Summertime. {and the Country Living is easy}{14}

Last week I shared my trip to Sharon Springs, New York with all of you.  After my visits to the Beekman 1802 Mercantile and the Beekman Farm, I was truly hard pressed to narrow down the photos I would post here on the blog.  You might find it interesting to know that when I photograph something – an event like that weekend or my more recent trip to the Country Living Magazine Fair in Rhinebeck, New York – I always feel like I haven’t taken enough pictures.  When I got home from Rhinebeck on my third and final day I really feared that I’d been too busy having fun and hadn’t used my camera enough.

Now.  While it is true that I could never really communicate how fantastic the Fair was by just showing you my pictures, it is a little laughable to think that I may have ended up with too few. . .

I have hundreds.

I’d like to apologize for the delay in sharing these pictures with you but (some of you will understand this and some won’t) we have just finished with the absolute frenzy that is the final two weeks of school.  One might think that school would wind down toward the end of the year.  That’s what I always think should be happening – and I’m always (a little unpleasantly) surprised at all of the ramping up and the additional activity.
But I guess that is a topic for a different post.  You want to see pictures from the Country Living Magazine Fair!!  And I aim to please!

I can’t show you hundreds of photos – but I can show you lots!  Let’s just pretend that you were walking around the Fair with me and I kept pointing at stuff and saying, “Oooooh!  Look at that!”  and “Wait!!  Look over there!”

Off we go!
This rocker from Corduroy Shop, in Hudson, NY, is haunting me.  The more I look at this photo, the more I love it. . . and wish that I had it in my house.  Some lucky (and much quicker) person is sitting in this chair right now.

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Here’s something I actually did buy.  And it’s not at all something I was expecting to find when I went to the Fair.  I really hadn’t intended to go fabric shopping but I couldn’t resist getting some of these  – I’ve seen them before but they’ve been sold out when I’ve tried to purchase them online.  olive grace studios, from, Columbus, Ohio, had a whole mini fabric store set up last weekend.  I spent some serious time (and money) in there!

Country Living Fair

these are some of the fabrics i got. . .

Country Living Fair

i have a thing for fabrics with letters and numbers. . . well, not just fabric. . .

Lots of other beautiful fabrics and notions to choose from as well.

Country Living Fair

Country Living Fair

Country Living Fair

If you are a lover of things vintage, reader of Country Living Magazine, a blog reader, or Pinterest Surfer, you have undoubtedly seen a multitude of uses for old grain/feed sacks.  I’ve seen them simply displayed in a beautiful stack and I’ve seen them made into pillows.  I’ve also seen them made into several different kinds of tote bags. . . but never like these.  Not only are these some of the best grain sacks I’ve ever come across, the bags are gorgeous and so well constructed.  There were about 6 of these bags form Selina Vaughn Studios that I wanted to buy.

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Country Living Fair

Country Living Fair

Country Living Fair

. . . this one is the one i keep thinking about. . . gorgeous. . .

Okay.  I’d love to put in a link to every single vendor I talked to and visited with – because everyone deserves the shout out for their amazing displays and all of their creative work but I know you really want to see pictures and I really want to show them to you!  Ready for a bunch more?

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. . . more numbers and letters. . .

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Country Living Magazine Fair

b-i-n-g-o. . .

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Country Living Magazine Fair

Country Living Magazine Fair

There is one more vendor I want to mention by name.  SWITCH, the booth stocked and operated by Country Living Magazine contributing editors and Country Living Magazine Fair designers, Ed McCann and Richard Kollath, Kollath-McCann.com, generously donates all proceeds to benefit The Rondout Valley Food Pantry.  This organization, local to both them and me, is a hunger ministry in the heart of Ulster County serving more than 400 people each month.  Here are some of the beautiful wares they had on offer. . .

Country Living Magazine Fair

Country Living Magazine Fair

Country Living Magazine Fair

Country Living Fair Magazine

Country Living Fair Magazine

Country Living Fair Magazine

what a sweet little face. . .

SO many pictures in one post!  Would you like to see a few more?  Or are you all tuckered out?  I know some of you said you wanted to see all of the photos. . . but I don’t think any of us has that kind of time!  I will share a few more, though.  Actually, in the very next booth from Switch, there was a vendor called {outdated} an antique cafe.  Their booth stopped me in my tracks.  I bought a gift for my husband there – my most expensive Country Living Fair purchase – and I’ll show it to you once it’s hung up on the wall.  Here are a few shots of their booth to give you the flavor.

Country Living Magazine Fair

Country Living Magazine Fair

Country Living Magazine Fair

And yet another vendor that caught my eye. . .

Country Living Magazine Fair

Country Living Magazine Fair

Country Living Magazine Fair

 

 

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I really could go on for days showing you pictures of things that I liked at the Country Living Magazine Fair.  I still have about 35 more pictures that I want to share with you but for now. . .

Next up on the blog: Country Living Magazine Fair Part 2!

More Country Living!!  Did you know that I got to meet Editor in Chief,  Sarah Gray Miller, while I was there?  Did you know that we had another Hometalk Meetup??  The Beekman Boys were there as well!  I also want to tell you, although I’m not quite sure I can express it, how much FUN the Fair was.  And of course, there are the rest of the 50,000 pictures to share. . .

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