We were honored to be chosen to exhibit at this years Country Music Fest in Nashville, also known as the CMA Fest. Our booth was located at the Fan-X experience where you could come have a meet & greet with your favorite country music singers.
We had a lot of fun meeting people from all over the country and the world who attend the festival. This is our third year exhibiting so we have a lot of customers who come see us year after year…and have become addicted to Island Cowgirl.
We brought a small selection of work from other Nashville artists that we carry in the store…My favorite being the “Shit Creek Survivor” sign.
A big thanks to my husband who was my Sherpa and set the booth up for the show…and my mother-in-law who is the Varage Ninja and found this great chandelier for the booth. It added a little extra bohemian flair.
“life is getting up an hour early to live an hour more”…
Another brilliant summer sunrise at the farm…granted it is 5:30am and getting up this early is not for everyone. Well, pretty much not for anyone. But I will always get up and run across the pasture to capture my favorite purple sunrise. It is always fleeting…only lasting a minute or two over the far off ridge…but it is always worth it.
The heat this August was not overly oppressive…unless of course you have hair like Libby & I do. It is akin to wearing a heavy blanket on top of your head. Hair, more hair and more hair. So what better way to beat the heat than to wear the same matching braids. I think she kind of liked them!
Nigel got his usual short summer hair cut and was all ready for his morning duties to clear the pasture of birds.
Nigel reporting for bird dog duties
Goat Yoga in Leipers Fork
My friends over at Gratidude Ranch here in Leipers Fork have a charity for foster children called Safe House. It is an awesome charity for children in the foster system and they work tirelessly to give these children a better life. They personally keep a petting zoo of 27 different animals on their property that the children can visit.
They came up with a wonderful idea of having Saturday morning Goat Yoga on their farm in order to raise money for their charity. Why not? They had lots of willing goats and a pig or two.
The hardest part of the whole thing was not laughing. Constantly. They were so darn cute and they wanted to snuggle. Although some people brought carrots and had an unfair snuggling advantage. We will be going back again next time for sure! Carrots in hand. If you have a chance check out their Safe House For All and the wonderful work that they do!
Sundance says don’t forget to stop and smell the sunflowers! (he’s ver wise…not just a pretty face)
We all have a little gypsy in our soul…this is one of our most popular bracelets. In fact we have one client that travels a lot and annonymously sends them off to fellow gypsies that she meets along the way. How awesome is that! Summer is also a perfect time to get your wanderlust on.
Here are a few of our newest necklaces…of course you know which one is my favorite. The running horse is actually of my Gypsy Vanner horse Sundance called the Wild & Free Necklace. And that is just what he is…my little wild child and appropriately named after the Gypsies of Wales where he originated from.
What do you do on Easter you live in a small town like Leipers Fork? Well you have dinner with your neighbors of course. All 400 of them. Well it was supposed to be about 200 but a few extras showed up.
One of the magical things about living in Leipers Fork, TN. is the sense of community and genuine southern charm. People get to know each other. They ask how you are…and really mean it. And we have events like Feaster.
The directions were simple. It was held in the big field across from town…Bring a dish to pass and bring your fine china…because paper plates were not allowed. Dress was hillbilly chic and the blessing was at 3:45pm…Dinner was at 4. Clean up and take what you brought in because “we ain’t your mamma”.
My husband took the hillbilly chic comment very seriously. Real men do wear purple.
There was a full on Easter egg hunt complete with the Easter bunny and a golden egg…They tried to arrange it by age but since they all ran into the field at the same time…the announcer said…”oh heck…let them all go.” You can’t really hold back an Easter egg hunt, can you?
The Easter Bunny was pretty cute…but I still think my husband is cuter.
How romantic…a beautiful article on one of the most flocked to spots for couples in the city of lovers, Paris! Such a unique and grand display of love, touched by couples from all over the world… one day I will most definitely go and add my own lock of love!
Did I forget to mention lots and lots of horse play…?
Time spent with a horse is more then just fun…. it feeds your ‘faith‘ it brings out a ‘strength‘ in you that you didn’t know you had…you learn about your self, but more then anything, you learn to trust and respect.
Stepping out of the stables and back to work…
We quickly realized boots go with just about anything… but they look especially good next to our ‘reliquary‘ and ‘big dream‘ bracelets…
We traveled down the road a bit to a nice spot over looking the ocean…
We are starting a new tradition here at Island Cowgirl, were calling it the monthly get-away… we are going to take you on a journey with our jewelry to a destination fitting the jewelry’s inspiration. Our August style is called the Boho Beach Babe….
We went on an boardwalk beach cruiser adventure… a little trip to the beach. We played in the sand and surf taking photos of our jewelry in its natural element… by the seaside.
Tradeshow season update….Every year we go to tradeshows. Every year we try to bring something new to the table.
This year besides having over 60 new designs…we got super ambitious. We decided to give our booth a major face lift and a radically new look. Which in my world usually means projects. And when anyone even remotely close to me hears me begin a sentence with the words “I have this idea”… or “I was thinking we should..” they usually run in the other direction because they know it means a project. And my projects are never simple…they usually involve crafting lots of complicated things out of not very readily available materials in a very specific manner…the blueprint of which only really resides in my head and of which no one else is privy to.
You see I am really good at dreaming up cool things to make. I am super duper lousy at drawing them out and explaining them to others. Which usually drives my reluctant volunteers crazy.
So my first task is to find some volunteers with the skills to execute my vision. Because god knows…I cannot sew and I cannot wood work. I would probably stitch my thumb and forefinger together in the first five minutes…and then cut them both off with the band saw shortly after.
Enter my new family members…
Did I marry into the most generous and crafty family ever or what?…a big giant huge shout out to my mother in law who slaved away yet again (and she thought the wedding dress was gonna be the end of the sewing tasks) making our new denim drapes. After many trips to Good Will to buy up all the biggest sized jeans they had….she whipped them into shape and they were spectacular.
And my Bob-the-Builder husband, (who besides looking great in his tool belt) scanned Craigslist for months to find recycled fence post wood to make into all of our new necklace & bracelet displays…it took him a few solid weekends in the back yard…and I am sure he would have rather been doing other things…but he never complained…gotta love midwestern boys.
I love you guys. You totally rock. My booth looked even better than I had imagined it would.