My life generally functions in seasons.  I record things by week, rather than by day, and plan 3 to 4 months ahead, always.  Sometimes, I even plan 6-9 months ahead, if the future event needs that much prep time.  Mostly, my world and business work by 2 seasons – the busy season, and the slow season.  This coming weekend marks the end of my busy season with the Stronghold Renaissance Festival in Oregon, Ill.  It is a wonderful festival to end with.  Not terribly big, and the weather is quite chilly, especially at night, but it is in the woods, in the country, and many familiar faces are out to say good bye.

And then my slow season begins.  This lasts until April, when I begin making costume stock fervently for Spring festivals.  It is my desire to enter several larger festivals next year, many on the East coast, such as the Maryland Faerie Festival and the Spoutwood Farm Faerie Festival.

For now, I am entering the slow season, and trying to decide what to do with myself.  I am going to try to work on non-costume stock and become more versatile.  The coffee shop in Evanston has inspired me to make aprons, as I want funky crafty aprons to wipe my hands on at work, instead of using my new trousers.  In the brainstorming ideas for the apron, I came up with several.  This could lead a larger stock which means I will have more to offer the shops in the Chicagoland area.  I want to expand.  The question now is can I do that, and how much time will it require?

I am happy to announce that Odin and I got the apartment we were hoping for, I begin moving in on Monday, and I think I have convinced him of the wisdom of using the attic as a studio.    I am excited to begin the transformation!

I advise whatever readers there are to this infant blog to keep reading.  After Stronghold, I will more than likely have some stock left (although selling out now would be wonderful!) and as such will be offering Halloween discounts on much of the leftover stock.  If you continue reading, you will find out when I will have the stock available and get it before anyone else does!

Not to mention, I will have more updates coming shortly!


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