Sunday, October 28, 2012

Country Living Fair, 2012

 The season can never pass me by  without getting myself a "Fall Fix"... it is my favorite time of year and I long to see the beautiful leaves and escape to some cooler temperatures.  This year I went to Georgia and connected with several of my artist girlfriends to shop, create and visit Stone Mountain Park for the Country Living Fair. 

 I stayed with my friend Sherry at her amazing home in a sweet town called Gray and BE STILL MY HEART!!  Sherry's home is nothing short of a Vintage museum.  The photo above is a look at just one of  her amazing vignettes.  I walked around with my eyes huge as saucers trying to take it all in.  Pink and  blue beauty everywhere...and I mean EVERYWHERE!  I told her I didn't need to go shopping anywhere...that I could stay put and shop until my hearts content right at her home and studio.

Shelley, Sherry and I  had a ball taking fun photos all over town and especially loved these old  train tracks.  

  Saturday morning we made our way to the Country Living Fair. 

 It was a PERFECT cool day and the vendors were set up all throughout the woods at Stone Mountain Park.

My favorite tent was  Earth Angels.  So many amazing artist creations.  I bought some wonderful buttons and findings for some projects I have in the works, and also a fabulous little vintage dress!

  "The Country Living Sweethearts" as we called ourselves!

After a big day, we went back to the hotel for a quick rest because something incredibly special was in store that evening. 

 My new friend Rosalyn Sue planned a beautiful artistic evening for us.

 Rosalyn has established an organization called "Operation Stars and Stripes" which provides special items for our overseas servicemen. At this time she is organizing a group to make Christmas stockings which will be filled with simple items our soldiers are without. 

 I brought her 6 yards of wonderful fabric to make stockings and some beef jerky, dried fruit and crossword puzzles.   I am also going to write some letters to send along.  Rosalyn Sue  said something to me I will never forget..."The two things I am most grateful  for are my salvation and my freedom..."  

If any of you have extra fabric or wish to provide any items that can help in this project, please let me know!

We enjoyed appetizers, champagne and fabulous desserts and then created our own "Love letter Pouches."  All of the beautiful embellishments were provided and we let the creative energy flow!  Rosalyn Sue did this for us all simply out of the kindness of her sweet heart.

Here I am with the wonderful Rosalyn Sue and Heidi...BEAUTIFUL spirits inside and out and precious new friends.  I am so grateful for the artist friends  and women in my life.... Have a beautiful week!


Jennifer Grenko said...

Yay! So glad you could come to Georgia and that you posted this! See you next month! hugs, Jennifer G.

Unknown said...

It was such a joy to meet you Karen! You are beautiful person on the inside and out. I cannot wait to connect again and have fun. It is truly a blessing to meet kindred spirits, reconnect with old friends and have a great time sharing with one another the things you love. Miss you girls already. xxoo said...

I hated missing it all! Sherry had invited me, but I was knee deep in puppies and couldn't get away. You must have better back up pup watchers than I do!!!

The goodies for your xmas gathering are ready to mail, can I please get your address again? And by the way, WOW, on what you sent to my girls, oh my. We were all blown away by your pretties, thanks again.

Linda P. said...

I loved the peek at some familiar faces, and I loved getting to see a bit of Sherry's home! Gathering for the Country Living Fair must have been soooo much fun.

Rosalyn Sue sounds like a very special lady, planning such a wonderful evening for you, plus being involved with supporting the troops.

Thank you for sharing all this here, Karen. Enjoyed it very much.

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