Whew! This got here a lot faster than I thought it would. I can't believe it's been almost three months since I started blogging about Maker Faire for Craftzine.com. I've had crazy fun learning more about MF and getting ready for the event. I can't wait for this weekend.
And yet, I almost wish I could hit the pause button and wait a few days to get started. It's been a crazy week around here and, quite frankly, I'm flat out exhausted. I've had a killer cold this week that has all but completely knocked me out. Then yesterday, our sweet one-eyed-blind Pekingese, Emilie, had to have emergency spine surgery. We woke up to her not being able to move her back legs (uh ... SCARY!) and had to rush her to the vet. After xrays and a cat scan, they determined she needed surgery immediately to relieve pressure on her spinal cord from a bulging disc in her back.
We adopted Em back in May from the Houston Pekingese Rescue Group, and have become completely smitten with her. She's the sweetest little pup you could ever hope to know. The poor thing has had a rough go of it in her short life, and we are hoping that she pulls through this latest agony ok. Please keep her in your thoughts. I'm sitting here waiting for a follow up call from the surgeon, and she'll likely be in the hospital through the weekend.
On top of all that, the house is a wreck and I'm still sick (hellooooo ... no voice ... doing a demo in 28 hours ...) so I'm floundering a little bit here.
Fortunately, I got a great email from The Crafty Chica herslef yesterday. You know, the awesome Kathy Cano-Murrillo. She's my hero. I love her bubbly personality, the way you can not just hear, but *feel* her smile in her voice, and I love that she's always so optimistic and happy and hard-working. I did a short profile interview with her for Craftzine, and got her answers back right after we got home from taking Emilie in for surgery. Her words were so inspiring - it really helped me get through yesterday. You can read the full interview over on Craftzine, but I also really love what she had to say about why folks should go to the Faire.
Many times we crafty artsy folks feel out of place in mainstream society. Some people just don't appreciate the joy of sewing through tin sheets, or decoupaging paper to fabric, or embedding anything and everythign in resin. At Maker Faire, it is all like people and you will feel like you are among family. Even if you have never felt the the bristles on a paintbrush, you will be awestruck and inspired within the first few minutes. There is just so much to see, so many creative people sharing their innovatives ideas and technqiues. You will leave a changed person.So I better head off the computer for now. I've got a couple of posts going up at Craftzine today, I need to practice my demo for the weekend and prep my materials, and I've got to clean up the house before I lose my mind. Wish me luck .... and see you at the Faire!