Thursday, August 27, 2009

Where have I been ?

( Barn Quilts are Art )

In the past month, I have had to face the hard reality of not being employed anymore. (Not having anything to do, sure does take up a lot of time.) The good folk down at the Employment Security Commission like to refer my condition as being a displaced worker. Displaced is right! I call myself a statistic. I can see the bottom of the financial well, and I am very close to having my well run dry. I will be getting a pittance of Unemployment Insurance soon, but it has not come through yet. I am really thankful for any and all help that I can get. Our government does have some outstanding programs for the displaced worker, and those that may be under-employed. Over the next few months I hope be taking a few certificate classes at the Community College, and even more immediately, there is a program that I have signed up for that is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (it's vision is to foster “a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities.”). The program is called FastTrack NewVenture. In a few short weeks, they can walk me through the process of starting a new business... so, let's guess what this country boy is about to do.

I am getting ready to start a new business! To be named (of course), Barn Quilt Memories. I have not gotten to class yet, and have not sold any product, but I will. This afternoon I went down to the local Art Museum and signed up to be a vendor at the First Folk Art Festival at the Lake. This is billed as: Outsider art, Outside the expected, Outside the city limits! Taking place on October 3rd (one day only), does not leave me with much time to come up with some Barn Quilts. All I can say right now is... stay tuned!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

these pictures speak for themselves...

on You Tube
( from Kankakee County, Illinois )

[ click the pic. ]