I just realized that I haven’t posted all week! Holy smokes you’d think I was on vacation or something.
Well that wasn’t the case. I was working on getting ready for a show that I was in on Friday and Saturday. The good thing is that I did have some of the soap made ahead of time and wrapped. The bad thing is that I didn’t have the new soaps wrapped that I had made a couple of weeks ago.
But no big deal, I knew that if I only had to wrap half of what I did the last time I was in a show, it wouldn’t be so bad.
So I was thinking that all I have to do is print off some of the soap labels and I could even be ready a couple of days early. That would be great!
Yea, not so much! See I have a my old laptop in the scrap book room that I print from because the printer is fairly old and the driver for the printer is on the laptop. Now no big deal right? I just have to start up the computer and I’ll be done in no time.
So I turned on the laptop and it made the right noise that it usually does, and then the sound changed. Odd. So I left it run for a little while with it’s black screen on and nothing changed. OK, not good.
Then I tried again and turned it off and turned it on again but I only had a black screen to deal with and it wasn’t making any progress at all.
Well this was Wednesday night and I kept telling myself just don’t panic. I might have pulled off this ‘don’t panic’ look on the outside .. but inside I was dying! For the last resort I left it run all night to see if maybe it was trying to update some software or something. But in the morning it had still a black screen.
And since it was older than 3 years (I was told by customer service any printer older than 3 years is really outdated!) and it wasn’t really compatible with my MacBook Air – I headed to town after work to pick out a new one.
I was on a time crunch so I picked one out within minutes and turned the car around and headed home to continue to get ready for Friday. Going to Waterloo tonight was so not on my schedule!
But guess what? My first chance to sync it with my computer was early on Friday morning and it worked! SCORE! It was around 2:30 in the morning of my show and it was pretty risky to be doing this at this time, but since I make my own soap labels – well I didn’t have a chance for much else. I did have a master copy of the common ones that I needed to wrap so that was really helpful. After the soap was wrapped and a couple of signs made, I actually got a couple hours of sleep before I had to get up again.
I drug along quite a few more things to decorate my booth this year and I kinda dug how it looked. I pulled out a very old desk that was literally in our milk house for more years that I know.
Everyone wanted to check it out
It was in there so long, no one really knew when we put it in there or where it really came from. I’m sticking to the story that it was an old desk that my dad had on the farm in one of the sheds, but for some reason I’m the only one who’s thinking this. Well it doesn’t really matter because it didn’t look too bad at all once it was literally washed with lysol and then rinsed off after that. I then used about 1/3 of a bottle of lemon oil on it and just like that she’s looking good again. But you have to be very careful when you move it. The wood on the bottom of the desk is so rotten, if you push the desk without lifting it up, well you leave a trail of wood pieces behind.
Even my old chicken feeder turned out good for a booth prop. I quickly ran to our ditch and pulled handful of weeds out and then grabbed some peacock feathers and shoved them in it quick before I left for the day. I had to laugh when some of the customers said that it really looked nice. Too funny! And where is it now? Well it’s on my porch and guess what? It does look kind of nice
And how did the show go? Well the show went very well and I have to admit it was easier this time because I knew what to expect. I was very pleased with the amount that I sold these past two days and I was surprised that I had run of out a couple of kinds that I had brought along.
I also tried really hard to not walk around before it started to look at what other vendors had to sell, because I knew that I would love most or all of it. So when I went to stop in and say hi at some friends that were there, I saw this really cool tin cupboard that was just screaming for me to buy it. I decided to wait to see if it was there after the two days and then I’d go back and see if I should buy it. Well of course it was still there and I bought it. But the coolest thing is that it reminded me of a cupboard that my Grandma had and I found out later that my Mom said that she had one just like it on our farm. Yup, what a great thing to buy. Now I’m not sure what I’m actually going to do with it, but I bet that I’ll figure out something.