And to start things off right, look who showed up at my booth almost as soon as the show opened --
It's Therese from Therese's Treasures! What fun to see online friends, and what a kick to see her again! She is, truly, every bit as sweet and encouraging and fun as you'd expect from reading her blog. If you don't read her blog, get on over there and start following her! She was a bright spot in an early morning that had started with some passing rain.
Around 11, the showers stopped and the sun started peeking out. Pay no attention to the water bottle I forgot to hide before taking the booth photo. Duh.
I got to see lots of old friends and neighbors, which was great, and very nostalgic. Even after eight years, it's like the blink of an eye.
"But wait," you're probably thinking, "you said something about a monkey on a unicycle?" Why yes, I did. And it was in the booth next to mine, the work of a truly awesome artist who handformed whimsical and weird creatures from steel wire and found objects. This monkey stopped people dead in their tracks, inspiring laughs, gasps of wonder, and lots of photo ops. The artists were terrific neighbors, and they won a well-deserved merit award.
|Seriously, click on the photo to see it in more detail. Awesome.|