Who doesn’t like a festive, creative vintage shopping venue at the beginning of the holiday season? I believe this new surge of handmade business- buying from local artisans and entrepreneurs is here to stay. Vendors are getting better at creating and sourcing what the people want. Prices are competitive compared to Etsy, but more than price is the unique finds in an all-sensory shopping experience that pops up for three days and is gone until the next season.
Wyandotte County Fairgrounds…13700 Polfer Road, Piper, Kansas… just North & west of the Legends area. 10-5 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Lanterns, birdhouses, gates, wreaths, signs and gourds …oh, and trays
Well, I didn’t do too much blog posting this summer, but have been busy in my workshop, yard and garden. I did take a few pictures though. I’ve added some new crafts inspired by the creative talent at Vintage Market Days. Sugar Mound Craft Festival is this weekend, and then the ‘Very Merry Affair’ Vintage Market Days in November.
First of all, Lanterns
I wanted to add some wooden lanterns for my welcome posts… I had a couple of old exterior doors (really old, falling apart- wish I’d taken a picture!) I noticed the groove in the stiles & thought that would hold glass and upcycle this incredible ancient chippy patina… So I started cutting them up.
This is how they ended up. I won’t be making anymore lanterns– they took a lot of time. That’s crown molding on the tops. I have a new appreciation for Hobby Lobby lanterns. …and notice there is no glass.
I came into a great stash of liscense plates (thanks Joseph!) & found the perfect wood to put them on…
I have installed a couple in my yard. This was a sunrise- beautiful morning. (unedited color)
Welcome Posts, Gates and Wreaths
Artemisia (Sweet Annie) wreaths. This stuff smells heavenly. The bittersweet grows down the road amidst the poison ivy. These look a little skimpy though.
Kaleb managed to create 56 more trays, but that’s it. He has lost interest — He will need a new project next year & I had an epiphany this morning what it might be. More below…
Filler Crafts (bowl filler)
He helped with some smaller projects, but this summer was just too hot for him.
The candy corn bowl filler is from the triangle cut-offs of my birdhouse roofs. The banner things are painted drop cloth.
New signs by my friends Laure and Emily (thank you!) …Laure, I bought the Mercy sign from you.
This will hang from my porch post display in my booth.
Last, but not least Gourds!
My collection is growing, I had these stashed in the shed, so I put another layer of finish on them.
The wire is from the spiral notebooks of some of my kids schoolwork that I had cleaned out and burned earlier this year.
Above, bushel gourds, cured, cleaned and polished. I love the natural mottling.
Below are lantern bowls I made last year. I polished the outside and painted the interior with metallic craft paint.
You can put potpourri or coffee bean and candles in these. The warmth of the candle will release the fragrance.
(I made a bunch of pillar candles as well)
I love to decorate with gourds in the fall.
This year was a bumper crop, so I’m thinking this will be a great project for Kaleb next year. Maybe I can find him some paint or stain colors that are intense enough for him to enjoy, but still go with the season.
The trailer is half loaded, getting ready to go. Already dreaming of ways to decorate for the Christmas Vintage Market Days in November!