Finally it is May and with it.... 👏🏻 (applause) 👏🏻....WARM temperatures!!!
I already bought some flowers and started one of my pots, and today I got a Lobelia hanging pot for one of my shepherd hooks in the backyard.
We are also sprucing up our fence as two years ago the wind started a demolishing project which was finished after this last winter season with all the snow and ice we had. I'm excited to get a vinyl fence!! It'll look sharp!
We also had to replace our gutters....oh my, the ice literally made them fall off the roof 😳😳😳
The grass is starting to green up and I can't wait to clean up the deck and put the patio furniture out and sit outside to enjoy the fresh air - no mosquitos as of yet!!
This summer will be busy with some events again. Hubby Warren will be in Brainerd for the Teen Challenge Fishing Tournament at Craiguns Resort June 3rd, cooking up his BBQ Beef Brisket, BBQ Chicken, Brats and Hotdogs and those yummy white cheese curds!!
Then Warren will do the TNT Fireworks tent again at Coborns Grocery store parking lot in Sauk Rapids June 24-July 5.
Then we have a few craft shows and another BBQ in August at Deerwood Summerfest the second weekend in August, which we have done now for the last 10 years I think.
Ok, now to the list of upcoming shows this month.
Date: Saturday May 20, 2023
Event: Bobbing Bobber Brewing Co. Vendor Market (NNB only)
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Bobbing Bobber Brewing Co., 900 Highway 15 S.
Town: Hutchinson, MN
Date: Saturday, May 27, 2023
Event: Crosslake Craft & Flea Market (NNB & BBQ Sauce)
Time: 9am - 4 pm
Where: 13716 County Road 103
Town: Crosslake, MN
Date: Saturday, July 15, 2023
Event: Pine City Arts Fest (NNB & BBQ Sauce)
Time: 9am - 3 pm
Where: Robinson Park, 200-298 Fifth Street SE
Town: Pine City, MN
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2023
Event: Art In The Gardens (NNB & BBQ Food)
Time: 10 am - 6 pm
Where: Munsinger Gardens, 1301 Riverside Dr. SE
Town: St. Cloud, MN
Since it got nice and warm we had to do some outside work (see the very beginning of this update), so I haven't been at the design table as much. Thankfully I have a huge product line ready for the shows, so there will be plenty of new things (as well as some standards) for you to browse at the events.
Here are a few of the new items:
I've had some fun responses to the acrylic lil cat charms with a pair of earrings I made (first photo) and so a customer requested a necklace with a pendant as a custom order. I loved the idea and thus created a little 17" choker with a matching pendant (second photo) to the deep blue kitty earrings. As always the necklace is genuine knotted leather with vintage beads.
The other three photos show a design I created for the store in Elbow Lake ( KR-Digital Frame and Gift shop) to carry. The necklace and the earrings are made with vintage look seaglass and the earrings also have Czech seed beads and sterling silver for the ear wire.
The folks at KR-Digital are good friends of ours and have been carrying my jewelry now over 4 years I believe. Time goes so fast you just about lose track.
Of course those of you who can't make it to Elbow Lake....don't worry, if you like the designs, I made some as well for my stand to have available at the upcoming shows 😊.
I'm excited to venture into the outdoor shows under my turquoise blue tent. Although the setup can be challenging, especially when I'm by myself (when Warren isn't setting up at the same event due to a kayak fishing tournament or a BBQ), as the tent can be a handful at times. If it's windy and I have to hang on to the tent, then it's much harder to serve my customers. Otherwise the outdoor shows are a great time to meet new people, gain new "fans" and form friendships, as well as catch up with friends and longtime customers.
I'm hoping to find some friends who would volunteer to come hang out with me at those events where I have to set up by myself... (hint...hint).😁😁😁
Hope you all are excited that summer is here, especially us Northerners are super happy, you all in the South are probably really hot already. I'm praying the summer months will be good for you all and us as well and that none of us will have to deal with severe storms and damages.
May the Lord bless you all. Until next time,
Christian Organic Folk Singer/Songwriter & Author
based in Minnesota
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Psalm 100 Scripture
1 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.