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Rochester Night #1

Rochester Night #1

July 2006 Rochester, NY

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Two weeks, two shows, three out of four sweltering days at the Festival for the Eno, a day at work followed by a long drive up to Rochester, NY to do yet another show -- and to visit with longtime friend Stephe and his wife and genuinely wonderful person in her own right, whom I will happily refer to as Rose -- breaking down from that show on Sunday and immediately driving the first leg of the trip back home that night, followed by a very long day’s worth of driving the next day to actually get home.

Bonn had recommended that I take the following day off. I agreed (rare for me) and told her that I’d be doing nothing but sleeping and taking it easy. So I got up at 10, ate breakfast, went back to sleep, got up around one, puttered around, took a nap from three to seven and got to bed around eleven. Bonn fails to understand how anyone can sleep so much, especially when there’s always so much to do around the house.

Bonn is also convinced she wants us to move to Canada. Or Rochester.

I think we’ve just started creating our own five year plan.

More later.

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Purple Iris From Above

Purple Iris From Above

April 2006 Chapel Hill, NC

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The first show of the year is always the hardest.  We're out of practice setting things up, dealing with people and knowing where things are.  The weather is usually too hot and coming home usually means collapsing in bed, hoping we'll be able to find the energy the next morning to get out of bed and convince ourselves that we really can do it all again for just one more day.

And yes, I know I should have some show-like image up top there, but I don't.  The camera-to-computer cable is at work and, besides, I did mention that I was tired, didn't I?

This show, held in downtown Raleighwood, is one where I get to spend some time catching up with people who I only get to see once a year.  Charissa, the closest  person I've ever had to a sister (I still call  her my sister) stopped by with her new dog, a 9 month old bundle of energy who already has Charissa wrapped around her paw.  [livejournal.com profile] zombiefodder stopped by with both Big and Little Buds.  [livejournal.com profile] dramakweeen's parents stopped by -- I taught [livejournal.com profile] dramakweeen, what, 10 years ago?  (Is that right?).  We have always liked each other a lot and would probably enjoy spending an evening together.  They're right proud of their daughter (and son), as well they should be.  Some former co-workers stopped by (hi, Ken.  you should at least create an lj journal so you'll have an account here and can leave comments), all of which gave me plenty of excuses to hang around the booth but not actually talk to many customers.

Probably  just as well.  I don't know if it's the long hair or if it's just that I'm a guy, but most people don't like to buy our jewelry from me.  It doesn't bother me at all.  I have absolutely none of my ego wrapped up in the business at all.  :-)

The past few weeks have been spent staying up late making bangles.  And, of course, they haven't really been selling all that well for this show.  Go figure.

Tomorrow we get to do it all over again.  I'll be taking my laptop with me to see if the bar we're set up in front of really does have free wifi.

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] nalsa has a great shot of [livejournal.com profile] smileyfish (who still doesn't look like herself) and [livejournal.com profile] _cuddlefish_ who are on their European Honeymoon Tour surprising people with their presence.  I'm extremely jealous and can only hope that they've actually decided to hop on over the pond and drop in on some of their American friends.  (Really, I'll be surprised!)  They look like they're  having great fun and I wish them all sorts of love and safe journeys.

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Balloon Christmas Tree #1

Balloon Christmas Tree #1

November 2005 Greensboro, NC

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Another Christmas show down the drain.  All in all, I suppose it wasn't all too bad.  We made some money (probably less than last year), had some neat, funny neighbors and found a youngish kid who makes neat fleece hats today, thus taking care of a few Christmas presents. 

We were able to break down and get back on the road in about 2 hours, which was better than we did a few weeks ago.  The rains even held off for us, for the most part.

I'll apologize up front for the image above.  I know I should have done something with the inexcusable hot spot in the upper right corner, but I was just too tired last night to mess with it.  The color correction I did to it didn't come out the way I wanted, either.  But, hey, some shots are like that.

For another, from above to give a better idea of the size of this tree and some general Craft Show ranting click on through to the other side )
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Show From Above #1

Show From Above #1

November 2005 Greensboro, NC

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It's funny how even looking at the show from above -- half of the show, to be more precise -- doesn't really convey the size of this show.  There might be close to 1000 crafters and vendors there, all vying for the same dollars.

This side of the Colliseum building has much higher ceilings and is considered to be the "better" building. That doesn't necessarily mean the better artists are there, only those the promoter likes better.  Guess which side we're not on.

For a bit more, click on through to the other side )

Very tired.  One more day to go.

