After weeks and weeks of preparation, you would think it would last much longer, but it is over in a flash. A whirlwind. A swift “hi, how are ya?” and there you go.
But this blog gives me a chance to relive it all – right here.
Yep, those bears in my previous post were packed and ready to ride. I don’t know how they felt about the detours we took since they were anxious to see their friends, but we had decided ahead of time that we would meander to our dander as they say. (I have never figured out who the “they” is but “they” sure have a lot of axioms.) More on meandering later. Let’s get to the show.
We were able to get set up without any major catastrophes. Last year, there was a leak in the ceiling so a couple of tables had to be moved. It worked out pretty well this time. The only water around was in pitchers with ice.
Of course upon arriving, I glanced around at all the beautiful teddy bears and other animals and promptly thought to myself, “What on earth am I doing in the company of such fabulous artists?” Really, you just had to look about to see the wonderful work that these ladies are doing. (There are some talented guy artists too but they just weren’t at this show so I can get away with saying ‘ladies’.)
Among my favorites were Donna Nielsen, Jacquie Pollitt, Judy Mathis, my friends Darlene Allen, Cindy Malchoff and MaryAnn Wills - and a whole bunch of others.
These two are living the life in new places. I hope they behave.
We were a little bit concerned at the slow beginning to the show. I started to wonder if we got the time wrong, but soon there was a flurry of activity. I know I am meant to be behind the table at these things. We would surely be bankrupt if I could go shopping for bears. I only saw about a million that I would love to have. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. (Half a million?)
Be good, okay?
Now people always want to know if it was a good show. I think that question always depends on who you ask. I thought it was a pretty good show, but there were some who thought it wasn’t. Some artists had above average sales and others below. Is average ten bears? Twenty bears? Thirty bears? So I say good – some will agree and others, disagree.
And if you do any kind of shows or conventions you know what I am talking about when I say you get a chance to reconnect with your friends – and many of my friends also like teddy bears. When my bears discover a person they want to go home with, you would think they would shed a few tears over leaving, but did they look back with any trepidation about their new adventures? They most certainly did not. Every one that found a home was hopping, skipping and jumping right into new hands.
Now it’s time to turn my attention to the next big thing. And the next big thing is BIG! A whole small town in Iowa big. So big that it takes them five years to recover enough to do it again. This year - 2010 makes five years since the last one and this time, we have BIG plans to go. This teddy bear reunion is so big that I’ll have to tell you what I’ve learned about it in a future post.
Now I have got to go see what the bears are doing. I’m hearing things like “if you put it there, it will make a big hole” and “surely she won’t notice that spot” and “let’s get our stories straight”. Never a dull moment around here.