Monday, October 28, 2013

A Sweetheart Weekend: Part 1 - Country Living Fair

I just returned from my first art retreat - Sweethearts on the Homefront, held in Atlanta, Georgia. Rosalyn-Sue Smith of The Patriot Girl Society and Jennifer Hayslip of The Whimsical Belle were our beautiful hostesses. This event was created in honor of our troops overseas through Operation Stars and Stripes

On Thursday evening, we were greeted with welcome gifts when we arrived at our hotel. An extra large silver painted Ball jar held special treats. There also was a bottle of bubbly. A beautifully sewn handmade tag with gorgeous ribbon adorned the jar.

This is what was inside the Ball jar: apricots, pistachios, and Hershey kisses in sweetly sewn paper bags.

That evening, we (25 of us) met for dinner at Maggiano's to get acquainted. Debbie thought my INC dress resembled the Vera Bradley pattern on her wallet. 

On Friday, we attended the Country Living fair. This post is about the CL Fair. My second installment will include Saturday's lovely photos of the actual Sweethearts on the Homefront event itself (I cannot wait to show you!)

Roselyn-Sue gave us thoughtful treat bags to take with us to the fair.

We arrived first thing in the morning and it was cold, but it was such a beautiful sunshiny day - and no rain! It warmed up a little as the day wore on but it really didn't matter because there was so much to see and do!

Here I am with Becky in front of the pumpkins and gourds pyramid before I filled my black bag with treasures.

Our first stop was to visit Earth Angels Studios. Most of my pictures are from there because my iPhone shut down on me even though it still had half of the battery power left! 

Pin cushions are really popular these days...the attention to detail was delightful. Sue Parker is the artist who made these pin cushions. Aren't they wonderful?!

All of these beauties are creations by Sue Parker.

Frozen charlottes enhanced many of the projects. I learned about frozen charlottes many years ago from my friend, Deloris, who had quite a collection of them.

Frozen charlottes are antique porcelain dolls that were dug out of the remains of a German doll factory in Thuringia. The factory produced these dolls between 1890 and 1920. They vary in size from 4 inches to 1 inch.

There were all kinds of mixed media goodies in the Earth Angels Studios tent.

I found some interesting ideas for ways to use my vintage jello molds.

I would love to learn how to make these bead/safety pin baskets.

These Halloween witches were stylin' with their great looking hats.

In the Country Living barn, there was a large chicken picture for a photo op background. I wanted to take my picture for Kris and Maureen, some of my blog friends who have chickens. 

Other glorious images of things found in the Country Living space of the fair.

There was a fireplace to the right of this table where we huddled to get warm from time to time.

I attended some demonstrations at the fair. Ann Marie Craig of Century Farmhouse showed us how she makes soap. I was so excited to win a bar of this years Country Living soap from her. The fragrance is just divine. I keep picking it up for a sniff since I've been home...

This is the only other photo I got from another booth before my iPhone shut down. I love this barrel shaped jar; it looks great filled with matches - Dan has a huge collection of old matches. I didn't want to carry a large jar around - hopefully someday I will find one in my neck of the woods. 

I am just now starting to collect vintage things and this is what filled my black bag.

I'll show you how Rosalyn-Sue spoiled us on Saturday next time!


  1. I want to go there! So many pretty things. I think I would have been a little overwhelmed. :-)

    I love the pin cushions. And I had never heard of frozen charlottes. They're fascinating.

  2. Too bad your iphone gave up on you, and at such an important time too! Love all your photos and I can't believe those beaded baskets are made up of safety pins! Wow! Love your stash especially the hotel key numbers and brooches!

  3. Lots of interesting things there, I love the pumpkin pyramid and the safety pin baskets.

  4. Looks and sounds like you had an enjoyable weekend. Lots of creativity was there - thanks for sharing it all with us. Love the smalls you collected - I see necklaces, decorative tags, etc. in the future. :-D
    I had 2 of the large, vintage, barrel jars (kept collected matchbooks in one for years) - candy came in them originally, and still had their original lids (many were replaced due to rust, etc.). I used them for various things for years and when downsized several years ago I gave one to my daughter and the other to a sister. I also have 2 different shapes, smaller, vintage candy jars that I am not ready to part with just yet. I know the history behind them as they came out of my Father's busy many years ago.
    Enjoy your evening.

  5. Patty, I just love your description of our wonderful weekend! It was so fun and meeting you and all my other new friends was the best of all! Keep writing!!!! ♡♡♡♡

  6. Love the way the decorations look, love the skeletons in the ground with all the bones, they are so fun and scary.....Love all your scarys...

  7. Oh, wow! They really received you in style! That looks like great fun. Thanks for the detailed photos of the Earth Angels booth...what a treat for the eyes! I've seen those little dolls, but had no idea that they had a name...frozen charlottes...interesting! Your black bag loot looks awesome. Can't wait to see more!


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