Thursday, August 12, 2010

THE CUMBERLAND CRAFT FAIR

Today, I needed a little break from the homestead and all it's chores that seem to be mounting daily. I'm sure you all understand- the mowing, weeding, house painting, coop cleaning, ten minutes of rug hooking- chores that never seem to end. Today was a beautiful day, a great day in fact to attend a craft fair. The sun was shining and however briefly, the humidity gone. I picked up my best gal pal and we hit the road. This local craft fair is held on an agricultural location. The juried vendors set up their wares in animal stalls and in various tents. I love craft fairs and enjoy conversing with such artistic creative people and also buying local. This fair had offerings ranging from sea glass jewelry to goat milk soap. There were fragrant herbs and spices, decadent fudge, pottery, baskets, knit items, quilts, stain glass, painted wood, wreaths, and much much more. There were many items I would have loved to give a home to, but I kept my spending at bay. My purchase so far was one organic blueberry soda. Then I spied a silver ring, placed it on my finger and it just made me smile. Oh, this vendor has some lovely pieces however, I don't wear silver jewelry but gold, so I placed the ring back and continued on. Oh, I would have loved to purchase the beautiful ash laundry basket, or the vibrant teal boiled wool mittens. There were also some of the most creative bird houses which were made using old garden implements and tools incorporated into their design. But alas, I just could not get that little flower ring out of my mind. I once again placed the ring on my finger and once again it did make me smile. I paid the vendor and realized that this little ring was meant to be mine.
Isn't it funny how such a small item can make you happy, put a little song in your heart and a spring to your step! It was a good day indeed.





12 comments:

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Sounds like a perfect day! Nothing like fall when all the shows get really going. Have a great weekend, Dawn

Pondside said...

When it's something you really and truly love, that song in your heart and spring in your step will last a good long time.

Kathy in KY said...

It's a beautiful ring, Julie. It's something I would wear, and I don't wear jewelry at all. It is feminine enough, but in a farm-gal kind of feminine - with just a tad of tom-boy in there - just my kind of ring. I think of little things that put a song in my heart, and I once got a water dipper that is like the grannyware metal - don't remember the term, is it enamelware? But it belonged to my grandma, and has to be old since no one uses water dippers anymore - I treasure that, and plan to use it more when I move to the country - for those times I need a good cold sip of well water. I love craft fairs, too, but don't attend them enough, and can never decide what to buy since all of the items are wonderful. Glad you had fun. Take care, from KY.

Rural Revival said...

What a great way to enjoy the outdoors without humidity and that ring is precious. Very pretty and unique!

Rural Rambler said...

It's very sweet Julie. A little flower face on your finger that you can look down at anytime and makes you smile. Puts a song in your heart and a spring in your step. Now that is a wonderful purchase! Enjoy your Dog Trot Farm Friday Julie!!

Jenny wren's nest said...

I think it is even more special because someone took the time to make it by hand, it would mean alot to me if I knew someone would cherish something I made.

It's been fun catching up with you, how great it would be to grow up on an Island by the sea.
Jenny

Farm Girl said...

Wow what fun, We do get tired of the homestead don't we? I keep feeling like I have cabin fever, and reading your post I realize I just need some time away to do something fun. I am so glad you went back and bought the ring. It is nice you have something to make you smile. It make me smile. It also is a very lovely ring.
It is nice to took the time to get away.

Eve said...

It is Loverly Julie! I love a good find! Hope all is well on DTF and I'll be talking to you soon!

Finegan Antiques said...

Sometimes the littlest things in life give us the biggest joy. Your ring is adorable and I bet you will smile every time you wear it.
The craft fair sounded wonderful. If you had called I would have gone.

Donna

Jenny said...

Sometimes you just HAVE to follow your instincts Julie. I'm glad you went back for it, it's really lovely.

the primitive country bug said...

I was at the craft fair on Friday. I kept a tight reign on my pocketbook though. I'm glad you got yourself that pretty ring!!
Enjoy~ Birgit

Anonymous said...

I missed the craft fair this year...and what perfect weather they had for it this time. So glad you got the cute silver ring that called out to you........those are the ones we can't leave behind. Enjoy!
Cindy