We’re back from the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. We couldn’t have had more beautiful weather for it this year. By the time the festival started, I was exhausted from first preparing to leave for our trip, our recent travels, and then going nonstop to prepare for the festival. I think I could have easily fallen asleep in my chair on Saturday and wasn’t the best at carrying on a conversation in my tired state, but I did my best. I have a picture of Bracken in the backseat on our way back to the hotel that first night, after he had fallen asleep on his hand. That picture pretty much sums up how I felt. We all felt that way, Jeff had been working nonstop to get ready for the festival. We were all a bit more renewed on the second day, after going to bed so early.
We were fully stocked with buttons at the festival and hardly had room for them all in our booth. There were also some great deals to be found in our sale jars. The first morning we were getting the booth ready and then I went to our car to tie some more buttons on cards, while Bracken drew pictures. I told him I’d take him to see the animals soon. After that we brought the cards I’d finished to the booth and I was doing some more things there, and finally Bracken insisted that he was tired of being patient, of hearing the word soon, and that he wanted to go and see the animals already. When you have your own business, it feels like the work is never ending sometimes and it’s hard to walk away from it. Especially as such a small business, when each and every sale we make means so much to our family (and having all the stock we can, and all the buttons tied on cards, feels so important.)
I did step away though, I was happy to visit the animals with my boy. One of the highlights for Bracken was seeing the bunnies being blow-dried. He found it so entertaining and Jeff and I took turns going over there with him to watch again. (Another highlight was the cool rocks he found among the gravel. They looked like agates.) Being surrounded by so much yarn just makes me happy, so yarn is always a highlight of the fiber festivals for me. I saw the best license plate that simply said: Yarn. I loved it. I did some fun yarn trades, which I’m always grateful for. (I have so many projects dancing around in my head and now the trick will be to find more knitting time to fit into my days.)
For Jeff the highlight of the festival was meeting so many kind people and the conversations that went along with that. As much as Bracken loved watching the bunnies, and as happy as it makes me to be surrounded by yarn, the kind people, connections made, and friends seen were definitely the highlight of the festival for us as well. I met a blog reader and when she told me her name I recognized it right away from sweet comments she has left here. I told her how much her comments meant to me. Oftentimes I feel like I’m writing to myself and knowing that these words mean something to someone out there reading them… that means more to me than I can say. So, I hope you all know how much I love and appreciate the comments you leave here filled with so much kindness and support! They lift me up and keep me writing.