Archive for February, 2010

A Weekend with Family and Art

We had a lovely extended weekend as the children both had off school and the weather was beautiful here in NC, only last week we had snow on the ground. And my sweetie was sculpting 18th century snow people. All she said is I’m going out to play in the snow and about a hour later she said come look and to my surprise two lovely sculpted snow people stood in my side yard.


This is totally why I moved here, my son can drive home from Virginia and just spend a couple more days with us within the school year. Plans included a trip to the movies, dinner and the Folk Art Show at Fearrington Farm.

“Book of Eli” is my favorite movie right now have seen it twice and I think I’m going again as my daughter found more suttleies in the film I want to see. It’s beautiful filmed and super, super cleaver in content and If you haven’t’ seen it, it has a OMG ending you never see coming.

The Folk Art Show at Fearrington Farm

Wanted to go to this show after reading a tweet by Dolan Geiman [ dolangeiman.etsy.com ] he and Ali really have the inside scope on the real art world and since this was practically in my backyard it was so worth it. The setting is one of the most beautiful places you could imagine having a show. Set on a historic farm which has been converted into a small village, it has restaurants, a few shops and grounds to make it worth making a day of. The show is held in a redone pack house barn, with branch candlers to die for.

The entrance had artists outside with garden sculptures of metal and then you walk through a hallway which was also hung with art, then the grand hall with all the artists. You could tell it was a collectors show, people pro-used the artist work many with there reps right there working the booth along side them. The art was wild, creative, interesting and original.

I would call it more of an outsider or naive artist show. Lots of great found object work with primitive painting and type added. Check out the artist cars:

My two favorite artists were Rose Rosely [ http://www.roserosely.com ] and Amy Lansburg [ http://www.galleryonmainbh.com/Artist-Detail.cfm?ArtistsID=271 ]. Quite different these two gals, but you can check them out for yourself.

Clyde Jones a true Folk artist is a hoot and a half, did not get to meet the man but went on a trek to see his house after an antique dealer we stop at after the show told us about him. Antique dealers are a unique bread and this guy was testing to see if I knew anything about anything, as I was coming it to his shop for the first time and asked me if i thought it was a true Folk Art show??? Little did he know who he was talking to and I had my options on the subject and definitions all formulated in my head. But then again I always have a opinion, so silly boy he was to ask. He must have liked my answer as he subjected we should go find Clyde Jones House to get a real treat. And how if the board is across the road he doesn’t want visitors and if it is open you welcome to come by. This guy they say doesn’t sell his work but gives it to you if he likes you. Seems like he likes the whole town he lives in as everyone has a least one of his grand sculptural animals of cedar wood.

But back to the farm…
The Banded Goat is where we grabbed a bite, great food, cafe deli style and the garden outside in the summer, it sure will be great to sit in.

And the last thing we did is visit the banded cows…they are too cute. And Yes I’ll be creating some of my own very soon. I fell in love! Their friend the Donkey was the real instigator of the group and just wanted someone to play with but the bull wanted nothing to do with him.


Nehucky Update…

We here on our own farm are playing weekend warrier and the vinyl siding is coming down in preparation of painting. The “Hubby” is taking down the siding to find lovely cedar clap board underneath. And our daughter is getting in on that act and tearing off the green roofing that one barn has been sided with. Really makes the house look historic again. I’ll keep you updated when we choose colors.

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We Have a Winner!


Everyone gathered around to see who the winner will be, ok so they were made of papier mache. All the enteries were dropped in the my new antique yellow ware bowl (one of my last auctions buys, ins’t it fab)

And then the drum roll…………..Our winner is Anne B.!

Thanks so much for all who entered Wedding Cake Topper Idea contest. So many wonderful ideas came in, so much to work with, you’ll have to stay tuned and watch what we come out with next!

Congrats to Anne B. ! She has won a $35 gift certificate to http://www.Middleburg.etsy.com

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Help us Pick the Next Wedding Cake Topper

What do you think happens on February the 14th the most…? Now get your minds out of the gutter and really think. Engagements! It is THE most popular day to get engaged. I love seeing all the jewelry store ads that are slathering the TV the weeks before. As if a man doesn’t know where to get a ring.

For those of us who are married, I bet it doesn’t even come up on our radar anymore. But wedding season is almost upon us, some would say we’re already in it but I see a tsunami coming.

It is really romantic to think there is a whole season for this part of life still. So everyone needs to think back to those lovely days of dating and the pet names you use to call each other. Did you call each other sweet animal names, funny silly names, or super sweet names you go yuck to now? Even if you’re not married join in the fun.

We at Middleburg want to come up with some more wonderful cake toppers, but with so many ideas and so little time, we need your help to narrow it down.

Just to kick the ball off, I have been thinking about a cute rabbit couple, paws up, facing each other touching noses. Two little blue birds sitting in a tree. A pair of frogs sitting on a lilly pad. But I have said to much…your turn.

Here’s where you come in:
We need you to tell us what you think most describes the wedding cake topper you would like (or would have liked) via comment here, include your name please and an e-mail address.

We will then take the most popular suggestions, put them in a hat and pick out the winning suggestion on Thursday Feb 18 at Noon, ETS. And as our Thank You for all your hard work the winning suggestion will receive a $35 gift certificate to our Middleburg Etsy Shop. Its really IMPORTANT that you leave me an email address in the comment section as well, otherwise we won’t have any way of contacting you.

You may also DM or Tweet me an idea, for additional chances to WIN ! @MiddleburgFAS

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