Monday, October 9, 2017

The 2017 Kentucky Wool Festival

Well, another Kentucky Wool Festival is in the books.  Whew!  This was probably my favorite booth set up to date.  Or I should say booth design.  The set up was as brutal as always :-o.  A huge thanks to Auntie Reg and Uncle John for all their help.  Setting up a festival booth is not for the faint of heart!

The weather was atrocious - upper 80s on Friday and Saturday and then deluge rains on Sunday.  Still, the crowds were heavy (even in the rain!) and they were happily spending money, which was a huge relief.  Maintaining a flock of increasingly aging sheep is not for the faint of wallet and we desperately needed a good show.  Thank you!!!

Here are a few booth shots.  




Can I say once again, Thank You, Auntie Reg!  Not only do you keep everything running smoothly, but you are a great salesperson.  I am Not Good at self promotion.  It was a huge relief to hear you covering that awkward part for me.


I've never tried to make something like felted wool pumpkins before.  If I'd had any idea how cute these would turn out, I'd have been trying to make them all summer.  They sold out quickly and I was sad to see them go, but I can make more and that bushel basket paid for 83 bales of hay :-D.


There were some funny votes for sheep throughout the weekend.  It was pretty much a toss up between "Maisie" and "Everyone because I can't pick a favorite."  I guess because a vote for everyone includes a vote for Maisie, we'll let her think she "won".  The prize for playing was a packet of farm note cards.  


The fleeces inside the booth were from the Christmas Lamb Camp lambs, just recently shorn.  This was one of my favorites.  


Tavia was the festival's "cover sheep" this year.


I think the wool wreaths were very pretty.  That is Petunia on the left and Blossom on the right.


I made some Biscuit and Muffin Christmas ornaments that look like the Tour de Fleece ravatar.  Instead of grazing on clover, they are eating hay...since that's what they'd be eating at Christmas time :-).


I really like the new small tote bags.  I really like the original bags, too, but since Biscuit, Muffin, Mrs. Pepperpot and the Ts weren't on there...  


A few felted sheep.


And a few you can wear :-).


If you saw the new table cloth at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival in May, you may remember that only baby Biscuit was looking at the spinning wheel.  I can no longer think of Biscuit without Muffin, so even though she wasn't technically here when she was a tiny baby, she was already in our hearts so I painted her on :-).

I have some cute 20 pictures to share tomorrow.  For now I'm signing off and heading to bed.


20 comments:

Michelle said...

I love reading that the bushel basket of felted pumpkins paid for 83 bales. :-)

Shelley said...

I love following you here and on IG.

LannieK said...

♡ Pumpkins~4~Hay ♡

Cheryl West said...

Your booth looks beautiful and I am so glad that you had a successful festival in spite of the weather.
It is no surprise that those delightful pumpkins went flying out of the tent.
I want a wearable sheep, a small tote and calendar. Will they be in the shop soon?
Have a nap with your sheep today to recover from your busy weekend.

susan phillips said...

Love all of this, do you sell any of your items online?

Anchor Cottage said...

I love all your handiwork! Darling, happy and delightful:-)

Benita Story said...

Wow! You have been working hard - and knowing that the funds paid for hay for the winter is the best! I'm looking forward to Hug-A-Sheep Day!

Marcy Doane said...

I LOVE all these pictures and all the things you have made. Wish I could have seen in person! I want one of everything😜!

sophy0075 said...

Those pumpkins are adorable. I would love one, but with my two (crazy) cats, it wouldn’t survive a day. Now a felted sheep pin, of Taevia T- 😃 Ooh, maybe you’ll be making some of those for Christmas?

Tombstone Livestock said...

Good job, really branching out with the pumpkins and wreaths

Susan said...

I love those tiny pumpkins! I'm so glad to hear that the crowds were good (and shopping) even with this weird, weird weather.

ewespin said...

LOVE the pumpkins! What a good idea to sell bags at a festival. People need them on the spot to carry their treasures. The drawstring project bag I could use anytime.

Terry and Linda said...

Your booth looked like fun! I hope you did really, really well!

Loved the photos!

Glenda said...

Would love to buy a couple of things featured at the festival. Any chance the wearable sheep pins will be available at the Farm Store in the future? Fingers crossed!

JaneJMtl said...

Your booth looks great! Congrats on a successful (if tiring) weekend. Wish I could have been there... I'll just have to make do with some goodies from the Farm Shop (hopefully you send to Canada?). Love the sheep pins and the pumpkins.

MarmePurl said...

Love the pumpkins....and the wreaths....and the pins . Oh my, I could go on and on.

Anonymous said...

Oh Wow! Everything looks fabulous. I have wanted a wreath since you first showed one, but getting it to Canada is just not on. I'd like to have at least one of everything else too.

And the booth looks wonderful - how could people not part with their money in exchange for any of those things!

Someday I will get to your Festival and spend my heart out.

Great weekend - empty shelves and hay money in the bank. Hurray!
Chris S in Canada

karen said...

I do love a festival! lovely shops you shared and it makes me want to go to more :) I attended one local one this year.

I need orange said...

Everything so beautiful. Brings tears to my eyes. The way you love them, and the way you share them with us, here, and in reality for those who get to take Petunia's wreath home with them (for example).

Thank you for your generosity to those of us whose sheep remain a fantasy.....

The Green Dogs said...

OH MY GOSH!!! I WANT ALL OF THESE THINGS!!! What a beautiful booth - you're so creative with all of your bits and bobs too! :)

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