Blueberries in a Pink Bowl Thursday, Sep 4 2008 

Blueberries in a Pink Bowl

2 September 2008

Self-explanatory photo—I like the contrast of the colours.

Today went like this:  rise, breakfast, clean, pack, clean, pack, pack, pack, fold, pack, clean, pack, pack, pack, pack, pack, pack, pack, label, pack, label, pack, pack, pack, pack, pack, count, pack, pack, pack, pack, pack, pack, pack, pack . . .

You get the picture.

The good news is, that with the help of some amazingly wonderful people, the booth stock was packed by about six o’clock!  We even had time to pack down most of my A Wardrobe in Time product, and, get this:  I even got to take a shower before heading to O’Hare (by way of Fed Ex).  I shipped two big tubs to Ian in Michigan, and twelve more to Jim in California.  Even the air freight experience was a positive one this year—Continental seems to have their act together.  Sean and Amber went with me to the airport and we were back on the faire site by 10: 30 p.m.  Easily a record!

Now, tomorrow, I hope to pack the trailer. Joy.

~MB

Fantasy at the Ren Faire Thursday, Sep 4 2008 

Fantasy at the Ren Faire

1 September 2008

It was still fairly early in the day when these two characters showed up.  I think they were representing (at least unofficially) a local haunted house event.  But, whoever they were, they sure made a spectacle.  Patrons and participants alike grabbed cameras and stood fascinated.  Myself, no exception. 

Monday, 1 September—Labour Day—the final day of the 2008 Bristol Renaissance Faire.  It was a good day—warm, but lovely weather.  And Wisconsinites were out in numbers—after all,  they don’t have too many more warm weather weekends before winter.  We said lots of “goodbyes,” and a bunch of “see ya soons.”  And . . . that’s a wrap!

My staff and I worked ’til about nine o’clock, breaking down mannequins and reorganizing the booth contents strictly by style.  Then, Kat helped me finish the inventory and at about ten o’clock, we went to Perkins to meet Chad and Laura for a late dinner.  We walked in the door of the restaurant just steps behind Gregg and Susan, so we were a table of six.  Chad and Laura are headed home in the morning.  Gregg and Susan will drive a couple of hours tonight to get east of Chicago ahead of morning traffic.  I plan to get some sleep, ’cause tomorrow’s going to be a long, hard day.  Thankfully, Sean and Amber, and William will all be on hand to help with the cleaning and packing and schlepping.  I love my staff!

~MB

Faire Beyond My Screen Thursday, Sep 4 2008 

Faire Beyond My Screen

31 August 2008

I went to bed last night, disgusted with myself about how few photos I took this summer.  I realize I have no pretty pictures of this faire at all.  A few of my staff, and my customers, and some of my close friends—but none of the beautiful site itself, the charming buildings, pretty stages, etc.  I wish I had time to repair that deficit, but I also want the whole weekend to rock and roll and give me no time whatsoever.  So, assuming (correctly, I might add) that I’d have no time to get out and take any photos, I snapped this one from my own living space. 

I have two windows, with a door between them.  The door has a modern (it never gets seen by the public) screen door on it, to allow access to the little balcony.  The windows, however, are merely hinged to the sides, leaving a hole I stapled screen into years ago.   And cats being who they are, I added lattice to the inside of the screen to keep Artemis from accidentally leaping through the screen and challenging that whole “nine-lives” thing. 

This being a year of some remodel in my living space, it was time to replace the screen.  The new screen is brown instead of black and allows for a prettier view.  And with a new perspective on how to use various aspects of my living space, I decided this year, to put little hooks on the lattice, and use them to hang my necklace collection.  Pretty sparklies with the sun coming through them . . . it was a good choice. 

I’m pretty pleased with the resulting photo . . . the screen acts as a filter, and the out of focus jewelry is a cool touch.  I wish the light spots weren’t quite so washed out, but hey . . . it is what it is.

The faire day was pretty busy, and we are tired.  Dinner tonight was at Red Robin, where we knew they could accommodate a hungry, tired, dusty pack of rennies without making us wait ’til 10:30 for our food!  And I much prefer a decent margarita to a glass of plum wine. 🙂

~MB