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.

…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.

Clermont 2010

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:

Clermont 2010

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

Clermont 2010

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

Clermont 2010

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:

Clermont 2010

Clermont 2010

Clermont 2010

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

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)  )

This past weekend was the Chancellor’s Sheep and Wool Showcase which is held at the Clermont Historical Site in Germantown, NY.

Clermont 2009

This is a very small festival but what they lack in shopping they gain in view.

Clermont 2009

This is the first year I have gone where I know people.  Previous years have been spent in quiet contemplation (after shopping, of course), this year was spent enjoying the company of local and out of state visitors – Risa and Carolyn both made the trip up.   We all brought our wheels and spent a good portion of the afternoon sitting in the shade and spinning.  We even brought a new spinner into the fold:

First Time Spinning!

See that smile?  That is the smile of a ‘First-timer’.  Wendy has been part of our group for a while – at one point she was talking about how she wasn’t sure if she was going to learn to spin.  It was pointed out to her that if she kept hanging out with us, it wasn’t a question of ‘if’, it was a question of ‘when’.  ;o)  Muahahaha!

I didn’t spend a whole lot, I went for quality instead of quantity:

Into the Whirled Batt

That is a batt from Into the Whirled – it is GORGEOUS!

Funny story…I went over to the Into the Whirled booth and bought my batt with Tina, then Risa went over and bought stuff while carrying one of her bags that she purchased from me.  When she went to pay, the vendor said, “great bag!  I have one just like it!”  and PULLED OUT A BAG SHE BOUGHT FROM ME ON ETSY.  When Risa told me, I didn’t believe her so I had to go over and see for myself.

You see, I’ve never seen a SbJL bag ‘in the wild’ that hadn’t been purchased by a friend of mine so this was a momentous occasion. Someone I didn’t know personally was carrying around a bag purchased from me, made by me.  Those of you who sell your stuff know what I’m talking about.  ;o)

When I went over to her booth, I told her that I had heard a rumor that she had a SbJL bag and she pulled out her knitting bag and showed it to me.

I squee’d.  Like a little girl.  I’m so embarrassed.

Then my group made fun of me for the rest of the afternoon because I was on cloud 9 and not coming down anytime soon.  ;op  At least they keep me humble, hehehe

After all that excitement, what did I do?  I might have bought a fleece.  sssshhhh don’t tell R.  ;op  I don’t have any pictures because I don’t want any proof.  However, I couldn’t have walked away from it, it’s beautiful and the price was more than right.

Here are a few more pictures:

Clermont 2009

Revolutionary Reenactors

On the Hudson

That is my friend Michelle and her son in the last picture – I don’t think she knew I was taking it.  ;op

So, what did you all do this weekend?  Anything fun?

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