Sunday, December 1, 2013

Penelope Puddle Goes To The Local Fair

I LOVE VISITING fairs this time of year to soak in the abundance of creative projects by local crafters.

This Saturday was the rare occasion when I set up a table of my own.

Framed artwork and handmade greeting cards depicting the Penelope character were on display.

As luck would have it, it rained heavily all day long keeping many people away. I brought crayons in hopes that kids would enjoy working on the coloring pages I created of Penelope. The idea was to allow children to use their imaginations to draw, in freehand, whatever weather they envisioned surrounding the character.

With their mom's permission I took a picture of these adorable sisters who did a fantastic job giving Penelope twins some pastel hues. Below are drawings by more children. I can see something wonderfully unique in each, can't you?

I put a star and tinsel on the model sidekick umbrella at my table. It somewhat resembles a drawing (see bottom of picture above) my daughter did of Penelope with a decorated umbrella over her head.

We were fortunate to have a very talented and animated barber shop quartet entertaining us with favorite Christmas tunes. They really knew how to liven up a room as rain-drenched visitors trickled in.

Friendly crafters were easy to chat with and helped pass the time. I loved the flowers created by Melisse Kelly from Pretty Little Things.

Her soft petal creations on headbands for babies were tender to the touch and a delight to see.

Nearby Karin Brown from Eden Inspirations had something so delicious on her table I was tempted to take a bite. Although they looked like mouthwatering fudge or candy the artfully created chunks of soap were not a bit edible.

There was much to admire in the jewelry, knit wear and more at the fair. This teddy bear tree (above) utilizing a cylindrical tomato cage and lazy Susan turntable got my attention. A careful look shows no two bears are alike. Each one was hand assembled and decorated by avid crafter Deb Odgren.

The event was at Alexandra Neighbourhood House in Crescent Beach where I often go for walks. There are several structures on the grounds. Although not certain about the age of the building (above) I was assigned, I did learn that the multi functional camp was founded in 1916 when it served as a holiday destination for orphaned children from Vancouver. You can get all the interesting details about its history HERE.

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  1. What a great idea. I love the children's coloring job and the sister are adorable. Great post and photographs.

  2. Great idea on the coloring for kids and hope you were able to make some sales. Love all the photos!

  3. I’d like to take my granddaughter in person to let her color and draw Penelope at your table, to be overjoyed by the bear tree, or to see and smell the soap with beautiful patterns like marbling. You captured the nice facial expression of the quartet enjoying singing. Hope Penelope got more and more popular and you had good sales.

    I like your poem, Rain Call.


  4. Jodi said she was so happy to have a visit with you there. She phoned me and said, "Guess who I saw."
    Of course now I can't remember if she said Mya was with her or not. Duh.
    Judging by your photos, there were some beautiful things to see. Too bad the weather didn't cooperate.
    Luv, K

  5. What a shame the day was a rainy one! I like your idea of having children colour in the picture of Penelope. Clever!

  6. This is terrific!! What fun for everyone and, of course, the children are adorable and having so much fun!! Wonderful captures for the day!! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. What a great fair. The sisters are adorable. I love all the cute pictures from the children. Fun photos, thanks for sharing. Have a happy week!

  8. What a wonderful post and great shots of the fair for OWT ~ thanks, carol, xxx

  9. Your idea was absolutely perfect! I know the children had a great time with such a creative and fun project and they certainly came up with a wide variety of delightful results. Too bad about the rain, but you clearly share Penelope's talent for making the best of every situation. I wish I had been there, but second best was to see your colourful photographs and read about your day. There were too many photos that caught my eye to mention all of them, but the very first with open door and umbrellas, and the impressionistic soaps were two that immediately heralded your unique style and brought a smile.

  10. Is this ever fun! I love these kinds of shows, too!
    Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  11. Oh darn, I was so hoping that you would say there was a larger turnout...silly rain.

    But what a great idea to make those coloring sheets.


  12. Lucky the people who found your booth! It looks like a great Holiday Fair.


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