A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

This craft fair didn’t suck.

Last weekend while running a few errands, Mini-Me and I serendipitously happened upon the most delightful outdoor craft fair!

It was a spectacular autumn day here and Mini-Me had $8.00 burning a hole in her little pocketbook, so I opened my window as we slowly cruised by Market 334. Live music and the smell of barbecue simultaneously hit me smack in the kisser. Cue the illegal u-turn.

“We’ll just check it out. If it sucks, we’ll go to Target.”

Sure, it sounds jaded, but in my experience, local craft fairs in North Georgia can be hit or miss. We went to one a couple years ago that had hand-crocheted toilet paper coozies as far as the eye could see. My dead Aunt Doris would have loved it. But me? Not so much.

Well imagine my surprise… this craft fair was 100% awesome. There was not a single corn cob back-scratcher in sight. Sorry Target, we’ll come by another day.

Every booth was more fabulous than the last. Luckily for me, I didn’t have a lot of money in my wallet, or I could have easily dropped the kids’ college funds there. But we did make a few purchases you have to see.

First up: something unique, sparkly, practical, and FUN!

While ooh-ing and aah-ing over all the shiny things in the Two Bead Broads booth, I was immediately drawn to a sign for “Hillblingy Goblets.” I misread it and thought it said “Hillbilly.” Either way — she had me at GOBLET.

You know I loves me my wine.

Y’all, feast your eyes on my newest acquisition.

Gold Hillblingy Goblet by Kris Straukas of Two Bead Broads

Is that just fun on a stick, or WHAT?! I will be drinking my afternoon Momtini from this on a daily basis. And best of all, I can just screw the lid on so the flies don’t steal sips of my hooch while I’m not lookin’!

The fabulous artist who makes these doesn’t have an Etsy store (yet), but if you’d like to buy one (or twelve), it’s no big thang for her to ship them to you. She makes them in all kinds of color combos, but I decided to “go for the the gold” because it makes me feel all classy, an’ ‘at. Contact Kris Straukas for more info at twobeadbroads@comcast.net.

The next booth we couldn’t resist was stocked full of the cutest handmade stuffed fleece creatures we’d ever seen. Check these out; they’re called Musers. They remind me a little of those ubiquitous “Ugly Dolls,” but way cuter and in much groovier fleece patterns.

Mini-Me and I were mesmerized by these funky little guys. And the artist, Kathryn Muse, was so sweet to us. She took the time to tell us all about her creative process and how she comes up with her ideas (lots of input from her kids). She even offered to coach me on how to sew one of my own someday if I ever unearth my sewing machine.

Mini-Me and local artist Kathryn Muse, creator of Musers(TM).

Kathryn’s little Musers would make darling gifts. She has an Etsy shop and a blog where she introduces new creatures and shares about her journey as a new Etsy seller. She also does custom orders. Love that!

And now, please meet the newest member of my Halloween decorating committee:

This fun little dude is made out of tube socks! I am seriously in love! My kids and I have made sock-monkeys before, but I never would have dreamed about making a skeleton. Look at this face!

He’s got a sparkly tie, a plastic spider sewn to his shoulder, and I love that his eyes are two different sizes. ADORABLE. The artist is Stacia Roble. She has an Etsy shop, but I’m not sure if she has anything in stock right now. Contact her at yesroble@gmail.com for more information.

Finally, one last artist to highlight. Meet “Sweet Sammy,” a mother-daughter team who make beautiful handcrafted wooden pendants and necklaces. Mini-Me thought she would simply die if she didn’t get one of these. Luckily for me, the artist had a soft spot for little girls with great taste, so she was willing to work with Mini-Me’s very limited budget. Then she gift wrapped her selection in a beautiful bag and made us both feel very special. I truly appreciate anyone who goes above and beyond like that. Thank you Martina!

The time we spent at Market 334 was my idea of the perfect Fall day with one of my three favorite kids. I hope your weekend was equally wonderful!

Supporting local artists, spending quality time with my baby, and finding a classy way to get my drink on at the same time; life is good!


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  1. Kim at Let Me Start By Saying

    That goblet screams for sangria. SCREAMS. I love her.

  2. Julie @ mamamash

    Megan is NOT going to be happy about this.

    • The Bearded Iris

      Hahahaha! So true. I better purge some stuff to justify bringing more in!

      • Megan at declutterdaily

        I may have had to get one of those skeletons myself. My willpower is waning. 🙁 Nah, I’d have just tossed one of those giant plastic pumkins in its place. 🙂

        • The Bearded Iris

          My sentiments exactly. I haven’t gotten out the rest of my Halloween decorations yet, but when I do, I have big plans to toss a bunch of it. And as for the goblet, sometimes you just have to treat yourself to something that makes you smile, right?

  3. Kristin

    About your licking list – totally noticed you listed Gerard Butler before your husband! Love the new goblet- it is brilliant!

    • The Bearded Iris

      Oh. My. Really? {nervous laugh} Did I? Totally a Freudian lick. SLIP! I meant ‘slip.’ Really. Is it hot in here?

  4. Ann

    WHERE WAS THIS & how did I NOT know about it? Only one of my kids is actually in college so I still have two I can mooch from, gotta love the electronic transfer ability!

    • The Bearded Iris

      Up near the library on Dahlonega Street….outside of Market 334. A lot of the vendors sell their stuff inside the store too. I had not heard of it before we happened upon it on Saturday, but we’ll definitely go back. Really great stuff!

  5. Allysgrandma

    May I just say Mini-Me is a little doll herself, really. Tell dad to load the guns before she turns oh 14 or so.

  6. Meg

    That goblet rocks! I love Kathryn’s creatures too – ETSY sellers are the best. I wish I could start an ETSY store myself, but that requires a talent….

  7. Kate

    OMG, my sister-in-law had one of those goblets (minus the bling) when we visited this summer in TN! She said she got it at World Market, and it was called “The Redneck Wine Glass”. We went back there, so I could buy one, and they were all gone. 🙁 Pure Awesomeness.

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