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The Boy Working Hard to Look Cool

The Boy Working Hard to Look Cool

October 2005 Raleigh, NC

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I'm Thankful for a great many things this Thanksgiving.  A loving wife, kids and cats, new job, a good friends and hope for our future. 

The other thing that Bonn has pointed out more than once, is that The Boy is now back to being much more of himself than he's been for the better part of a year.  The other night he asked if I would take his picture for an online social meeting site for college aged kids.  I took about 30 or so and this was the one that Bonn and I liked the best.  (I'm still not happy with the way the blur came out in the background.  It looks far too forced.  I wanted to tweak it some more, but The Boy was anxious to get the photo up and online.  Apparently there was a young lady he was trying to, um, "meet")

So far today has been a busy one, with lots of driving and several  hours spent setting up for this weekend's show.  I drove the hour and a half to the show site, set up and then drove back home.  The deal was that Bonn was going to spend the afternoon taking The Boy out to Thanksgiving dinner and then do the last of the clean up on her jewelry.  When I got back, we'd load up again and head back up to the show town and spend the night in the hotel we had reservations in.

Well-hyped on too much caffeine, I drove back, listening to a CD mix that I sent off to two lj friends, and made it home in what seemed like far less time than it usually takes.  Bonn, however, was still hip-deep in stuff in her studio and decided we should just stay home tonight and she'd drive the way-too-early in the morning trip back up to the show.  I think she's forgotten that the show itself is 12 hours, we'll be there for an extra 2 hours to finish setting up and the drive will be another 1 1/2 hours, making it an almost 16 hour day. 

I'll be offline until late Saturday night.  Ya'll take care, now.  Ya hear?

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Tendrils

Columbia Record

October 2005 Myrtle Beach, SC

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I spent a restless time having Mandatory Fun last weekend. I've found that on my first nights out with whatever from work that I don't sleep well. I toss and turn, eventually fall into a light meditative state, but never go down into the deep sleep my body needs at night. Usually I'm fine by the second night (due to sheer exhaustion more than anything) but this weekend didn't work out that way. Two relatively sleepless nights later I was beat.

Mandatory Fun Weekend consisted of a Friday Night socializing time, complete with dinner, desert and games. The game of choice this year was Jenga, the remove the blocks from the tower without making it fall over game that can be fun under the right circumstances. I found it far more entertaining to not take the game seriously at all and flick pieces out and take my chances. The organizers had some odd bead-counter system for "scoring" which I started circumventing by dumping small handfuls of beads from The Big Bead Bowl into people's collections of beads.

A sleepless night and a breakfast later found us at the Hawaiian Rumble miniature golf course. This isn't just any miniature golf course, but THE course, voted best in the known universe by some golfing magazine and featured in the miniature golf hall of fame tournament or some such blather. Interesting course, but not worth the hype.

Next came my yearly foray into bowling. I understand the concepts of bowling but my execution is pretty awful. Our Team had a visiting member from Germany who couldn't believe that Americans had bowling tournaments worth lots of money and that the sport was televised.

A so-so to okay dinner at the House of Blues (dried-out salmon isn't good eats) was helped out by them having Guinness on tap.

Another sleepless night and I was ready to go home.

This weekend we have a three-day show in Richmond, VA, about 3 hours away from home. We'll be loading up a car tomorrow with all of the indoor show stuff, driving up, setting up so we can walk in on Friday morning to do a 14+ hour day at the show. Followed by a 10+ hour day on Saturday and an I-don't-know-how-long day on Sunday (including packing up, driving home and unloading) -- all before going back to work on Monday.

The week has been another Banglemania week, with me trying to make the most of very little wire. This show is known as a bangle show, but we'll just have to see what happens.

The image, above, comes from the back of an "Antiques Mall" in Myrtle Beach. Some of us went there last year and I was happy to go back this year. Without my tripod I was hard pressed to come up with good images, but I have a few more I'll be posting starting next week.

Have a safe weekend everybody.

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Centerfest

Oct. 10th, 2005 05:17 pm
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Centerfest Booths

Centerfest Booths

October 2005 Durham, NC

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Two show postings in a row. Considering shows and prep-work for shows have been pretty much the only thing life has been about lately, I guess it's no surprise that my only postings lately are about them, too.

Back-to-back shows are typically something we try to avoid. They take a lot out of us: the weeks before and during are a blur of jewelry making and Banglemania where Bonn and I see each other only in passing, the cats are not happy with us at all and we're generally worthless for several days after the last show. Still, that's what our schedule called for, so that's what we did.

