It actually was a very private show in a private farmhouse up a remote half-mile-long driveway .
There was quite a variety of items with a heavy emphasis on sheep-related articles: sheepskins, skeins of dyed wool, felted pillows, knitted items, etc.
We felt one of the deals of show was a dish of decorated Pysanky eggs of which we purchased 4. Pysanky eggs are decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. These have chains so they can be used as ornaments.
The shepherd whose farm housed the craft show is also a blacksmith. We had a nice choice of wrought-iron hooks one of which we purchased to replace the mermaid hook in our conservatory bathroom. We bought a few more things but I can’t put them on the blog yet.
I need a go-to gift that I could give to one or ten without breaking the bank. I usually give a consumable gift like food, soap, or candles. (My note on candles: “If you don’t like this gift, burn it.”)
Last year I gave everyone a pump container of Mrs. Myer’s liquid soap. One year I gave everyone (at work and other friends) high-end popcorn covered with white chocolate. The popcorn in particular was a hit.
This year I’m waiting until tomorrow to see if I can come up with something at a local craft fair. The event is at a sheep farm. I am familiar with the head shepherd and so got wind of the this annual gathering which is not well-publicized.
I’m hoping to find something I’ve never before considered.
Yesterday evening Charlie drove up to the house with a Christmas tree on top of his car.
He had stopped by Home Depot and picked out just the right balsam fir. He’s much more selective than I am. I get tired of looking and I’ll take the next one. Charlie will look at every tree for form, height, and proportion.
He cut a small slab from the bottom of the trunk to allow the tree to soak up more water.
Then we propped it up in a bucket of water on the porch. I’m hoping Charlie will set up the tree in the living room while I’m at work.
Do you have a tree? Real or artificial? Cut it yourself of choose it from a tree lot?