So before I extend my invitation, I want to show you my finished work in progress from my last post. I didn't think I could get a good shot taking it indoors, but I did (except a little blurry)--
I found this piece of furniture at the wholesale show in Columbus from the furniture maker that's there (he's from Tennessee actually) His furniture is made of pine, and the table surfaces are unfinished. I usually paint them, but in the interest of time (not having any), I decided to just paint the design on and then seal it all. I am so glad that I did--I love this result! This is fairly large--it's almost 4 feet across and 3 feet tall. I'm hoping that it will find a home, but it's usually takes a while for these larger pieces to go. That's okay--it can stick around for a while.
So back to what I was saying when I started out--I sure do wish that you could all come with me this weekend to an Old Fashioned Christmas in the Woods. This is my favorite show of the year by far. It's the sister show to another popular show, Shaker Woods that's held for 3 weekends in August. The people who run the summer show own this very very large piece of land, so all of the wooden booths that were built by the exhibitors stay up permanently. So sometime in the 90's they decided to start Christmas in the Woods, and now it's just as popular as the summer one. All of us Christmas exhibitors just rent the booths that are already there, and in keeping with the tradition of the original show, we are all required to dress in colonial attire. This actually was one reason why I never considered this show--I didn't want to dress up, but now it's my favorite part. In the morning when we're all waiting for the show to open, there's no sign of the 21st century. And we're all socializing with each other--it's SO fun!!--and I know the customers love this aspect also.
So tomorrow very early in the morning I'm leaving to go clean my little "house" and decorate it for Christmas (this is required also). These shots were taken last year, but it's still the same. These are the grounds before the show gets going.
Notice that carved tree stump--well they're all over the grounds done by a local artist, and they're all different.
And this is my humble little home--
And look at this--I'm actually doing some house-cleaning!!
At this point, this booth, that's open to the elements all year long is cleaner than my house is right now!
And I did want to show you this one booth--
I took this photo, because this is the first time I've seen it with a clear path. This is most likely the busiest booth in the show. The lady sells her handmade primitive Santas. This is the only show that she does--so all year she prepares for this show, and it pays off. Here's a shot taken during the show--
And the weather is looking excellent--sunny and in the upper 70's. We've been having so much rain here in the last week--we have a very large puddle in our backyard, and we found a very small puddle in our kitchen--a leaky roof which will need to be replaced at least in this area of the house--not cheap, but I'm digressing--the weather is looking excellent. Some of the years have been brutally cold, but we're allowed to use kerosene heaters, which helps tremendously.
And I'm about as ready to leave as I can be--there's a lot more to the set up than normal. Plus, remember the buttons I found in my last post? I've already started to put them to use--
And....one more thing (I know this post is long, but I need a little distraction), I haven't been out much in the last 2 weeks, but I can still get a little taste of the outdoors. This is a bird feeder that we have on our front porch. You fill it with suet, and it only has a small opening in it--
At one point, I counted 12 birds on the railing all patiently waiting they're turn. Aren't birds cute?!