Monday, May 20, 2013

Kentucky Sheep And Fiber Festival..With Some Border Collies Too


20 started Day Two down at the Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial.  He carefully watched the early morning Finals competitors (top 20 dogs) while I stood in the food tent talking and eating pancakes :-D.  A big woohooo shout out to Alta-Pete Stockdogs (Grandma's farm!).  Both Scott and Jenny Glen made it to the finals Sunday and Scott and Don WON!!!


Meanwhile, back at the fiber festival, Day Two started with much more space than Day One.  Yay :-D.  And I feel very confident that all the fleeces went to really good homes and I can't wait to see what everyone makes!  This is a front view (obviously... ;-) and the sheep are in a large pen over to the right.  Maisie was in a smaller pen in between.  And yes, she's perfectly fine and doesn't seem to have taken it "personally" ;-).


This hooked rug was a big hit and helped me sell several packets of cards/rug hooking designs.  My friend Susan hooked the chicken pattern and is now working on the horses.  I can't wait to see it!


I like the wool with the sheep in the background.  Here's something interesting - a felt artist came in and bought white curls.  Only white curls.  She said that when she used anything other than white to accent her pieces, no one connected it with sheep.  That they thought sheep only came in one color - white.  I'd love to hear some more discussion about this from some of you non-sheep readers. 


Stella's honey - always popular.


Saint Tim came up with these neat "table tent" designed signs to replace the flat signs that don't stand up, stay put or get anyone's attention.  Seems like I could have thought of that several years ago...  Sigh.


Petunia was a star!  Other than her trip to Kentucky from Nistock Farms, she's never been "off the farm".  She handled everything like had been doing sheep and wool promotion Her Whole Life.  She had a perfect pageant wave, shook hands with everyone, answered their questions, patiently getting up and walking over to any little kid who said "Come here sheepy." 


Henri had never done a meet and greet either, but did a fine job as well.  Keebs worked hard when he thought there were cookies to be had but was more interested in trying to steal donuts off the table.  B. Willard didn't put much effort into being social...but didn't put much effort into NOT being social and was popular as well...when it was convenient ;-).

We had a great festival all the way around and everyone ('cept maybe Willard ;-) is looking forward to next year!  I'd like to thank everybody for stopping by and especially thank John and Reg for all their hard work.  I have a great group of friends and family.  And that really means a lot.

26 comments:

Sandra said...

Looks like a great time!

Pam said...

I love seeing Keebs' "do" peeking out from behind the gates. And wait a minute...Popcorn Peepee Pants bookmarks??!!?? Have you been holding out? I'll buy a handful-tell me how much. And leave poor B. Willard alone. Just how excited is he SUPPOSED to be??

The Dancing Donkey said...

What a beautiful setup and your "mugshots" are great. So much talent all in one place.

Lori Skoog said...

I've been wanting to see some pictures....thanks. What a classy set up.

Tombstone Livestock said...

And I see a couple of your fantastic hand knit sweaters were on display too. Love your business card holder. Glad 20 didn't need his raincoat.

Tombstone Livestock said...

And I see a couple of your fantastic hand knit sweaters were on display too. Love your business card holder. Glad 20 didn't need his raincoat.

Thirteen Sheep (Or More) said...

I'm so glad that 20 went out to watch the dogs. (and was plum tickled the hear that Scott and Jenny did so well!). I'd like to know what 20's thoughts are on the whole herding thing. I bet he could teach those sheep some interesting moves.
Your booth is stunning. Love those baskets!

Christine said...

Sure wish I could have been there. Love the chicken pattern! Are you selling it printed on burlap?

Oh, and 90% of the people that visit CP think that all sheep are white. I have no idea why.

Alice said...

What a clever idea to put your tent within the tent! Every thing looked so bright and fresh!! I think the sheep who came for show n tell deserve extra cookies (says Keebler). I'm happy you had a great turnout. All your efforts paid off.
It was great to see Reg and John again:-)

Michelle said...

I don't think I've ever seen a better booth – from the sheep with their "Wanted:" posters to the tent cards to the diversity of offerings you had. When I grow up I want to be Sara! (Oh dear, I'm running out of time!)

Far Side of Fifty said...

here in Minnesota..most sheep are white...the most exotic we get is the white ones with the black legs and face. So I think it might be a regional "thing."
What a fun day, I like your booth it looks so inviting and someplace I would stop to visit! :)

MarmePurl said...

Congratulations on a successful outing for all of you!
{do I spot a Jester Sweater next to the chicken rug??}

Andee said...

I am glad to hear everything went well!

Deb W said...

I guess I didn't get a chance to look at your wares properly - too busy feeding cookies to the sheep, and getting some excellent suggestions for future festivals from Auntie Reg.

I'm crazy about the chicken rug!!! It sounds like there is a horse version .......a sheep version too? Did I understand correctly that there are patterns? I've got to get one.......chickens first.

Deb W said...

I guess I didn't get a chance to look at your wares properly - too busy feeding cookies to the sheep, and getting some excellent suggestions for future festivals from Auntie Reg.

I'm crazy about the chicken rug!!! It sounds like there is a horse version .......a sheep version too? Did I understand correctly that there are patterns? I've got to get one.......chickens first.

Miha Giustina said...

Everything looks so wonderful!
White/tan and brown fleece colors are my favorite!

Maureen said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time. I so wish I were there in person. I guess I shall have to be content with your great photos whilst playing with my very own stash of Punkin's Patch fleece ;)

Thank you again!!!

Sandy said...

One of these days, I'm going to make it there in person! Sounds like a wonderful festival!

I once told a non-sheep person that sheep also come naturally colored. She replied that she had never seen that...how did they get the wool to be red and blue and all those colors. :-/ Seriously?

Tyche's Minder said...

Looks like it was great fun. I still love the mugshots.

Shirley said...

Good job, 20.
Scott Glen is Canadian, eh?
I agree that celebrity sheep should get extra cookies. Does Maisie like cookies yet?
The peonies are beautiful, and that little cat stand is very cool!
I'd dearly love to have some of that honey. We have local producers here, I buy the unpasteurized. Did you know that honey is a good poultice for boils and a good dressing for wounds?


I need orange said...

Love your set-up! I wish I were close enough to attend (even though I know I would have walked away with many goodies to add to my way-too-big-already stash...)! :-)

kenleighacres.com said...

I LOVE Michelle's comment...when I grow up, I want to be Sara too! Love the wanted posters for the sheep :) My friend, Lora, was there with her girl, Bella.

Ed said...

Fun times, how much are the wanted posters going for???? :-))

Terry said...

What a fun event! Your booth looks so inviting. It would be such fun to browse there and meet and greet the sheep family.

flowerweaver said...

So glad everything went well. Booth looks fantastic, and I love the addition of sheep wanted ID posters. Good to see the weather cooperated too!

cyndy said...

Nice presentation! Your booth looks great!

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