June 26, 2010

A Mid Summer's Dream Show

Hi Everyone!  I wanted to share the photos from my booth at the Mid Summer's Dream Show I participated in last Thursday at Seven Acre Farm in Olathe, KS at the lovely home of Tina and Craig Hoover.  It is a lovely venue, with loads of mature shady trees, a lovely old barn and a couple of horses in the corral.

We enjoyed the coolest day of the week and clear sunny skies...it was a beautiful day to be outside.

My favorite mannequin with a great old corset that I found recently that went perfectly with the eyelet skirt with tulle beneath.  Isn't it a great way to show off one of my necklaces with huge blue stones?

This is the invitation for the show, isn't it well done?  I'm not sure who to give credit - but it's fantastic!

A closer view of the necklace and my corseted mannequin.

We set the big pieces the evening before, and arrived bright and early to add all the littles and jewelry.  I loaded my booth to the brim with not only jewelry, but antiques, primitives, silver, glass, and garden goods like tools, hats, bird feeders, garden stakes, mosaics, and more still...

I put together a few bucket lamps using old galvanized nail buckets, and beaded glass dangles wired with a light fixture.  I have one in my screened in porch and I love it!  It's so pretty during the day as the sun hits the glass beads and at night with the light casting soft light.  Very romantic.

Venus is modeling another one of my necklaces that I put together for the show.

Closer view of the necklace.

Sweet little girls provided cold drinks to us from their little red wagon with a cooler inside throughout the day.  They were such good girls.  They received parasols as a thank you for all their hard work.

Tina provided a lunch for all of the vendors - she is a fabulous chef and I had the best chicken salad filled with grapes and mandarin oranges on a croissant.  Delicious.  I wonder if she would share the recipe with us?  I'll have to inquire.

The Seven Acre Farm is located in the middle of the city and has that unique quality of seeming to be secluded in the countryside far away from the bustle of the urban living.  It's really the best of both worlds.  Close to the convenience of shopping, restaurants and activites with plenty of room for horses, vegetable garden and flower gardens.

We listened to the birds sing overhead in the huge shady trees all afternoon.

Of course, my booth had to have a bouquet of thistles...since my jewelry line is called Prairie Thistle.  I loved them in the booth so much that I am drying some for my upcoming show this Fall.  I just love them - always have.   Maybe it's that smidgin of Scottish blood that runs through my veins, maybe it's my love of Joan of Arc, from the Order of the Thistle...

Silver spoon necklace with a tiny nest.

My booth neighbor's were two of my friends, Marcy Lally and Kim Morenz.  Marcy also creates beautiful jewelry and Kim is a potter who makes lovely pottery.  We had a pleasant afternoon sharing snacks under the massive oak trees.  We nibbled on fresh strawberries, humus, mango, sugar snap peas, blueberries and grapes.  Yummy.

Tina and Craig's horses in the corral seemed to enjoy the show.

The gorgeous manor house was built in the early 1900s is so beautiful as you approach from the long drive that leads to the house.  It's a lovely setting.

The inside of the house was staged for the show by Kelly Littman of Farmstead.  She did a fabulous job, don't you think?  I love the mix.

It was a long day, full of laughter, commarodery and great people who popped in throughout the day to say hello and to do a bit of shopping.  I saw so many familiar faces from my shoppe days which is the best part seeing old friends and making new ones at the shows.

A wonderful gal from Des Moines, Iowa was so kind to me, her name is Marcia and she volunteered to help us load the truck at the end of the day when it was time to pack up and head for home.  I can't tell you how touched I was at her kindness and generosity.  Good people are everywhere.

This will be my last show for a bit, whew... I did four shows in 45 days.  I am ready for a break and looking forward to getting back to my blog and etsy shop once more.  It's time to start preparing for the Fall Show Season which will be here before you know it.  Is Summer going this quickly for everyone?

Blessings - Julie


Francy said...

such a pretty setting.

Love the bucket lamps!

stregata said...

What a lovely venue! I would have loved to stroll through and see all the beautiful pieces there!

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Julie, wow have you been busy. I love the venue of this show, just stunning, hope it was good. Sounds like you had a great time, and are ready for a break! You have a great summer too, thanks for stopping by, so great to see your smiling face. Big hug, Riki

The Quintessential Magpie said...

OH, Julie! What major eye candy! And it looks like you had a great show. I'm glad that someone was there to help you load up after all of that hard work. Also love the house, the horses, the whole setting. Now, get some rest, you deserve it! :-)



Alice said...

What luck to have the show on the coolest day of the summer! The home is lovely--if I only had the money I'd buy it and turn it into a B&B and/or an art retreat. The decorating for the open house was spectacular! The entire event, right down to the food, sounds fabulous.

I love you bucket lamp--what a clever idea too!

Lee said...

Oh Julie- how fun!! I wish we had something like that here. I'm sure we do, somewhere.... maybe my barn?? hehehe I hope you sold tons and tons. hugs, Lee

Simply Colette said...

What fun! Looks like a great time :)

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

Hey, the thistles are indeed lovely as is everything you had there. Every little detail, well, just so perfect. Where are the bucket lamps? Did I miss them? I hope you sold lots and lots, it sounds like your day was wonderful.

Electra said...

This is so magical!!! We don't have any lovely old houses like this where I live, the whole event (through your pictures) has just put a huge smile on my face!

Bella said...

Hi Julie... Your booth is gorgeous! I love all your stamped jewelery, and your manniquin:-) The house was gorgeous, Loved that giant bird cage in the dining room!!

Lesley said...

What an amazing venue for the show. Your booth looked amazing. You have such an eye for design Julie it looked beautiful.