Monday, October 25, 2010

The Country Living Fair came to Atlanta

So as soon as I heard that Country Living was coming to Atlanta I bought my tickets online in advance. And this weekend finally arrived and I couldn't contain myself. The gals and I piled in the car and headed to Stone Mountain, where it was held, this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We thought if we went Friday we would hopefully beat the crowds. Boy were we wrong!!! This place was packed. Try jamming a ton of women in a 10 x 10 tent. Looking, grabbing, oohing ahhing O and did I mention grabbing :) It was crazy!
And rightfully so, there were so many amazing and talented vendors there. The first tent hands down set the tone for the whole show. It housed the ladies that made up the group Earth Angels . They were the most talented woman and so very nice. I had the pleasure of meeting Krys Kirkpatrick and Melody Elizabeth.
Krys is amazing she has created this whimsical world in nature. I couldn't catch my breath in her booth because there was so many wonderful things to look at. My mind just couldn't keep up with all the enchantment I was feeling. I was lucky enough to walk away with one of her water color cards. So lovely!!! Melody Elizabeth creates jewelry out of found objects like i do but on a level that is so fantastic. I do aspire greatly to learn from her. Her jewelry is amazing and she was so kind and inviting to talk to. She gave me some great advice about my own business. An open heart was abundantly felt with all of these talented ladies.
The rest of the vendors were just as interesting and amazing as our first stop. The way some of the booths were displayed was just magical. Like they had been there among the trees just collecting their wears for years. I had so much fun and came home with some amazing art and vintage finds:)

 I love old photos but there is something so sad about them up for sale. I bought one of two women and written across the bottom was the words best pals and their initials. I had to rescue it.

 I so want to make a Christmas Tree made up old wood. This tree I believe was made of drift wood. It was so beautiful!!!

 This is Kelly McCants booth. Her company is called Mondern June and she designs things using oil cloth and many other household goods. So adorable!!

 This booth is wear we all fell over and lost our minds a bit. Shawna Robinson, creator of Happy Chair, recovers vintage chairs but in the most amazing way. Nothing I have ever seen before!! We all wanted this love seat. BADLY:) and the chair with the fabric giraffe was so clever and I could so see it in a nursery. You have to check her other chairs out. Believe it or not she is a race car driver turned designer. Her story is so cool.

 I regret not buying some of this yarn for making my crocheted fabric flower necklaces. I hate when that happens. They were so beautiful:)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Festival, Friends, and Wonderful Weather

The Norcross Festival was wonderful and full of fun times. This past weekend the charming town square of  Norcross Georgia turned into tent city. It was a  sea of 170 white tents housing the most talented artists and I had the pleasure of being a part of it all. I was lucky enough to be next to my pals tiffin with linwoodavenue and jenni with mattie's social circle.  It makes a festival so much more fun when you get to do it with friends and talented ones at that:)
I hadn't participated in a show on the northside of Atlanta before so I was quite nervous. But it was wonderful and I want to thank all the gals who came by my booth and walked away wearing a joyajewelry design. The festival love was felt, so thanks to everyone for supporting joyajewelry and handmade in general.
We couldn't of had a better weekend for the show. It finally felt like Fall. Though Sunday got a little scary when the wind picked up. Our tents are like sails and let me tell ya, when it starts to shake back and forth with each gust, your heart feels like it going to jump out of your chest. We were packed in like sardines so if one went I was afraid they all were going to take off. It was a great weekend and now I am gearing up for the Hummingbird Festival in Hogansville Georgia in two weeks.

I was so happy with how my booth looked at this show so here are some festival snapshots :)
Here is Jenni, Tiffin, and myself  on Sunday morning :)