Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Holiday Craft Show - Vintage Junk Redesigned!

Hi all!  I know it's been a while, but if you could see my basement, it's looking like Santa's Workshop "gone wild"!  It's a busy time with the holidays coming up faster than the speed of snow!!! 

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving - lots of family, friends, food, and fun!  We have so much to be thankful for this year - one HUGE thing is that our daughter, Kristen, became engaged in September - and we're so happy to welcome her fiance, Tom, to our family.  They are two people who were truly made for each other (so "Sleepless in Seattle"  -  "MFEO" - ok, I've watched that movie way too many times!)  They're planning on a wedding in December 2011 - so, let the planning begin!!!!

Anyway, the reason for this post is to invite any fans of vintage redesigned junk - such as jewelry (we've got over 100 pieces - each is one of a kind!), paperweights, button bouquets, collages, market bags, etc.

Here's the important information:

What:   34th Annual Ontario Community Craft Show
When:  Saturday, December 4th, 2010 (yes...less than a week away!)
            8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Richland County Fairgrounds
            750 N. Home Rd.
            Mansfield, Ohio

The event is held in two buildings:  the Youth Building and the Arts & Crafts Building.  We'll be in the Arts & Crafts Building - space #48.  There are over 100 crafters/artists with a huge selection of crafts to purchase for holiday decoration and gift giving:  jewelry, floral arrangements, wreaths, glass items, baked goods, wood items, fabric crafts, quilts, soaps,AND MORE!!

Donations are taken at the door - $1.00 or toys (new or gently used) for Toy Time.  This is being sponsored by the Ontario Recreation Department. There will also be food served - featuring soups, sandwiches & pies. 

This is the first year that we'll be vendors for this show, and we're so excited to get our booth set up, and meet all the holiday shoppers, and sell our "junk"!

Here are pictures of "some" of the items we'll have for sale: (I apologize in advance for some of the dark pictures - I took these in the basement tonite before packing up...)

Button bouquets...

A small "village" of snow people - old bottles, and pieces and parts of anything we could find!  These were a blast to make - they've all got quite unique little personalities!

Scrabble letters galore...

An old bottle gets a "new" life, and a broken piece of china is the theme.

Rag trees - made from some raggedy chenille and random fabrics...

These are adorned with buttons and old jewelry - I love these!!!

Paperweights reused...stuffed wtih buttons, jewelry, bingo chips, etc.!

A button bouquet with some bling!

Broken china necklaces...

A holiday collage...

Bracelets - with b uttons and old earrings added to give them a whole new life!

More necklaces - us girls just love this stuff, don't we??

Old watches make sweet bracelets (I saw this idea in a magazine - love it!!)

Charm bracelets - loaded with beads and other little "found" things

Terri has embellished some shirts - very cool!!!

China and other soldered pieces - so beautiful!

Well, that's just a peek - it's time to get it all packed up and ready to go...  Looking forward to a great show! 

Take care and have a great week.


P.S.  My next post will be about a recent trip to Charlotte, NC and our visit to a couple awesome antique malls - The Sleepy Poet and The Depot at Gibson Mill (oh my gosh fabulous!!!), and of course a fleamarket - at the Charlotte Metrolina!  I've got great pics - and hope to get it posted after our show...  So, stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Country Living Fair - a few of my favorite things!

I was going to do a "Top 10", but that was impossible for me.  There were so many vendors and unbelievable creativity on display!  There was so much to see, and I know we didn't cover it all (we did spend a lot of time working/playing in our own little corner of the Fair), and so we toured the grounds in little jaunts...up one row and down another...
We saw beautiful jewelry for sale...

Ellen found a little something for herself - and I think they caught it on film too!

I ran into a good friend (Inez), who was working in the Pine Tree Barn tent - they had beautiful home decor and gift items for sale AND the most divine lemon muffins (had to get some of those!).  Their store is located in the beautiful countryside near Wooster, Ohio - it's definitely worth the drive (and there are some antique stores in town as well!).

Homegirl - such a fun spot...

There goes Ellen again...what am I doing behind a camera???  She's having all the fun!

OK - this wonderful area was definitely sucking us in...isn't it amazing??

Here we go...

And they had dancing girls - ha ha!!

I so want one of these little beauties - for camping, or just to park in my backyard to decorate!

Simply sweet!

And, look - it's Barbie's best friend, MIDGE! I loved Midge!

Nap time!!!

I like these ladies' style AND attitude!!

And, of course they had a place all set up for photo ops!!

Beautiful antiques - found throughout the show...

The color and patina of this dresser was absolutely worn to perfection!

And, it's fall in Ohio, so you know it's punkin time for sure - and these had a style all their own!

Who knew pumpkins could look chic???  Tres chic!!

Urban Farmhouse - it was an "oh my gosh" sort of fabulous - vintage, chic, country treasures galore...
Did I mention amazing??  AMAZING!  These ladies know how to put on a show, and you can even visit the store in Thornville, Ohio - Urban Farmhouse - (we'll be visiting soon).
Definitely the place to be...
There was a line to check out...but it was worth the wait... :)

And, while we were visiting Urban Farmhouse...Sue did a little "last minute" shopping  for some must-haves for our space.  Aren't those baskets fab???  They were a little heavy too - so one of the Country Living guys loaded them up and drove us back to our tent - what great service!!
Sue did a post on JUNKMARKET Style on her visit to Urban Farmhouse's Ohio Hot Spot!!

And this space was just totally amazing...  British Route Sign Designs - the ultimate in repurposing, using vintage Bitish transit signs with great style and function.  Wall hangings, furniture, pillows, etc... (Sue was so in love with it all she even put in an order for a skirt - I saw a pic on facebook - she looked quite cute in it! :)  I think I'd like a market bag... :)

Check out their website and take a look at what they're creating...we were in awe...

Love this washed out look...don't you?

Any little birdie would be happy to call these home - or maybe just for display inside - like in my dining room... 

Home TWEET Home!

We saw flowers in all shapes and hues of rustiness...

A couple new friends from Michigan (met at SoBo Style...and again at the Fair)

And some old friends (not old in age...ha ha) ;)
 Ellen, Carol & Terri  - braving the elements.
It was so hot  (a little lemonade helped)

And, one last thing - a little history (well, we were on the grounds of the Ohio Historical Center) - even in the restroom stalls... (there really was history everywhere!!!)
I think there was a different bit of history in each stall - never a dull moment at the Country Living Fair...!

That's it for the Fair.  I wish I would have taken more pictures, tried more of the food (but wanted to at least mention that we did enjoy some Jeni's Ice is way too fabulously, delicious goodness to describe - (visit their website - they'll even ship it to you!), made a few more purchases, etc... 

But maybe next year some of you can come and experience it.  There's plenty to do in the Columbus area if you can make a weekend of it.  If you're interested, you can check with me and I'd be happy to share some of our favorite spots, and maybe we could even have a little ol' blog party somewhere!! Hmmmmm....what a fun idea (ok - wheels are turning - let's see what I can come up with!  It never ends.....................).

Have a great week!