Yesterday my mom and I went to Stone Mountain for the annual "Country Living Fair," and we had such a great time. "Country Living" is one of my favorite shelter magazines -- I think they do a great job appealing to a wide audience with their sense of style. It's right up my alley -- modern farmhouses and cottages with lots of eclectic vintage accents and unique decor ideas. I've always wanted to go to their annual fair held at Stone Mountain and it just never worked out with my schedule -- until now! Mom and I decided to take a Friday off so we could get all the goodies for "early birds." I'm so glad we did -- I feel like I made out like a bandit (scroll below to see what I went home with!)
Here are some inspiring photos from vendors' spaces. Many of them were set up like outdoor antique booths, full of amazing crafts and decor. I met so many awesome people and left wanting to go home and make things and rearrange the furniture. Always a good sign!
Instant character for your taxidermy = add a hat!
Mom and me in front of a fantastic mountain of gourds and pumpkins!
What I left with:
Some of my treasures include a blue box (seen in the photo of my mom and me, above) -- I plan to use it in my market set-up for stationery. I love the shade of blue it's painted! I also found a 1971 flash card of a brown bear to frame in Archie's nursery, and a vintage clipboard that has a "Shannon Arch" metal clasp. I wonder how old it is? I think I'm going to display an art print on it and put it on a shelf in the new house. It's in perfect condition!
I was especially looking forward to the fair because my Nashville girls Christy Jo and Tracy set up a booth full of their beautiful vintage furniture pieces and rustic frames. (Tracy made the radio table I bought for Archie's nursery!) I picked up one of Tracy's handmade frames with a metal rose in the corner -- I'll find the perfect spot for it in the new house soon.
Another great find: that little "snow globe" Christmas ornament below. I thought it was a steal for $10!
"Grandmother's Buttons" was probably one of my favorite booths at the fair. The ladies who own the business collect buttons and other clip on earrings, brooches and beads that are vintage and unique -- some are over a century old! I bought my mom a bracelet for her birthday (not pictured) that included buttons from the late 1800s. I couldn't leave without the equestrian ring above and the cameo ring below. I also snatched up a pair of aqua and purple stud earrings, too. I love the color combination -- so pretty!
Overall my mom and I had such a blast at the fair, and we'll be going back for sure -- it's our new fall mother/daughter tradition! For now I'm going to enjoy my goodies and look forward to next year...and their holiday issue, hopefully arriving in my mailbox soon.