Sunapee fair madness

Jul 27 2009

I've been preoccupied for the past 2 weeks in getting ready for the Annual Craftsmen's Fair, which is held every year in Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury, NH.  It always opens on the first Sat of every August.  It's a huge fair, lasting 9 days, so it's an endurance marathon for us craftspeople, League of NH Craftsmen staff and the staff at Mt. Sunapee Resort.   For the past 4 years, I've been the Layout Designer for the CraftWear Exhibition, which is an exhibit and retail shop of clothing, jewelry and accessories.   It's hard on me, for I have to get my work done, and be up at Sunapee for two weeks befoe the fair even opens.   I don't know why I do this, but I get good experience in doing display layout, to showcase crafts at it's best ( as much as I can do).   I'm almost ready for the fair, but need to tweak my booth a bit.  I have the jewelry stock but more concerned in being ready.

Also, over the past weekend, I taught my first welding workshop.   Since it was a trial by fire to speak, I bought everything possible for welding.  It went well, and I proved I can teach small-scale gas welding in a jewelry classroom, so I am going to do more welding workshops for the future.   My students enjoyed being able to weld, but it was the jewelers who had to make quite an adjustment to weld since they were so used to jewelry soldering.  Welding is different from jewelry soldering, and I find that if I do a lot of welding, and then go back to jewelry soldering, my soldering suffers a bit.   I can do things with welding that I can't do with jewelry soldering, so it's nice to be able to do both and let my ideas flow. 

I could barely get anything done in the last two weeks.  I wish I could have more work done, but it's hard to do artwork when you are physically and mentally exhausted, as I have been in the last 2 weeks.  Maybe I'll get some earrings done, but I'm not going to hold my breath.  In the meantime, I hope whoever reads this blog can come visit me at my booth at the Annual Craftmen Fair or Sunapee as we like to call it.

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