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Welcome to June! It’s hard to believe the first five months of the year have come and gone, isn’t it?

For me the hardest day will be tomorrow, as that is when the funeral is for a family friend. For anyone who read my last post, you are aware of the circumstances and my thoughts on the tragedy. I’m angry, bitter, sad and helpless all at the same time. May he RIP.

On a lighter note, one of my challenges so far has been planning the layout of my new bullet journal. I’m sure next month it will change again, but I am gradually finding what works for me so far – and what doesn’t. Several pages were NOT migrated to the new journal, while the information on some others has been included throughout. I’m aiming to not have to repeat my information in different sections, so wish me luck. ๐Ÿ˜€

The notebook I am using now is a Blueline gridded, and I do like the fact it is easier to mark areas. All I have to do is count squares to make my calendar pages, trackers and weekly spreads. That saves time and measuring. The markers I’m using don’t bleed through the pages, but there is some ghosting (lines/words lightly visible on backside of page). As I still wasn’t completely sure what type I was going to like best, I didn’t spend much of my daughter’s money on it. (She took me birthday shopping, so the journal was one thing I got.) I think my next one will have the dots as opposed to the grid; then I will know which I like best. And, if all else fails, I can always use a blank page notebook. I do think the dots will be my final choice on type. I’m sure I’ll be ready for a new one by the time fall rolls around.

I had another challenge earlier today, and that was shearing an alpaca. I use hand shears, and he was not being very patient after about a half hour. I did get most of the blanket (the softest fiber), so it wasn’t a wasted hour and a bit. Mind you, time spent with them is never wasted. And I’m sure he’s a little cooler now. I’m hoping the couple days off I have next week are nice (but not as hot as today) so I can finish his haircut and do at least one more. A shearing table would be ideal, as the animal is restrained but not stressed. The shearing I did today was done standing up; both him and me. He wasn’t happy.

Our village has started a Farmer’s Market, and I had a table set up on Tuesday. My question is, what types of items do you think sells best during the summer months? If you were looking for handmade items, what would you be looking for at a Market? 

I’m going to be honest in my sales report, or lack thereof. I didn’t have to pay for the space, so all it cost me was my time and my fuel to drive in. I left most of the hats at home, and other wintery items. After the miserable spring we had, I didn’t think anyone would want to buy hats, scarves or anything of the sort. Was I wrong in my presumption?

I do have some thoughts on improving my display, however. I’m thinking more vertical items to attract more attention. I have a week and a half to get ready for the next one, so I will be more prepared. I do know what sells well in my Etsy Shop isn’t necessarily going to sell at a local market, so I have to find that sweet spot.

The photo is of my display I had at the Farmer’s Market on Tuesday. Silly me only took one picture and I wrote on it because it was sent to a friend. You know who you are. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m open to comments and suggestions regarding this post, and others. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Diane


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