Showing posts with label flea market. Show all posts
Showing posts with label flea market. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Week of Quilting, Flea Markets and Craft Fairs - Part II

I've got to tell you - taking a week off work while the craft fairs were in town was an excellent idea.  I had a wonderful time strolling through the different fairs and flea markets around town.   There were some really awesome projects at the fairs, including:

Vintage-style Halloween decor:

Paper mache snowmen and Santa dolls made from vintage quilts:

Aprons made from old flour sacks and pillow case dresses made from vintage linens:

A large wall cross made from old license plates:

There was even a woman spinning yarn at one of the fairs:

To make it even better, I finally met one of my blog friends, Thespa from Vintiquities Workshop. I met Thespa while blogging about two years ago and we've been internet friends ever since. To make a long story short, we found out that we live in the SAME neighborhood! Can you believe it? It really is a small world! Anyway, Thespa and I FINALLY got to meet in person. We spent a full day wandering around the craft fairs together and a new friendship has formed. This is the first of many get-togethers we are going to have - and believe me, many of those will involve creating art. By the way, Thespa is also a published artist (and a very talented one, at that.) Her work currently graces the cover of Sew Somerset magazine, shown here:

How cool is that??? Be sure to stop by her blog for some wonderful mixed media inspiration.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to show you some awesome finds I found at the local flea markets and antique stores:

A vintage Coke bottle opener.  It is screaming to be made into a mixed media necklace, so I just had to get it:

These adorable vintage bisque penny dolls which measure about an inch and a half tall.  Aren't they sweet? 

More adorable vintage bisque dolls:

And this lovely 1930's feedsack quilt top. (Shhh... don't tell my husband.  He already thinks I have way too many goodies like these in my collection.  What can I say?  I couldn't resist...)

It was a really wonderful week.  Now, I need a vacation to recover from my vacation!  :)

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Monday, October 17, 2011

A Week of Quilting, Craft Fairs and Flea Markets - Part I

Every year during the second week of October, Northwest Arkansas is abuzz with thousands of out-of-state visitors.  The reason?  It's craft fair week.  There are numerous fairs which take place for 2-4 days each.  It's literally a haven for those who want to experience arts, crafts and shopping in a beautiful autumn setting.  This year was no exception.

This year, I decided to take a week of vacation during craft fair week to make the most of this experience.  Of course, on the days preceding the fairs, I made the most of my time by quilting and spending time with my family.

One of the quilting projects I completed was a split nine-patch quilt top.  I saw one of these quilts on my latest addiction, Pinterest, and KNEW I had to make one.   The color choices of green and orange are not colors I normally gravitate to when quilting, but for some reason,  I couldn't resist.  A local shop was selling the bright and cheery fat quarter pack containing these colors and I knew it would be perfect for the split nine-patch quilt.  To really make the colors pop, I added white and darker green fabrics from my fabric stash.  Now, I'll be honest, some of my blocks on the quilt turned out a bit wonky, but I don't think it was too bad  - all things considered.

I also completed a Trip Around the World quilt for a gal I work with as a gift for her unborn baby.  The baby - who is a boy - has a nursery decorated in retro colors of forest green, olive green, brown and a splash of burnt orange.  I decided to make the quilt so it would complement the colors of the nursery.   My co-worker received the quilt at her baby shower this past weekend and loved it.

In Part II of my post, I'll fill you in on some of the highlights of craft fair week.  Stay tuned...

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