Long Time No Post

     It has been way too long since I put a post on here.  Not my cup of tea at times and hard to keep up at other times.  I have been busy doing shows as well as life.  I have two grand babies now.  Alexis is two and Leo is 1.   My daughter Allison is in the middle of her second semester at ECU.  So as you can see my life has expanded.

     In 2011 I decided to go full force and do a lot more shows.  I would like to say they were all successful but given the economy it was rough at times.  I really enjoyed doing the shows but it was hard  justifying all of the work of setting up and breaking down when all you did was under $100 in sales.  For those whom have seen my set up they know how much product I carry with me.  For those who don't it can take neither 2 hours to set up.  If you do craft shows you know how hard it is.  If you don't you may be thinking "She's insane".  I have to say that insane at times is my middle name, but I think you kind of have to be if you  this is what you do.  Don't get me wrong.  I love it!  I meet so many great people and when you have customers come back just for you, how could you not keep it up.

2012 will be an interesting year.  I am going to be doing a few big festivals and cutting back on some of the smaller shows that have not been very productive.  This past fall I was doing at least one show sometimes two shows every weekend.  Some may think that isn't too bad for someone that doesn't have a regular job but you add that in with making trips to WV to pick up my granddaughter at her mothers and then of course taking her back.  It's a 13 to 14 hour day each way.  I still have a son at home in High School and we can't forget all of the things I do at church.  Having my daughter away at school makes it a little tougher because that cuts back on occasional help.  Although I have to say if she isn't working a show with me I do come home with more money.   What can I say, she is my daughter and we love to shop.  I do good at shows now.  If I don't walk around and leave my tent then I am not tempted to buy.  When things are going well I do allow myself a treat every once in awhile. 

      Every year I work on improving myself.  I always want to be a better person and do better.  No exception this year.  I have already started to organize my soap room which will carry into being more organized at my shows.  I do need to adjust some of my products.  Cut back on a few recipes.  I have been doing this long enough that it is time to refine some things.  I have no choice but to keep stocked up better.  I have 5 days in between two really big shows so I can't run low on the biggest sellers.  Not enough time to in between.  Have to have some time to rest.  I can't wait though.  It is so exciting.  I will try to do better at posting more.  I have learned a few new tricks that I would like to pass on.  Also if you are on Facebook like me and you can keep up on my whereabouts.  Donna-Delights

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