Sunday, September 14, 2014

Country Living Fair, Columbus, Ohio ----------Part One

We couldn't have had better weather for the fair this year.  It was sunny for the most part cool in the shade and warm in the sun.  I don't know who this little one is but she was having a good ole time.
Well, there was a few clouds.  They moved the "Sisters on the Fly" vintage trailers up front this year.  I went in two of them and of course they were adorable.  Sorry, those pictures were taken on the first day when my camera left it's memory card at home.  I went the first day alone.  It was crowded on Friday.  Sometimes hard to get in to see the booths.  Lots of moms and strollers and double strollers.  I stayed about four hours until I got tired and knew I had a long walk back to my car.  There is lots of walking but so much to see.
Look who I found on the second day.  It's Viv of Viv on a Whim.  I found out that she and her friends were coming and I asked if I could crash their party.  It was so much fun meeting her in person.  Amazing how you feel you know someone already when you have read each others blogs for 4 years.  I started to crop the picture but noticed her friends were in the picture.  (Kelly, Nurse H., Kelly's mom,  Marlene, and Jen and Jan were taking the pictures. They were so sweet to let me tag along and I enjoyed being with them all. 
This is Marlene from New Jersey, Viv's friend.  All these fellows were lining up to get their pictures taken with her.  She's so cute and a hoot.
This is Jan, Viv's daughter, Jen.  Can you tell?  This was one of the first booths.  They crafted hand carved birds. They had lots of people looking at their creations.  I bought something the first day that I will show you later.
Here are a couple more pictures from that booth.
This was on the top of their tent.  The birds were hanging on the ladder.  I wanted to get crop this closer but then you couldn't see all the birds.
The rest of the pictures today are from the "Earth Angels".  They have one big tent with all their artists.  My oh my.......savings my pennies for next year.  I couldn't get over the cuteness under this tent......esp. the bears.
This was a huge painting.  It was whimsy and beautiful.
Viv, met up with her artist friend.  (Valerie Weberpal)  This cutie made incredible skirts, jumpers  and vests made out of boiled wool.  She said she sold out of her skirts the first day.  She also made the cutest critters.  Viv got a pumpkin doll and Marlene got an elephant.
Okay, on with the bears.
Thump thump, goes my heart.
Some other critters by Lettie, of Lettie's Bears.  When I was taking pictures I told her they were for my blog.  She said as long as I wasn't going to reproduce them.  Are you kidding, no way could I.
Look at those eyes.

I think I was taking this picture of the tag.  Lettie writes a cute little story on her bears' tags.

My favorite of all.  I actually have a found bear puppet in a dark brown that I think is Steiff.  It is mohair like this one.  Mine has been washed a few times and it still looks perfect.  Love the color and the hat on Letties.  I think my bear needs a friend, don't you?
Check out this truck.  Swoooooonnning.  Look closely and see the bear and the trees, and the doggie.  I didn't even see him til after I took the picture.  He looks just like my Piper.
This bear in the frame has
a little page that says Dec. 25.
These bears were in empty clock faces.
Oh Dear, this is too cute.

This house was from another artist under the tent.  Love how these are displayed.  I was taking the picture against the light but I like that you can see through.
A close up of one of the groups.
Okay, that's it for today.  Next post more pictures of artist wares.  Even if you don't buy one of everything, it is so fun just looking at everything.  Oh, I did buy a couple of things.......later.


Julia said...

Having a great time at the fair seems to agree with you. I haven't been to the fair for a number of years. I just don't do crowds very well. I get tired of the noise but I love going to craft shows in the fall and around Christmas, The artisans are so talented and everything is of superior quality but very pricy. I just love to look.

Have great week Debby


Love the old truck with the little things in it.

Musings from Kim K. said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your time and had a chance to be with Viv and gang. Love all your pictures. Such sweet bears.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Thanks for giving us a glimpse of the Country Living Fair! Looks like such fun with so much to see. Such crafty talent. Glad you got to meet up with Viv.

Oh....some day I'm going to get there. :)

NanaDiana said...

Oh- WHAT FUN, Debby. Viv is another person that I always thought I would love to meet-she is just so real and down-to-earth and not "perfect" makes her "just perfect" in my eyes.

Those bears are DARLING. I love that last one you showed with the hat on..and the little Christmas Miss, too.

Glad you had a good time, Debby. You needed that! xo Diana

Kimberly said...

Looks like a fun day. You and Viv look like sisters!

vivian said...

I cant tell you how glad I am that you came the second day to meet up with us! I just wish there would have been time to actually get a chance to chit chat more. I kind of felt responsible to keep track of everyone! lol! you are lovely! I love your white hair!! And I do think we could be sisters. I hope we get to meet up again one day. Im love the pics you took, especially the one of val and I! I hope you wont mind if I steal it and post it to share with Val. (I'll give you the credit, though I'm pretty sure you dont care! lol! )
Loved meeting you in person my friend!

Marissa said...

Looks like someone had TONS of fun!!
I love that vintage trailer!!
Oh, I love all the pictures..
There is nothing like a fun fair.

Gina said...

Oh it looks like you had a fantastic time! Lots of eye candy there for sure. It's great that you got to meet up with some new friends.

Kathleen Grace said...

I wonder if we stood right next to each other at some point in the day? We went first thing Friday morning and stayed all day. I thought the prices were amazingly good! I didn't buy a lot but I sure had fun looking!

Melanie said...

You are so lucky you got to go to this fair! I always see it advertised in Country Living magazine. Love those little birds.

Edna B said...

It looks like you really had a wonderful time at the Fair. Isn't is grand to meet up with another blogger that you've been conversing with for some time? I finally met three of my blog friends. It was awesome.

I missed both the country fairs this year, so maybe next year I'll have a chance to go. I especially love all the crafts.

You have a wonderful evening, hugs, Edna B.

Shirley said...

I know you are had a wonderful time at the fair. It is always fun to go to festivals and such. Yes, I did get my package and I love my book. I have been busy with hubby and trying to get ready for a craft show. Hubby has problems with one eye. They say the film that covers your eye is raised and has a bubble in it causing a burred vision. We see the doctor on the 24th. They have talked about an injection in the eye worse case scenario is surgery. I am o.k. just stressed. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Carla from The River said...

I am jealous, I have always wanted to go. :-)
I am so glad you are sharing your trip with us.
xx oo

Poppy said...

Hi Debby,

Looks like a lot of fun and yummy fare was had at the fair! Love the trailer!!


Nancy Reinke said...

Looks like you had a great time, Debby. Nice you could meet up with Viv and her friends. I love those hand carved birds. Amazing. xxx ~ Nancy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am swooooning over the truck and all of the bears, too! How amazing to see so many wonderful things! I wouldn't have known what to buy! Hugs!

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