Saturday, May 16, 2009

Don’t Miss the Click

To tell about our Saturday, I feel I kind of have to go back just a bit. Well, maybe more than a bit. But that’s okay, isn’t it? I’m ready if you are. Let me adjust the setting on the machine here. And you, you should probably put on that seat belt. This machine is kind of funky, a little bit jerky and sometimes unpredictable. If all goes well, we’ll be back in time in no time.

Here we are – back in the day. What day, you say? Oh, the days of my high school and college. And no, I won’t bore you with ALL the details. Just this one – it all started with my parents. When my dad retired, I was in high school. He was rather young and it was the right decision given the choices they offered him. It was great in my opinion. I mean back then, how many other people my age had or wanted their dads around? But I liked it. Now my mom and my dad were at home together.

But they didn’t just sit around and watch the grass grow. Nope, my mom always had something going on. Thus together they decided to make the most of my mom’s idea of making Christmas ornaments for sale. That little idea grew into a business that they ran for seventeen years. Together they made some of the most beautiful ornaments from sand dollars. They worked year around and went to lots of shows and festivals. How could I not tagalong? Here’s a few of them:

They created at home and then went out into the world and sold what they made. For the shows, they designed displays and sorted out the most efficient way to manage sales. My mom and dad were friendly and happy to chat and answer questions. In addition, the other vendors and artists were interesting and creative people.

Hop back in and buckle up. We’re going forward in time – just a few years.

Screech! Oops, almost went too far!

Let’s get out and look around. See that’s me back then. I’ve recently found out I’m going to have a baby; I just don’t know it’s going be a little boy. I’m trying to figure out how to have the best of all worlds – you know, stay home with the baby, be creative, and make a little moolah. Not lots, just a little.

This is my favorite part. Watch carefully. If you don’t, you’ll miss it. “Click!” There! That was it; the light bulb went off – the sign of a really good idea. I would do shows like my folks! Yes, shows! This part you can’t see, but in my head I’m doing a little dance. (It’s probably a good thing that you can’t see that anyway!)

I just had to figure out what I could make that people would actually want to buy. Okay, that’s all you need to see. It’s time to go back to now so I can tell you about Saturday.

Rats! Who would have guessed that I’ve run out of time? I guess I’ll just have to finish this up in my next post. See you then.

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