Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October is here!

I love October. I love the cooler temps of October and the peak foliage. This is when Autumn gets in full swing and I have my first sip of apple cider. I love looking at all the decorated porches and doors in my neighborhood. And apple cider donuts! Oh my, what's not to love about October!

(image via Pinterest)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cool finds at the Vintage Bazaar

Last weekend I attended the Vintage Bazaar in Salisbury, Massachusetts. The Bazaar is held in June and September at the Pettengill Farm. The weather was again perfect for an outdoor activity. We have been blessed with mild temps and dry weather. Actually, we do need rain. I just prefer it not fall on the weekend.

The Bazaar is really held at a farm. It only adds to the appeal of the event, at least for me.

 I think this bird wanted to get into an already occupied space and it was talking up a storm. Clearly, it was annoyed!

They have really cute digs don't you agree? 

I've noticed from my multiple trips to the Bazaar that some people are very chic. This holds true for vendors and visitors alike.

Some of the vendors demonstrated their products. Isn't this table turning out well?

And you could say this was a unique table. I can see it in an industrial chic loft with brick walls and a blend of modern and repurposed pieces.

Bookshelves made of milk crates. Very cool and nicely done.

Other vendors appealed to the hopeless romantics. Um, that would be me!

Cool color on this piece and the vendor was the sweetest woman with her young children with her. The kids were very small and enjoying all the visitors to their momma's booth. This was definitely not their first road show.

A woman had her friend hold up this shelf made from salvage. She was trying to figure out if it would fit in her newly constructed home. It was very cool and she did buy it. I was glad she did as I really enjoy the husband and wife team who make the pieces. I had met them before at one of the bazaars last year.

This is another one of their pieces. I really liked it and could see it in my home, but I kept thinking the kitties could knock it over. So it did not go home with me.


They also made this spice rack from a picture frame.

I love this wisk turned pendant light. If I had a kitchen island, I would buy two of them. But I don't so I moved on.

These are the vendors who make the wisk lights among other cool things. Don't you love her boots?

There's a fan in there. And it doubles as seating. An awesome find.

One more item from this fantasticly clever couple. Rusty candleholders. Nice!

My eye caught these grain or feed sack bags. I spent a long time looking at these bags. All the designs were unique. I did not know I needed one of these.

But evidently I did need one and the vendor proudly posed for me with the one I bought. This has plenty of room for my camera and sturdy handles. I used it immediately and I got stopped a number of times by people who either complimented me or wanted to know where to get one.

Ooh, I love old watches and watch parts. I love rummaging through them. Fill a scoop is a great idea!

Cool pieces but I did not need any. Other people were really enjoying picking their favorites.

I did buy some of these. Wouldn't they be cute as napkin rings for a New Year's Eve party or a birthday dinner?

I just love acorns. I have no idea why. Probably because they remind me of Autumn.

Those clocks and watchfaces and acorns belong to the woman on the right. I asked if I could take a photo of her. I loved her outfit and boots and she was definitely Vintage Bazaar Chic! Everyone  wore stylish boots.

There was so much to look at. I got there at 12 and left around 4. I was thrilled to converse with so many talented people. Living their dreams. Good for them. Wish it was me.

Looking at so much creativity is exhausting or maybe it's just inspiration overload. Anyone I was hungry and decided to take a lunch break.  Don't worry you won't go hungry at the Vintage Bazaar. These vendors brought their own oven.

The pizzas were selling well. I would imagine they had a very good day.

And I liked their logo. They are based in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire hence the name and wolf logo.

This vendor has a shop in Troy, New York. Her mother did the artwork in this photo.

 I followed her (the daughter on Instagram). I bought some coffee themed coasters at her booth.

Oh darn, I meant to circle back to this booth and pick up a few flour sack towels. I love them!!

My Facebook friend, Jen Parrish, made her debut at this Vintage Bazaar. Her jewelry and displays are always interesting and spectacular! I am a proud owner of several pieces from Parrish Relics.

I picked up some lunch from the Trolley. They were so busy. I waited until later in the day. My panko crusted chicken on a stick was delicious!

I told you the visitors were very vintage chic!

I think I saw every single booth at the Bazaar. I did not want to miss anything. The show certainly attracts high quality vendors. I was very impressed with the creative displays and the quality of work.  I will look forward to the next event which rumor has it will be outdoors at the Farm in October or November! A little birdie told me.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

And the winner is...

I took all the comments from May until my last post and put them through the random number generator to choose a winner of the giveaway.

And the winner is Mary of Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes! Mary had multiple entries because she commented on many of my posts.  Mary, please email me your address so I can get your package in the mail.

Thanks to all who commented on the various blog posts since  May. I appreciate every comment and I really enjoyed reading the comments on the giveaway post. I wish I had more books to give away because there were several people who commented on almost every post and they have been loyal readers for years.

So keep those comments coming because I plan to have another giveaway this year.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Autumn Excitement and a Giveaway

It is almost that time of the year, time for my favorite season. I am definitely an Autumn Girl. I love everything about it.

To express my joyfulness and to celebrate a long overdue bloggerversary (it was 6 years in May), I am having a giveaway. The winner will receive an autographed Susan Branch Autumn cookbook and a tin of Autumn Cranberry tea from Jolie Tea in Hamilton.

I taste tested the tea at the Jolie Tea Company this weekend. I can honestly say I think you will enjoy the tea. Of course, there will be a few additional little surprises in your parcel when you receive it (if your name is chosen).

I am so thankful for my readers and especially those who take the time to comment or email me. I want to reward you. So if you have commented on any post since my first post in May your name will be thrown in the hat. In fact, you will get an entry for each post you commented on.

If you are just joining the fun of Café Chatelaine, you can comment on this post or any posts since my first post in May. Obviously I want you reading my blog. The more you comment the more entries you will receive.

I will draw the winner on Sunday, September 21st. Entries will be closed on 6PM on that day and the winner will be announced on my blog. The winner will be notified by email.

Good luck to everyone!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fall Tablescapes

The temperatures are dropping and that means it's time to plan for my annual Harvest Dinner. I usually host a pre-Thanksgiving dinner in late October or early November. 

You will notice that there are some elements that I always use for this event. The cranberry glass turkey has to be on the table and I think this is the year my lighted table runner made it's debut.

This year I went a little simpler with most of the elements because I went for the wow factor with the white pumpkin centerpiece. The green glasses always add a bit of calming color.

The table runner was linen, just plain and simple. I was going for a rustic elegant theme.

Bonus, you can see my mantelscape too. Everything is interchangeable as sometimes the candlesticks are on the table and so are the pumpkins.

I used a pashmina as a table runner for one Harvest Dinner. The greens and burgundies in the fabric were a nice complement to the browns and oranges on the table. I used to use a gourd as a gravy boat
but it broke during my move to the condo six years ago.

I was just playing with editing in this photo. I just love my turkey dish!

I found some orange sunflowers at the local market and put them in a milk bottle.

Sometimes I use teacups but often I just use my white china cups or white mugs.

Of course no matter how pretty it looks the food must be delicious! The turkey is presented on a leaf platter from the Christmas Tree Shoppe.

Butternut squash and gravy are always menu favorites. I hardly cook anything as all the guests bring the meal!

Last year I again used the lighted table runner and I added mini pumpkins to each guest's plate. They took them home as favors.

Apple pie is a must for a Harvest Dinner menu. One of my friends always makes the prettiest and most delicious pie.

Another view of the table and the mantle. This particular year I used lanterns on the mantle.

Percy says enough already, let's eat!!
I am linking to the Thoughts from Alice blog. Please visit her blog to see other Fall décor related posts.


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