Monday, October 25, 2010

Artists, antiques and crafts, oh my!

For the better part of a year, my friend Karin and I have been planning on the arrival of the Country Living Fair in Stone Mountain, Ga.
A weekend filled with artists, antiques and crafts ~ we couldn't be two happier girls!

Here is "Stella", my flea market cart with a retro table cloth fitted as a liner and Karin's first score of the day, a superbly priced antique stool.  My honey thinks Stella is a little trashy looking but you junkin' girls "get it" don't you?  I can tell you that I could have sold her many times over at the fair {but let's not tell her that, lol}.
I am planning to upgrade her liner with a more graceful chenille one, rosette included.

 I was so excited to see Joanne from the Ribbon Emporium at North Lakewood fairgrounds!
Her store is decadent eye candy for any girl who loves vintage and finely hand dyed ribbon and trims.
If you are ever in the Atlanta area, add her store to your itinerary!
Here are some pretties I scooped up while at her booth.

I adore neutrals as a palette {in addition to aqua, pink and ivory, of course!}.
Jan Blough of Silhouettes and More had a charming booth filled with lots of black and white hand crafted, silhouette inspired gifts.
I loved her found object key chains!

Carolyn Westbrook was one many wonderful authors in attendance delivering inspiration and excitement to the Country Living Fair experience.  It was a joy to meet her in person!  I love her French inspired style, infusing bliss and everyday decadence into her home.

One of the first booths that stopped me in my tracks was Scarlett Scales Antiques.  The proprietor, Scarlett, had dreamy garments, eclectic jewelry, neat antiques and vintage inspired home decor items.
I am also super excited that her storefront is in Tennessee!  With family located nearby, I am going to plan a visit to her shop into my trips.

Burlap and linen pillows

Lots of neutral tones - gray, taupe, cream, black and a punch of basil green.

Sweet felted birdies!

Sachets in bread baking molds

You always know when you meet a kindred spirit.  Such is the case when I met Linda Marcov of Willow Nest Farm.  We were each wearing our Magnolia Pearl outfits and immediately understood each others love for artful romantic clothing.  She is such a sweet and endearing person.  I love her enchanting style ~ EVERYTHING in her booth made me swoon!

Everytime I turned around I was smitten with another gorgeous vignette.

Simple bottles ~ beautiful piled in a bowl on their own
or waiting for Linda's touch of vintage romance.

 Vintage millinery ~ these are the top of my list of favorite things that inspire me.

 I loved these old bottles and the sweet spotted feather nestled into them.
My kind of fall!

Where does gorgeous jewelry begin and enchanting vignettes end?

I love how Linda combines vintage textiles and components into something divine and dreamy.
I could have photographed and stayed in her booth all day! 

A vintage inspired Christmas

Such sweet and romantic pillows ~ adds such warmth and nostalgia to your home.

The festive pumpkin patch!

What is it about eating outside that just makes food taste better?
The weather was more perfect than we could have wished for  - all the better to eat gyros and drink sweet tea al fresco.

Karin and I were so very lucky to meet some of the artists in the  Earth Angels Toys booth.
We were completely blissed out watching Laurie Meseroll paint.  Her enchanting mixed media paintings are adorned with characters that are soulful with a dreamy quality.  I really enjoyed talking with her about how she approaches her art.  It made me realize that sometimes I plan what I am going to do too much. 

I need to let her words inspire me to just be creative and not be overly concerned about the planning part.
Typically, I tend to think I need to have a plan so I don't waste fabric or trims - really, I need to let loose sometimes and not worry about that - just . . create.

Another artist affiliated with Earth Angels Toys, is Melody Elizabeth.  She was demonstrating how she deconstructs garments to create her handbags.  She has an amazing eye for repurposing different elements into something beautiful.

Kelly McCants, proprietor of Modern June, had a rainbow of oilcloth patterns to delight any retro inspired homemaker!
From her cheery pennant banners to her customizable placemats, we had a great time enjoying the wares in her booth.

Jeanne Cherry of juNxtapostion was so patient and sweet with us as we poured and swooned over all of her coolio jewelry made from silverware and typewriter keys!

I had a hard time deciding which necklace inspired me the most.
They were also so pretty!

You would think this would be "the one" right?

I decided this was "the one".  {Actually, Karin insisted this WAS "the one"}


Fearless about using my fabric {at least sometime, lol}.
Fearless sounds right.

Thank you for stopping by my Sugahs!
I wish for you many fearless moments in the days ahead ~ I am here cheering you on!
xo's ~ Heidi


Kelly said...

awww, thanks bunches for the shout out!

ludmil said...

What lovely photos you took of us, thank you so much for the post.. I loved meeting you, and hope to see you again, I am sure our paths will cross once again. Love Linda... you are right we are kindered spirits!

Ronnie said...

Hi Heidi,
I found you at the Country Living facebook page, so headed this way!
I fell in love with Linda and Ludmil's wares too. Took home one of Ludmil's big birdhouses and called it good!
I got to see some of the show I didn't see through your pictures. Thanks for posting. What a fun show. I hope they come back next year!

jeanne @ juNxtaposition said...

thanks so much for the shout out !! and i totally loved your basket w/liner !!! kindred spirits indeed !

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Darn it !!! Wish I had gone ... looks like you find lots of goodies !
I'm working with some velvet now...that's alllll I'm gonna say too. :))


cottonfieldfarm said...

Wow, would have loved to go to that show! What fun! Thanks for sharing! I am now following you on GFC. Come on over to the farm and follow back when you get a chance! God bless and see you soon!