Wrap-up: Big Love Fest

After spending Saturday in Cary at Spring Daze, we jumped back in the car on Sunday morning to head to Asheville for the Big Love Fest.

With the festival name in mind, I must pause here to gush.  Asheville is our favorite place ever.  Seriously.  I’ve been in love with it since high school and my adoration has only grown over time.  It is the place I’ve always felt most at home.   Wayne and I diligently searched for over a year for land in or around the city, but were not lucky enough to find anything that worked for us. We hope as we transition to Morganton (just down the mountain) we’ll have the opportunity to spend more time enjoying the gorgeous city and all the amazing people who inhabit it. Continue reading

Festival Wrap-up: Big Love Fest

After spending Saturday in Cary at Spring Daze, we jumped back in the car on Sunday morning to head to Asheville for the Big Love Fest.

With the festival name in mind, I must pause here to gush.  Asheville is our favorite place ever.  Seriously.  I’ve been in love with it since high school and my adoration has only grown over time.  It is the place I’ve always felt most at home.   Wayne and I diligently searched for over a year for land in or around the city, but were not lucky enough to find anything that worked for us. We hope as we transition to Morganton (just down the mountain) we’ll have the opportunity to spend more time enjoying the gorgeous city and all the amazing people who inhabit it.

Okay, back to business: Downtown Asheville is busy on a normal day.  The Big Love Fest was timed to correspond with Just Economic’s homebrew competition, so the place was literally flooded.  People started walking around while vendors were still arriving.  Then the food trucks pulled in…and the party officially started.

Downtown Asheville

While we were unloading I was continuously distracted by the painter who was setting up directly across from us.  Her work was amazing.  So colorful! It just drew me in.

I kept wandering across to peek at what they were hanging.  I got Wayne involved and we switched off for a while.

Her name is Deona Fish and her work is wonderful.  I finally decided that we had to pick something before they all disappeared, so we purchased the painting at the very top of this shot.

It makes me thing of our land and the little house on the hill that we’re {hopefully} building shortly.  Wayne promises me the painting will soon make it onto the wall in the office where I can stare at it anytime I like.

The festival stayed busy enough that I didn’t have too much time to wander around, but I did get a few shots of some of the amazing artists who set up camp for the afternoon.

I recognized Pennywishes from Etsy.  I love her little signs….the sayings make me smile.  Example: “Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”


I also recognized this amazing pottery from Patty Bilbro.  I imagine I must have seen it around the Asheville area.

Some more pottery from Terri Friday

Very cool peacock earrings…(unsure of the seller)Peacock EarringsAnd adorable tin signs from Two Sisters.

I am drawn to plant-ish things.  Our house is quite full.  Naturally, I was fascinated by the Air Plants that Kambra was selling.  She had a whole tree of sculptures made of air plants.  I wanted to talk to her a bit, but she was crazy busy when I wandered over and I didn’t want to interrupt.  I’m kicking myself for not buying a pair of these wild earrings:

Another plant-ish find were the terrariums by Treesan Art Productions.  They were little worlds all unto themselves (click the picture to view it larger.  It’s worth it….I promise).  If I had another shelf available, one of these would have probably come home with me.

Of course, we also took a few minutes to eat some scrumptous food.  I had some veggie Indian and Wayne had falafel.  Yum on both accounts.  The Lebanese food truck was by far the busiest thing there.  So much so that we didn’t even get to take a look at the menu!  We did; however, sample the brownies and squares from the French Broad Chocolate Lounge.  They come very highly recommended.

French Broad Chocolate Shop

And, as seems to be the case at any festival, there was a certain degree of unexpected fun.  The Asheville table tennis club (who knew?) was playing….

Table Tennis

…and I’m pretty sure this guy was discussing detailed recycling options with Spiderman, but I wasn’t close enough to find out for sure.

We had an amazing time.  Thanks for having us Asheville….we hope to be back soon.

Festival Wrap-up: Spring Daze

Belle Terre had an incredibly busy weekend.  On Friday we hopped in the car and drove to Cary to paticipate in Spring Daze.  This was the 18th year for the festival, but the first time that we attended.  The festival itself was held at Fred G. Bond Metro Park on Saturday and the weather (thankfully) turned out to be absolutely gorgeous.

We were up early (I really mean it….not just Julia early….early early…like 4:30am) to head to the park and set up.  Here’s the booth when we were done:

To give you an idea of just how pretty the park was, I wandered around a took a few pictures.  The booths meandered down walking trails.  In between craft vendor sections there were organization booths.  Who knew that Cary had a Caligraphy club?

Spring Daze also included an Earth Day section which had a display of painted rain barrels and tons of information about the Town of Cary’s green initiatives.  It was pretty impressive.

Somewhat randomly (for me at least), I ran into a few pirates.  I imagine there was an explanation, but rather than seeking it out (and ruining the fun), I giggled a bit and took a few pictures.

We spent a good bit of the day visiting with our lovely neighbors – Donna of Illuminated Designs and her husband.  Donna creates stunning stained glass pieces.

We would have taken one home had we not had an overally full car that would have likely led to broken glass in the end.

I always enjoy seeing how others set up their booths.  Some are simple, others are extravagant.  Many are just beautiful.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Fiddler Forge – gorgeous hand-forged garden decor

Redman Pottery – love the colors

I adored these birdhouses from Home Tweet Homes….

and these baskets from Apple Creek Trading Co…

Cute ceramic flowers from Creative Works (she had owls too!)

I loved the set up SSD Jewelry used…so earthy
This shows only a smattering of the artists….there were 180 (!!) in all.  We enjoyed the show although it was quite a bit of driving for us.  We’ll be back that way again in August for Lazy Daze.