Atlanta Country Living Fair 2014

For the 3rd year in a row, I went to the Country Living Fair at Stone Mountain in Atlanta and as always, it’s a very fun and inspiring place to visit.  From vendors selling vintage wares, clothing, jewelry, furniture, and food items, there is something for everyone at the fair.  Food trucks and vendors are there to feed folks since you need fuel for all that walking around.  The paved paths wind through the woods at Stone Mountain and this time of year is perfect for being outside and enjoying the Fall leaves.  This year was picture perfect!

And this year was a special treat for me, since I was asked by Country Living to do a presentation on the Main Stage on Friday.  It was a real honor to do that and I put together a Powerpoint presentation of my Before and After house pics, along with sharing how I shop for vintage items to mix in my home.  I set up a vignette of my treasures from home and spoke to those who came to hear me speak and it was so much fun.  My long time friend, Vicki, went with me to help me with my things and take pics for me while I was on stage.  Talk about surreal!  If anyone had told me I’d be doing this 10 years ago, I would never have believed it.  Just another blessing coming my way.

pumpkin pile at country living fair

Vicki and I arrived on Friday and headed to the big pumpkin pile.  It’s always a treat to see this big ole’ pile of pumpkins, just an extra special way to celebrate the fair and Fall.

rhoda and vicki

Me and Vicki,my long time friend who I went to high school with.  We have been buddies a long, long time and we have fun going on these little adventures.  She was my helper and took pics. for me. It was chilly that morning, but by afternoon it had warmed up and was actually hot.  My sweater got really hot, but I kept it on anyway.  I got a lot of compliments on this sweater, so in case you are wondering where I got it.  TJ Maxx, a couple of years ago.  Definitely one of my fave shopping spots.

french market

Come along with me and we will stroll through the vendors.  It’s always fun seeing what is out there.  I went both Friday and Saturday and did buy a couple of little things on Saturday, a trio of white vintage style bottlebrush trees that I’ll use at Christmas, an old wood stained bullseye architectural piece,  and a pair of earrings.

pillows

corbels

Loved these huge corbels.

cl vignette

cl in the woods

dilley booth

cl fair booth

cl vendor

cl garden vignette

reclaimed state

Vicki chatting with a vendor.

fall at cl

Fall inspiration everywhere you look.

happy belly

We ate lunch at Happy Belly on Friday and as always, it was delicious.  They have grass fed beef and organic chicken and some yummy French fries.

farmhouse frocks

folk art

owls

The vendors really go all out in setting up their spaces for the fair.

fall trees

It couldn’t have been a more perfect day!

handmade

cl booth space

baby jackets

Vicki and I were oohing and ahhing over these chenille baby jackets.  So cute!  Vicki has 3 grandchildren, but neither of us bought one.

owl chair

This funky owl chair caught my eye at Bohemian Bird.

vintage christmas

Lots of vintage style Christmas décor is at the fair too.

countryliving

If you love this sort of thing, the Country Living fair is the perfect place to spend a day or two.  We talked to many women who had driven in from other states to attend the fair.

cash and cari

Cari from Cash and Cari was at the show again this year.

cari from cash and cari

She’s very nice and friendly and lots of folks follow her.

pumpkins

talking to cari

She was on the Main stage doing a presentation right before mine, so I got to say hello to her and chat a bit.  She’s so nice.

rhoda on stage

After getting all my things set up on stage, I was ready to start my talk.

rhoda presentation

I put together a Powerpoint presentation on my Before and After house pics to show all that we’ve done on my house and generally talked about decorating and collecting vintage pieces and how I use them in my house.

sh presentation

living room before and after

 

Country Living  Collage

Everyone was so nice and friendly and many came up to talk afterwards. It’s always so energizing for me to meet people who read my blog and follow what I do.  That’s such a great feeling, so thank you for coming by to say hi.  Those 2 sweet ladies in the above pic (lower left) came up to introduce themselves, telling me they love my blog and came all the way from Hilton Head to see my presentation and attend the fair.  I have the best readers!

vicki and rhoda

It was such a fun day and I’m glad my buddy was with me.  We always have fun together and getting to do this thing with Country Living was another adventure for me.  I still can’t get over how far I’ve come in 3 years.  Amazing, it is and just one more blessing to add to my long list of blessings!

rhoda and jill

As if one day wasn’t enough, I went back on Saturday with another one of my girlfriends, Jill, who I met early on in blogging.  She and I are both single and always enjoy catching up on what is going on with each other.  Both days were lovely and so enjoyable and it was a fun-packed weekend.

Hope you enjoyed going with me to the Country Living fair this year!

- Rhoda

Comments

  1. I LOVE the CL Fair…can’t wait till it’s comes back to NY in June!

  2. How fun! I with they’d come to Sacramento. I love Country Living magazine.

  3. Hi Rhoda!

    I’ve been reading posts here and there about the fair and yours had some of the best pictures of the vendors and what’s being sold this year. And hurray for you, getting your moment on stage. You deserve that honor and I’m sure your presentation was phenomenal, you inspire so many and you definitely made an impact on me when I first started blogging. I am hoping to come to Atlanta next year, we bought a place in Asheville and think it will be a great road trip! 🙂

    Jane xx

  4. Marlene Dunning says

    My sister and I enjoyed meeting you thanks for including us in your pictures… We had a great road trip to Stone Mtn. Even made it to Ballards and Roswell for dinner.

  5. I wasn’t able to go this year due to a conflict so I am so glad that you shared your pictures. I know that your presentation was great and I hate that I missed it!

  6. Great post and lovely photos too! I would love to go here!

  7. Glenn Colley says

    Rhoda, isn’t God amazing with what he can do? I have followed your blogs for a long while now and it is just amazing to see what HE has transformed you into. Love your new home and seeing what you add and for me what to be on the ‘hunt’ for to add to my home. Blessings to you!!

    • Thank you, Glenn, God is amazing and I’m thankful every single day for what He has done for me!

  8. You got some awesome pics, Rhoda! Next year I’m going to do Friday AND Saturday at the Fair… such a fun time. Enjoyed seeing you — let’s get together soon!
    xo heidi

  9. How exciting! I bet you did a fabulous job….wish I could have been there. Have a Happy Halloween!
    Leslie

  10. So proud of you! We are going to get you on the public speaking circuit. You are a natural! Loved the photos. 🙂

  11. We spotted many of the same things! Wish I had been there while you were there Rho- it was a gorgeous weekend!

  12. I’ve always wanted to visit a CL Fair. Loved “seeing” you on stage, Rhoda!

  13. Oh wow!! Your pictures are breathtaking! I haven’t been by in ages it seems like, but I’m happy to see you doing so well. I live closer to ATL now so perhaps I’ll make it to the CL show next year. And yes, this past weekends weather was perfect. Can you believe we’re supposed to get a snow storm here in western NC tomorrow night and into Saturday? Crazy!

  14. You always go to such fun places! I love that mountain of pumpkins!! Hope you had a great time!!
    xo. Leslie

  15. Rhoda,
    Very happy for you and sorry that I couldn’t be there this year to support you…looks like you had a fun time.

    Blessings,
    Linda

  16. I have got to get on some magic list to find out when these events occur! This looks like so much fun and good going on your presentation! Such a wonderful opportunity! ~Julie

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