Yesterday was well Sunday, yes, but it was also the day of The Big Crafty event in downtown Asheville, NC! Dan, Levi, and I hit the road around 6:30 am to travel up the mountain. It was a really super early morning for all of us, but luckily we had packed the car the night before and prepped everything else ahead of time like our lunch, waters, and the diaper bag. I absolutely love the drive to Asheville. It makes me think of Fall and hot coffee... sweaters and the crisp smell of leaves. It was especially pretty yesterday morning because of all of the mist hanging in the tops of the trees as we climbed. I actually got lost in it, but then I realized "Oh, crud. Will it rain today??". I forgot about the show entirely and then it dawned on me that rain would not be a welcome thing during the show. We did luck out which was fantastic and the rain skipped us. Whew.
After getting into Asheville, we made our usual pit stop at Vortex Doughnuts on Banks, Avenue. I really wanted to pull out on if my little slab plates for a quick photo shoot, plus Levi needed a little break from all of the riding. The doughnuts were nothing short of amazing (of course!) and Dan split a mocha with me which we drank during booth set up.
So set up was GREAT! We pulled into Pack Square after the doughnut pit stop and were some of the first to arrive. It takes me ages to set everything up the way that I like it so unfortunately for Dan and Levi, we have to arrive several hours before show time. SO... we pull in, unload, I feed Levi among all of my crap-ola, and Dan moves the car several blocks away. When we find our spot, we were at first nervous about the location, but it turned out to be fantastic! It was in the main area of Pack Square, but raised up a couple of steps in a grassy little park area with trees and.... shade! It was perfect for Levi who would not have been happy in the hot sun. I had asked the coordinators about being in a shady spot when we first got accepted and they were so very accommodating! It was great. The set up went a little bit quicker than anticipated and my little dining table set up worked out super well. I was so happy. It really made all of the difference! People could visualize how to put together my pieces to make sets. Dan was so great with all of the customers and Levi kept his cool all day. We had several friends and family members visit us during the show, also! What an amazing day!
A HUGE thank you to Horse and Hero and any other wonderful creatives who make this show happen! Thanks to our family and friends who came out to support us- we love you so much, and thank you to those amazing individuals who help make my dream a reality by purchasing my work and supporting our family!