This weekend is one of my favourite shows – Almonte Fibrefest. I have been vending at this show since, hmmmm, can I remember back that far? Back in the days when we were in the agricultural centre and there were about 10 vendors and the occasional leaky roof. This show has come A LONG WAY! Now we have so many vendors that the arena is full, a great variety of workshops before and during, events at the Textile museum – just a fabulous show. In a beautiful artsy town that is full of great restaurants and shops and yeahhhh, antique stores. Such a great way to spend a full weekend – take a class (or two), fill your bags with amazing fibre related items at Fibrefest, take in the textile museum and have a lovely meal at one of the local restaurants and STAY AWAY FROM MY JUNK STORES! Actually, enjoy the antique stores – they are fabulous and I have enough to open my own store 🙂 .
After a long weekend with great company (despite a nasty reaction to a shingles vaccine) I have been busy preparing and packing for 2 classes and vending. In the meantime, some little critter in my back yard has ALSO been busy -stripping my oak tree of branches and dropping them all over the ground. What is the expression – if the squirrel can not get to the acorn, the acorn must come to the squirrel? Yup, some critter with a bushy tail and big teeth has decided it is much easier to drop the branches and harvest and crack open the acorns on the ground than it is up in a tree. So every day I HARVEST oak branches and schlepp them into the woods – with nary an acorn left (just caps).
So, it seems everyone has been busy. Including Lisa Ferguson who just sent me a new pattern which will soon be available as a punch needle (miniature) and rughooking pattern. Years ago I would cross country ski on trails near our home. There was a particular “stop” on the route where, if you stood quite still with your hand outstretched and full of sunflower seeds, the chickadees would swoop down out of the trees and land on your hand and take seeds. This beautiful little chickadee pattern is definitely on my “to do” list…
Have a great weekend and hopefully some of you can make it to Fibrefest!