Whew! The temperatures have been in the 90’s all week long! I’ve been looking forward to spending sunny days outdoors, with my hands in the dirt; by lunchtime, however, I am forced to retreat back inside, to the semi-cool air and a glass of peppermint iced tea. We don’t have central A/C in our home yet, so we rely on ceiling fans, and two window units that share space with our cats.
My cottage garden appreciated all the rain we received over the past couple of weeks! :)
Alas, it rained on both of the weekends we participated in outdoor festivals. While the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, in Winchester VA, had gorgeous weather on Sunday afternoon, partially compensating for the stormy set-up on Friday, and the muddy swamp on Saturday…. the poor Flower & Jazz Fest, in Westminster MD, wasn’t as forgiving for some of us.
We were plagued with one setback after another, from a delayed start time (on account of the “heavy rains” predicted, prompting 20 vendors to cancel) to an unofficial, proselytizing sermon about Death & Hell over the loud speaker… delivered by a man standing 15 feet away from my booth. The jazz bands we were expecting to hear were relocated indoors to the Arts Center.
I did enjoy meeting everyone who ventured into my “Crazy Cat Lady booth”; the conversations surrounding cats, art, and literature were both entertaining and enlightening, making the whole experience worthwhile.
But I am still attempting to cover some expenses this month, including two major application deadlines that are due soon. Also, my 6-year-old tent is in major need of repair before my next event on June 10th – several trusses need to be replaced, and I’ve been disguising the broken bits with white Gorilla tape and fabric curtains! LOL
So I am currently running an online sale in my Etsy shop!
My entire Etsy shop has been discounted 30% off, including original paintings! This is the lowest price I am willing to let them go… and only for a limited time!
Here are the quick links to all (7) original paintings that are available:
Circus Cats, 16″x20″, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. $630.00 / Regular price: $900.00
Bastet, 11″x14″, acrylic on Masonite panel. $315.00 / Regular price: $450.00
Little Women, 11″x14″, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. $315.00 / Regular price: $450.00
Druid Priestess, 9″x12″, acrylic on Masonite panel. $210.00 / Regular price: $300.00
Pandora, 8″x10″, acrylic on wood panel. $175.00 / Regular price: $250.00
(Holiday) Three Wise Cats, 9″x12″, acrylic on fine art paper. $70.00 / Regular price: $100.00
A Cat Named Harry, 5″x7″, acrylic on canvas panel. $52.50 / Regular price: $75.00
Prints, magnets, cards, and bookmarks are also included in the sale, which runs through Friday, May 26th (midnight EST).
If you haven’t shopped with Etsy in awhile, or if this will be your first visit, they are now accepting purchases through “Guest Checkout” – meaning you no longer need to sign-in/register with a username & password! They also accept all major credit cards in addition to PayPal. :)
In other news, the Rabbit Hole Artist Collective will be hosting an online “Studio Sale” for old and new artwork. I was unfortunately unable to complete “Beauty and the Beast” in time for last month’s Fairytale auction, but I am hoping to have it ready for this one on May 24th. I can’t make any promises, but I will do my best to have it finished!
My next scheduled appearance will be at The Maryland Faerie Festival, on the eastern shore in Darlington, MD – June 10th and 11th. It’s a unique and fun festival, particularly for children and anyone who loves to play “dress up” …and encounter fairies and unicorns! You can visit their official website here – MarylandFaerieFestival.org
The extended weather forecast for that weekend is waffling between “cloudy” and “sunny”, with a threat of rain on Saturday… but I still am optimistic and excited to participate again this year! I hope to see you soon! :)
Tara Fly7 days ago
Sans realized that the printer was exposed without its cover, so he graciously loaned his fur coat to keep it warm. 😐🐈#somuchfur #studiocat http://ift.tt/2xMk5TI
Tara Fly9 days ago
Annually since 1974, the Apple Butter Festival fills the park and streets of downtown Berkeley Springs on Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day weekend in October.
The traditional harvest festival is kicked off by a nostalgic hometown parade on Saturday morning followed by two days worth of family-friendly games and contests, music, country food, fine arts and local crafts. Undisputed star of the festival is the spicy apple butter stirred in giant copper kettles in the middle of the square.
With no admission fee and activities for all ages, this is the perfect day or weekend experience for everyone from grandma to the kids.