Thursday, August 6, 2009

Francisco's Farm Art Show in Midway, KY

My friend Bobbi and I went to the Francisco's Farm Art show in Midway, Ky in late June. It was the first time for both of us and we were not disappointed! I loved how the area was lined with cotton tie dye flags as we drove toward the campus.

This festival was voted one of the top art 10 festivals by American Style Magazine, and I can see why. They have received that award for the past three years and when the 2010 awards are published in February, I am sure they'll be there again. This festival seems to be doing everything right. The quality of the art was evident, there was a variety of live music both days, the volunteers were everywhere and there was a great selection of food indoors in the air conditioning, or outdoors if you prefered.

I know I will plan to be there next year and am glad I made the trip to Midway to experience this festival. Here are a few more photos.

These cute dogs had four fans blowing on them to keep cool and had water bottles on the sides of their wagon. I had to stop to take a picture of them! You can see one of those tie dye banners in the background.

I bought these very cool flat fused glass vase. Very unique and whimsical! The artist is Faith Wickey from Austin, TX.

This piece, I love! I call it my "drinking vessel" as it's not really a glass or a cup to me. Everything tastes better when I am drinking from this! I love leaves and nature based art, and this is now one of my very favorite things. The artist is Jonathan Kesler of Earthly Arts Pottery. He is from Marysville, OH. No website on his business card but I can give you his email if you'd like to contact him.

I coveted these earrings for a whole year. I saw them at Summerfair in Cincinnati in 2008 and was intriqued by them because they were so unique. When I spotted them a year later, I immediately recognized them, which says a lot as there were so many jewelry vendors at this show. After waiting a year, I just had to have them! The artists are two sisters from Alabama and their company is Brennans Jewelry.

If you haven't been to this show, you'll have to check it out next June! Midway, Ky is close to Lexington if you plan to make the trip. Beautiful country!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

My Trip to Michigan

My mom and I recently took a long weekend trip to Michigan to visit my brother and his wife. They live north of Detroit in Troy. They were kind enough to take off from work and entertain us for a few days. We visited two great towns, Birmingham and Northville. Both were great shopping areas with fun galleries, restaurants and boutiques. And these huge hanging baskets of flowers lined the streets in both areas. They were gorgeous!

This is my brother Jeff, in a trendy dog boutique. We don't have dogs but it was a fun shop.

The sky was very pretty that day. I love the detail in this building and the reflection of the clouds in the glass.

This theater is really neat! My sister in law Pam said when it's lit up at night, it looks really cool too.

This cupcake shop was to die for! They had mini cupcakes which were great so you could try several different flavors. We went there twice in 4 days. Good thing I don't live near this place.

Here is a pic of my family at the cupcake shop - my sister in law, my mom and my brother.

Here is the sign showing they had frosting shots that day for 25 cents! Yes, I had one! Basically they piped the icing of your choice into a small cup. Ate it with a spoon. Cream cheese frosting. Yum!

This picture is for my etsy friends. The baby beanies are too cute!!

When in Detroit, I always wanted to see the big Uniroyal tire and see Kid Rock. But I had to settle for the tire. Took this shot in the car as we were driving down the highway toward the airport.

We had so much fun! Next trip, Indianapolis!