Setting up for a New Phase

I spent most of the last week or so rearranging the trailer, installing shelves for the bead bins and preparing the front of the trailer for use as a sewing/craft area. Since we are no longer doing any shows, it was necessary to reorganize everything and set up for a new phase of the business aimed at mail order only.

Scott and I also finished trading office spaces this week and so far it is working out great. I am in the back of the bus now and can leave my stuff out without cluttering up the living room. David built Scott a new desk for the front of the bus and then started in on the entertainment center. I am thinking of starting a new blog with all the pictures and updates on the bus conversion from start to finish. Maybe…

Now that the sewing/craft space has been created in the trailer for me I can finally get those Christmas presents finished. I think we are going to stay here through new years so I will be mailing all the presents out. I better get busy, quick.

Back from the Houston Quilt Show Again

The Houston Quilt Show and the Presidential election are both over now and if one had to be better than the other I am glad things turned out the way they did. The Houston show was down about 75% from years past, but we still made a little. At the end of the show I sold the gridwall and hooks. We then decided to not do anymore quilt shows for now and to concentrate on our eBay bead sales. Mom has learned how to count beads and has taken some of the pressure of my job away.

The election turned out better than we expected or hoped for. President George W. Bush won reelection over John Kerry in both the popular vote and the electoral college. The republicans netted 4 more seats in the House of Representatives and most of the media are attributing the wins to the evangelical voters coming out to vote. God truly is great!

I drove home (to Dallas) immediately after the show on Sunday evening, arriving around 11:30 pm. This allowed me to fill about 87+ orders on Monday morning. Things are slowly getting back to normal around here.

David is going to build a cabinet for our entertainment center in the front of the bus next week and Scott and I are going to trade office spaces. I am taking over the back bedroom and he is getting the front living area.

Christmas presents are now in production and coming together nicely. Pictures to follow.

Trip to Houston Festival and Quilt Show

Well, where should I begin?

Scott and I went back and forth weighing our options for taking the bus to Texas during the Houston Festival Quilt Show. The original plan was for me to take the truck and the booth and do the show myself and then come back to North Carolina. We then decided to take the bus, truck and trailer to Dallas where Scott could stay during the show and fill our eBay orders while I went down to Houston with the truck and booth to do the show. We have a wi/fi connection in Tool at mom and David’s house so Scott’s work would not be disrupted too much.

Then the price of gasoline and diesel started climbing.

So, we returned to the original plan until mom and David called us and told us that they had purchased a piece of property and would be purchasing a tractor to use there. Scott couldn’t stand the thought of being in North Carolina, doing his job and mine, while I was gone for two weeks. He also really wanted to see the land and drive the tractor. So, a week before the show the plans have changed again.

We left North Carolina on Tuesday the 26th of October and headed for Dallas. We drove approximately 350 miles per day, staying at Flying J’s three nights and arrived here yesterday, Saturday, October 30.

Today, we attended our church, Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano where we worshiped and got on our knees to pray for God’s will to be done in the upcoming election. We truly feel that this election is a choice for America between good and evil. The election takes place on Tuesday, the day I drive to Houston.