Monthly Archives: July 2014

Washed Out in Willoughby

Glimpses of the sun

Rain and thunderstorms were predicted at 50%, but that was low. It did really rain all day, but that didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of crowd. Brightly colored umbrellas were everywhere.


Luckily the really serious downpour came at the end of the show as we were taking down the tent and packing up to go. It still was a good show and I got to meet some nice people.
If you see this Meagan, I hope you are still happy with your rock necklace.


Next Show:
10th Annual Warehouse District Street
Noon – 8:00
W. 6th St.
Warehouse District


Eat Cake

I have been waiting for weeks for the pre-show packet to arrive. It contains relevant info such as my booth number, when to set up, how to get in, etc.
Having not received it, I was very panicked as the show is TOMORROW. So I called the Chamber of Commerce and was told it went out as an email back in June! I couldn’t find it.
She agree to send it again; still no luck.
Inspiration. Sure enough, both emails were in SPAM.

We are in booth #512, on Euclid Ave., between W. Spaulding and Sharpe Ave.

Hope you can come out for this fabulous event and stop by to say hi.

Sorry to Willoughby Chamber of Commerce for blasting you. I really do want to do this show in 2015!


Where is Willoughby?



If I thought Shaker Hts. was slow in delivering any show information, Willoughby takes the cake. I will have to call. I still don’t know my booth, when to set up, etc.
I do know it is an absolutetly amazing show and I’m thrilled to have been accepted into it.

When: July 19, 2014 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Historic Downtown Willoughby, Ohio (map)
Historical Downtown Willoughby, in the hub of Lake County, is located 20 miles east of Cleveland and easily accessible from both Interstate 2 and 90. Featuring over 125 artists, entertainment & food, this show welcomes over 10,000 people. Willoughby ArtsFest–you won’t want to miss it!

Get to the Artsfest early to ensure convenient parking!
Parking Options for Artsfest City Hall parking • Behind the Court House • Todd Field • Behind Willoughby Welcome Center
* Any car parked in an illegal space will be towed by the city of Willoughby

Click here to see the map in greater detail on Google… More Info – See more at:

Traumatic Fourth of July


We have 2 rescue dogs – Murphy is very mellow and calm and Lucy is not.

She is afraid of everything and suffers from extreme separation anxiety. She is especially afraid of loud noises.

The 4th of July is her worst nightmare.

Fireworks terrify her and she spends most of the day under the couch. We try to take her outside, but if a firecracker goes off before she relieves herself, she races for the door and will not come back. She trembles so hard, you can see it across the room.

We live in the country and it is not unusual to hear a shotgun fire. Same thing. Poor Lucy

A Bit of a Bummer


Historically, the Shaker Heights show has been terrific – great venue, super attendance and crowds who BUY. I have been at this show from the time it was held on the sprawling grounds of an exclusive girls schools to it’s current location on a parking lot adjacent to some of Shaker’s finer shopping areas. I always do well.
Until this year. Crowds were very sparse. I think they were initially nervous about the inclement weather, but even when it cleared up, they stayed home. I have to say I was disappointed.
The other factor was that there were 44 jewelers there, over half of the booths. I still don’t know how I got in. Customers had there pick of jewelry vendors to make there purchases at.
Oh well, Wellington looms ahead, on July 19. That has always been another great show for me. I will be reevaluated what pieces to take and my whole pricing structure.
Info pending.

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