to Berryville to check out the Shenandoah Fiber Festival.  I have never been and am hearing great things about this event.  So plan to apply for 2012.  Fall Fiber Festival is the weekend of October 1&2, the next weekend I will be a vendor in Frederickburg at the Let's Stitch event at LibertyTown Arts Workshop.  And THEN two weeks later is the Juniper Moon Fall Shearing!

In the midst of all my preparations, visits from friends and great music we are also preparing for some big changes.

Greg has a new job starting in October so we will be moving BACK to Fredericksburg!  After only a year here in Charlottesville.

I will definitely miss this city.  LOVE being in the mountains and the ease of getting out of town and driving through the countryside, the music, the art, the FOOD.  But Greg is terribly excited and this will be a fantastic change for him.  And shoot (BECAUSE of how supportive Greg is)  I can pot anywhere. :)

I won't be leaving Charlottesville until after the house sells.  We won't list it till Spring and in the meantime I have my studio here at the house.

So if you know anyone looking for a place in C'ville in a convenient location with a home studio.....


MarthaVA said...

Your setup looks great! I am going to the Shenandoah Fiber Festival this weekend also.
You're going to be one busy person! With all the places you're selling and an upcoming move.
I will see you at the FFF too!
Take care

Judy Shreve said...

Your banner and set-up look wonderful. You are going to be one busy lady! But it all sounds lots of fun - and fingers x'd for the quick sale of your house in the spring. And happy fall sales at all of your shows.

cookingwithgas said...

shoot! You can't move until I get there to see you.
And sure let me know when you get ready to sell..... then I could live near my sister! And good food!
Your work looks great! and the banner is fab!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Great, newsy post! You're catching up in a big way. I'm so glad your events have been successful. And we're so glad you'll be back in the 'Burg!

Tracey Broome said...

Hey, Meredith can buy your place and I will buy her place, we all win!! Fredricksburg is such a cool place, you will have lots of artists around for support and inspiration, this should be a good thing for you! Your work is so great! In my perfect dream life, I am a potter and a weaver......

Anna M. Branner said...

Thanks Martha, I really want more vertical display...but will know it when I see it I guess.

Glad you like the banner Judy! My picture manipulation skill is not great so I was happy with how it turned out....

Hey Meredith! Don't know how they feel about gas kilns here in town...but I'd be happy to give you a private open house. ;) Tracy has it all thought out!

I am excited about being back with my buddies in Fredericksburg. There are positives where ever we find ourselves.....