Monday, April 21, 2008

Handmade Faire

loved this sign made by Abbie

my copper resin filled charms on a bed of dry pinto beans

Amy and Carol each bought a wallpaper person and a few other goodies. thanks girls!

my booth decorated with paper doll garland

Yesterday i participated in The Handmade Faire, which took place in Waretown, about 30 minutes south of me. The evening before i drove to Atlantic City where i was staying the night at the Tropicana with my Mother in law, her two sisters in from Florida and my sister in law. I had packed all my stuff in Tucker's van, so i drove that down there ready to go for Sunday morning. We got there about 3pm, found the girls, went to the room, dressed for dinner and then headed down to the casino. My sister in law, Gayle and i don't gamble so we split from the 3 sisters and headed off to get in trouble for a few hours before dinner at 6 at the Cubre Libra. There is an area near the casino with shopping called The Quarter, so we headed there. we picked up some beer and then walked and shopped (well, mostly window shopped - everything is really overpriced and in my opinion, tacky!) but it was fun. We had a wonderful Cuban dinner with lots of wine and laughter. After dinner we split from the girls again and went to hang out a bar called Tango's. i think i had too many beers as i was starting to get obnoxious. But i need to unwind so it all in good fun. i was wearing my vintage hat, which always gets me lots of "hey, love the hat", etc. Secretly i like to wear it so i don't have to style my hair! we got in around midnite and i was sleeping on the floor on an aerobed i brought. well, the dang thing had started to lose air and i felt bad trying to reinflate (noisy!) it being so late, so i just went to bed. well i think it lost more air through the night. in the end i think i was sleeping on a puff of air. i was so sore when i got up (not good for someone with a "bad back"). actually i am still sore! i was really tired and a bit hung over when i got up at 5:45 am (ugh and blah). i had to get ready and then drive an hour to the faire. So i arrived, got my location and started setting up. i loved the area. the faire was held by a fellow etsynj street team member, Abbie and her mother in law, Pola. it was held at an old camp for the blind, which ran from 1927-1997 before it was closed. Now it has been preserved (no condo's!) and is now called The Natural Resource Education, owned by the Division of Fish and Wildlife . it is right on the edge of water and there are lots of darling little cottages scattered around the property. inside were lots of little buildings and hallways. the show was held in the hallways and you walked a loop to see everything. in the middle of the hallways was a beautiful garden dedicated to the woman, Elizabeth Morgan who worked hard to have the land preserved. in the center of the buildings is an old pool that eventually will be refurbished. it had that old retro public pool look, but i loved it! inside the pool where at least 20 tandem bikes. a gentleman strolling through the show later told me that he used to work for the camp and the bikes were rode by a camp counselor in front and a blind campee in the back and they would all go out on rides. fun! he also told me that they use to take the campers out at night and go waterskiing! i just loved the old stories. i joined the foundation and will find out about events going on and then i am welcome to go out there and hike, picnic, take photos, etc. can't wait to return. The caretaker of the property, Pola, is thinking of starting a guild, which i would love to join.

fellow etsynj street team member, Danielle bought one of my resin necklaces. thanks Danielle!


  1. I so wanted to go to the Handmade Faire yesterday, but the world (dogs) conspired against me. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend.

  2. Sounds like a fantastic weekend.
    Glad you had fun

  3. Sound like you had a great time. I think I should visit Waretown next month...just to explore and take pictures. Love your photos at the top of your post!

  4. It soulds like a very cool art fair - and a fun time in Atlantic City, too. Sorry to hear things are not good gor Boo; I'm sure she appreciates the love you give her when she cuddles into you.


  5. Sounds like a great place. Love the charms in the beans.

  6. what a fun experience - the whole thing - i love the way the bikes were were used and saved - love to go there sometime! get better, boo! love, grandma

  7. great pics! I've gotten some awesome shots out there too, I always thought it was like stepping out of NJ when you get back there, it's such a gem hidden among the town, I grew up in Ocean County and didn't know about this place til a few years ago.

    Thanks for coming out, your tables looked totally awesome, it was one of my fav's!


  8. wow! you made some awesome things and i love your resin birdies..(hint hint..hehe) gawd i wish i lived closer so i could do this stuff with you!! your pictures are beautiful..

  9. Thanks so much for the picture and the pendant. I absolutely love it and I must say again that your work is phenomenal! I have received compliments on the necklace and my daughter loves her keepsake box. Hopefully I can purchase more in the near future!

  10. Your booth was beautiful! I love my pendant and it's so nice that you remember "brown-eyed" people too. It's not often I can get something like that. I wish I had enough $$ to buy something from every EtsyNJ vendor. What quality items and wonderful people.


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