The cooler weather, falling leaves, football games, pumpkin spice in everything, and the October Arts and Crafts Festival at Homestead Hollow! I attend every year and it never fails to get me in the harvest holiday spirit.
The festival features tons of talented arts and crafts vendors who are all very reasonably priced
(Yay! More shopping for me!!)
I bought several small items and two big, beautiful yellow mums.
I'm talking HUGE!
And only 12 bucks a pop.
The rest of my money I shamefully admit was spent on food.
Oh, how I love festival food!
Boiled peanuts, kettle corn, fried pies, oh my!
I usually partake in some good ol' southern fixins always available at
Homestead Hollow: beans, greens and a hillbilly ham sandwich.
For those of you not in the know, a hillbilly ham sandwich consists of
a piece of ham slapped between two pieces of pan fried cornbread...nom, nom, nom!
But, alas, I just had beans and greens at my momma's house a few days ago.
I opted for a hand-dipped foot long corn dog slathered in mustard instead.
It was a good choice.
Then there's the "homestead" part of the hollow.
Local artisans demonstrate their skills and trades. You'll find smithys, broom makers, quilters, soap makers, bee-keepers, moonshiners and more happily answering questions from the crowd.
Buildings commonly found during the pioneer days are scattered about the grounds including a smokehouse; a grist mill; a farmhouse and small farm complete with farm animals; a corn crib; a root cellar; moonshine still; and more.
The festival is very kid friendly
(one of the reasons I went on a Friday while most the young uns' were still in school...lol!)
with a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, and more.
Oh, I have waxed poetic in the past about the practicality of the mason jar, the versatility of the mason jar, and even the whimsy of the mason jar.
A resurrected relic from my grandmother's generation once used only for the most practical of purposes: preserving food. Today, the mason jar has come off the dusty shelf in the cellar to take it's place among the fine china and crystal on wedding reception tables across America.
We use them as vases, drinking glasses, and candle holders.
We paint them, tint them, fill them, glue them, light them, display them.
Such a charming, all-American, symbol of simpler times.
Here are some, well, a bunch of my favorite uses and crafty ideas for the amazin' mason jar.