Aardvark Art Glass

I’m getting sucked in
June 30, 2009, 12:58 pm
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We have a date, now, that we are opening. Looks like July 16 with some kind of an opening fiesta type thing on Saturday, July 18, which will coincide with the East Johnson St. Block Party. As it has only occurred once before, you probably aren’t familiar with this particular block party. I’m not really, either, to tell you the truth. I think it goes from around noon to 7pm. There’s food and beer (I think) and live music from the famous Cork-N-Bottle String Band. Don is going to be playing there as well with his other band, Retro Box. Should be a good time.

Meanwhile, back at the shop, we’ll be open 11am-7pm, I will be doing bead demos, maybe Missy or Sarah will be making stuff out of metal, we’ll have drinks and snacks or something. You know, store opening stuff. I am working like a fool to get inventory made by then, which, by the way, is great, the working. There is ALWAYS something to do around here. And a lot of it has to do with the lights being on for the first time in a couple of years. My walls are dirty, my display stuff is beat up, that sort of thing. So opening is going to be more than just unlocking the door and answering the phone again. I kinda figured.

ANYhoo, I have to get back to my stuff that I have to do. Damn, it’s weird not being on the computer all the time. I’ll be back!


June 16, 2009, 5:21 pm
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I’m home now. I guess I have at least another day of really intensive store cleaning before I can get back to doing my job, such as it is. I roped my pal Patrick into helping me and we got a ton of stuff done today. Patrick cleaned so hard he broke my broom. For real. Tomorrow we’re taking down wood shelving in the office cave and putting up metro shelving to hold all of my lidless totes full of irregularly shaped objects. And sheets of glass. Metro shelving was just a drastic measure looming in the back of my mind last week when I moved the sheets of glass from the front of the store to the office. At that time, had I then considered that the consequence of moving the glass once would be that I would have to move it two more times before it was in it’s forever home, I probably would have just left it where it was and cleaned around it. Or maybe I would have locked the door and burned the building to the ground. It’s this lack of foresight on my part that really adds some hours onto even the simplest of projects. Window to my world, yo. And this is kind of large scale happening, too, so thank god for Patrick.

Anyhoozle, after we get this done, whenever that may be, I’ll be able to post some camping pictures and Etsy stuff. In the mean time I will be throwing things away so that I can make space for other things. Then I will move things to that space. Then, tomorrow, I will move everything back to almost exactly the same space that it was in before. But it will be on a new shelf that will hold twice as much stuff so it will be completely different and much better than it was before. Great will be my rejoycing.

What the world needs now
June 11, 2009, 9:57 pm
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is cup holders that are cheap and also devoid of insipid sayings. Yep. Couldn’t find any. Somewhere in the shop I have a rubber one shaped like a fish head with the saying “If this is missin’ I’ve gone fishin'” written on it. I rather like that sentiment though something that beautiful is bound to be impractical and not fit in the built in cup holder on the camping chair.

So I guess we have all of our stuff now, save for a can cooler with which I can be seen in public. I cleaned the refrigerator, the hedgehog cage and the hedgehog. Pretty much anything that was going to stink by the time we came back is clean. That’s Cathy’s triage cleaning system. It doesn’t work real well. Even the sightless know somethings up.

Well, off to the wilderness! No technology, no nothing where I’m going. Talk to you Tuesday.

Cathy is tired
June 10, 2009, 1:18 pm
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Well, I’m home. That show turned out a lot better than I thought it would, given the economy and all. Most people I talked to were pleasantly surprised at their sales. So never doubt the power of low expectations, I guess. My only purchase at B&B was this giant set of spacer beads made by JC Herrell. Aren’t they wack? I think they are so funny. I also got one of Margaret Zinser’s beetle beads and an ammonite pendant from Andrew Brown. SO much fantastic work  at the show. Really, really.

Meanwhile, back here Cracker Doodle is still with us. I put a little heart shaped sign on her cage professing my love for her. (That was just in case she heard me mention last week that, should she pass on, I was thinking of setting up a centrifugal casting machine in the back room.) Guilt. Cracker is welcome to stay just as long as she wants.

I started clearing out the front of the building for my jeweler pals who are moving in in about a week. God, this reorganization. Any small semblance of order that I had from cleaning the store in April is completely gone. I just want to throw stuff away but the stuff is too good. It needs a place. And there are no places left. Internal organization of all the totes I’ve got lying around is necessary. I think I’m going to have to work on this for the rest of the week.

So, Real Life sure is colliding with my web world. I have less than 48 hours til our annual camping trip. In that time I have to get the store shaped up, clean the house to a certain extent, do laundry, make meals for the pets and pack my junk. I’m not going to bother with the Etsy store this week because I don’t have time to ship stuff. I don’t really know when web things are going to get done. I could guess but I’d probably be wrong so…. Anyways, I’m outta here early Friday morning and then back on Monday. I’ll post after I check Don’s beard for ticks.

off we go
June 3, 2009, 10:42 am
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Leaving for Milwaukee momentairly. I’ll be at the Bead and Button Show/Midwest Airlines Center booth #1246 next to JC Herrell and Lori Greenberg, Thursday thru Sunday. I’ll be able to check mail while I’m there so if you have any free advice or tasty recipies, don’t be stingy.

There will be much going on after I’m back on Monday with the jewelers moving into the shop. I’ll be back on the blog soon. Had a pretty crappy weekend, this last one. Cracker Doodle, the very old  store hedgehog, stopped eating and drinking for four days. I had planned to have her put down on Monday, which, frankly, would have been impeccable timing on her part, since I don’t want to leave her in someone else’s care if she’s about to keel over. But then Sunday night she started eating and sprang back to life. So, the gift of emotional strain was mine last week. I’m very glad she’s back up, even if it means that we’ll be going through that again, probably pretty soon. That Cracker.

See you Monday!