It is almost my favorite time of year, although this year it will be a little bitter sweet. We will be moving our daughter ( & only child ) off to college on Saturday. We have spent the last few weeks planning, organizing, and shopping, and Brad is very glad that as of this afternoon...we have polished off the last of the "to purchase" list! Now hopefully it will all fit into the SUV!
We have also been on the road and out of town for a few weeks with shows. 2 weekends ago we headed to Milwaukee for the 2nd Annual Milwaukee Domes Art Festival. The setting was beautiful, we reconnected with a few friends, like the lovely Becki Moylan ( beckm.net ), oh how I wish we lived closer to Mequon, and met new. Kendal absolutely fell in love with the works of Emerson Matabele. ( www.emersonimages.com ) I too was completely drawn to and enthralled with the images he is blessed to capture. He is a truly amazing man, I could have spent the entire festival in his booth listening to him talk of his work and watching him interact with the people that were drawn to his booth, as we were.
After 4 days in Milwaukee, we were home for another 4, just barely enough time to give Coop a bath before we had to bring him right back to the vet...poor boy! Then we were off to Green Bay. What a great 3 days we had there! The weather was absolutely perfect for both days of Art Street, a rare feat for ANY art fair to accomplish! We were finally able to drop into The Assemblage Studio in DePere. All I need to say is get there if you haven't been! We were set up almost right across from Debbie and David from The Glass Onion ( http://www.glassonion.biz/ ) and were able to catch up a bit with them...LOVE their work! Also had a few brief moments to chat with Tyler Lambert of Doll House Studio. Check out his blog at http://tylerlambertdollhousestudio.blogspot.com/ This is one amazing artist....and he is only 14! Oh the places he will go! We had a great show, and were able to hit The Timeline Saloon & BBQ on the way out of town. We had been wanting to stop there every time we get to Green Bay and finally took the time to stop, and boy are we glad we did. Probably the best BBQ we have had, and the 3 of us ate for $44! Best and least expensive meal of the weekend...by far! They also have a Harley Shop and Museum! They are about 18 miles West of Green Bay on HWY 29 in Bonduel.
So that brings us back to this weekend, and the looming 'empty nest'. I am a big ball of mixed emotion, sad that K won't be here everyday, being silly and making us laugh, but SO proud of her and the young woman that she is becomming. We are so blessed to have her in our lives, and can't wait to see what is just over the horizon for her. For me, it means sticking my nose to the grindstone and working thru the part of me that will miss her so very much. So beware my shops and galleries, you will soon have OODLES of new inventory from me to fill your shelves!
Wishing everyone a fun-filled holiday weekend!