A Minor Setback

Happy Father's Day! I hope everyone had a wonderful day. We spent our Daddy Day at one of our new favorite places - Devil's Lake, near Baraboo Wisconsin. Stephen got there bright and early to swim from one side of the lake and back (3 miles!) and then Stella and I met him to go for a hike. We ended up hiking around the entire lake, about 4 miles. And I finally got to see the Balanced Rock, a super-cool rock formation on the East Bluff - it was totally bizarre! Needless to say, we were all exhausted by the time we got home. But, boy, it was a great day.

Now onto other news: on Friday I got word back from the Renegade Craft Fair - I did not get in. Ho hum. I am having mixed feelings about the whole thing. Overall, I'm really okay with it. It means I'm actually going to enjoy summer for SUMMER and not as a whirlwind of trying to get as much accomplished as possible. It means I can hang out at Devil's Lake with the fam and not feel guilty about the printing time I'm missing. It means I can watch a movie without feeling like I HAVE to sew a Fuzzy (though, to be honest, I probably still will sew or knit most of the time). Basically, what I'm trying to say, is that the pressure is off. And if I want to work on screen printing...or Fuzzies...I'll do it because I really enjoy it - not because I have a major deadline coming up in 3 months.

On the other hand, I've been working up to this application for so long, the fact that I didn't get in is a bit disappointing. Obviously, when you invest this much time into something, and build it up so much, it's hard not to feel like a failure when it doesn't pan out as hoped.

It's hard to tell why I wasn't accepted, because they sent out a blanket email to all the "rejects". Based on their list of possible reasons, I'm chalking it up to the fact that I don't have any other craft fair experiences, and I don't have any online presence. Basically, I don't have any reputation yet. Perhaps I was looking at this Renegade opportunity the wrong way. I was hoping this would be my jumping-off point, and it would kick my business into high gear. Now I'm re-thinking this idea. I think I need to build up my reputation first, and then hope that will help me get into future fairs.

So with this new strategy, I'm going to open my Etsy shop to the public. It is currently an empty shop, but soon it will be filled with Fuzzies and screen prints. And, now I will be able to explore some of the other creative projects I've had up my sleeve! There are so many things I've wanted to do, but I've been avoiding them until I heard about my Renegade future. Now that I know, bring 'em on!

Today, I'll leave with you a photo I took. I've been loving my new retractable clothesline, and apparently, so do the butterflies!

Laundry Day

Cheers,
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