It wasn't until I read a friend's email this morning and learned that she was planning to attend the Simpler Thyme Primitive Show, that I remembered it was scheduled for today, May 2nd. I was here at the computer (in my pj's) and Spouse was outside washing his truck. I called out the window to him, "Wanna' go to Noblesville, Indiana today?" and I'm sure he thought I'd lost my marbles. I expected him to say he didn't lose anything there.
He thought for a couple minutes, then said, "We can do that". The time was already close to 10:30am and the show only ran from 9am until 3pm. Noblesville is about 2 hours from our home. So, I got dressed, fed cats and dog, and was ready before 11am. Now that was a feat!
The weather was mild and we had a pleasant drive to Indiana from here in southwest Ohio. We arrived in plenty of time to see the show and it delivered on the promise of more than 30 exhibitors with primitive wares. The show was set up in the Llama Barn at the Noblesville 4-H fairgrounds and wasn't hard to find. Admission was very reasonable at $3.00/person.
I met some very nice people at the show and when I asked if they would allow me to take pictures of their booths, all of those I asked were generous in their responses. I especially want to thank JUDY and company for their kindness and lively conversation - and for showing me what a "mule chest" is. In the photo, it's the taller chest with the red, green, and white quilt behind it. As near as I could tell, exhibitors came from Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.
There were lots of handmades at this show - prim dolls, grunged cats, homespun bags, aprons, and bonnets, rabbit dolls, pillows, and pinkeeps. Some of the booths didn't have names displayed where they could easily be seen, but I recognized quite a few from having visited them online or in person. In some booths where handmades were offered, I didn't ask to take photos. The exhibitors might have allowed it, but artists are often sensitive (and rightly so) to photos taken of their handmades and I didn't want anyone to think I was planning to copy her work. I did love the fabric offerings though - homespun aprons and "stuff' bags hung on hooks, cat and rabbit dolls with huge snowshoe-like feet, and a sweet display of hand-appliqued woolen pillows arranged in a vintage suitcase.
I saw lots of firkins, big old wooden spoons, and wooden buckets. Don't you just love those? Many booths displayed wooden cupboards - large and small - and some had vintage quilts for sale. One booth had shelves full of red printed vintage linens. I asked where the vendor had found all of them and she said it had been a life-long effort to collect them. She just loved red.
I had a good time although I didn't buy one thing. I saw lots of things I would have loved to own, but I'm desperately in need of downsizing here, so.....in true pioneer spirit, I'm making do or doing without as far as decorative items go. I have so much for which to be thankful, not the least of which is a spouse who accomodated my need for a "prim fix" yesterday.
It was a nice day trip for Spouse and me and despite the fact he says he still doesn't "get" the grunged and primitive look, we had a nice time and enjoyed the show.