{country living fair 2011}

Ok, so last weekend was the Country Living Fair.  And I kind of gave you the backstory here.  And it was awesome.  Do you love crafts?  Antiques?  Vintage wares?  Cute displays and fun clothes and bags and home decor?  This place is HUGE and oozing of delightfulness!

My sweetie pie girlfriend, Kelly, was there with a booth and promoting her fab new book, Sewing with Oilcloth.  And we cut a LOTTA oilcloth baby.  We barely stepped away from that cutting table...it was fabulous that so many people were excited to make something!

I wish I would have taken some more pictures but um, seriously, this was the view I had most of the fair!  I did sneak over to get my obligatory hugs from Jennifer and saw a few of my other friends too wondering around (including my Loft and Lunch buddy Jill who took most of these photos of me!).

If you haven't been to the Country Living Fair yet, I highly recommend it!  The next one is in Georgia and come April, there will be one in Austin, Texas.  People come from all over the country to these fairs and it certainly is worth it!  I've never been to anything else like it.

Back one post, I wrote about my inspiration link party.  It's still on baby!  I know I sprung it on you all rather fast and you weren't ready but I do have THIS 

to give away to one of you!  You have until Friday this week to link up an inspiring blog post and one of the linky folks will get this book and oilcloth yardage compliments of Modern June.  So head back over to the Monday Mornings Inspiration post and link up!

Next Monday, we will link up again so get ready.  I have a handmade item I'll be giving away and the linky will ONLY be open on Monday so be ready to post!

I have some fun sew along surprises on the way too...gotta get my gear in order and I'll be ready to share the surprise!

{monday morning's inspiration}

Remember this little series I was writing about for a bit?  Then Summer hit and my blogging mojo went out the window...

Well, I am excited to bring it back only this time, I have a twist!

Monday Morning's Inspiration is going to be a new link-up party.  Each week, I will ask you to share on your own blog, your Monday Morning's Inspiration.

It may be a special moment with your kids, it may be a piece of artwork, it may be a person or designer, something in nature...share what inspires YOU to create each week and share what you are working on.  I love it when I get to see what each of you have created and to hear your stories of what brings you joy.

Here's how it works.  Write your Monday Mornings Inspiration post and then come here to link up.  You have until Friday to share your posts.  I'm going to open this up starting today.  Please join in as you are able.  You can use the Monday Morning's Inspiration banner above or use the button for your sidebar to please link back.  And be inspired!  Can't wait to visit some new blogs!

Here's the code:

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This Monday, I want to share with you one of my inspirations.  I had the pleasure of spending this last weekend working for a friend of mine, Kelly McCants.  You might better know her as "June" from Modern June or the Oilcloth Addict.  She was hosting a booth at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio (Oh, I'll tell you more about that later).

Kelly always has a smile on her face.  A cheerful greeting.  Infectious enthusiasm for everything she does.  And she does so many things so well.  Kelly has found her niche in sewing with oilcloth which is the title of her first book just released, Sewing with Oilcloth

Seriously, how adorable is Kelly?!?  In 5 years, she has successfully started her business and built it into a thriving, fun and exciting career path.  Kelly's new book is full of inspiration, 20 different projects, that will have you sewing up some oilcloth and laminated cottons in no time.  Think modern retro table covers, art smocks, aprons, placemats, pet mats, splat mats, pennant banners, pillows...the projects in the book and the products she offers goes on and on.

During the Country Living Fair, Kelly did a demonstration using the laminated cottons and covered one of my dining chairs from my sunroom.  I am a lucky girl!  She used this yummy print and it goes fabulously with all my beachy decor and colors I use in that room.  Those chairs were covered with stains from little people but no more!  Now all I have to do is just wipe them clean...no more worries about spills and stains!

Not only is Kelly an amazing business woman but she also is "teacher" to her 2 children.  Yep, she homeschools her kids as well and somehow, manages to keep her studio running in tip top shape and takes care of Mr. Modern June.  I love her to pieces and I'm so incredibly inspired by all that she does.  It was so much fun and an honor to work with her this weekend and watch her in action, doing what she does best.

Here's the best part, Kelly has a signed copy of her new book and a yard of this oilcloth print to giveaway!  I'll have random.org choose a winner from all of the link-up party entrants and announce the winner next Monday.

So, one more great reason to link up.  {Thanks Kelly!}

Link up!  {p.s.  the registration for the Tie Tote bag will begin soon...not today but soon!  Few technical kinks to still work out.  We will keep you posted!}

{country living fair}

Remember THIS from last year? It is so much fun!  Arts and crafts, good food, vintage wares, and this year...I'm not going as visitor!  Nope, I'm working at the Country Living Fair this year!

The story goes like this.  Last year, when I was at the fair, I met Kelly McCants of Modern June (oh, she's a doll and her stuff is so very cute!).  Kelly and I had already been "twitter friends" so when I walked up to her at the fair, I was like, "Hi!  I'm Trish Preston, from twitter?".  We squeeled, hugged and chit chatted away.  A few weeks ago, Kelly remembered that I live in Columbus and sent me a note asking me if this year, I'd help her out at her booth...cutting fabric and stuff.



Cut fabric.

HECK YEAH!  I'm not a girl to ever say no to anything that has to do with fabric and sewing.  No, really.  I won't.

I'd love to help out!  So me and one of my girlfriends are headed down to the Country Living Fair on Friday and Saturday (September 16th and 17th) to hang out, cut fabric and help in Kelly's booth.  (I'll have some of my SPROUTS sewing patterns in her booth too!)

{are you local?  Kelly is also going to be doing a book signing over at Sew to Speak on High Street in Columbus on the 15th?  Right Kelly?}

Are you planning on coming to the Country Living Fair?  You should be!  No joke people!  It's a seriously sweet fun event!  Stop by the Modern June booth and say hello!  Kelly will also be doing a book signing for her new book, Sewing with Oilcloth.

I'm already dreaming about the booth that had the fresh bruschetta.  And Jeni's.  Oh, Jeni's ice cream is there.  And fresh kettle corn.  Have I ever mentioned that probably my favorite thing to do besides sew is to eat?  I love hanging out with friends over a great bowl of salsa and chips.  Or artichoke dip.  Or...Hey!  I haven't eaten yet today!  No wonder I'm babbling about food!

Back to the fair.

Guess who else is gonna be there on Friday doing a book signing for her book?  Jennifer!  Sis Boom designer, Jennifer Paganelli will be over at the Earth Angels booth with her book, Girl's World.  Jennifer and I have not yet met in person but I count her as a friend.  As many of you already know, she is one of the most personable, warm and kind women I've ever...not yet met.  And incredibly talented.  Looking forward to meeting her.

So, I guess that's it then.  Have I convinced you that you NEED to make it out to the Country Living Fair?  If you go, will you PROMISE to stop over at the Modern June booth and say hello to me?  I don't get out much, I'm REALLY, REALLY looking forward to a full two days of GIRL TALK / SHOPPING / EATING.  That made me excited just to type it.  girl talk.  shop.  eat.  Better than...well, let's keep it PG here.  You know what I mean.  (Just don't tell my husband I said that hee hee nervous laugh, just kidding honey!)

See you at the fair!