The last couple of days have reminded me how much I love the fall. The smells, the trees... the mix of warm and cold in the same day. In honor of the start of this new season, yesterday, we decided to head out a couple of towns over to their Scarecrow Festival. Although we had never been, the front page of our local newspaper featured an article about it. (news is a bit slow in our neck of the woods) There were corn mazes and taffy apples; Kettle corn and stilt walking; Bean bag tosses and sling shot shooting. Horse pull rides and tractors; Pumpkins and apples; Bonfire and fiddle players! During this particular weekend, there were also 20+ crafters and vendors. Many of them are making their items out of recycled materials and all were from our local area. I decided that of course I must mix business with pleasure and see if there were any items that we may want to feature in our store. My favorite was an older couple who weave rag rugs made from used jeans and coveralls, but several others caught my eye as well. We will be looking for people whose products really match our vision for the store, so if you know anyone, send them our way.
We have finally made it back into the store to take measurements and determine the amount of lumber, paint etc that is needed. So Amy and I, next week will tear the place up, so that her hubby Dustin can start work putting it back together this weekend. Down to 47 days and we're finally going to start building some bookcases. (Thank goodness! I'm ready to get all these books out of my house!)