This place is like a sweat shop lately.

You guys. There are not enough hours in the day. And it’s wrong to lock my kids up in a closet with the iPad, right? (I’ll google that later, I don’t have the time right now.) Thursday is work night at the booth and I’m doing a GIANT BOOTH MAKEOVER because this weekend is the Clothesline Fair in Prairie Grove, where my booth is, and according to my very knowledgeable friend Shara it is a selling bonanza of a weekend. I’m picturing locusts descending on my booth and picking it clean, although I’m sure it won’t be quite THAT dramatic. With the Barn Sale in four short weekends, I’m freaking out a bit trying to get enough done for both events. This weekend is my opportunity to get as many of my projects done as possible so I can see if they’re going to sell — otherwise, I don’t want to spend the next four weeks working on them. So I’m going working late into the night in the garage, suffering sweaty conditions and mosquito bites. It’s lovely.

Here’s some of what I’ve been working on.

I’m working on these bigger signs, rather than the ones that use just one single plank of wood. These are both homages to designs that I’ve seen on Pinterest, which is a nicer way of saying they were inspired by someone else’s work, which is a nicer way of saying my current ideas are coming from the brains of others right now. I wish my creativity would kick-start but I kind of think I feel too stressed out about getting everything done to be all that creative.



So the solution to being able to paint words onto these very rough fence pickets is to sand the hell out of them. Only that significantly changes the color of the weathered wood, but I’ve decided I can work with that. For these, I stained them with the very darkest stain I could find. I like the way the cream paint looks against the dark wood. These were “inspired” by Pinterest as well.

And I’ve done another of my Buttercup signs, which sell within days (sometimes on the same day) as I get them in the booth, usually.

My Mom has even gotten into the act — check out the adorable toddler bows she made.

I just want to get as much done as possible! I’m planning something big in regards to re-decorating the booth on Thursday night, which requires some prep as well…sleep is overrated. Not really. I love sleep too much to give up too much of it.

BTW, I’m TOTALLY joking about locking the kids in the closet. Why, they’ve been out at least TWICE in the past week, I promise.

I wonder how long before they can paint, nail, and saw? I mean, not with the jigsaw, obviously, but maybe with a handsaw by the time they’re four or so?

August 27, 2013 - 11:31 pm

Shara I’m not that knowledgeable, but I have lived around here a long time and I know it is a very busy weekend in the area. The football game being in Fayetteville along with the Clothesline Fair will make it doubly busy. People go the the Clothesline Fair and then work their way down to the strip and hit all the flea markets. I know you will do well with so many handcrafted signs and handmade things. Those bow ties! Ack! Love all the signs too. You are doing great at making something out of nothing. You know what I mean – old pickets turned into great new signs.

I have so much stuff that I have made for the Barn Sale, but I am hoarding it until then. I realize that is probably stupid since I could sell some of it this weekend. Maybe I will get a wild hair and throw some of it out after all.

Whoops. Just realized this is a comment on your blog and not one of my long, droning Facebook messages.

Over and out.

August 28, 2013 - 12:34 am

Marsha Lara, you are one busy lady!! I love the things you are making. And I LOVE the photos of Emme and Jack! Still not on Facebook so I’m really out of touch. Sending greetings from France via my iPad mini–just to prove I’m not completely out of touch! :-). Hugs to everyone…Marsha

August 28, 2013 - 8:54 am

Melissa I still love the Buttercup sign! So cute! Good luck with getting all your stuff done. Deadlines make me itchy…
And your kiddlets are so freaking cute! Makes me miss my twin brother… : )