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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday: Holy Hill Craft Fair

Every year in September, there is a huge craft fair at Holy Hill Basilica and Shrine. This was, amazingly, my first year attending this wonderous event.
It was sort of cloudy and rainy at first, but then the sky cleared and the sun came out later.
Holy Hill is located in Hubertus,WI., which isn't very far from where I live. Situated on a giant hill, in the midst of 435 acres of woods, it's quite a spectacle.

Dozens of vendor tents are nestled amongst the trees. Holy Hill is also home to the Brothers of Mount Carmel, or the Carmelites. They, and the Friars, can be seen on the grounds in their brown robes and rosaries. I visited Holy Hill once when I was a young teen and bought my own rosary there; I still have it.
So many lovely crafts to be seen!
We got such a laugh over this vendor display.
The wooden "campfire" and the bears roasting little wooden marshmallows was too cute.

I only bought one thing; something for Erik's birthday that he can put in his 'man cave'.(His birthday is in November) My one sister, however, bought me this beautiful soft sculpture, hand-sewn witch.
She insisted on buying me something for my birthday, which is fast approaching in late October.
I loved her striped stockings and her black felt, lace-up 'boots'.
She wears a dress with a black bodice; trimmed with a silver lace collar and a polka-dotted ribbon at her waist. Her skirt has pretty rust red flowers on it.
And she has the perfect witchy face; with pointed chin and and red lips! I got such a kick out of her. Right now, she's sitting on the mantle, but I plan to move her to another spot when I get more of my Halloween decor out.

I also put together a pretty little fall centerpiece for the kitchen table.

There's a store near where I live called The Front Porch which sells lots of silk flowers and other materials for making arrangements, as well as home decor and also unique clothing and hand-made jewelry. They were having a sale over the weekend; all silk florals were 15% off. I bought two small faux pumpkins and some other miscellaneous fall florals for less than $20 and then came home and made this little arrangement in about 5 minutes. I arranged them on top of one my pedestal plates.
I tucked in a couple of silk sunflowers as well. I love how "real" the pumpkins look!

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I'll be linking up with  A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

3 comments:

Sarah said...

Always fun to visit a craft fair. Thanks for taking us along on this one. ~ Sarah

Mariette said...

Dearest Katie,

Such educational blogs are the one's I love most! The Basilica is impressive and what a great idea for celebrating such a fair. That brings people together in a fun way, all searching for some cozy gifts when the cold season is coming... Your witch looks really the part!
Thanks for sharing this.

Sunny greetings from Georgia,

MariettesBacktoBasics

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Katie,

I love going to fairs like this one. The Holy Hill Basilica is beautiful. I love your new witch! Your kitchen table vignette looks great!

~ Tracy