Today I took a day off! This hasn’t happened often this year, as I am still running behind, trying to catch up due to unforeseen family matters. I do admit to having a few twinges of guilt, which I firmly squashed down to the very back of my mind and went on to enjoy a wonderful day with a very dear friend. We ventured out to Ridgefield and Wilton, Connecticut, where we attended the American Craftsmen Show and the Wilton Historical Society American Artisan Show. These shows are the current incarnation of the huge show that the Wilton Historical Society used to hold every year at the Wilton High School. I did the show at the high school for several years, and have always enjoyed attending and shopping when I wasn’t exhibiting. This years American Craftsman Show was held in Ridgefield’s Lounsbury House, shown above.
The side entrance of Lounsbury House.
Looking up the staircase at Lounsbury House.
We had a chance to catch up with friend and fellow craftsperson Pamela Dalton.
I’ve done quite a few shows with Pamela and we always find it amusing when people get us confused – Pamela Dalton / Paula Walton… I’m quite a bit taller and have about 10 times more hair… plus we make totally different things
Pamela had some wonderful new paper cuttings. I indulged and bought several garden themed ones to hang in my new painting studio, which overlooks two of my gardens.
We found sewing themed treasures upstairs at Deborah Hartwick’s booth, in the form of button collages and tiny emery filled velvet pincushions ( a minuscule mouse and cat for me).
The Wilton Historical Society was our 2nd stop. This year the show was held entirely on the society grounds.
I’ve always loved the two houses, two barns and the blacksmith shop that make up the Wilton Historical Society. I used to do a lot of hands on demonstrations and teach mini- classes for them during various events and when they had all of the town children come for field trips.
We admired some marvelous tramp art, wooden ware and ingenious whirligigs. I found some really nice redware herb markers at Bob & Kay Shaeff’s booth and purchased one each of the 14 different herb varieties that they had for sale. Kay even assured me that she could make me custom markers for any other herbs that I needed!
As great as all the crafts were, I think our favorite part of the show was the gourmet grilled cheese food truck parked at the show entrance!!!
I clearly need to follow these people on facebook
and if the grilled cheese truck wasn’t great enough, there was also a crepe truck!
We indulged and split a honey crepe for desert❤
As much as I love what I do, it was very, very nice to take a day off. I need to remind myself to stop, take a little time and enjoy friends and small pleasures… Admiring the work of other craftsmen has renewed my creative energies!!! What an excellent day!