The setup was supposed to start at eight but by seven thirty
members of our rv park were already arriving to set up their displays. It was
time for our annual Arts and Crafts Show at Blue lagoons Rv park! This is the
first year we advertised the show outside the park!
Our small rv park isn’t just a fishing park, but also has many
talented people who spend their winter painting, quilting, and crafting. Each
year we hold an Arts and Craft Show in which we encourage everyone to get out
of their rvs and show what they make. Each year new people and new crafts come
out and this year was no exception.
One of the new displays this year was by our next-door
neighbor Sue. She displayed one of her beautiful quilts and demonstrated how
she coils wire and beads and makes bracelets. She is offering a class in the park
and had quite a few enrolled!
Another new crafter/artist is Dave. He has been in the park
for a long time and has started to make steak turners, used in barbecuing. He
makes them in both right and left-handed models and uses different woods, including
walnut harvested from his family farm.
There are quite a few people here from Michigan and Al’s
specialty is making Maple syrup! Each year he collects about three hundred
gallons of sap a day, using plastic tubing and a gravity pressure vacuum
system, (no carrying buckets)! He then boils the sap, reducing the volume about
thirty times, before filtering and bottling his home-made maple syrup.
Evelyn had a busy year with her water color painting, and I
made the mistake of not buying a beautiful yellow painting of a hibiscus in
full bloom! Her specialties include birds, flowers, and pets/animals. One of her more unique paintings was one of a camel! She also displays her work in the clubhouse and takes commissions.
Diana brought and showed some of her knitting and jewelry,
along with Jim who crafts rosaries, wire wrapped pendants, and does lapidary.
Joe displayed and sold his fish scale jewelry! Finally, we of course showed our
lapidary and jewelry objects.
This year we have added knifes and letter openers
with scales, (handles made from dinosaur bone, Wyoming black and green jade,
and blue and gold tiger eye.
Unfortunately, several others were unable to make the show
as the flu has hit the park hard, (as it has everywhere). Pam and Roy had brought
some of their lapidary and jewelry collection from their artist coop in Iowa
but stayed in their rv recovering and regaining their strength.
It was the most people that have ever attended, and it was a
fun show! Thank you to all who shared their work and thank you to all who came
and enjoyed looking at our work! Now, we have a brief respite before getting
ready for the Gulf Coast Gem and Mineral Show at the fairgrounds in Robstown,
Texas). (March 3rd
and 4th. Clear skies