Thursday, September 27, 2012

Country Living Fair 2012



Thanks to a buy one get one free coupon, Mimsie and I started our annual Country Living Fair expedition with a delightful new twist ~ Caribou Coffee! Their signature White Pumpkin Mocha is simply to die for. I have never consumed something that so perfectly epitomized autumn's delights into one medium to-go cup. Mimsie's dark chocolate turtle mocha was equally yummy.


Fair day dawned bright, clear and just crisp enough to warrant tights and a light sweater. (Fall fashions are my very favorite, so this brought me much happiness).

The variety of fabric pumpkins was astounding. Each vendor seemed to have their own variation that was equally clever. Tweeds, velveteens, cottons, patchwork... amazing!


Mimsie and I arrived at this tent just in time to enjoy a demonstration by Valerie Weberpal of Earth Angel's Studios. She shared with us her creative journey's beginning as a mom sewing unique clothing for her children. Now, today she finds inspiration making these adorable felty friends. No two of her creations are the same. She handstitches each one from recycled sweaters, vintage buttons, and other fabric fun she discovers along the way. When the final stitch is fastened off, Valerie has put 5 or more hours into making each felt cutie pie. 


Everywhere we went, Mimsie and I discovered some nook or cranny brimful of fall's abundant goodness. 


Watching this skilled craftsman mold his pottery in real time more deeply ingrained how wonderful it is to be able to by items that are handcrafted, one-of-a-kind originals. Inspiration popped out at us from every vendor's tent and autumn vignette we passed. I look forward to sharing more of our adventures in the coming week's posts. 

Until then, may you embrace autumn's graceful beauty to the fullest!

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking us along to your fair! I just posted about the fiber festival I went to last weekend. I came home with some orange yarn to try to crochet a pumpkin, so I especially appreciated seeing the display of cloth pumpkins at your fair. I just read through five or six of your last posts, Aurora, and I appreciated each one, just somehow missed them in my blogroll when you published them. I am enjoying blogging, but the technical aspects of it are often a mystery to me:) XX from Gracie

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  2. Looks like such fun!! Love those pretty pumpkins!! Have a great weekend! xo Heather

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  3. Beautiful Photographs. Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. What a lovely day out. I wish I lived closer to these CL Fairs! I'd love to visit one...

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  5. Oh, that looks like fun! I especially love the pottery.

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  6. Oh, it definitely looks like a delightful morning out. I see many things that I would like to scoop up. The pumpkins real or handmade are wonderful. I do miss Autumn and all the sights, sounds and smells of the season. Everything looks the same around here and it is still very hot during the day. Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

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  7. What a great "fair." I have yet to participate in something fall- like. I am so ready but it still feels like summer here. 94 degrees today higher tomorrow! Your tights and shoes are so sweet. Love that first picture!! I can't wait. I love the dolls and pumpkins. So cute.

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  8. Thanks for your lovely comments.
    This looks like my kind of craft fair, and I like to watch pottery being made. Those pumpkins look really good, and the sun is shinning that makes it a perfect day for all.
    best wishes Julie.C

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  9. I would have loved to have gone to this fair...that stalls have such lovely goodies! I really like the fabric pumpkins and the felty friend dolls as just adorable! Thanks for sharing the photo's :)
    Magie x

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  10. OK, well....you know me. I am 100% summer sunshine and warmth 100% of the time. I would live in tank tops, shorts and flip flops, if only I could. :) But I must admit, you have captured fall beautifully in this blog. Your pictures are wonderful! I absolutely LOVE the picture of your tights and shoes at the top...and the pottery. GORgeous! Looks like you had a lovely day, and perfect weather for it!
    ~Carolyn

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  11. What a beautiful, beautiful post hon. I have really enjoyed seeing all your photos - especially all the pumpkins! We just don't celebrate fall/autumn the way you do. I wish we did!!!

    Have a fabulous weekend.
    Leah
    x

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  12. What a gorgeous post! Aren't pumpkins a fabulous subject for photos!!! And I spy the cutest shoes EVER!!! :-)
    x

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