The Mercantile opened and it was all I had hoped for and more!
My first stop was the booth of Rebekah L. Smith.
Of course we were so busy shopping that these pictures weren't taken until after we spent all our money. :)
Linda and I both purchased these lovely sewing books from Rebekah.
There is a large needle page on the left and a pocket and pincushion on the right.
We were giddy with excitement over our first purchases!
Of course that isn't all we went home with from Rebekah's booth.
Here are the treasures that came home with me:
I am so thrilled to have these originals by Rebekah!
Only one of these boxes still lives at my house. But they are all so lovely!
The coordinating fabrics for the sides are perfect!
I love birds and am just thrilled with my sewing book!
One purchase I thought about all Friday night and had to go back on Saturday and see if it was still there:
Lucky for me it was!
I had such a hard time deciding, I had already bought so much, but I decided that it was meant to be and so it came home with me.
This hanging sewing pocket is made with all antique materials. The coverlet is absolutely gorgeous and the main background is a quilt backing.
The back of the hanging pocket is the quilt front.
I am so glad that I did buy it. It is now hanging from a cabinet in my dining room.
I was also thrilled to meet Gretchen Smith from my favorite magazine, Primitive Quilts and Projects!
It was so fun to see all the models from the summer issue in person.
And Gretchen is such a kind and kindred soul ~ a pleasure to visit with!
I bet you can guess which project from that issue that I would like to stitch first :)
Yes, Rebekah has a pattern in the Summer issue!
The next booth that I would like to share is that of Christine M. Miller.
Like mother, like daughter!
Christine is Rebekah's mom! You can certainly tell they are related with equally wonderful God-given talents!
Christine displayed both lovely handmade items and wonderful sewing and textile related antiques.
Such tough decisions!
And believe me, I am horrible at making decisions!
I wanted to move her entire booth right into my house!
Each and every item was stunning!
Finally I had to make some decisions...
(And Linda can tell you how painful that was lol!)
This linsey-woolsey pincushion made of antique materials and hand-painted pins came home with me.
This beautiful antique sewing box.
(Shown with two strawberries made in Stacy's class. I realized that my scraps were big enough for another tiny berry :)
It now sits on the table next to my sewing chair.
Well, I think that 20 pictures is long enough for one post lol!
And I only showed you three booths!
I'll be back soon...
And remember, I'll have a little giveaway at the end of the travelogue for putting up with my long-winded posts.
"In the morning sow your seed, and at evening do not let your hands be idle; for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good."