Highs and Lows

   This weekend, while we were driving and setting up for the Webb School Art and Craft Show, I started thinking about the pros and cons of this setup we have. Some parts are so fun and amazing and others are harder than you'd think.

   David has always wanted to be a full time artist and for him to stay home doing what he loves is a dream come true. But doing festivals can be grueling and exhausting. You're either traveling and staying somewhere for the weekend, or you're driving each day to set up. For the Webb show, we chose to drive the hour and a half each way instead of getting a hotel. The drive was pretty easy and it's beautiful in this area. But it meant getting up at 4:30am to make it here. We arrived in the dark and saw the sunrise as we set up. 

     This life also means being self-employed so we have the taxes and the budgeting issues that all self-employed people have. When you're sitting at a show, you're generally aware of your bills that are sitting at home. It always works out, but there's a lot of hustling going on as we grow our business and I work 2 part time jobs. There is also the constant awareness that as we age, this way of life could become more difficult. We're planning to jury for Bonnaroo next year and the thought of being open for sales 11am to 2am for 4 days....that's daunting.  

   None of this is meant to be complaining. I'm so thankful that this is where we are. I love sitting here meeting people, watching them discover David's work. I am aware though that this is a lifestyle with its own issues, good and bad. I don't think I would want to live any other way. Today I am tired and reflective so thanks for reading :) 

   Thank you to the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and the people of Bell Buckle who allow their little town to be taken over for the weekend. And thank you, ALWAYS, to those who support what David does with your kind words and your purchases. I didn't take many photos this weekend and this is my favorite. 

 

~~Elisabeth

Donuts and coffee (and hardcore hair) first thing in the morning

Donuts and coffee (and hardcore hair) first thing in the morning

Exciting News

  This coming weekend, October 15th and 16th, we will be in Bell Buckle, TN ("Close to home, but a world away") for the 40th annual Webb School Art and Craft Festival. Here is the description from the Chamber of Commerce:

"40th Annual Webb School Art and Craft Festival

Where: Historic Bell Buckle, Tennessee
When: Saturday, October 15, 2016 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 16, 2016 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Who: Sponsored by the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and The Webb School

Tucked away among the rolling hills of Tennessee lies the historic town of Bell Buckle. The quaint little town celebrates the third weekend in October every year with an event as colorful as the autumn leaves. Eager shoppers bursting with excitement come to explore and find the one of kind items only this premier show offers. The 40th year of this perennial fall favorite will be held the weekend of October 15th and 16th showcasing an array of new and returning artists sure to please and impress."

   We are so excited to be part of this event for the very first time. We've never been there, but it sounds like a fascinating little place. By little, I mean a population of 500 or so. But from what I've read, the town basically BECOMES the festival. And there's food galore and over 500 booths! It sounds like the most charming little town but it has a world-renowned preparatory academy (Webb School). If you're anywhere near Middle Tennessee, please come find us. I'll try to post an update once we know our map location. 

   Also, I apologize for not posting about tools and techniques. My blog app is not loading photos properly and it's very frustrating. So bear with me while I work out some blogging kinks.  

   Other updates- to anyone who has read past blog posts...our dog is better :)  We're gearing up for a big festival in Nashville in November (Crafty Bastards) and hopefully a Christmas sale in Louisville in December. So it's busy around here.  

   We hope to see some of you soon at a show and as always, thanks for reading and for supporting art! 

~~Elisabeth