Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Country Living Fair at Stone Mountain Georgia

Last Friday I took a quick road trip to Stone Mountain, Georgia to see the Country Living Fair which is somewhat of an antique show sponsored by Country Living Magazine. The show opened at 10 and I got there about 11 and it was VERY crowded.

CL Fair giant pumpkin

This great pumpkin pile was so interesting. Many people were getting their picture made in front of it and it made it hard to get a quick shot without anyone extra in the picture! The big pavilion behind the pumpkin pile was the Country Living pavilion that was styled for fall. It had several tablescapes and vignettes set up. This pavilion was the least crowded place of all so I did get some pictures there.

CL Fair fall vignette 1

CL Fair fall vignette 2

CL Fair fall vignette 3

CL Fair fall vignette 4

CL Fair fall table 1

CL Fair fall table 2

CL Fair fall table 3

When I got to the shopping area, it was so crowded that I could hardly walk, much less shop, so I decided to move on to some other shopping areas and circle back around later to those that I missed.  Because the show was outdoors and laid out on paths, it was a little hard to tell where I had been and where I hadn’t been. In my humble opinion, more signage with booth numbers or path names would have helped me tremendously, and no, I am NOT directionally challenged! Because it was so crowded it was hard to take photos of the booths but I did get a few!

CL Fair booth 1

CL Fair booth 2

This one was a pop-up shop in a truck! How fun!

CL Fair  booth 3A

CL Fair booth 3

This was probably my favorite booth. It was Dale B Studios and she has a booth at Post and Gray in Charlotte.

CL Fair booth 4 A

I loved this wheelbarrow full of pumpkins with the Nandina branch. I just noticed, the bench to the right of the white chair. I think it was purchased by Shirley of Housepitality Designs!

CL Fair booth 4

Country Living booth 5

Probably my favorite part of the fair was seeing the vintage travel trailers from Sisters on the Fly.

sisters on the fly

Vintage Camper 1

Vintage Camper 1 interior 1

vintage camper 1 interior 2

The owner of the one pictured above told me that she found it on Craig’s List and didn’t have to do anything to it but paint the inside and decorate and add some decals to the outside. I may or may not have come home and checked CraigsList!

Vintage camper 2

vintage camper 2 B

vintage camper 2 interior 1

vintage camper 2 interior 2

vintage camper 2 interior 3

Are these not the cutest things!

Vintage Camper 3

vintage camper 3 A

vintage camper 3 B

This one even had the queen waving from the window!

vintage camper 3 interior 1

vintage camper 3 interior 2

There was also a new AirStream camper on display, hardwood floors, granite countertops and all! In case you are reading, Airstream peeps, I would love to be your test rat and drive one of those across the country on a mega-road trip! Let’s just say campers have come a long way since our former 1969 Ford motorhome was made! My children loved that old buggy and they also loved it when we upgraded to a 1995 model in 1997. I have no desire to re-live the past but we sure had fun in our motorhome days.

While I didn’t make any major purchases, I thoroughly enjoyed my little venture at the fair. It was well worth the 3 hour drive!

I hope you are having a wonderful fall!

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I’ll be linking to Wow us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style, to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, and to Tips, Tidbits, and Tutorials at Stone Gable.

Don’t forget, Christmas will be here in a few short weeks. If you know anyone who would be interested in purchasing the dinnerware I designed that tells the Biblical Christmas story, you can go to the website by clicking on the picture below.




Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How To Make A Lamp From A Vintage Gas Can

The last time I went to the Metrolina Antique Show in Charlotte I saw a lamp made from a vintage gas can and decided to make one since I had the supplies.

Gas Can Lamp

This was a very quick and easy project.

lamp making supplies

The gas can was a flea market find and the shade was one that I had on hand. The lamp kit was purchased at Lowes.

lamp kit

The lamp kit has everything that you need to make a lamp.

hole in the cap

I used my drill to drill a hole in the top but the top was a little softer than I thought it would be and made an odd shaped whole when I tilted the drill. I knew that it would be OK since it would be covered any way.

hole in the bottom

I also drilled a small hole in the bottom for the cord to come out. If you are using a container that you don’t want to drill a hole in the bottom, you can purchase a bottle lamp kit and the wire will not have to go through the inside of the container.

lamp kit attached to cap

I assembled the lamp kit according to the directions and attached it to the cap of the can through the hole that I had drilled.

secured to bottom of cap

I used a nut to secure the lamp kit from the bottom of the gas can cap.

can w wire threaded through holes

I threaded the lamp wire up through the small hole in the bottom of the can and out the top.

screwing the cap back on

Next I threaded the lamp cord up through the lamp assembly and screwed the cap back on the can. Then I followed the directions on the package to attach the wires to the lamp and slipped the cover back on.

gas can lamp close up

This was a quick project for a lamp with character!

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I’ll be linking to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style and to Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings- The Heart of Your Home.

In just a few short weeks Christmas will be here. If you are interested in the Bethlehem Christmas dinnerware that I designed and had produced click the photo link below. I know that I am biased, but I am told all of the time that the photos do not do the dinnerware justice!

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