Thursday, November 10, 2005

So, anyway....

A few days ago, a friend of ours dropped by to say "Hi" during the show and said that she was expecting over thirty pounds of wool to be waiting for her when she got home.

See, she and her husband are animal rights advocates and they live in rural Virginia, where they provide food and housing for a bunch of sheep. They had the sheep shorn and she sent all of the wool off to be cleaned and spun into yarn. She's not a knitter. In fact, she's allergic to wool! But, she has been learning to knit so that she can make some scarves. (I guess that she wouldn't think of selling the yarn because that would mean that she was exploiting the sheep for financial gain. But I think it would be fine to ask them to kick in for their room and board.)

I wonder if she knows how many scarves that's gonna be?

Still, if the sheep are living there and they do need to be shorn then what else are you going to do but find a use for all of that wool?

Which brings me to dryer lint.

There was a profile in the paper, the other day, about a woman who makes paper from dryer lint. Naturally enough, that got me to thinking about how much paper I could make out of the dryer lint we generate every week. It makes a whole lot more sense than buying linter paper to make paper. Or (my particular favorite) shredding perfectly good paper in order to make handmade paper.

Hey, I'm all for recycling.

Actually, I'm an even bigger fan of PRE-cycling. That means, not bringing stuff into my house in the first place. That's because I have noticed that it seems to take forever to get recyclables out of my house! But, I suppose that there certainly are ways that I could do more recycling around here.

Washing, carding and spinning the dog's hair is one.

I could crochet him a cute little sweater.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Report on Weekend #1

So, considering the fact that PSNC has gotten approval for the third rate increase so far this season, I guess that it's nothing short of miraculous that people are buying visual art at all.

Add the gasoline prices to that and the fact that people had to drive all over the county on Saturday and Sunday to look at studios and I must admit that I am surprised that we had as many people drop by as we did.

We sold some stuff - mostly small. But still....

I know that craftspeople are also having a tough time in this economy but I can't help but feel that it's easier to sell something to a person that they can wear, stick a plant in or throw over their legs to keep warm. Objects with at least some practical value are much more justifiable than things to look at.

All of that having been said, I am pretty pleased with how well our stuff has been received. People will be looking for us now and that certainly helps.

In addition, TonyP and I will soon be adding a PayPal feature to our gallery sites and I have some plans to open a Cafe Press shop in the next few weeks.

What I wish I had done before the Tour was have some t-shirts printed up to proclaim: "I visited a bunch of artists' studios and all I bought was this lousy t-shirt!"

Those would have sold.