Tuesday, March 10, 2009

~Yankee Peddler.....Here We Come!~

I'm excited to announce I've been accepted to one of the nation's premier shows, Yankee Peddler Festival. I did this show for 13 years, and only bowed out when my mom and dad became ill eight years ago. It is 3 weekends every September. This is the show's 37th year.

The show takes you back 200 years, visiting pioneer America with master artists and crafters "setting up rustic shops along streams and amid lovely wooded dales, with foods and snacks cooked over open fires, and with non-stop entertainment across the 75-acre grounds. Keep up to the hour and follow events with the Town Criers. Visit with the militia and mountain men, or learn crafts with hands-on instruction. Visit with the master crafters and artists while they demonstrate the way they transform nature into something unique for you and yours."

When I first participated in this fabulous show, Tom was 6. That was 20 years ago! I managed to create 500 dolls....and sold out that first year! Shortly after, I quit my teaching job!!

This has necessitated that I 'step up' my business and production plan for this year. As you can imagine, RoseCreekCottage is humming away quite early in the morning.....ending the days late at nite. The good thing: I LOVE it! As any artist knows, when you thrive on creativity, it's a 'drive' that you cannot ignore. It literally 'runs' you. (further explained in a future post!)

My show schedule is quickly filling up for this year. I've been accepted to 11 shows so far. That should keep me busy and out of trouble, don't you think?

The first and second photos were taken at YPF in 1989. Aren't my 'boys' beautiful??

This post was nominated for POST OF THE DAY over at David's authorblog. Thank you, David!


Darlene said...

Oh how EXCITING to get back into a show you once used to do. I LOVE your "boys"......so GORGEOUS!

Carolyn said...

Congratulations! That is great it will definitely keep you busy so it is good you love it.I'm sure it is fun meeting new people at the shows too.
All the best,

Mel said...

Well of COURSE they're beautiful! DUH!!!! ;)

Personally I'm surprised Garry and I aren't in the shot of your booth. Oh wait...you still have dolls...nope...we hadn't been there yet. ")


Ballerina Girl said...

I really enjoy this picture of the santa and snowman! I think they are so cute!
Congrats on the fairs and great job that you do!
Good luck and wish that I could attend one of these!

Kat said...

Oh my gosh! That is so exciting!!!!
Congratulations! :)

Anonymous said...

That's a lot of shows to keep up with! Good for you. I just started a full time job again and am definitely missing the full time art making!

Suldog said...

Where does the show take place?

April said...

Way to go, Carol! I'm so excited for you!

Anonymous said...

Carol that's great! You are going to be one busy person. Let me know if I can help since I don't have a life!!!

david mcmahon said...

Congratulaions - what an amazing history the show has.

SandyCarlson said...

Well, how cool is that! Good for you.

Lynne said...

Congratulations! Where does this festival take place? It sounds like an excellent festival to be a part of.

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3 said...

Good luck it sounds great!

Molly Alexander said...

Congratulations! Your story is so inspiring to me - thank you for sharing it with us.

Have a great weekend!

:-) Molly

Catherine said...

Congrats...and get busy!

® ♫ The Brit ♪ ® said...

Congratulations Carol!!
Sounds like a wonderful event to be a part of!
I'm sure you will be a huge success with all your beautiful and wonderful work!
Big Hug,
Donnie X

Hilary said...

Yay you! How exciting and rewarding to have the recognition of doing what you love.

Jules~ said...

How exciting that is! I am really happy for you.

Blessings to you.

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Anonymous said...

Ragamuffins is Back at Yankee Peddler, Hooray!
Hi!, This is Sue from the Main Inquiries Booth at the Festival. People ask about you every year and we are DELIGHTED to have you back as part of our show. I see that several people posted comments asking about the show. The Yankee Peddler takes place at Clay's Park Resort in Canal Fulton, Ohio and is held on three weekends in September (12-13 19-20 26-27)visit our website for more information www.yankeepeddlerfestival.com