Hidey Ho, my friends! Can you believe that fall is here already? Where oh where did our summer go? I don't know when I've had a busier few months.
As you know if you read my last post, my BFF's Julie and Sheila and I went on a girls weekend to Columbus, Ohio to the Country Living Extravaganza. We had a GREAT time! We got to Columbus on Thursday evening but not before stopping along the way. We found this really cute shop (actually, it was a group of shops) right off the interstate called the Homestead Collection (exit 161 off of I75) in Findley, Ohio. It was tucked behind an antique mall and we found it by chance. We each dropped a bit of money here and we hadn't really gotten started on our trip yet! Whoo Hoo - the excitement is building and we are getting geared up! BTW, this shop was SO wonderful in fact, we stopped on the way home and left what little money we had left after the Country Living Fair here. Definitely worth the trip if you're anywhere nearby.
Oh yes, the stuff inside was just as wonderful as you might imagine. Have a look:
Here are Sheila, me and Julie (left to right) as we got ready to leave this wonderful shop.
Okay.... back in the car and on to Columbus! When we got there, it was early afternoon so we decided to go to the fairgrounds to scope it out. They wouldn't let us inside but a really nice guy, named Mike told us that the parking lot opened at 6:30 and the cars would start piling in. Not to be outdone by anyone, we thought we'd get up and head over there about 6:30. That should be plenty of time to get a good spot in line, wouldn't you think? Well, you'd think right. We got there bright and early and were the ONLY people there. No worries. We grabbed a quilt from the car, grabbed our yummy Mickey D's breakfast and copped a squat right at the gate. Mike (remember the nice guy) saw us and just about hurt himself laughing at us. It was all in good fun, we laughed pretty good at ourselves, too!
It wasn't too long before the rest of the crazies joined us in line (in truth, it was about an hour, at least) but while we waited, we got to know the gate staff quite well. The best part about getting there early is probably that we got to be the first to use the porta-potties. I have to go REALLY, REALLY bad before I'll step foot into one of those things normally but first in - not so bad.
As the sun came up, Julie worked a bit on my BOAF Friendship sampler (yep it's done, pic later).
The fair was wonderful, lots of amazing vendors and we bought a lot! Here are a few of the things I got.
This white cabinet now has a new home in my craft room - yep, I can fit more stuff in there!
I bought all the goodies to make this little chair pad and yep, that's mine, already done. It's punchneedle with wool yarn. Looks like a rug - it was so easy and fun and FAST to do. I will definitely be doing more of these but I've got to find a better (read less expensive) source for wool yarn.
I bought a pretty painted, wood hamper for our bedroom, forgot to take a pic of that and a paper making kit - nothing pretty to take a picture of for that.
I want to show you some pictures of the vendors - just a treat for the eyes.
We three had a great time. There is nothing like a bit of time away with really good friends to restore your soul.
Have you had enough yet? As I mentioned above, Julie finished her girl on my BOAF Friendship Sampler. I love how it turned out.
I also finished the SB Sail Away piece I've been working on with my SAL friends. I love how it turned out. I changed a few things about it. Besides adding the boys names, I changed the color of the house from black to blue, changed the color of the fish so they'd show up a bit better and I changed the last line of the verse to read "Come sailing home to me" rather than, "come back again to me". I also decided not to put any of the charm's or buttons on this one - I like it just the way it is.
You can check everyone's progress HERE:
As if all this weren't enough to make me a happy girl, look what I got in the mail from PATTI.
I won her blog giveaway a while back and the goodies were worth the wait, wouldn't you say? Look at that beautiful piece of fabric, the scissor fobs, the pinkeep - whoo hoo! the thread separator is just the coolest thing and look at the pretty patterns and floss I got! What a wonderful giveaway, Patti. Thank you so very much! I love everything but of course, the best piece is the one you stitched and finished yourself. A keepsake that I'll treasure.
Whew! I'm worn out. I hope you enjoy the pics - it's a lot to take in. I know. Have a great week, wherever you are and know that I appreciate your visits, your comments and your friendship! I am off now to catch up on some long overdue blog reading!