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Eggs Smash

14 Mar

This past weekend when I was at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market  working my stand, tragedy struck. 

To get the image, you must first understand that it has been really nice out lately, but Saturday morning it was cold and windy (thanks everyone that ventured out anyway!).  So I had on tons of layers including my purple carhartt coveralls and jacket, which are super thick and baggy and also, oh so attractive.

During the market I had to slip between two tables in my stand a couple times to get to the sales area and then back into the “operations” area behind the stand.  One of the tables had a cooler sitting on it with eggs inside of it that I was selling.

The tragedy happened during one of my slips between tables.  Picture McDonald’s Grimace trying to fit between two tables placed closely together with fine China stacked precariously on top of them.  You know there’s comedy abound.  My butt caught the cooler, and in what felt like slow motion, knocked it, and CRASH!  Five dozen eggs destroyed in seconds. 

Awesome. 

photo compliments of friends; Woodart Studio http://woodartstudio.blogspot.com/

I am not sure how but I did manage to get my gloves, which I took off before attempting to clean up the mess, covered in egg. 

I felt bad.  All that work my chickens put into laying those eggs was totally wasted.  But, even though we lost 5 dozen eggs, after getting home and cleaning the cooler and eggs out, I did collect two dozen that were still in fine condition and managed to salvage about a dozen that were only cracked that I could fry up for the dogs. I almost wish I had taken a photo of the mess before I cleaned it up, but that was not in mind at the time. I did take the two egg photos in this post earlier in the morning, before the egg smashing event.  My chickens sure do lay pretty eggs.  The light blue one is a huge egg.  It’s not just the angle of the camera making it look like that.  My Araucana chicken named Gryffindor laid that egg. 

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Can There Be Too Many Dog Collars?

12 Mar

Last week I completed 65 dog collars to add to the selection we already had available.  The previous selection was already over packed onto the rack we use to display them and after adding the new additions this Saturday, we decided that the dog collar rack is now severally ‘over grazed’.

Rich started making a new, much larger rack to display them that afternoon.  The new rack is going to be four feet long and will have four rungs.  The current rack has three rungs on which we display sizes Medium, Large and XLarge.  The new rack will still display those sizes, and the additional rung will be for the new selection of Small and XSmall dog collars that are in the works.

I took these photos at the market to show the extraordinary selection we currently have.

The pile of collars in the front was held back and not put out this weekend.  It’s nice to have some extra inventory again!

Saint Patrick’s Day Dog

9 Mar

We will have an assortment of Saint Patrick’s Day dog scarves available this weekend for your favorite festive pooch.    

 

I have also been finishing up some of the dog collars that are pictured in the previous post on here, and will have a lot of those newly available. 

We will be in stall #11 bright and early Saturday morning, stop by and say hello! 

60 Dog Collars in Production

7 Mar

This is what 60 dog collars in production looks like.

I just need to add the buckles and they are ready to go! 

And close up!

 

First Market of 2012

5 Mar

The pet items table

It was a great first day back to the market.  It was pretty warm for the beginning of March, the sun made a few appearances and even though it is the start of JMU spring break, the market goers were out enjoying the day. 

Sadly, Rich was home, feeling a bit under the weather, but I was happy to set up in our new space for the year, stall #11.  This puts us about midway up the parking lot side of the venue, closest to the street, smack between Pam Green’s goat cheese and Mountain View’s cow cheese.   

Our Cosmic "display pony" hard at work

I was happy to introduce the new line of dog toys I have been working on, showcasing a full table of all pet items, including St. Patties dog scarves!  The new items proved to be just as popular as the returning items!  I was also reminded again that the dog collar rack is way too small, and hopefully Rich can construct a new one that will accommodate a much larger selection.  Hopefully that can be completed before next weekend because I did spend some time Sunday fashioning more collars, and they will not all fit on the current rack! 

I can’t help but be impatient for some of the other new items that we have in the works to be ready for the market.  I spent quite a bit of time rearranging the stand in my mind to suit the future additions.  Visualizing a new feng shui for the stand is a typical market past time.  It’s good to be inspired and geared back up! 

Here are some images from this Saturday. 

Return to Market

1 Mar

Announcing: The anticipated return of Cosmic Earth to the Harrisonburg Farmers Market is slated to take place this very Saturday, the 3rd of March.

I expect dogs across Hburg to be cheering, as they can now be adorned with a new St Patties or spring themed scarf and maybe talk their person into getting them a new toy too.    

Stated more bluntly, we have added new dog scarves to the selection and also have a hefty variety of dog toys newly added to the inventory.

New collars and leashes will also be available. 

Our human customers will also find that we are still stocked with our one of a kind skirts, cloth produce bags, tie dyed children and baby clothes, and an outstanding selection of tote and handbags in a range of sizes and designs. 

I suspect that we have a few other items in our inventory, but I am so giddy over starting back to the market that I can’t think clearly enough to name them!  I guess you will just have to swing by and check out the stand for yourself this Saturday! 

Free Time Makes Me Lazy

28 Feb

We are starting back to the market this weekend, which is very exciting for us.  We have missed the hustle bustle of our usual Saturday and being able to chat with fellow market enthusiasts.  It is only Tuesday and I am already starting to work out the packing and preparations in my head, getting the process lined up and ready to implement.  I started the physical packing last night by putting the new line of dog toys I have been working on into a tote so they are ready to load into the truck. 

The last few weeks of lazy Saturday mornings have been enjoyable, but all that spare time and relaxation is just slowing me down.  I find I work better and get more done when I have less time to get lazy.  It’s a contagious state, one hour of being lazy leads to a second hour, and then before you know it you are waking up from a nap and its only noon. 

Going to the market every weekend, seeing my current stock and coming up with new ideas sparks me to rush home to my sewing room and spend the rest of my night working. 

It’s time to gear up and get moving again.  There’s gardens to plant and things to sew. 

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