a girl and her fascinator

I am blessed to be included in what has turned into a traveling caravan of bakers, letterpress-ers, chefs, sewers, stitchers, re-purposing geniuses, inspiring volunteers and makers of things.  It has turned into one show, in one house, for one weekend for each season; the most recent one being last weekend. There is something magical about these wee shows as all who walk through the door appreciate the heart that wen to each offering on our tables.  Some of the talented wonders involved are lucky jackson, jackson creek press, amy with goods from la tienda, shannon taylor, black bird studio, magic bean creations, needle and nest design, the raw edge, art by Keegan, mons tees, two dishes catering, fallen debutante and so many other talents whose websites elude me {if you do in fact have a website and you’re reading this please let me know and I will add it}.

Seriously, I have to pinch myself.

It fell on the same week I had announced I was putting twenty six mermaids on the shelf.  On the way into the show I felt a little too tired and headache riddled to be excited, but as I walked into the warmth, laughter, and easy conversation I realized I would be a fool to let something so good go.  When Mike picked me up after the first night I bubbled over with energy and it spilled onto my whole family.  So because it is like therapy and keeps my hands creating on a manageable level, and because I always sell and trade loads of good things, and because I don’t want to let these new friendships go, I will continue with these magical seasonal shows.  And that is the beauty and freedom of my life.  Like I said, I have to pinch myself.

Trading among artists is one of a kind and such a great way for me to do business.  I was more than happy to trade for this beauty of a fascinator.  I have always wanted one, but could never quite justify the cost considering I wear fisherman pants 97% of the time and rarely leave the property {though the chickens would likely appreciate the cruelty free feathers}.  This beauty was made by a lovely dancer named Vicky who was doing her first craft show selling fascinators and nipple tassles.

All that to say sometimes you must grab the thing you want and trust that the occasion to wear it will present itself.  So we are making plans for New Years.  It involves dressing up, making pasta sauce and noodles from scratch, sipping on drinks, listening to good jazz, candlelight and pretending time is ours to do as we please in the comfort of our 100 year old cabin as the snow falls and the world counts down to another new year.

So many good things from one little show.  Magic I tell you.


go gently + be wonderful



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  1. Posted December 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm by mel | Permalink

    yeeee-hawww! So glad I may still have the joy of future shows with you my sweet inspiring beautiful mama! ;o)

  2. Posted December 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm by jeff | Permalink

    this is good news. Your tone when i was visiting early in the evening that friday was captured well in the text above. Glad you changed your mind. We must stick together.

    • Posted December 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm by erin | Permalink

      Thanks so much Jeff.
      I can’t find the words to tell you how grateful I am to be a part of this group who open their hearts, homes and studios for such goodness.

  3. Posted December 13, 2011 at 8:18 am by Stephanie K. | Permalink

    I attended a teachers’ workshop the other day. Everyone was dressed like, well, teachers. Then, the late arrival arrived: a hot pink scarf around her neck, and a big, flamboyant hot pink flower in her dark hair. So I’ve been reflecting as to why we hide our desire to pretty ourselves up, sometimes boldly. I spent $40 last Christmas on a tube of red lipstick (the colour you see on celebrities and say, PERFECT!). I trot it out for all occasions and always feel glam and beautiful (even if I wear rubber boots and yoga pants most of the time). Love your look!

    • Posted December 13, 2011 at 8:22 am by erin | Permalink

      That is wonderful. I love that you did that for yourself.

  4. Posted December 13, 2011 at 8:19 am by Stephanie K. | Permalink

    PS Thanks for having me on your blogroll: I’m honoured!

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