Country Living Fair 2010 – Stone Mountain, Georgia

Hey there!

I’m anxiously anticipating Kevin’s arrival tonight (he’s been on short, Midwestern, “warm up” tour with his band for the past week), so while I (anxiously) wait for him, I thought I’d blog about our trip to the Country Living Fair in Stone Mountain, Georgia. It took place October 22, 23 and 24th this year.

One of our readers sent us her tickets when she found out she wasn’t going to be able to use them. (Thank you so much Misty!!)

It was seriously one of the coolest markets I have ever been to!
Winding, woodsy paths were dotted with booth after booth of beautiful, country style goods…

Handmade quilts were on display here, there, and everywhere…

You could even find gorgeous chandeliers, dangling from ropes, tied up between the tall trees…

Some of the booths were quite elaborate…

And others were covered by simple, white tents…

Some of the goods were crisp and contemporary…

(“British Route Sign Designs”- britishroutesigndesigns.com)

And others had more salvaged style…

Kevin loved this old locker basket unit…

And I thought this big ol’ wagon full of fabric pumpkins was super cute…

The stems were made from branches!

There was literally something fun to look at, at every single turn…

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(“When Lindy Met Sandy”- whenlindymetsandy.blogspot.com)

(“Findings”- [email protected])

(“Findings”- [email protected])

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(Book page wreaths available through “French Laundry Home”- [email protected])

(“Findings”- [email protected])

(“Findings”- [email protected])

We met several bloggers throughout the day too. It’s always a trip to hear someone call out, “Hey! You’re from that blog!” (My mind immediately shifts to, “oh dear- what did I do/say in my last video/blog post? Then I start to pray I/it wasn’t too weird. “).

And over by this beautiful, stone fireplace…

…we met Country Living magazine Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Gray Miller…

Kev and I enjoyed chatting with her about the South (she’s a Mississippi native), our tiny dogs (she has a Dachshund) and how great the Fair was.

Before we left, we headed over to the “Country Living Cafe”…

It was under a couple of big, white tents and they really made it quite a fun place to dine.  A sound system played instrumental country-style music, the ground was covered with hay, and each table was topped with a brightly colored pumpkin or gourd…

The menu consisted of all Country Living recipes. Kevin got fried chicken, I got the pulled pork, and we shared three, incredible sides…

Potato salad, macaroni and cheese, AND baked beans.

We ordered way more food than we could actually eat- but it sure was fun to try some of everything!

We shot a little video of our day at the Fair too. One day, we’ll look back at it and remember exactly how it felt to be there- amongst the trees, and tents- filled to the brim with country style goodness.

Click here to watch it on YouTube.

PS- Dear 75-year-old Kevin: Thank you for going to the Fair with me way back in the day. Thank you for going to Ikea with me after we went to the Fair so we could get two dining room chairs and a pair of curtains for the bedroom. And thank you for collapsing with me on the black leather sofa at the front door of the store because our feet and backs hurts so bad from walking on concrete all day. I love you!

Even if you didn’t carry me to car like I asked you to.

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Comments

  1. says

    That looks like so much fun! I really wish we had those up here in New England! Occasionally there is an antique road show-type thing in the summer, but nothing that cute! I need to head south for the winter!!

    Thanks for sharing all of your adventures. I love following your blog!

  2. says

    This is such a beautiful location and a truly great way to spend a day.

    I am helping out a fellow blogger in need by hosting an online auction tomorrow. I would love for you to come by and take a peek and perhaps join in.

  3. Beverly says

    I need help! I love what you did at the Mess Hall and would like to use the same blues and greens that you did. There’s a green dresser that’s in a closet space and the blue shutters headboard. They’re gorgeous! You guys keep me inspired!

    • says

      Hey Beverly!

      I’m not sure what the shade of green was (it was already painted that color), but the blue was a color called “Tradewind” by Sherwin Williams.

      Happy decorating!
      Layla

  4. says

    ah !! i too would have loved to meet you..i was a vendor..(but sadly no pics of my booth in your post) i had the typewriter key jewelry….really think i would have recognized you if you had come in my booth?? so maybe you didnt..
    anyway, i also posted a TON of pics from the fair if anyone is interested…
    http://www.juNxtaposition.blogspot.com

    • says

      Ahhhhh! I have one of your bracelets and LOVE it! I wear it everywhere I go! We hunted the entire fair for typewriter key bracelets and were so excited to find you! I am a medical transcriptionist and it is so fitting for me, I just cannot wear it while I work. Thanks for creating such an awesome product!

      ~Misti

  5. says

    I just realized that I hadn’t read any “Lettered Cottage” posts lately and went hunting for you. I was worried something had happened! No worries, though. Somehow my google reader dropped you, so I got hooked back up. Whew! All is well now.

  6. says

    OOOH, I almost went to this…I’ll have to do that next year! And I loved this post..so well written and what a sweet note to kevin at the end. :) shaunna

  7. says

    Looks like great fun~! Kevin looked like he was enjoying that chicken too! :) I would LOVE to go to that fair….so many cool finds…..it would be dangerous on my wallet though! lol
    Have a great weekend!
    HUGS!

  8. sue says

    I dont think i’ve every left you guys a comment, but I really enjoy your blog, and all the pretties that you are always showing us!! They Country Living Fair, looks, AMAZING! Thanks for sharing! Sue

  9. says

    so jealous yall were able to go ! we live in va and were busy that weekend, but it looks like it was a blast. i really want to plan on making that trip next year.

  10. says

    ok, so I’m trying to figure out what ROCK I’ve been living under, since I’ve just now found your blog tonight! I love this post – I’ve been contemplating just which Country Living Fair to go to next fall since there are now two! Now I have a better idea of how the one in GA is set-up. I LOVE that it’s under the trees…nice!

  11. says

    Isn’t that chandelier the same one Sarah Richardson used in “Sarah’s House” (the farm house season) in the dining room?!?!

  12. says

    Hey Layla, It’s been forever since I have visited any of the blogs. Busy, busy, busy–always! I live in north GA and went to the CL fair with my BFF and we had a BLAST. Between the two of us, we took well over 500 pictures in one day. We went on Friday and all the the booths were full with yumminess! My favorite things were the burlap chandeliers and the vintage paint brushes in urns. I bought a couple of old paint brushes and cannot wait to pull out a few of my own to put in an old urn with some moss. It seems like something you could easily do. Keep all of your brushes with splotches of color of them from all of your projects. It’s like walking down memory lane with all of the different paint colors! Also, the vintage flash cards are all over my house. I fell in LOVE with them!

    I also just noticed that your kitchen cabinets have changed colors, and I see something about an adoption. Oh my, where have I been? Your blog has hit superstardom and everything looks fabulous!

    Hope you have an awesome Christmas!
    ~Misti