Two nights before the Island Arts Association Holiday Fair in Bar Harbor, I was still taking batches of earring components out of the tumbler, ready to be oxidized. I kept up a crazy busy work schedule in the two weeks after Thanksgiving, but it was worthwhile.
I left the island on Thursday afternoon, at sunset, to be ready to set up on Friday morning at 7 a.m. If you are familiar with the Islesford Town Dock in the summer, this is what it looks like in December, when the ramp is up, the floats are out, and the end of the building is boarded up for a wind break. We’ll be using the stairs to access the ferry until the floats are back in, in May 2011.
I didn’t even think to take a picture of my booth until Saturday, when it was looking a little emptier. (Yippee!) It was a great fair, and a great time. I loved seeing so many friends who stopped by as they were shopping locally. I got some of my own Christmas shopping done during the quiet times. I wish I had taken photos of the people there. It was a great group of crafters with a wide variety of products. My friend Gail Grandgent was next to me with her tiles and silk scarves. She was barely set up when I noticed this incredibly beautiful silk scarf. Hand painted birches, at night, in the snow, with the mountains in the background. You can’t see it so well in this hastily snapped photo, but the colors in the scarf echoed the colors of my earring display cards. It’s worth a click to enlarge the photo to see her trees!
The off-island craft fair/trunk show season is over for me, though my potter friend Kaitlyn Duggan and I are cooking up some plans to take place in her Islesford winter studio next Saturday….Fa la la la la!