Last craft fair of the year for Betsy’s Beadworks

As far as I know, I am about to embark on the last craft fair of 2014 next weekend. I will miss going to the fairs and seeing all of the great crafters and artists, as well as all of my customers! But I will have plenty of chances to make more wonderful pretties for next year’s fairs.
Check out the Crafty Fair next Sunday. This is by far my favorite show of the year. Located in a rehabilitated factory building, the Goodman Center is a wonderful east side resource and community center. Just coming to see the lovely building is reward enough for a visit to the Goodman enter, but Next weekend, it will be hosting the Crafty Fair, which is one of the very best places to shop for handmade items for the holiday season, and also, to enrich you life while supporting local artists.
This is a video of last year’s Crafty Fair with some artist interviews, and there are 2-3 little cameos of yours truly (in a brown mottled shirt) busily selling my treasures.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z42AM1m2KoY

This year I have a whole new line of fabulous woven chokers and bracelets that range from sturdy and serviceable to everyday use to stunning and amazing for that statement piece you want and need for special events! Please! Do yourself a favor and come on out on Sunday Nov 16.

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In this, the best of all possible worlds…..

WHAT A YEAR WE HAVE HAD SO FAR!!

There is an old saying that goes:”Trouble comes in threes”. I am here to tell you that this is not true. It comes in avalanches! For me, the key to surviving it comes from counting my blessings, accessing a store of inner strength for support and finding comfort from the good things in life while the storms are raging. I try to remember to find the time even in the midst of trouble to appreciate the love and beauty all around us.

This year our family group has survived falls, broken bones, innumerable dental problems (the dentists are getting rich off of this family alone!), illnesses, joint replacement, hospitalizations, fire, and economic stress.

Was this a terrible year? No it was not!

If pressed to describe the year so far, I would have to say it has been really great. One of our best years ever! And here is why:

Look for the SILVER LININGS!

Illness and injury can be very taxing, but it also provides a break for the routine of constant work, work, work that becomes our daily lives. Those of us that suffered long periods of enforced rest from bone fractures, illness and surgery had the opportunity to take a break from all of that and devote ourselves more to our intellectual development and to our creative side. Lots of fantastic hand made bead work, lace, and crafts were produced this year, much of it during enforced rest. Others took the opportunity to become more informed politically or to read books that have been waiting in the cue but untouched due to busy schedules. Improving the mind is always a worthwhile effort!

Being sick is very hard, but it tends to bring out the best in others. I loved how friends and family rallied to help each other as we took turns getting sick and getting better. We took each other to the doctor, assisted with exercise programs, brought in food and equipment, and gave advice and support. I was especially touched by how my son’s friends rallied around him when he needed them the most, taking turns to stay with him so that he would not be alone when he was fragile. When I had to leave work suddenly in the middle of a treatment session due to a family emergency, my patient was more than understanding, my co-workers stepped up and helped me out, and my supervisor stayed in contact with me all afternoon to be sure that we were all safe and well.

So you had a fire in your kitchen! You needed to replace the old flooring anyway, because it was wearing away in the dining room and pulling away at the seams. Now, you get to have a new floor paid for by insurance! ( You can even afford to upgrade!) Sure, you had to clean very thoroughly after the fire, but the Kitchen and dining room needed a scrubbing anyway, and guests were due to arrive for the Wedding. Other than the damaged floor, the house looked and smelled better than it had in years!

Moving all the furniture out of two rooms and into the living room while the new floor is installed: Back breaking yes, but we found hidden treasures everywhere. Old children’s toys lost behind heavy bookcases, photos stuck in drawers, coins, long lost watches and other items.

Living in the bedroom for a week while the floor is installed: Cozy!

Did I mention Weddings? We had two this year! First my nephew was married in an elaborate and beautiful ceremony in India, and then my son was married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at a botanical garden. Such beautiful settings, such pretty brides, such happy grooms!! It was so nice to have all of us here for our son’s wedding, since many could not make it to India to see our nephew get hitched!

In and amongst all these happenings and events, we had beautiful weather here most of the year. Other than the evil winter ice that hurt one of us very badly, the summer was cool, moist and bountiful in flowers and produce. The fall colors have been spectacular this year!  Despite a frost and a dusting of snow, I still have blooming plants in my yard and planters. This beauty inspired a lot of bead work for me and I’ve had a great year so far selling my art at various craft fairs in southern Wisconsin. I got to meet a lot of wonderful people and spend time with my great friend and partner in beading; Allison Epp of Carnelian Sol Designs.

So, even though the year is not yet over, I am looking forward to what more it will bring to us: Thanksgiving with family, extensive dental work (prettier smiles!!), Christmas at home, and who knows what else!!!

Love to all,

Betsy

This fellow is exploring what is left of the herb garden and fining some Cilantro seeds to eat

This fellow is exploring what is left of the herb garden and fining some Cilantro seeds to eat

Fall flowers on the patio

Fall flowers on the patio

This stuff still has to go into the living room!

This stuff still has to go into the living room!

Have of the dining room/family room filling 1/3 of the living room

Have of the dining room/family room filling 1/3 of the living room

Fall perfection

Fall perfection

Harvest colors

Harvest colors

The beauty of maples in fall

The beauty of maples in fall

Twin oaks in a farmer's field

Twin oaks in a farmer’s field

Bare birches clothed in oak and poplar leaves

Bare birches clothed in oak and poplar leaves

The last of my fall crop

The last of my fall crop