Last Friday morning Dan and I dropped Nora at Grandma's and set out into a thick fog heading east--toward a wonderful weekend birthday/anniversary celebration. Our destination was the Country Living Fair in Columbus--but first there was a quick meeting with a dear old friend in Mansfield, a stop at "Wholly Craft" in Clintonville,
and a late dinner at "The Happy Greek" on High Street--Keftedes and a Pita dip sampler, followed by Pistachio Baklava--all yummy!
I was less than diligent with the minute-by-minute photo commentary, so there is no picture of Jodi and me during our shopping trip at Gabe's, the picturesque lone windmills on the side of the highway, nor the 100mph mini van with the "PITCHFRK" license plate, which eluded us for miles soon after we entered Ohio. What I can share are these stellar pieces of eye candy from Saturday, where the real fun begins!:Bloomsbury Loft
This was hands-down my favorite booth, and the first one I stopped at. I bought one of the lovelies above with a "J" as well as a frilly little yellow crepe paper posey--still imagining the possibilities for that one. Here are some more shots from their booth:
Next was a stop at the famous McMaster & Storm.
I was giddy with excitement that I got to meet the sweet clerks behind the counter of this remarkable little department store and shop their unique wares. I chose a little glass vial of aqua-colored mica dust sealed with a cork, a box of oh-so-cool French safety pins, and a yard of vintage-looking crushed-velvet rickrack. I felt like a real lady from the olden days shopping for fancies at the local general store!
While I was shopping, I was making notes as I became inspired by all of the creations and snapping pics of some creative displays:
I also met another crafting diva of Etsy fame, Lisa Price, who makes some beautiful block-printed textiles and sells a really swell variety of mid-century "goodies" that would be oh-so-at-home in my kitchen.popular bags. Wow! I never thought I'd see another one, and my first one was whittled down to nothing. How exciting!
Other buys included some vintage bingo cards at two-for-a-buck from Urban Farmhouse , a stack of 15 quilt blocks for $5, and a darling little needle-felted fairy for Nora, complete with curly red hair and an acorn hat.
We wrapped up our day by heading back into Clintonville to visit Sobo Style, The Boomerang Room, Mad 4 Mod vintage clothing and interiors shop, and a delish vegan restaurant, where I chose an avacado sandwich on whole-wheat croissant. Dan had pierogi and kraut. Here he is enjoying his dish. You should have seen the cook! I wish I'd had the nerve to ask for a picture. I loved Dan's remark after his first bite:
My gift of a weekend ended with my darling husband taking the scenic route home just for me--through little burgs and burbs all the way into Indiana: Neptune and Pleasant Mills, Wapakonetta and Decatur--all of them glowing with brilliant swirls of gold and green beans under a bright blue afternoon sky. Though I didn't make Dan stop the car to shoot it, the image of a cautionary "curves ahead" sign against a red, weathered barn is still fixed in my memory within a view-finder frame.