Saturday, November 22, 2014

Winterfest 2014 ~~Saturday's Report

Hubby and I were up and out early.
He finished the lights while I tweaked the displays.

Hubby also takes charge of the cash register 
and this year we have added a Square Reader...
He has it set up on his iPad.
Is that an oxymoron?
Square Reader and iPad
with an antique cash register??


We had a great day and and we want to thank all of our good friends 
that stopped in to say "Hello".

Another thing I love about Winterfest...
the other artists.
Across the aisle from us,

Isn't she just adorable.
She makes the softest minky fleece items for babies.
Plus, she said the sweetest thing to me last night,
I had been her FACS teacher...oh, about 10 years ago.
She said I helped her get started in sewing.
Amber, I'm so proud of you!

Our neighbor behind us has a booth filled with beautiful pottery.
He is Robert Kern and he comes to Winterfest from Wyoming.
And I'm pleased to say that his daughter, Jamie and his son-in-law, Jesse are friends.

On my quick run through the arena, I looked for my friend, Deb.
She has an Etsy Shop, My Stitches to Treasure. 
Doesn't she make just the cutest snowmen?!

And last, but not least, our good friend, Brum.
He is my hubby's golfing buddy and hunting buddy.
He does wood turning and makes fabulous bowls, knitting needles, 
coasters and wine bottle stoppers.

It is well worth the trip downtown.
We hope to see you all tomorrow.

Take care,
~Natalie

Friday, November 21, 2014

TGIF ~~Countdown to Winterfest...1 day

Finally Friday...Winterfest Weekend is here!

While my hubby is amazing, 
he still hasn't figured out how to be in two places at the same time.

Usually, we go downtown to set up for Winterfest on Friday after we both get home from work.
But this year, the jazz group was booked to play Happy Hour, 
so hubby used some of his vacation hours to set up the display stands this afternoon. 

So, when I got home from school,
we loaded up the tubs and moved the rest downtown.

 
Most of our items are unpacked and on the shelves...


We'll be back in the early morning to fine tune our displays.
Hubby has to finish the lighting,
and I have some corners that are a bit challenging.
10 feet x 10 feet is just not very big!

We are both looking forward to the weekend festivities
and visiting with all the folks that come through our booth.
Hope to see you there!

Take care,
~Natalie

Things in my House Thursday ~~Countdown to Winterfest...2 days

It's time to gather the items to set up shop.

Dress forms are going to display my Infinity Scarves.

 
Vintage wooden crates from our old farmhouse,
and Great Uncle Frank's wooden step stool are use to create lifts and different heights on our display shelves.

Plenty of baskets are needed to contain the small items.

All this along with bags, tissue paper, receipt books, lights, 
and Christmas trees...

Does Lucy look a bit overwhelmed?
Stay tuned to see how it all comes together!

Take care,
~Natalie

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What'cha Workin' on Wednesday ~~Countdown to Winterfest...3 days

Sometimes when creating, 
whether you are a musician, a writer, a chef or an artist,
a project comes along that presents a bit of a challenge.

For me, it was this Chenille Snowman.
I just felt he was going to be something special,
but wasn't quite sure how he was going to get there?!

He started weeks ago with a vintage chenille bedspread 
purchased in an antique store on one of our many 
trips to a cross country meet.

Of course you've read about my stash of wool remnants for his coat.
Hubby has great style right down to his socks.
When they are worn out in the feet, 
the tops make the best snowmen hats.

But, that was where my creativity stalled...
Everytime I went into the studio, 
that tub of snowmen was there, begging to be fininhed.

Now, time was no longer on my side...
I had to dig deep into my supplies 
and give this guy the personality he deserves.

My mother-in-law brought me some precious 
vintage coat buttons from her button tin.


And the scarves?
Well, I have two drawers in the shop stuffed with vintage sweaters.
This one was the perfect combination of colors.
(I can't wait to see if our daughters recognize the knit!)

Here they are, ready for adoption.
It just might be hard to say goodbye to them this weekend!

Take care,
~Natalie

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Burning the candle at both ends ~~Count down to Winterfest...4 days

At school, my day job...my full time job,
we are approaching midterms.
That is my first priority. 

However, in the evenings, 
hubby and I have been busy with our creations for Winterfest.



 
I've enjoyed seeing how this project 
has deveoloped from start to finish...