Thursday, April 15, 2010


What have we/I been up to lately.... Gerrad has been working out of town Monday-Thursday so I've been single momming it. It's nice to have that time with the girls, but I also miss having an extra set of hands around in case I've got other things going. I would really love to start working out a few times a week, but the gym we belong to doesn't have childcare, so as long as Gerrad is working out of town, working out is not an option for me. I did drag the girls along with me on a LONG walk last night though. I downloaded new music to my phone, gave Macie her scooter to ride, put Addaline in the stroller, and cranked up my tunes!! (On a side note, I haven't downloaded any music to limewire in probably a year or so, and let me just say that my husbands RANDOM mix of music on there was not exactly the walking soundtrack I would have hoped for, ha ha! I'll be solving that problem today :))

This past weekend was the first week for the Downtown Topeka Farmers Market. I was SO excited to start this new adventure in my life! I'm hoping to turn my love of crafting, into a full time job within the next few months. I'm praying day and night that this is God's plan for us, hopefully soon it will be a reality! Anyway, the Farmers Market went really well, it was kind of slow first thing in the morning, but picked up as the morning went on. There wasn't too much of a crowd, but I still managed to make some decent money, so I was pleased with that! The woman in charge of the market explained to us that it would pick up, and that August was the prime month for it. She said in August there are over 150+ vendors that show up. I can't wait to see how things progress, and pray that I'm a huge success!

Here's a picture of my set up this past weekend! I'm going to be sharing my space with one of our good friends who is doing wood working projects for kiddos, he'll be joining me this coming weekend! My husband worked so incredibly hard helping me to prepare for this first day. He built all my bow holders and racks. He spent his entire Friday off working on my stuff, when I KNOW he wanted to be out playing golf, instead he stayed home and helped me out tremendously! Thank you Gerrad for all you do/did to help me get ready for this!!

Saturday evening we went to Laughing Matters again! We just adore going to this show, its SOOO funny, and a great excuse to get out with friends and just LAUGH! I stressed myself out SOOO much last week with everything that was going on, I definitely NEEDED that night to just forget about it all. Preparing for the market and being by myself all week, including running Macie places really got the best of me. I'm so thankful to have wonderful friends and family to help me out when I was feeling overwhelmed, and thanks to my in laws and parents for really being there for me!!

Here are our friends Cameron and Jenna (aka 'The Lovebirds') at Laughing Matters. It was their first time to go, and they loved it! We're all going back for the May show, which I'm already looking forward to!
Adam and Melisa at the show
Me, Jenna and Melisa at the show. I just adore these girls, they were such a HUGE help for me this past week. Jenna came and helped me all morning with the market. Melisa worked hard for several weeks designing my business card, hand tag and postcard with product shots. Melisa is an AMAZING graphic designer, and merchandising specialist, that girl knows her stuff!!! Thanks again girls, LOVE YOU BOTH!
Gerrad and I at the show
All of us! We are so blessed to have such amazing friends to walk this journey of life with. We missed our other usual group of friends though for the show. One of these times we're going to have to drag them all out to join us (Yes you Carrie, Sheena and Tracy :))

I'm already preparing for this weekends Farmers Market again, and working on filling orders in my spare time as well. My turnaround time is going to be a little longer I believe, but I'm trying my hardest to get it all done. I really need a few more sets of hands, if only!

BTW- Thanks Aly for listening to me vent and ask your advice on MANY occasions last week!!

Hope you're all having a wonderful week so far! Our weekend is super low key which I'm thankful for. The only things we have planned are the Farmers Market, and my friend Katie's bridal shower!


~Jamie Kubeczka~ said...

Love the banner! ;-) Good luck this weekend, I am sure you will do great!

Lacey said...

I'm glad to hear that your first weekend went well. They are right though, the Farmer's Market is pretty slow right now (nothing is being harvested yet)but will pick up in the summer. Good luck and congratulations on the success you've already had!

Caroline said...

Your booth looks great. We have been search for a place to print our banner, but we don't want to spend too much and we want to use our deign. Where did you do yours, if you don't mind me asking?

Taylor @ The Undomestic Momma said...

Oh my gosh your set up looks so adorable!!!!!!! and love your pics!

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

phew! you are super busy!!! it must be hard doing the single mom thing for more than half the week. i guess life is all the more special and wonderful on the days that your hubby is home! your set-up looks amazing!!! wow! have fun with the farmer's market.

Sarah Ann said...

What a cute shop! And a cute blog! And a cute fam! :)