I must admit though, because I'm not a big fan of a lot of what can be found at arts and craft markets, especially around Christmas, I didn't realistically think that I would find that much I would end up buying.
Boy was I wrong in a very big and good way.
They were crazy looking and iconic of the South and were very similar in scale to a pair of hand-blown glass flutes we got while in Majorca.
I had to have them.
This is when I realized I only had a hundred dollar bill, actually two and it was unlikely that any of the vendors would have change, particularly this early.
Skye offered to run across to the Farmer's Market and try to get change while picking up the few things we were in need of. We had been to the Decatur Farmer's Market the day before so we were pretty well stocked.
The shopping spree started with me looking for change and ended in me looking for an ATM and then Cindy swooping in with reserves of cash. We are trying to support the arts in a very immediate and local level.
I had a great time talking to Elexa at Lexicon of Love. She had done beautiful, repurposing of paper and such, into cards and the like; the kind of thing that I always thought Skye and I would be doing but... She had some really fun and lovely items and we ended up lingering around and coming back more than once.
There were so many wonderful artists, that were so excited about their work and the process and grateful for our interactions and yet I was the one who was feeling so fortunate for these people who were open and giving with their skills, talents and time.
I waited for Cindy's approval before purchasing my portable man-cave. When I tried it on initially she was more than skeptical. And in the light of day I get it. It is a very particular and special garment.Something that I couldn't imagine myself wearing that often. However with the number of "burner" type events that I've been to as of late it might be one of my better clothing investments. At the very least it is a portable man-cave. I can curl up in it and let the world drift away. It is a very special and unique piece of clothing, a real piece of art and I am grateful for the artistry and thought that went into it. A very special hood/scarf by Trevor.
I was so ready to buy this. It is a crazy Kraken-like hood/mask made entirely of those pesky plastic bags from Target, Kroeger and the like, that I abhor, but love any sort of upcycling of them thereof.
I was in full "support-the-arts" mode. This a great educational piece , You might note that I am already wearing my "treevvoor-wear" at this point.
The folks that made this are some crafty individuals, full-tilt into re-using/recycling, being ecological and localvore minded types at offthehookhats.com. I think that this is their Etsy site, but can't be 100 percent sure.
They do have a lot of beautiful stuff. Skye purchased a lovely knit cap from them.
We were trying to get out alive, figuratively speaking. From the Spotted Trotter's continual temptations, to stumbling through the Farm Truck and somehow not buying there gift basket which included a Berkshire prosciutto, when I was drawn like a moth to a flame, to these illuminated treasures of "Celluloidic Artistry".
Again, had a wonderful conversation with the "artist and Principal Designer Angelyn Pass. Celluloidic Artistry™ is an original method of deconstructing exposed film negatives and using them as a medium to create fine art and jewelry designs. " Glak Love
I admit that cut and paste short cut was less than perfect.
The point being, all evening I was engaged in one conversation after another with craftsmen, artisans, students, farmers, real people. "Pay more, buy less" makes more and more sense to me. After just dipping my toe in the "farming" pool and having been around artists since inception and knowing and respecting craftsmanship, which is a word that is almost obsolete, I realize what things would really cost if it weren't for the very not free market world we live in and I am willing to pay a premium and just barely a fair price for goods and services of I know the origins.
We bought several pieces of jewelry, lots of wonderful food stuff, "window-sill" gardens, more clothing accessories and other odds and ins.
It was an amazing evening. Lots of give and take, lots more give than take and it felt like a community. Going local feels good on so many levels.