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!