These famous and well worn out words have passed the wearied lips of every man and woman who have ever thought they should get into shape, lose weight, drink more water, try new fruits and veggies…You get the picture. I have said this myself more than 30 times by a quick estimation. And I said it again this time and meant it – for tomorrow. I will get to that at the end.
This past week has been crazy hectic and a downright mess! I haven’t posted on my blog, didn’t grocery shop, cook very much, do any dishes beyond what was absolutely necessary for coffee, but I do think I showered once or twice. And I did get to the Farmer’s Market with Mom for a few greens.
The Vendor Fair as seen from my table in the back of the room.
This past Thursday my son’s charter school, Blackstone Valley Prep, held its first Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair. For a $25 table fee and a donated item for the raffle, you were allowed to set up a table and peddle your wares. Several of the other tables held home party goods like Pampered Chef, Lia Sophia jewelry, Mary Kay, and a few I have never heard of. I am not affiliated with any of these companies, but I do make handmade small cloth pocketbooks and beaded pearl and crystal jewelry. I already had the stretch bracelets and matching dangly earrings completed, but was working feverishly to get more handbags done in time for the fair. I just learned how to make these a few weeks ago and only had 5 ready, so I thought 20 would be a good number so I would have a variety of fabric designs to catch the eye of my potential customers. Ha! Should be more like mistakenly thought.
My handmade pocketbooks.
The foot traffic at the fair was abysmal and without many likely victims, oops, I mean potential customers walking by, it didn’t matter a rat’s patootie how many eye-catching designs I spread across my craft table. I did make my initial cost of $25 back and few bucks extra. Sold just one handbag and several sets of matching bracelets and earrings with a few additional bracelets thrown in there. Maybe my stuff is junk, maybe it’s not good enough for the market, not fancy or shiny enough to catch those eyes, but whatever the reason, I didn’t sell very much.
Handmade beaded pearl and crystal drop earrings.
I put so much time and effort into this fair because I truly wanted the money for Christmas presents. I have been out of work, have very little available cash, and naively thought, or more like desperately hoped, all the cash I earned from my blazing hot sales would allow me to purchase a few gifts for the kids. And my daughter has plenty of pocketbooks and jewelry, and forget about my son…
So as an impetus to getting my butt back in gear, I hit the Barnes & Noble in my area and purchased Runner’s World The Complete Book of Beginning Running and the matching log book. Which starts on a darn Monday!!! So Monday it is for this part of my journey as I continue shedding the weight and maybe the lack of planning which dumped me in the predicament I currently find my holiday budget wallowing in.