Saturday, October 13, 2007

Fun at the Winter Fair


Yesterday, a friend and I drove up to Hardenberg to see the Winter Fair there. We had high expectations after seeing a nice advertisement in a magazine about the fair. We were not disappointed. Above is a photo of one of my favorite stands at the fair. It was a wonderful display set up to look like a porch followed by going into the "house". I was thrilled to find this as this porch is exactly what I had in my mind for our new patio area up at the cottage by the privacy fencing. This enabled me to take photos to share with Jos about how I want it done. I had drawn this out but I don't think he was too impressed with my rough sketching. Now he can actually see it.


This is a close~up of the decorations on the porch area. It was really done up so cozy. I wanted to pick it all up and take it home with me.


The treasures that I did bring home are a pretty crochet tablecloth, a real Chashmere shawl (shawl are an extreme weakness I have), a set of porcelin candlesticks (a gift which I am not sure now I can part with), 2 cloches, a wrought iron garden urn, Alsacian butter stamp, 2 homemade French apple soaps and a house sign.


I named our cottage about two years ago and since then we have been wanting to have a sign made to hang on the cottage. Up to now, we had not found them accept to order online. We wanted to be able to see what we were getting. I spotted a stand selling them just in time as the fair would be closing in half an hour. He had almost sold out of this small hanging sign already and it was only the opening day of this weekend fair. It was the perfect size for our tiny cottage in the woods. Fifteen minutes later, I had a beautiful hanging sign customized with our name "Cranberry Cottage". I can't wait to see it at the cottage.


15 comments:

Nunnie's Attic said...

How did you resist all of those goodies? Seriously, I would be in major trouble if I was there. I loved everything.

That sign is so adorable. I love that you named your home. Wonder what I would name mine? Casa de Chaos??

Love,
Julie

Nancy said...

What beautiful things Heidi! I love your little sign, and I love everything displayed on the porch. Looks like a very enjoyable day.

Kristen said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the sign! I would have cracked in there too! How adorable. I can't wait to see them at your home/cottage! Sounds like fun!!!!

Nancy said...

That porch has so much, it is hard to take it all in. I love the wreath. All your finds are really nice. Sounds like a wonderful day.
Love Mom

Mary said...

Love, love all the things you found at the fair. That's just the perfect sign for the cottage, so glad you had time to have it custom made. Do you get fresh carnberries in Holland? How about some pictures of the cottage - it sounds so sweet!

Thanks for missing me already - LOL! I'm going to really miss checking in on everyone too - take care 'til I return.

Lynda said...

Love all your treasures, Heidi ~ especially the sign! It's fabulous! You'll have to take a photo of it hung on your cottage. Sounds like you had a great day! ~ hugs, Lynda ♥

The Tattered Nest said...

that looks like so much fun! you will have to share photos of your purchases when you get them in place!

Mary said...

Hi Heidi, thanks so much for visiting my blog, and for your kind comments. To answer your question, I am actually drinking an herbal tea these days called Apple Cranberry Zinger, a poor choice for an Anglophile like me!

What a great fair, and I love all the things you got, especially the shawl. Glad you had such a fun time.

xoxo,
Mary

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

Wow- I would love to step into that porch...

Anonymous said...

Heidi,
What luck finding the sign maker just before he closed. Your sign is really pretty and will be even more pleasurable for knowing that you had it made exactly the way you wanted. I love the porch and all the cozy things decorating it. i especially love lanterns and wooden containers. I love all the things you bought especially your crochet tablecloth and shawl. What a wonderful expedition :>)
Angela

Kim ~ "HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Dear Heidi, The sign for your sweet cottage is lovely! Please show us a picture when you get it hung in it's special place.

The display was really nice...I love the wreath.

Ragged Roses said...

The porch is beautiful Heidi. It looks very inviting. You bought some beautiful things, love the shawl and candlesticks and how lucky to find the sign for your cottage, it was meant to be!
Ki mx

Andylynne said...

Ilove your finds at the fair. Especially the candle sticks, I souldn't be able to part with them. A winter fair is such a good idea! We have lots of fall fairs, but a winter one would be so Cozy. I like the name of your cottage, it sounds cozy too.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Oh look! You got two cloches!!!! Was it you that said they hadn't been able to find any? I love all of your pretty things!
xo
Becky

Yolanda Elizabet said...

I must try the Hardenberg winter fair too some time. It looks like you had a great time there! And you finally got your sign too.