How fun is that?
And the chandelier...in its previous life it was a commercial dishwasher basket...you'd never know it now! See Sue's post on JUNKMARKET Style - A New Wave of Junk.
No dirty dishes...so Sue used some mason jars and some fabulous florals!!
And the very unique chargers under this fab mix of glass and metal - tree cookies!! (I know, I had never heard of those before either -must be a Minnesota thing - but what a clever use of slices of an old tree.)
And a rusty old spring (brought all the way from Michigan by my friend, Midge of Refunction Junction) is a great little holder for some gourds. And the doorknob/mini vase - one of my favs!
Before Sue set the table - a great collection of junk decor filled the space!
An old colander works provides a resting place for some of the extra gourds!
And, now on to the CHAIR (I found it the week before at the Springfield Extravaganza - one of the best fleamarkets ever)! It has been stripped of its worn out fabric, and is baring itself to the world - shabby wonderfulness!! It is surrounded by some other fabulous things - a few fun pillows, some old suitcases, a collection of broomcorn, pampas grass, and a very chic bale of straw (look at the close-up below)...
Here it is from another angle (can you tell I love this??)
And for a little "behind-the-scenes" fun - we carried the chair up to our room and Sue performed a little "cosmetic surgery" on our patient... Beauty is usually only skin deep - but she just knew we'd have to dig a little deeper... (I'm sure the housekeeping people loved us! Oops, and did I mention that the bathroom aka floral storage area...was just a "little" messy too...)
"Almost gone"... There was even some lettering here and there - it just made it more perfect!
Back to our vignette... Another "gourd-ious" spot for display!
Up close and a bit rusty...
Now, on with the show - the people poured in, and ooohed and aaahed over every last detail!! It was huge fun meeting everyone, and I know Sue appreciated all the junk "love"! :)
I spy the yellow-est drink cooler ever!
It definitely caught Sue's eye - and she had to have it!
What a fun thing to display more broomcorn and some white birch branches.
Sue's books were flying out of the tent. After signing all those books, I'm sure her hand and pen were worn out by the end of the weekend! (The books sold out on Saturday!)
Lots of fans of junk!!! (Our numbers are definitely growing in Ohio!!)
Getting ready for the next demonstration!
A bit of signage and huge crowds - it was standing room only for the demonstrations!
The stage is set...
And our very clever (if I do say so myself) seat coverings, and straw bale benches (a couple extra cabinet doors made for comfy seating)!
Ellen is ready for some junk-schooling!
The three amigas!!
(This was so much fun, I can't even describe it - but you know I'm trying!)
Sue, talking trash...I mean junk!
Educational and entertaining! Way to go Sue!
Sue...busy signing... (And I found a place to hang my hat!)
Chatting it up...
Another great project and demonstration...
See - us Buckeyes love us some "junk"!!
Questions anyone??? Oh yes, there were!
Holly & Nadine...great to meet you!!!
And all of your products too!!!
Well, by the end of the weekend - everyone was wore out - but we still had smiles for the camera. That darned Hazel, she looks as fresh as she did at the beginning of the show...what's her secret??? (Maybe a good wood preservative???) If only it was that simple!!
(Lauren, Hazel, Holly - and relaxing on the straw bale...me and Miss Sue!)
Hazel perusing her kingdom!!
And, now Hazel is on her way to Atlanta (by way of Cincinnati) for the next edition of the Country Living Fair (South) - October 22-24th - at Stone Mountain. Sue's probably heading that way as we speak - so look her up if you're attending the show (I really wish I was!!)...
(Thanks to my hubby Jim - he helped with the clean-up and packing!)
It's a good thing Hazel travels light...we sure don't!
And, it's time to say so long to our "home away from home" at the CL Fair.
Thanks to everybody who helped make this such a fun event (it was lots of work too - but the fun definitely outweighed the labor...).
The staff of Country Living Magazine was awesome - and I appreciate being a part of the event!
(Looking forward to next year!)
We're down to the last pumpkin...(can you tell it was hard to say good-bye) - see ya next year!