Silver City, NM Fiber Arts Festival

ImageThis event was extremely well organized and a real joy to attend.  The local 4H group volunteered and helped run the show – an exceptional group of kids and leaders!  This photo illustrates my most popular items at the event.  The little looms and tools generated such interest.  Now, I’m already in the middle of a very large run of the looms due to this show and Kid ‘N Ewe the weekend before.  I really do have such fun with it all but am unable to keep up.

ImageThis little box went home with a gentleman as a gift for his wife.  The top is nice Bird’s Eye Maple and the case Tea Tree with some “character” on the front – I filled the inclusions with turquoise nuggets from New Mexico.  The nails are forged and so add a bit to the piece.  I’ll be doing a nice run of very special notion boxes this winter.  Yesterday Cat and I took a ride on our Harleys.  Today, the high was about 26 and very cold with the blustery wind and high humidity.  The weather forecasters are again overloading us with dire conditions to come, and it seems for today it’s another wolf cry of imagination.  Heck, if it’s gonna be cold, it should be snowing!

ImageHere is a photo of Cat’s most incredible hands working on her crocheted top at the show.  I’m so proud of her and her artistic abilities, especially this one.  I can hardly wait to see her wearing the finished project!  Everything she does is remarkable.  Today she was working in her enchanting studio dressing one loom and weaving on another during the day.  I love standing at the portal to her studio and just looking at such sources of wonderment.  We love our high mountain desert home and workplaces.


Kid ‘N Ewe 2013 DONE!

ImageHere is an extra special bench – a Crotch Walnut piece!  The buyer sat on it several times before buying.  It’s a wonderful example of what nature does for us to enjoy.  The show was a resounding success for me – so many happy and kind people.  I love visiting there as we have so many  friends and family in the area.  I was able to meet two nieces for the very first time – Christie and Bonnie.  Both are such wonderful ladies and I feel so fortunate to have that time with them.  They even volunteered to stay after and help break down and load out!  Of course, we had dinner afterwards – the “Hungry Horse” in Boerne, Texas.  Back home now I have a daunting backlog of orders to pull, pack, and mail.  Hurriedly as we leave Thursday for Silver City, New Mexico to attend the Fiber Arts Festival for the first time!  I have many wonderful customers in that part of the state – and it draws from far away too.  I’m honored to be accepted as a vendor there.  I’ll report next week.

And, Chuck has started assembly of my custom chopper – he’s referring to it as either “The Long Bike” or “The Buzzard”!  It won’t be long!

Thanks for looking, Jim.

Kid ‘Ewe 2013

ImageHere is a shot of part of my booth at the Kid ‘N Ewe event last year.  This show is held at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Boerne, Texas – just North of San Antonio.  The show is a really wonderful one – so active and every person is always happy.  It’ll be the last show I drop if I ever quit doing shows.  There are a lot of benches in this photo.  I took many more than these – some had already sold – and I only took a few  home…  I love seeing how people check each and every one – look at the features – then “The One” speaks to them!  I tried a few feature on some of these benches – double stretchers between the legs.  It was a hit for sure, along with the special turquoise inlay I did in those woods with “Character”.  Such a joy to feature what nature does to woods.  I’m loading the truck and trailer today and tomorrow, leaving Monday at Dark Thirty.  We have a genuinely reliable house sitter keeping our place in good spirits.  Feedback to follow.  Well, the Silver City Fiber Arts Festival follows the weekend after Kid ‘N Ewe!