October might have just as well been renamed Crazy Crafting Month around here…so many thing in the works…the beeswax candles, needle felted hot pads, Elena’s knitted prayer shawl, my Christmas knitting (and now hers, too), charitable knitting, and even waxed cloth.
Of course, it continued into November, and is still. The Christmas market is not until the 22nd of November, and that is good. All the candles that I wanted to make are done, thanks to a spectacularly brilliant set up that Chadd made for me. Two chunks of wood, and a long dowel, and I was suddenly able to make four candles at one pour. It was a completely wonderful production moment, and once I realized the setting times for each candle, we were fairly flying.
There is just the clean-up left on the second batch of candles; trimming the wicks and melting down the excess on the bottoms, and cleaning up the seam marks on some of the tree candles. The prices have been debated time and time again, with many, many people, and the final market prices have been set. I am very much looking forward to the Market, but Elena will be taking care of sales at her table on the second floor, while I volunteer at the Christmas café downstairs.
I’ve been doing a very good job at Not Procrastinating, and I’m extremely proud of myself. (I’m so proud, I’d pat myself on the back if I could. You have no idea of my procrastination abilities.) November 11th was declared “cut-off” day…anything not done after that day simply wasn’t going to Market. All the hot pads had to be needle felted by that day. The blanket stitch around the edges is scheduled for this Sunday after church. There isn’t that many of them; only a dozen, so that should be completed in good time. We made lady-bugs and caterpillars and apples and flowers, rain drops and mushrooms and an owl. All very pretty. I hope they sell well, but if not, I actually need hot pads in my kitchen!
I spent part of last week working on a Sunday church service. Our minister is on study leave for one week, and even though I don’t cover any services during summer, I usually don’t mind being asked a couple times a year. This service came together easily, and I am very happy with it.
The Christmas trees arrived at work yesterday, one load, and we had to take them off the semi-truck. Heavy, exhausting work that has left me very sore today, with a large, broken blood vessel in my palm. Tricky, having that in my left hand. Thankfully, it does not interfere with typing or knitting. Or bread-making; two large loaves of roasted garlic and rosemary. What a nice Saturday, and a lovely end to the week!