Last Sunday, we set off for the Country Living Fair, hosted this year at The Workshops of David T. Smith in Morrow, Ohio (that's southwestern Ohio, for anyone who's not familiar with the state). With fall-inspired flavored coffee drinks in hand, we set out not knowing what to expect.
As a retailer, embarking on an event like this one, sponsored by CL (one of the leading home magazines on newsstands), comes with much excitement and a sense of possibility. You look forward to seeing what's new, who's there, what vestiges of the actual magazine have been translated tangibly into the trappings of the weekend. I was hoping to spot the editors, but no such luck!
So excited when we saw this sign! The word is the Fair got triple the expected attendance.
When you drive down the lane toward The Workshops, this house beckons at the end. While this may look like fairly humble country accomodations to some, this place is a version of my dreamhouse: a century home with a wraparound front porch or one spanning the length of the front, like this house has. I could also go for a few eaves and gables...and maybe even a widow's walk and one of those covered areas where a carriage would pass under. What's the architectural word for that?
Here you go. Haybales and all, it must be fall.
And here we are. Notice Rebecca's adorable ruffly collar? After a few hours in the sun, she had to change into her equally adorable new McMaster & Storm tee. It may have been September 30th, but it felt like July 30th. I noticed after a while that everyone walking around looked dazed and hot. You'll have that.
In my opinion, the crowning glory of the Fair was the booth run by our friends Darcy and Kara of McMaster & Storm in Greenville, Ohio. Delightful, French-y wonders everywhere. I love seeing a fellow retailer pull out all the stops and really go for it, and these ladies clearly did. Although we arrived on Sunday and in Kara's words the booth looked "picked over," that sooooo wasn't the case, as you can see here. Read more about the Fair from their perspective on their blog.
These guys were so cool and had such a fun, twangy, bluegrass-y sound. The true bluegrass or banjo-music afficionados out there will have to excuse my lack of correct terminology! I wanted to take a video/audio clip on my camera and post it here on the blog for your listening pleasure, but I didn't want to hold up the traffic flow.
I've always been obsessed with old letter organizers such as this one. I could think of so many ways to use one of these in the shop. This slot holds a stack of cartes postales tins, this one holds mittens, this one candy bars. Just a cache for some of our novelties.
Will The Blissful put down stakes at next year's CL Fair? We'll let you know... And the next time we take a road trip, we'll be sure to take you along with us!