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Clermont 2011 – Times Two

First, let me say thank you to everyone who left comments and emailed regarding Beanie.  Every one of them helped and mean a lot to both of us.  We are doing …better.  Jazz still has a lost look in her eyes but she’s getting lots of pets and smooches to help her feel lots of love.

Now, onward :o)

This year, I again sold my bags at the Clermont Festival.  The first show on April 23rd was a rainy mess but we had a good turnout and I sold a bunch of bags.  I didn’t get a chance to take a lot of photos that day but here is one that sums it up nicely:

Clermont 1.0 - to sum up

This past weekend they had a ‘Market Day’ which was a freebie do-over for those of use who froze and got covered in mud during Clermont 1.0 – turnout wasn’t anything to write home about but we did okay and it was nice to be a little more relaxed.

Clermont 2.0 - also wet, muddy & cold

Hopefully next year the weather will cooperate since this is a wonderful little show on beautiful grounds!  Heck, hopefully it will cooperate for Cummington, wet sheep smell terrible.



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ECF…

…the one with all the Spring.

On Saturday, after the vending was over, we wandered down the Lilac Walk to look at the Chancellor’s Mansion:
Clermont 2010

I had never been here when the flowers were in bloom, it really is a lovely place.  Even though the house was built in the 20th Century to replace the original one that burned, it makes me think of the late 18th Century and all that makes me love Austen.

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The above view shows where the festival was formerly held.  I was *very* disappointed to find out that we weren’t located near the house this year.  Below is the ‘Long View’ which is to the Left of the house:

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The view from the front, looking out across the Hudson River:

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One of the two lions keeping watch at the front door:

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The last member of the family to live in the house was a gardener and worked hard to make all the gardens what they are today.  A few of my favorite flowering trees:

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There you have it!  The grounds at Clermont.  Have a great weekend!



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I did it!

I was a vendor – and I survived!  ;o)

Clermont 2010 - the S&W Part

R even looks happy to be there!

Clermont 2010 - the S&W Part

There’s even photographic evidence that I exist!

Clermont 2010 - the S&W Part

Overall I’d have to say that my first experience as a vendor – on my own, not sharing a space – was pretty good.  I talked to a LOT of people on Saturday which drained this introvert but it was fun hearing the new ideas that people came up with for my bags (I sold one to a 7 year old who will be using it for his snack bag – it had robots on the outside with a glow-in-the-dark-stars on the inside.  He’s going to be the coolest kid in the 2nd grade!) and even more fun to enable in person.  ;o)  I will definitely be doing this again!

I think the best part was sharing the whole tent with friends – there was no competition, no vying for space, no glaring when you stepped into someone elses 10×10 area, it was awesome!  Here are photos of the other booths in our ‘Indie Oasis’:

Clermont 2010 - the S&W Part
Clermont 2010 - the S&W Part
Clermont 2010 - the S&W Part
Clermont 2010 - the S&W Part
Clermont 2010 - the S&W Part

That about wraps up the Showcase section of Saturday – coming up?  The house and gardens!

(I’ll also be listing some new bags later today and labeling those bags that are ready for immediate shipment in the shop ;o)  )



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