Sunday, October 30, 2011

Here are a couple items I purchased at the Country Living Fair. The wooden spoon was hand carved by E. Gregg Kristophel from He had some really great stuff.
The plate on the right was made out of recycled pop cans. Each piece is hand-hammered from the recycled aluminum by experienced craftsmen. The first step is to have the design hand engraved in reverse into a block of steel using a hammer and chisel. They then place the piece of aluminum on the engraved steel and the craftsmen force the metal into the engraving, creating a forward design. After cutting the piece to the desired size, it is edged and then colored to detail. The art form is called, "repousse." I am giving this plate to my Mom for Christmas. You can see more of their items as

Country Living Fair 2011

Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend the Country Living Fair at Stone Mountain in GA with my husband and daughter. We had a great time. It was filled with antiques, hand crafted items, demos and of course food. Below are just some of the items that we saw at the fair. I will post a few more pictures tomorrow of a couple items I purchased. I loved the chair that was redone and also the hand-carved horse that holds up to a 500-lb adult. It takes him 3 months to make one of these horses and it is made using real horse hair and horse shoes. You can read more about him at The cute little trailer was redone and the picture to the right was the inside. What a nice little retreat. The girl putting the necklaces on was from the show Cash and Cari (HGTV). Of course, I had to have one. It is really versatile. You can use it as a headband, necklace or bracelet and for only $15.00, it was a great deal also. I believe they are called Snake Necklaces.
It was a beautiful Fall day and what a great way to spend it.