this weekend the country living fair came to my neighborhood
just around the corner
in my little town
it was wonderful!
within the first hour
i had passed sue whitney
(we made eye contact. she smiled. )
met jennifer lanne
( my favorite artist)
had a reader introduce herself
(that was very cool)
spent half my money
& met up with two awesome friends
that had flown in from vermont & west virginia
i could hardly stand it
it was completely overwhelming
some of the artisans i have followed for years,
seen in magazines,
and communicated with in the blogosphere.
to see them in real life
was beyond exciting for me
as soon as i walked in i made my way over to the
and spent an hour
trying to decide which jennifer lanne original i would purchase
there she is....
cute, talented & funky
debbee thibault and her gorgeous line
jennifer's paintings are spectacular.
my personal favorites are her acrylics on linen
the jen o'connor
i felt completely underdressed at this point.
after i took my stalkeresque photo
i did actually introduce myself.
jen is incredible!
a sweet reader that introduced herself & made my day
met another reader, beautiful danielle
who i hope to see again soon at lakewood anitque market :)
next booth was french laundry home
while i was making my first ( of three) purchases
the owner looked up & realized we knew each other
debbie & i owned neighboring shops years ago.
hers , antiques
mine a gift shop
she has since relocated to highpoint n.c. and has begun this gorgeous line.
she is featured in this month's country living magazine
from the looks of things
her booth sold out within the first two hours of the three day event!
then the big thrill~
i met up with ashley & jerri!!
ashley , jerri & i have been blog friends for the last year or two.
we have been chatting for the last several weeks about meeting up.
they are awesome
even cuter in person
talented, fun, silly and gorgeous.
oh, before i forget...check out this link for images
of ash's wedding.....wow.
(insert here...my daughter told me that non-bloggers
assume that when you say "blog friends"
it means you met in a chat room
& have a sketchy relationship!
cracks me up!)
by that point
we basically chatted our way through the rest of the fair.
as i said, i blew the budget within the first two booths!
would love to bring home one of these fab chairs!
ashley & jerri being the cutest mother daughter team.
the score of the day
was this chalkboard!
exactly what i was looking for
jerri & i lugged that bad boy for what seemed like a mile
only to have me drop it two feet from my car.
& it broke
but being the rockstars they are, jerri & ashley helped me put it back together
& get it hung.
we ended up spending the entire day together
& even cruised target.
who says i don't know how to show guests around atlanta?
the next night
we headed to one of my fave pizza joints in buckhead
savannah's bestie, bailey, even joined the girls plus dan night of fun
let me just say
i feel totally blessed to have precious new friends
who are so awesome, they actually feel like old friends
(ps, all my girls loved them too!)
ok, back to the scores
when i wrote 'the menu' on said fantastic chalkboard
this is what i got~
dan said....hmmm....where are we going to eat that?
emily said.....what are apricot glazed pork chops?
madison said....no way are you making a red velvet cake.
aren't they funny?
you can't appreciate it's ginormousness from my pathetic images
but it's totally a who's your daddy piece
i own jennifer lanne paintings.
oh happy day.
i have written a few times that while taking art lessons
i often times used jennifer's paintings as my inspiration
& learned to use color by painting her work
in my rookie manner
these are gorgeous!!
i bought the freckles painting which is an acrylic on linen with velvet trim
the little miniature too
couldn't resist another out of sequence shot of the chalkboard
i love her so much i feel i should name her
& give her an identity
the jewelry was incredible.
bought this little 5x5 canvas
with my favorite lewis carroll quote
some lovelies from the french laundry home line
shoot...just realized i forgot to photograph the pillow i bought
my sweet friends have flown back home
my wallet is empty
but my heart is full
think i need to start saving for next year's event. right now.
now it's time for me to whip up some apricot glazed pork chops
a red velvet cake