Down to the final crunch before the first show of the season. The van will get loaded next Wednesday, and set up begins Friday at 4 pm.
The first show is not exactly small, with over a hundred booths, but it takes place in the corridors of the university. The building is attractive, lots of natural light in most areas, and it has a more...intimate...feel to it, much like the craft fairs when I was just starting out 40 some years ago.
It is just two days, over the weekend, and then we have three days before we set up for Studio Fair. This show has around 70 booths and takes place Friday through Sunday.
Once we pack up Sunday night we will have one night of exhausted sleep, then a 450 or so mile drive to Vancouver. If we get up and onto the road early enough and arrive before 6 pm we can drive into the hall to off load. If we don't, we will have to offload onto the loading dock, then carry everything to our booth from there...a much greater distance. Tuesday we will do actual setup and Wednesday the doors will open. Circle Craft runs for five days, always incorporating Remembrance Day in their show dates. At 11 am on the 11th of November, a minute of silence is observed to remember the men and women who have fallen in service to our country.
We are trying to get the shawls I wove last spring ready, plus the new scarf design. The white place mat warp still isn't threaded. I'm going to try to get it woven, but they may not make it through the finishing...wet finishing/pressing, hemming, final pressing.
There is little time left and all I can think about is how glad I will be to get the next four weeks behind me! Not that more deadlines aren't following close behind, but...