Last-Minute Craft Show Preparations

 It's hard to believe that we only have two days left before Walk On Art Street. It seems like just yesterday that we had 364 days to prepare - my, how the time flies when you're having fun!

This week we were finally ready to set up our booth in the basement. I'm a very visual person, so I wasn't even sure if we had enough made to fill the tables. I measured out our booth space using masking tape to mark each foot. You'll notice that some are missing - Molly thought it was a fun came and decided to help me pick them up.

I've played around with a lot of different projects over the past months, so there are lot of new pieces for show visitors to browse through. We'll have many different kinds of magnets, seven different themes of greeting cards, decorated journals, explosion boxes and lots of other smaller pieces. Get your Christmas shopping all done in one place!

There is really no end to what I could still make this week, but I have to stop somewhere or I'll drive myself crazy. So really the only thing I have left to do is price tags and some additional signage.

Danny made our pallet shelves for last year's show, and I absolutely love them. Most of his pieces are still out in the wood shop, and we probably won't pack them up until Friday night (which is going to be here before we know it). Again, there is a lot of variety here, too, and I'm excited to see what shoppers are interested in because it seems to vary from year to year.

Our tag-team project this year was this set of shelves. Danny torched the edges of three boards and covered them in a clear coat. The rustic-looking tree branches are held in by pegs to make them sturdy. I adore how they turned out, and it's so much fun to work together on things.

If you're in the Ottumwa area on Saturday, we'd love to have you come visit! Walk On Art Street will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, in the 200 block of Main Street. There will also be food vendors and live music, along with several other activities. Come join the fun - buy local - buy handmade!


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