Here is a few of the almost completed ornaments (they still need eye hooks and ribbon) that I have been working on this past week. Alex hasn't been able to find work the past two weeks so he has officially become my studio helper. It isn't nice that he has no work, but it sure has been nice to have so much family time and all the extra help with my upcoming show.
My Mom is a potter and so I grew up in a household that went through the unique experience of preparing for a show or craft fair. My Dad would help out in any way he could, and my Mom would spend long days the week before preparing. Even doing all-nighters...Despite the fact that our regular life got put on pause while they scrambled to cram in as much as they could, I have fond memories of both the anticipation and the actual fairs. As I was counting up my inventory after I had put everything away today I realized how funny it is that this is one of the first craft fairs I have done and yet it doesn't feel that way at all. I attribute this to all of the days helping my parents when I was little. And so it is weird to find my family helping me prepare for my own craft fair.
It is like I am choosing to wear my Mother's shoes.