While the rain and snow have been a blessing in helping snuff out the fires, clean the air, and give us all some relief, I haven't yet acclimated to the cooler temperatures. With that, I won't be at the last few farmer's markets in Great Falls because, well, I'm a chicken to stand out in the cold for 6 hours with my kneecaps bouncing up and down from the cold, my lips frozen into a half smile, half "holy-cow I'm f-f-f-freeeezzz-OMG" expression, and my nose dripping glacial droplets.
I will be posting my holiday events soon and sending out an email with my winter/holiday show schedule. I just have to hear back from event producers before announcing. I hope all of you will stop by and bring a friend. I look forward to seeing you soon! Until then, I am working on new pieces and will keep my website up to date.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who purchased items at this year's market and festival and to everyone who stopped to look and visit. It truly was a pleasure meeting all of you, and I hope we will stay in touch.
Hi, everyone! I just want to let you know that I will be showing next Saturday, September 9, 2017, at the Lewistown Chokecherry Festival. I am very excited to be going, as I hear it is a lot of fun, with a wide variety of events and booths and food, and of course, chokecherry yummies of all kinds. I will be located on the corner of the sixth block of Main Street. New pieces will be available, which means I had better get to work now! I look forward to next Saturday. Hope to see you there!
I've been thinking about all the local customers who take my business card interested in the prospect of shopping online. This had me scratching my head as to how I could get pieces to online shoppers in the immediate area without them having to pay shipping.
To facilitate local online shoppers, I would be happy to bring a piece into Great Falls, Power, Fairfield, or Choteau within a week. I am usually in Great Falls once a week anyway, and though I am not Amazon, I can still accommodate sales and customer service by dropping off your piece. I will require payment upfront, however, which can be done over the phone with a credit or debit card. I don't have my phone number or address listed on the site to keep from getting swamped from spam and fraud calls, but you can contact me through the Contact page with your contact information and the name of the piece you are interested in, and I will call you back as soon as possible.
I truly appreciate all of my customers, and since I am located out of town and my 24/7 storefront is online, I want to show that appreciation in this way. I have truly enjoyed meeting all of you at the market, and I look forward to creating more pieces and visiting with everyone.
A gentleman at this weekend's farmers' market asked me "How long do you think farmers' markets have been around?" I thought about it a minute and replied, "I would guess they've been around as long as there has been farmers." He raised his eyebrow at me and said, "I suppose so." It was a simple enough exchange on the surface, but it left me pondering the question.
Where I hadn't given it much consideration before, I realized "the market" really is a long-held tradition for farmers, craftsman, and artisans to exchange goods, and I love being part of that tradition. It is a more personal exchange compared to shopping at the big-box stores, and it impacts the community in a way big-box stores can't. Where else can you meet the person who grew your onions or made the bowl you put your soup in or the brownie you lose yourself in? While all shopping venues serve a purpose and a need in each community, whether it is creating jobs, providing services, or selling goods, it is the local business owners and the one-on-one contact between producer and consumer that gives the experience more heart. It is also very nice to meet the consumer face to face, to shake their hand, and to hear their stories, an aspect of the market I am enjoying quite a bit.
Many of my pieces are available exclusively through Latigo & Lace in Augusta, Montana. It is a beautiful shop with a wide array of outstanding work from artists around the state.
Augusta is a small community seated at the trailhead of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. It is definitely worth the day drive to visit the town, enjoy the gallery, eat a burger and have a local Wilcoxson's ice cream cone at Mel's Diner or try Montana's pork chop sandwich with an adult beverage at The Western Bar & Grill. A trip into The Bob provides spectacular views, excellent camping and fishing, and a great get away from the rat race of the day-to-day.
The first Great Falls Farmer's Market of the year went off Saturday, June 3. It was a beautiful day with a good turnout. I loved getting to visit with everyone that stopped by, and I look forward to next week's show. I'm excited for the rest of the season and to meet even more of you!
In the meantime, I'm working on some new pieces and hope to have them fired and on display within the next two shows. If you can't make it to the market, I will have all of my items listed here on my website, and I can ship to anyone, anywhere.
I hope to see you either at the Saturday shows or here on the web! Happy days to all of you!
Passing on news and occasional ponderings.