Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hello December...

Here it is the 10th of December and this is my first post of the month. Life and work have been crazy. Isn't that always the way? The crazies just can't come one at a time.

Let me start with life.

My 90 year old Dad put his name in at a Catholic nursing home last year. He had visited a few places and said if he had to go to a home, this was the only one he would want to be in. The week before Thanksgiving he got the call that they had a room for him. It was such a big decision for him to give up his apartment, and in the end he decided he was ready. He had been relying on meals on wheels and frozen dinners because he didn't want to clean up. My sister was going every Saturday and cooked a big meal with leftovers for the next day. She also brought him grocery shopping, to the library, and the bank. Dad was dependent on the "Hand-in-Hand Van" to pick him up every other week to have his blood work done. The van lost it's funding in October (Make a America Great Again - yeah right!) and he was going to have to ask my uncle to drive him or take a cab back and forth.

The call came at the right time.

My sister Anita and I have spent countless hours on the phone or texting back and forth about making this transition as smooth as possible for both Dad and her. Most of the labor fell on her. There was no way that I could get away during this time of year.

A photo from my visit last February when Dad turned 90. We spent some time going through old immigration documents from grandparents when they moved back and forth from Canada to here.

Last Thursday was his move in day. He seemed to settle in quite well and was exhausted when I spoke to him at the end of the day. He slept well that first night... that is until he got up at 5:30 am and on his way to the bathroom fell and hit his head on the dresser! The nurses came right way and he was off to the hospital in no time. He was fine. No concussion and no stitches needed. He told his nurse that he wanted to make a big impression on his first day at the home. At least he hasn't lost his sense of humor!

As for work... this is definitely our busiest time of the year. My goal this year was to hit 1000 total sales on Etsy and I met that goal and then some! I should be dreaming of piggy banks every night but I think I have been too tired to even do that!

Here is a sampling of piggy banks from last week's firing. I am really happy with how the "bull" piggy bank came out! This week we will fire again. I have about 26 more piggy banks and salt pigs to ship by the December 20th deadline. I will get a little break next weekend when my girl Danielle arrives. While the kiln is cooling we are headed to Asheville and a candlelight tour of the Biltmore Estate. I am so looking forward to it!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Good Bye November

November is coming to a close very soon and what a month it has been! I am happy to say that the Celebration of Seagrove Potters show was our best yet. Jeff and I were exhausted by Sunday night, but it was a good tired. The kind of tired that lets you know that you worked hard and it paid off.
We haven't heard what we sold, or if we sold anything, at the Piedmont Craftsmen's show. We did get the official letter that we passed the physical jury process and we are now fully juried members of Piedmont Craftsmen.
With Thanksgiving happening just four days after the show, there was no time to rest. Since Jeff and I are centrally located for his family, we are now the hosts of dinner. We unpacked the trailer on Monday and spent the next three days cooking, cleaning, and making pots.

Just to add a little more work to the mix, Jeff helped David Stuempfle fire his wood kiln the week before Celebration. I put just one cup and a few spoons in the firing. I am pleased with the cup. It has the toasty variations that I love.

I have it in the house with me for now.

 Trying to decide if I might keep it for myself.

I am sure I can find room for one more.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


It's getting down to the wire for the Celebration of Seagrove Potters. Today I have been working on all the little things that need to be done to the pots. None of it is glamorous, but it's still important stuff. In the morning I worked on polishing the bottoms of pots from the last firing. After that I moved on to printing some tags.

 We added foaming soap pumps to the offering. I can tell the difference between the pumps but I don't think most buyers will. I created tags for the foamers, to make it easier for buyers to choose. When the booth is busy, there isn't as much time to answer question.

The cheese stones got tagged. The backside of the tag has "instructions for use." I wish I had more of these for the show, but they just didn't fit in the kiln. That's the downside for flat items. They are space hogs. The upside is, we will have more fired for our holiday open house in December.

My afternoon job was lino-block printing our large handled bags. I didn't do as many as usual. The upside of this show is that many people bring there own bags, baskets, and even little wheeled carts. I really don't go through a lot of bags.
Tomorrow we start boxing things up for the 1/2 mile trip down the road on Thursday.