In the aftermath of last Friday's marathon coating session, we were faced with getting all these tankards out the door and into customer's hands by this upcoming Labor Day weekend.
Sunday, far from being a day of rest, was spent baking (to force-cure the lining), testing, carding, and boxing all these pieces into five large and one small box (the small box was to a different customer). Needless to say the house was trashed by Sunday evening:
This morning we woke up early and continued packing. The temperature was surprisingly chilly, a mere two degrees above freezing:
Fall is unquestionably coming early this year, which may herald a harsh winter (another reason to always be "prepared" in this neck of the woods - getting snowed in for a week at a time is nothing unusual).
We spent a frantic morning finishing up the tankards, getting them boxed, and making invoices:
Here they are, boxed and ready for FedEx Ground. These calm-looking boxes don't reveal the frantic effort that went into them!
This is the seed stock for the opening weekend of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. Whew! We can't rest on our laurels, though. We have to get busy making replacement stock for everything that (pray God) will sell over the next seven weekends.