October 5, 2019 was a cold, cold day although bright with sunshine. We arrived at the Trumbauersville Fire Station around 8:30 and commenced the shivering that continued most of the day. We had signed up for a Faerie Festival (the first one held at the fire station) earlier in the year – it was summer then – and now this: 49 degree temps coupled with a cold breeze. Our space was in the garage where the fire trucks were usually parked and with both big doors open, it was – shall we say – refreshing. After tightly zipping up our jacket and sweater, we set up, along with a chocolate candy seller (with delicious free samples) and a couple of face painters, really glad we were wearing our warm socks, heavy shoes, tights. Gloves might have been overkill, but still…summer-warmed blood…
The festival had been advertised as including a “pod” of mermaids as well as faeries and exotic creatures. We took a walk around the firehouse and found this:
We estimated the temperature of the water at about 65 degrees F. More shivering and standing back far enough to avoid being splashed. Almost.
BELOW: She’s actually smiling!
A little beyond the pond we saw a lovely mermaid sitting in her shell. She was also smiling and welcoming anyone who wanted a photo with her.
We declined. We could sit in the shell, but most likely not be able to get up.
We were visited by a fairy with wings. She was blowing bubbles.
A number of children got their faces painted.
Some went for a ride on unicorn.
And the cool breeze didn’t deter this group of singers from presenting a fine show. Of course, they were in the sun.
About two years ago my mother-in-law passed away. She was a little over 100 years old and had seen a lot of change in her life. She came from a poor family, borrowed money to go to nursing school during the tail end of the Great Depression, and became a Registered Nurse just before the beginning of World War II. She loved clothing and dress and always looked “like a million bucks” as my husband’s Dad used to say – able to indulge herself as she climbed the economic ladder. When we went through the house after her passing, there were three large bedroom closets filled with clothing sorted by style, and at least 10 full bags hung in the cellar from the steel floor joists. There was a lot. A lot. We sorted through the items, assessing each as to its wearability, style, etc., donating or trashing as required. I kept a few of the items. The hat I am wearing in the photo above is one of them, along with the mink stole (a little harder to see). The stole is comprised of two mink skins, face, paws, and all. I am sure that any PETA person would have fits, but those little guys were dedicated to a life of fashion. They also have been dead a very long time. The hat has a DIOR label in it, though I am not sure it is an original. I’d like to think it is.
My mother-in-law, Anne, found a lot of joy in being well-dressed, and was lovely to look at. When I go to the wholesale shows or other places where I shop, I am inspired by color, line, fit, and all the things she loved about fashion. In that way her spirit lives on.
The Awaken High Vibe Art & Music Festival at Delaware Valley University was a success despite the high temperatures! We spent a happy day in the cool of the theatre arts building, along with about 50 other booths full of great merchandise and interest. Along with several readers, there weredrums, soap, essences, and natural products, art work, and handmade jewelry. We heard several impromptu music sessions and were entertained by people-watching the unusual and the arty garb worn by people walking by. Definitely a repeat for next year!
This past weekend we participated in An Old Fashioned Christmas: 13th Annual Christmas Bazaar and Craft Fair, presented by Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Hilltown, PA. Food, flowers, a bake sale, Santa’s Attic, Gems & Jewels, Book Nook, Raffles, lovely crafts, and Santa, and us! We brought some boutique clothing, Laurel Burch bags and scarves, winter scarves, unique jewelry including our magnetic pins, and some odds and ends. Attendance was high with many families – great for people-watching. We saw a number of new, interesting crafts, including painted enamelware and small Christmas hats that soon everyone was wearing. And, best of all, we won a gift basket of coffee supplies!
Bark ‘n’ Bacon festival at Logan’s Heroes Animal Rescue in East Greenville, PA. A lovely Fall day. While it was warm, there was a refreshing stiff breeze to keep us cool. The wind sometimes blew things off the tables and tried to lift up the canopy, but we appreciated it anyway. The only sour note was the presence of Spotted Lanternflies – a new imported pest which has invaded parts of Bucks and Montgomery counties. We did our part by stomping on a few (we hate to kill things, but still…) and sent an email to PA’s environmental department. They probably know the bugs are there, but we wanted to make sure this pest doesn’t get a foothold in the area. Our house is in the woods, and we love our trees.
I have a great love of costume, fabric, texture, collage and layers, and oddities, and this has led me to many places and events: belly dance expositions, the Society for Creative Anachronism’s Pennsic War (and other events), museum exhibitions and displays, craft shows, and similar occasions. This past weekend I was able to attend the Steampunk World’s Fair in Piscataway, NJ on the weekend of May 13-15. Music, a fashion show, booths with all thing Steampunk, from clothing to artifacts, and the best part, people dressed in wonderful costumes and characters strolling around the grounds shared by the two host hotels gave me a wonderful day. Here are my favorite photos of the event. (Oh, and I was not particularly notable, dressed in “protective coloration” – maybe next time I’ll go full out and get into true character.)