Brought to you by Hell Week.
No, seriously.  This week is going to be icnredible if we all make it through in one piece.  The lineup?
Monday – crafting
Tuesday – crafting, Ellette has gymnastics after school
Wednesday – Crafting, aerial rehearsal 7:30pm until my arms fall off pm (around 10)
Thursday – crafting, possible sanity saver knit night
Friday – load car, 7-10pm circus rehearsal, 1 hr drive to Waukegan to follow
Saturday – Awake at crack of dawn, drive pregnant lady with me to the Janesville Renaissance Festival, set up tent, run through sales and problem solving, leave pregnant lady to manage fairy shop, drive 3 hrs to Evanston, 4:30 and 7:30 circus show, pizza and beer following, sleep in own bed (maybe).
Sunday – Awake at crack of dawn, 3 hr drive to Janesville, 12 hr day in 83* fair (at least I hope it is 83*), pack up shop, drive 3 hrs to Evanston, pass out for an undetermined length of time.
The following week: Take inventory, scramble to restock.  That following weekend, 1 party, 1 face painting gig, Memorial day breather, spend the next week restocking, Witchy Wearbles’ Fairy Day Event follows to be succeeded immediately by a much needed vacay to Hawaii and then one week to finish restocking in preparation for Custer Street Fair.
And really, the rest of my summer follows in similar order – but you will find out about that as it comes.
The crafting, you ask – what could I have left to do?
Well, this week I have around 50 pairs of Celeste wings that need to be sewn and framed.  Celeste wings are a great design – lightweight, fabric, and small – they stand out in a crowd without bonking people in the shoulders.  Manouverability is important in large festivals.  They are made of fabric, sewn and reinforced, and held sturdy with heavy steel wire.  They sit just between the shoulder blades, with satin ribbon to secure around the shoulders or the “U” shape to slide down a bodice.  The loose fabric around the bottom flutters beautifully through movement, and what I call the “underside” of the wing – the part that people would see if they were looking directly at you – is made of sheer organza dotted with silver beads.  They glint magnificently in the sunlight.
The best thing about these is that it is a relatively simple design that I can produce quickly and consistently in a variety of colors at relatively low cost, which means that you – the fairy-to-be – can get high quality wings for relatively cheap.  50 pairs of these wings may last me the summer, but they will at least get me through Custer Street.
I also have some of my stock nylon wings that need the finishing touches and a couple pairs of steampunk paper wings that need ribbons attached.
I have not yet needle-felted the fairy houses, which, when I get down to it, shouldn’t take too long.
I have several more tiny top hats and tiny witch hats that need decorating and headbands.  Some still need to be felted, but I have been doing so much felting lately that finding “dirty” clothes  to warrant the washer hogging is becoming increasingly difficult.
Aside from the stock crafting, I have to make signs and displays for my new items.  I wrote a very detailed list for Odin of the things I need from Home Depot and Joanns, along with encouragement to grab anything that might look useful or attention grabbing (which has it’s own uses).  This will be a big help.
I have two pairs of custom wings in various stages of completion that I really need to buckle down and finish.
Not to mention the every day things like some level of sanitary cleanliness, personal hygeine maintanence, and food.  I have a few things I need to do involving finances and some things to prep for Hawaii.
After this week I take stock of all of the wings and wands and hats and decide what needs to be restocked – and chances are I’m going to have to churn out another 50 or so wands and a couple dozen pink and purple wings.
Just thinking about this is making the adrenaline pump.  I have been having really bad dreams brought on by the anxiety over my season starting.  This is normal.  Mostly.  I think I have some worries this year that I didn’t last year, and the drama that is happening in my personal life is only making the stress levels rise.
Deep breath.
It seems like I’m crazy, and I probably am.  If I denied it, I’m sure someone out there would find a way to lock me up for my own safety.
That being said – I know my roommate and a few friends do read this regularly – so this message is for you:  I would not mind your company.  Make the work load seem lighter.  Know that if you do want to sit down and chat or watch a movie – I will more than likely hand you something that needs ot be done.  Here’s a spool of ribbon – cut 100 2 foot lengths and singe the edges with this lighter.  Here’s my bag of scrap fabric, start cutting circles of all sizes.  Here’s the wand template and a pair of scissors and a tracing pencil – get to it.  Anything you can do, you will do.

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