Thursday, October 07, 2010

Back home – another interesting week

Once we got over the whole problem with the brakes, we went on to vend at three shows in three weeks. Oaks, PA (see below), Chautauqua, NY and Chantilly, VA. As usual, we learned from every experience; the big lesson this fall has been to cut the overhead as much as possible. That means we need to sleep and eat cheaper. We got a microwave and TV dinners; to do that better we need to get the TVDs the day they’ll be eaten, not before. Pop Tarts still taste good when the hotel doesn’t have breakfast.

Got home on Sunday; then had to deal with the credit card issue and do household chores on Monday and Tuesday. Then Wednesday I headed down to Philly to report for jury duty at the Federal courthouse. Took the train to get there, and got a copy of the sports pages from the lady in front of me. That kept me busy in the assembly room, because I wasn’t smart enough to change scissors in my sewing bag. However, it took three guys to get them off me! And yes, I am back working on appliqué. Nothing like a little positive reinforcement for motivation. There’s a picture of the block below – PA070132it’s one of 256, and I’m halfway there. When I got home from the city (not selected), I sat back, watched Roy Halladay pitch his no-hitter and stitched. Aaahhhhh . . . . .

There’s an appliqué class this Monday evening (the 11th) in Red Hill – you can sign up at if it’s your first time. Thanks!

My Customers are the Greatest!

This is to thank all the folks who purchased items from me at the recent fall shows. I especially want to thank the customers in Chantilly, VA who paid with credit cards. My charge card machine gave up the ghost after the show, so I had to call everybody to get their information again. Everybody gladly helped out, so I didn’t lose any of those sales, and on top of that, I had some really nice conversations with several of them. So, thanks again to everybody!

PS - I should also mention that the new machine is on its way, just in time for the Berks Quilters Guild show in Leesport. Nobody needs to worry about using a credit card with me in the future!