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Crossed Fingers, Eyes, Toes...

I just applied to be a vendor at the Queen City Craft Bazaar in May. I'm really hoping to get a slot - not just to sell my little duffers, but because there are SO many amazing crafty people in Burlington that I haven't met. I think it'd be great to make some connections with other crafters. I've been itching to join a craft circle with other 30-something women. I'm kind of craving being around other artists...not just on etsy but in person as well.

I'm in love with this lion. He's the second one I've made and his little smiling face makes me grin inside. He's a little dose of sunshine:



I added six new items to my shop (lion included) and have been getting the first bits of feedback for the items shipped last week. This is the first time strangers have received my items and left feedback, so I'm nervous...I want everyone to love what they get. I'm also realizing I may not have shipped internationall in an expedient way - so I'm hoping that the penguins going to Argentina get there safe and sound. I'm going to talk to someone at the Post Office about my options so I'm more confident the next time something goes overseas.

I purchased the most AMAZING felt tree off of Etsy. When I get it, I'll take a picture and promote her shop, because it's stunning in the pictures. I'm honored to support other artists....and it's such a thrill to be making money through my art that allows me to buy other art. Hooray! Hooray!

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