October Rush

by jennifer

Where did October go? Time has been flying lately an I’ve been too swamped to blog, so I thought I’d stop in for a quick update.

Part of the reason I haven’t been blogging as much is because I’ve been sneaking off to run as much as I can. While the longest run I’ve been able to fit into my schedule has been an 8-miler, I’m pleased with that and very happy to be back in training mode. I’m just not myself when I’m not exercising regularly.

Now I’m looking for a race to train for. Any good ones you know about? Or better yet, are there any crafty triathletes in West Michigan who would like to form a training team. I’ve got a bike, a sweet pair of tinted goggles and the will to run, bike and swim as fast and as far as I can, so I’m all in if I can find some teammates who like train hard, kick rear and then kick back and make stuff. A girl can dream…

Halloween is fast approaching and I’m not quite ready. My daughters are going as witches (inspired by “The Little Witch” books) and I still have to make their dresses and maybe some colorful capes, too. I just wrote a last-minute Halloween column that will be published  Sunday and will be presenting some very last-minute Halloween ideas on WZZM’s “Take Five & Co.” morning show this Friday. The good news is that the TV prep will force me to have all my Halloween crafting done a few days ahead.

On the homefront, I’ve been conducting many experiments in the kitchen here at the CraftSanity headquarters and LOVING it. Amelia and I made cheese and gnocchi (which I’ve learned is pronounced “nyoki”) today for the first time. There’s plenty I don’t know about cooking so I’m really enjoying this adventure and really excited about where it may lead. I’m picking out some great recipes to feature in the winter issue of CraftSanity, too, so stay tuned.

Last weekend I sanded a giant pile of loom frames and will be transforming them into finished looms in time for the Recycled Art Market at City High School in Grand Rapids Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5. After that, I’ll be stockpiling more looms for the 6th Annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Dec. 3 and 4. CraftSanity is sponsoring this awesome event, so be sure to come on out and say “hello.” While we’re there, I’ll teach you how to weave. (I pretty much weave constantly when I’m vending so it will be no trouble at all.)

I’ve recorded a couple new podcasts and will be releasing those soon. Sadly, the free podcast always gets shifted to the back burner when my schedule fills up. My apologies for the delay. Please enjoy the 125 shows in the archive while I work on the next batch. I have some great stuff in the hopper.

It’s crunch time for production on the winter issue of CraftSanity Magazine and I’m very excited about the great projects that will be featured. There is still much to do, but things are moving along.

I’m accepting advertising for the winter issue of the magazine through Oct. 31. Email me if you’d like more info. Ads range from $37.50 for a business card size ad to $400 for the prime real estate on the back cover.

Many thanks to all of you who have purchased copies of issue 4 and all the contributors and advertisers who made this issue possible. The fall issues has been a very popular. High five to the team!

Ok, I better get back to work. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ve missed you guys. : )

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