Life among the crafty
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I slept like the dead last night, even on a roll-away (which really isnâ€™t bad). I was going to get up at 8:30. Didnâ€™t make it out of bed till 10. Finally got dressed and headed over to the trade show at noon.
If you imagine craft-people as round women in cat sweaters who are all sugar and spice, you arenâ€™t entirely wrong and you arenâ€™t entirely right.
It is predominantly women (though not exclusively) here. Many are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. But there are also women in their 20s and women in their 80s. They are also business owners, shop owners, designers, manufacturers, and sales people.
They do love the cute.
Which only goes to prove what I say on my profile â€˘ donâ€™t let the white hair and round figure fool ya! I just might surprise you.
I missed B for lunch but hoped to visit some of the booths sheâ€™d recommended. It was so different today from yesterday. So much color, so many people, so much inspiration, so much creativity. So many people, so much visual stimulationâ€¦..
I got overwhelmed and went back to the hotel. I decided to take a swim and head back to the trade show tonight.
In talking to B last night about doing this again, I mentioned that even if I did little at the trade show I would enjoy doing this again.
This afternoon was a little bit of that.
B showed up for her 5 pm appointment, right on time. She was practically dancing. She said it was the first time at a trade show, ever, that sheâ€™d had a day without pain. She couldnâ€™t believe it and she couldnâ€™t quit smiling.
The session was amazing. To be able to see the effects of her day and my work on her the very next day is an unusual experience. To be able to add to that work the next day, adjusting, enhancing, learningâ€¦.thatâ€™s even more rare.
And, of course, I was also crazy delighted that the massage had been so immediately and dramatically useful.
After the massage, I joined B and two other friends for dinner. It was fun to listen to people gossip about the ins and outs of their profession. There are things to learn from the wise and foolish decisions in another industry. It was also lovely to meet some new people.