Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Fall Festival

This is me today!
I enjoyed attending a wonderful Fall festival yesterday in McIntosh, FL.  This has now become a ritual that a girlfriend and I do annually and this marks our fourth year.  We enjoy being out of doors and this year was the first year that it actually felt like Fall, usually we are dying from the heat and cannot drink enough water.  The festival has several vendors with their wonderful arts and creative works.  I am always amazed at what can be created from a variety of ingredients.  This year it seemed larger than ever with the booths set up in aisles that weave in and out, which also means there is a lot of walking!

We get there early in the morning, arriving while it is still dark to find that special parking place that will locate us as nearest to the central area.  This is important as we have to make two or three trips to the car with our treasures.  Now, my car is parked and I'm ready for this adventure and that is exactly what it is. 
At the entrance is a bake sale sponsored by a church group and it is in the same location every year.  My eyes see the cookies, candies, and cakes and desire begins.  I have been known to start my day there with a piece of my favorite cake (Remember, I have already had breakfast, so now I am ready for my snack!).  This year, however I don't stop to purchase anything until latter and at lunch I stop there and have my dessert first and then I eat a basket of shrimp!

There are lines and one vendor stays as busy as Starbucks.  It is from this vendor that I buy this wonderful stake.  I cannot walk around with this stake at the risk of injuring myself or another; so, yes a trip to the car.

This year, because I am now a seasoned shopper at the festival I bring a large bag and inside I have two other bags folded.  However, what I didn't think of was how in the world would I manage to carry all of these treasures.  So, that began my trips to the car.  In addition, the items sometimes are pretty awkward to carry, like this pumpkin in the middle of the table.  It is done with the beautiful technique of decoupage.  Do any of you remember practicing this art?  The plate and the candle was done by another artist, came in a set I bought called "A Gathering". 

Then, I met the woman who does this blog and I bought this wonderful shower cap she named Romance.

Every year when I go to the festival I purchase wonderful pieces of weaving done by fiber artist, Annabelle Leiner and this year was no exception.  Instead of trying to place my pictures of my purchases on this post, I'm just going to refer you to her website.  She also does custom made weavings.  She and her sister, Nancy Leitner work together.  I got to visit with Nancy yesterday and sent my regards to Annabelle.  Please check out

What a lovely day.  However, I was surprised at how my legs hurt and how my body just didn't want to cooperate.  I had to rest today to recover and that is the meaning of my initial joke (this was also made by an artist and purchased at the festival) which I'm also going to close with. 
Hope you understand!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What fun, Linda! I enjoyed taking this trip with you. And I do love the words: "a young person wondering what in the hell happened." Perfect. Just perfect!