Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CRAFT SHOWS!

Had a chance over the past two weekends to hit some
Christmas Craft Shows!
I went alone to the first two shows because I tend to "BROWSE" a lot and find that when I take along a partner in crime, they usually end up trailing me while I wander in awe like a kid in Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

The first show was in a town about 45 minutes away.  I had never been to a show in the area before, which is rather affluent in the warmer months with hundreds of summer residents.  Unfortunately I was slightly disappointed as it was quite small.  And no primitives.

This past weekend I drove through a blizzard to a town about 30 minutes down the road - at about 30 miles an hour - to one of the largest crafts shows in the state.  Had my mug of coffee, my Smokey Mountain Christmas in the CD player, I was excited! Let it snow! Now this show is always on the Friday after Thanksgiving - no Saturday - so unless I take a vacation day from work I can't attend.  This year I was blessed to be able to take the day off.  I circled the parking lot twice before finding a parking spot.

The place was packed - there must have been 100 or more booths.   I was able to find one small booth selling prims and two others who were borderline primitive.  Lots of jewelry booths...lots of wool mittens!

The next day a friend and I hit a show that I used to do in town.  I was shocked to see the parking lot so empty and there were actually empty tables piled in the middle of the hall.  At one time, you had to beg, borrow and steal to get into this show.  There were a few booths who were at the Friday show and they shared with me that sales were very low compared to previous years.  There were no primitives at this show...nothing close.

I enjoyed every minute of being able to attend these shows.  To see the items that folks make with their own hands.  I'm not one to buy doll clothes or hand-turned wooden pens, but I marvel at the care and passion these folks put into their wares, and the time, funds and effort that go into attending a show. 

Long Live the Craft Show.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!


I'm gobbling up all of the wonderful blog posts by all of the wonderful primtive crafters out there!
Seeing a bounty of santas, snowmen, trees...I LOVE IT!


And the craft shows...Oh How I Love the Craft Show Pics!!


Most of us probably noticed a while back during the advent of ebay and etsy local craft shows diminishing.  Primitives are hard to find in my neck of the woods {"the Tip-of-the-Mitt"} anyway.
But it seems lately there has been a resurrected enthusiasm for the craft show.
("Crikey Mate!  It's the elusive Craft Show! )


I don't know what it is about craft shows that I love so much...maybe it is the creative spirit...the gathering of creative spirits in one place.  The way the artists and crafters display their wares.  The smell of candles and pine and cedar at Christmas craft shows.  It's all so inspiring to me. 

During my Dad's illness I had lost that inspiration.  It was a chore to sit down at the sewing machine or sketch out a pattern.  Since his passing in early October I've started to sew a little again.  The picture of the little santa ornie and candle matt above are my first creations.  The picture was taken with my phone, so it's not the best.  I'm not selling on etsy for the time being, but it's nice to feel inspired again.  Thanks to all my fellow crafters and artists out there who take the time to share the pictures of their craft booths and creations.  We may not know each other or ever meet across the miles, but you have touched my heart and and given me back a little inspiration!




Thursday, November 11, 2010

GOD BLESS OUR VETS!

If we don't stand behind our Veterans in support,
We should try standing in front of a soldier in battle.

Freedom isn't free, but it is taken for granted.
God bless those who have fought for my freedom!
Thank you!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

COUNTRY OR PRIMITIVE?

I'M CONFUSED!

I remember the days before I discovered primitive.
All I knew was "country".


Anything quilted or "politely" tea stained.
Cute stuff.
No raw edges.
Lace.

Lately I've been seeing a lot more of this country style.  It's okay...but I thirst for primitive.
I, myself, have not been able to fully acquire the ability to create in the "primitive" style that I love so much.  My creations are more timid than I would prefer.  My fear is that before I can acheive the full-on primitive style in my creations, I'll fall back into the cutesy-lacey-powder blue & mauve country trend. 

I love primitive.

I salute any woman who has ever tied a stuffed muslin body to her bumper and dragged it down the road to acheive a timeworn look!
And here is to the women who have spent precious time adjusting staining recipes because they were not quite dark enough!
Kudos to the woman who rips her fabric instead of cutting it!  ARRRRGGGG!
And to the woman with sandpaper in hand, about to rough up a fresh paint job...YOU GO GIRL!

I love primitive.

(Yes...yes...I still love country also!  Not putting it down...simply expressing joy in exploring and discovering primitive and how we all change over the years!  Joy and Peace to all...no matter what your style!).