That's our booth on the left with a hint of Bonn behind the table and glass case. To our right, in the purple shirt, is our good friend Cementerry who helped to make the weekend far more enjoyable than it ever would have been otherwise.

There's lots more to see and read -- just click on through to the other side )

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Danny

The Amazing Danny Mathewson at the Eno

July 2005 Durham, NC

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When I grow up, I want to be Danny. 

Danny is the wildman scuptor of the Eno.  He builds the most fantastic animals and pieces of art out of scrap metal and pieces of discarded junk.  I'm talking about live-sized dinosaurs with heads and tails that move, live-sized cows and, well, whatever else his brain tells him to make.

He's a person we only see once a year but I'd really like to change that.  I mean, there's no way he's going to be able to bring the life-sized bracheosaur (large enough for people to sit inside) to the Eno one year.  That means the only way to see it is going to be to go out to his place.

Today was Day Three of the Eno and I'm beat, in despirate need of a bath and want nothing more than to eat some icecream and go to bed so I can go to work in the morning and not be a complete and total zombie.  Still, I told Danny (repeatedly) that I'd post the image of him tonight.  I don't think he believed me.

Oh, and Danny, the website on your business card doesn't exist.  (What a surprise.  Sheesh)


Danny's Cow

A Danny Mathewson Cow

July 2005 Durham, NC

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More tomorrow.

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The Nields at the Eno

The Nields at the Eno #1

July 2005 Durham, NC

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[livejournal.com profile] basefinder asked for some pictures of The Nields playing onstage.  I've complied with several here.  Sadly, none of them are all that interesting, but it's a very hot, humid show to do and there are crowds of people at every stage so taking interesting pictures is a bit of a challenge.  (read: 'What, are you crazy')

The first shot here was at the Meadow Stage.  It's the largest stage, set up at the most level part of the base of a large meadow.  There's wonderful, shady area surrounding the meadow on most sides, but the heart of the meadow, facing the stage, is an unshaded swath of mid-summer in North Carolina torture.  A few trees have managed to survive at the side of the meadow (stage right) and that's where most people stay. 

There are four more images to go here, but to save some download time for those without broadband I'll stash them behind the cut.  There's another shot of the two of them, along a shot each of each sister (including one [livejournal.com profile] drood should check out, and a shot of my favorite new band of Day One, Eddie from Ohio.

Do the RuralRob clicky-thing to read and see the rest )
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Fried Day

Jul. 2nd, 2005 12:12 am
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Sun Mosaic #2

Dan's Backyard: Sun Mosaic #2

June 2005 Chapel Thrill, NC

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Left work around one o'clock to go set up for the weekend's show. Along the way I got a paniced call from The Boy wanting money -- something we'd just given him the day before. Turned out he was afraid he'd go through that money before the end of the month so he wanted more money from us today.

I hung up on him and turned the phone off.

Set up was longer than normal for some reason. Probably due to the heat, me not eating anything all day long and getting dehydrated. It was hard to concentrate and work out all of the puzzle pieces in my head.

Back home it was jewelry cleaning and packing. Bonn is still at it; I've dropped from exhaustion.

Luckily, I'm very good at being able to sleep just about anywhere. Like at shows, for instance.

The picture above is the same sun mosaic from a previous entry a week ago or so, only from a different angle. [livejournal.com profile] drood really liked it so I purposely tried to get at least one more shot of it.

Of course, right now the image isn't showing up and I'm just too tired to fight with it any further.

Have a safe weekend everyone.

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Small Water Feature

Dan's Backyard: A Small Water Feature

June 2005 Chapel Thrill, NC

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This water feature, a phrase brought into the American lexicon by Charlie Dimmock, is hidden away in the far corner of Dan's Garden.  I found it almost by accident after taking some extra pictures of the sun mosaic (which will be posted later).

This weekend is the Festival for the Eno, a three-day sweat-fest that includes some good music, lots of drinking water, some very good friends and all the heat and humidity the weather can muster.  This year at least the temperatures are supposed to stay below 90 degrees F and the chance for rain is supposedly very low.

The past week has been Banglemania! time again.  Bonn wanted some beaded necklaces and bracelets for this show, so I took a day and made far too few of those (time-consuming buggers that they are) and the restof the week  has been nothing but bangles.  More of this fun is scheduled for tonight.

Tomorrow I'll go to work, drive to the show site in the afternoon and set the booth up and come home to polish up what I've made during the week. 

Ah, the carefree life of The Artist, Free to Follow His/Her Muse Wherever It Leads Them.

At least The Nields are playing on Saturday. 

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