Craft Vending


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If you recall, I mentioned that I was to be vending at an event last month.  Honestly, I did look forward to getting out there in the large crowd and vending away, but that's when I came down with the yuckies - the terrible cold/sinus/flu-like thingy.  And although I feel tons better than those days, I'm still trying to get rid of this cough.  So, vending outdoors in the winter-like chill for hours on end was not the best of things so I ended up being a "no-show."  Ouch!

I consoled myself by saying that as long as I could get enough orders to compensate for the booth fee I lost, it would be okay.  And wouldn't you know it, the moment I passed out some of my new business cards at work, I got some orders.  Enough to cover my booth fee.  So then, I didn't feel so bad.  Maybe next year with that event.


In that moment, I realized that paying for craft shows really isn't working for me this year.  My days are too crowded and my weekends too unpredictable right now.  So this year I decided to be content with trying to round up some custom orders.  So I made up a batch of flyers to go with the new business cards.  Some were distributed at local businesses; others given to friends to take to work.  We'll see what happens.

So, thankfully, during this time, I was able to vend with someone else at a local parade.  Made some sales/profit and received more feedback on my work.  And one thing I learned is this:  I need to make scarves for the little people.  One of the cutest little boys kept asking, "Do you have anything in my size?"  He wanted a scarf for a 3-year old.  Let's give him what he wants.  Shall we?

 
 
Making some hair jewelry while I wait


Happy Crafting,


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So, How Do You Like Your Kale?


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I've been craving "greens" lately.  It started off with cabbage.  I just couldn't get enough.  Really.  And then it continued with the idea of kale.  Now around here, collards are king, but kale really is good too.  I've yet to find the right "recipe" for cooking greens without any meat so suggestions are welcome.  And no, I don't like that often bland taste on greens you get with hospital and sometimes cafeteria food.  Flavor please.


So how do we cook our kale?  This time I boiled a smoked turkey leg with some crushed red pepper into a large pot.  Cut the kale into small strips (it's hard to tell with it being so curly and all) and then washed them.  Placed the greens into the pot and watched them wilt down and cook until done.  A little salt to taste and voila.  Kale's ready to eat.

Here are some yummy looking kale recipes that I haven't tried yet:

Kale Fried Rice:
Kale Chips:
White Bean and Kale Soup:

For those of you who eat kale, how do you cook yours?  Inquiring minds want to know.  :-)

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Birthday Surprises 2012


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Last week I received a package in the mail all the way across the Atlantic Ocean from the country of Spain.  For a day or two I didn't realize that the package was even mine because my mother had turned it upside down and placed it on the table where we usually place my dad's mail.  I thought, I wonder what he ordered that would come in a green earth-friendly box with Spanish writing all over it.  Perhaps he ordered some kind of health products?  Finally I asked my mom and she says, "Oh yes, that package is yours!"  I immediately knew who it was from.  And although I was super excited, I made myself wait to open it until I felt a little better so that I could truly enjoy opening the box.  And that's what I did.  I waited until the weekend and I was pleasantly surprised and happy.  Thank you so much to my dear sister friend all the way from the beautiful country of Spain.  LYLAS!

cookies, tea, and a t-shirt from her city
 
 
 

p.s.  Today is the first day since I've been sick that I'm beginning to feel like myself again.  I have been doing absolutely nothing - not crocheting, not reading, not moving, nothing.  Maybe all the sleep and soup and medicine is actually kicking in.  Maybe it means I can taste one of these cookies.  :-)

XOXO,


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