I just popped in to say:
Yes, welcome to the annual Christmas is Kicking My Butt post.
Now, as you may recall I rocked Halloween.
OK, admittedly the bar was set pretty low so by “rocked” what I mean is I had some new products ready to go in advance, I felt moderately prepared and I didn’t smack my head into any solid objects like doors, car trunks or the chandelier in the dining room. So, you know…ROCKED IT!!!!!
And then, as I was basking in the glow of Halloween-rocking suddenly everyone was all “Halloween is so last month. I’m all about Christmas now!” and I, having over-basked, was left behind.
So it has been my usual holiday scramble of coaster making mania of late. Etsy, Amazon and the retail stores that so kindly carry my work have put my little factory in overdrive.
I did manage to come up with a few new coaster designs that seem to be going over well.
A quick revision of my vintage Coffee Label set
And a new set that features the great WPA art done for the National Parks.
And did a quick update of one of my favorite (but slow selling) sets that feature old Dance Card tickets.
And then there were the shows. They ended up being almost back to back. Jackalope went well but it was crazy hot one day, then it rained on the Patchwork show (but shoppers turned out!) and last weekend was my last one – the big Unique LA show.
It all went well with one small hiccup.
So, I set up my little area and all was good.
I was positioned on a corner spot and next to me they were giving away Luna Bars (awesome) and they had set up a little lounge (super awesome – people chatting, snacking – all good).
Catty-corner to me was a booth that was selling, very cool, playing cards (their sign fell down – it says Art of Play).
That’s fine. They were cool cards and they seemed like nice people.
However, mid-day on Saturday I suddenly realized the lounge area was occupied not by happy, Luna Bar munching, target-demo shoppers, but by a gang of teenage, card-playing hooligans who appeared to have set up a high stakes poker game.
Now, as we all know, Craft Show Hooligans are the very worst strain of hooligan so I was, naturally, hesitant to approach them. But they were kinda blocking by products….
But, just as I was about to either shoo them away or perhaps call their moms, apparently one of them had the “most awesome hand ever” cleaned out the pot and they dispersed of their own accord.
I breathed a sigh of relief and went back to peddling my nostalgic wares.
And now, tonight (because, really, who wants a break?) is my big annual Holiday Dessert Party!
I’ve been working on new recipes (Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars, Chocolate Cookie Dough Shooters, Molasses Spice Cookies with Egg Nog Buttercream etc) and upping the presentation. I think these black and white cheesecakes will go over well.
And now I must get back to
basking (rats!) baking and cleaning, and….. mailing coasters