So it’s a month to the Pennsylvania renaissance Faire opens on the first Saturday of August. I look forward to this every year as it is my home show; the show where the bug bit me to be part of this world. I have come a long way- intern, informistress, cart monkey, booth monkey, salesperson, booth owner, artisan. The road I walked to get here was pretty long and so not paved or easy to trek along. There were giant hills and major hollows; mud and stone; flood waters and snow; sunshine and rain. Yet here I am about to start down that road again to a show that lasts thirteen weekends. They are long days to get ready for but I do it with a smile. Old friends will return and new ones will be made. The smell of unworked leather hides inspires me to create pieces that will bring long memories for those who buy my wares. It’s a month til we open. Let me take a breath… and now I run with scissors as i attack those leather hides.