Tuesday, October 7, 2008

And Now News from the Sale Front...

Okay, it's been more than a month - ack! almost 2! - since the Showcase Tacoma sale - finally a recap! I didn't want my 100th post to be about that, so I was waiting. And waiting and waiting...... BTW, make sure and leave a comment on that post to be eligible for the drawing!

(Currently on Etsy)

Anyway - I did fantastic! Well, I sold 15 things. But that's the most non jewelry things that I've ever sold in one place! And......SEVEN of those were paintings! Whoo hoo! And this wasn't the busiest festival, that's for sure. There were times that the only people you could see were other people with booths. I do admit that I had things priced to sell for the most part, but they were no differently priced than I had them on Etsy. Jonah from Maluhia Designs posted a pic of my booth on her Flickr site. (She makes the cutest things out of Japanese fabric!) We all shared a gigantic, 10' x 40' tent; I was third from the end. When I saw this pic I was apalled at how wrinkly my table cloth was! How did I miss that? Sigh...another lesson learned.
It was really gratifying to do so well and to receive a lot of compliments on my work. I think it was that little push that I needed to convince me that this is the direction I should be going in. I also had several inquiries about classes. Coincidentally, my friend Liisa recently asked me if I would be interested in teaching a class sometime. Now, what should I teach?

One thing that helped a couple of times is that I can now take Credit Cards. Have you heard of ProPay? It's awesome! I got some carbon CC slips at the bank - they just gave them to me - and I filled out all the info by hand and then when I got home I just went online and processed them. It's super fast and super easy. And they transferred the money to my bank account very speedily (unlike you-know-who).

(Currently on Etsy, this is the full view of the above pic)

I also managed to successfully avoid spending all my money at the other booths - my usual problem at these things. It was tough, though. A woman two booths away from me, Kayce of NueToMe and World of Whimm and On a Whimm (3 etsy stores!, she's a superwoman - read her blog), has adorable kids' dresses made from recycled adult sized t-shirts (hard to explain, but very cute), and fabulous soft sculpture crowns and mermaid tails. The crowns were especially hard not to buy. Rexy took to them immediately and wanted to try on every color and every size. But I just kept repeating, "Pre-school, pre-school, pre-school..." to myself until the urge died down. (Unfortunately, we couldn't get the $$$ together and so we're going to revisit the pre-school subject after the holidays.)

Yes, I did say "Rexy." I hadn't planned to take her, but we found out at the last minute that a friend of Phil's from college had died and the funeral was that afternoon just a few miles south of the festival. It didn't make any sense to take 2 cars all the way down there - approx 40 miles. My cousin was able to come up and entertain her for about an hour, but my sister who lives about a mile away from the venue unfortunately had to work. So it was just us for about 5 hours. She was an angel. Any 4 year old who can behave well for such an extended period of time in such a cramped space deserves a medal. Any autistic 4 yo who can behave well with a continuous stream of strangers going by deserves two medals!

Anyway, on to more recent things. I was just visiting our friends at FH Design, Kerry and Rachel, and they had been tagged with a food meme. I thought it looked interesting, so I stole it! It's a list of 100 foods from the Very Good Taste blog. Here's the text from the blog:

Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

Here’s what I want you to do:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at Very Good Taste linking to your results.
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
(I couldn't figure out how to cross things out - so I'm made them in red print instead)

1. Venison
2. Nettle Tea
3. Huevos Rancheros
4. Steak Tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black Pudding
7. Cheese Fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba Ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J Sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot Dog from street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black Truffle
18. Fruit Wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed Pork Buns
20. Pistachio Ice Cream
21. Heirloom Tomatoes
22. Fresh Wild Berries
23. Foie Gras
24. Rice Beans

25. Brawn, or Head Cheese
26. Raw, Scotch Bonnet Pepper (but I may have eaten it cooked once or twice)
27. Dulce de Leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna Cauda
31. Wasabi Peas
32. Clam Chowder in a Sourdough bowl
33. Salted Lassi
34. Sauerkraut

35. Root Beer Float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (not at the same time)
37. Clotted Cream Tea
38. Vodka Jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried Goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal

44. Goat’s milk (unless it counts in cheese)
45. Malt Whisky from a bottle worth $120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken Tikka Masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea Urchin
51. Prickly Pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. Mcdonalds Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty Gin Martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV

59. Poutine
60. Carob Chips
61. S’mores

62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (apparently it’s used in toothpaste)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ Legs
67. Beignets, Churros, Elephant Ears or Funnel Cake (I don’t think of Beignets and Elephant Ears as being the same thing...

68. Haggis
69. Fried Plantain
70. Chitterlings or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and Blini
73. Louche Absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang Souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom Yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a 3 Michelin star restaurant
85. Kobe Beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash (Hungarian)
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo Chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft Shell Crab
93. Rose Harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole Poblano
96. Bagel and Lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
100. Snake

Well, there were several things I had to look up – salted Lassi? But I was pretty surpised at the number of things I had had. 63, to be exact. Unlike Rachel, I used to be known as the kid who wouldn’t try anything! (As Karma would have it, I now have a child who only eats about 5 things.)
Well, I could go on and on but I 'm going to go have my first cup of coffee for the day instead.


PCarriker said...

Way to go Laurie! I was going to ask you about that. Love the long dimensions of your latest portrait.

Kerry and Rachel said...

Love it! Glad you gave it a try!

PCarriker said...

ok, I stopped by to see who the lucky winner is???? and to tell you I left an award for you on my blog-bribe-lol!

Sam I Am said...

oh my godddd..that picture of that s'more is making me twitch, drool and foam at the mouth!!!!