Today was the Maryland Faerie Festival. I want to take a moment to give special thanks to my dear friend Elizabeth Kolodziej for inviting me to this event. She and I have become fast friends (to the point that we share a brain…seriously) and she is so incredibly talented. She writes, makes jewelry, designs hats, made voodoo dolls and made glow in the dark fairy dust! I couldn’t believe it. I was like…when do you have time to do all that? She’s a tremendous author if you haven’t checked out Gravely Inanimated (written under her pen name Esther Wheelmaker), stop what you’re doing and pick up a copy now! It’s a fabulous book, a great blend of Steampunk and Zombies. I’m reading it right now and I can’t wait to finish it.
We always have fun together no matter where we go. And today was proof of that, you really have to laugh to keep from crying. Everything was great this morning. I got up in time (even though my alarm didn’t go off), showered, dressed and was ready to go at 7:30 AM on the dot. Elizabeth picked me up and off we went, to Darlington, MD. We chatted the entire drive up to the Faerie Festival, catching up on each other’s lives, talking about writing and other conventions that are coming up where she and I will share a table. Sharing laughs and giggles. I love LOVE hanging out with her.
An hour later we arrive at our destination (thank you GPS) and we found an employee that directed us to our vendor space. Between a tree and a tree stump. No table…no tent…no chairs. They never told us that we needed to bring our own stuff. I was like….uhhhh….what do we do now?
This was a make it work moment. Luckily, Elizabeth had some blankets in her car so we did our best to set our stuff up kind of like a picnic. And then I decided that we had enough stuff to make our own table.
This is what we ended up with. LOL Two plastic carrying cases, a banner and duct tape. We were desperate.
We managed to get one of the volunteers to snag us a couple chairs (my butt was grateful). Then for two hours or so we did the best we could. Then I noticed that a couple tents behind us there was a table and a bunch of chairs that NO ONE was using. I seriously obsessed over the table. I found another volunteer and asked her about it. Then she got sidetracked with other duties so I had to find someone else to help us. With our powers combined, Elizabeth and I were able to turn our makeshift table into a real table.
We named it Bob. This is Bob…our table. The Velveteen Table…. 😀
And he was magical. He brought us LOTS of people. We sold a bunch of our books until….it rained. Sigh. Thunderstorms. Seriously? After all the trouble we went through to get a table and chairs, it had to rain.
At first it was just a sprinkle. So we hid our books underneath Bob (our table) and set up again when the rain stopped. 20 minutes later it started to rain again…with a vengeance. So we decided to pack up for the day and go back home.
But…I still had a blast. We saw a yellow fairy, a brown unicorn, a faun walking on stilts, a giant trying to kill fairies (I was one of the ones that got killed LOL Lucky for me it was a very soft hammer), and little mini ponies. I will post more pictures soon.
And here I am with butterfly wings on my eyes and my new fairy wings made by Pixi Doll from Crone Designs.
Every time we go out into the world it’s an adventure!
But seriously, tomorrow we will be ready. Kurt (my awesome husband) bought me and Elizabeth a tent, I have my table and a chair and we’ll be awesome!