A couple of weekends ago we attended Thorsby, Alabama’s Swedish Festival. Thorsby is a town only a short drive from our home and we love this little event. From the Swedish Fest website “Thorsby was founded in 1895 by people of Scandinavian descent who had previously settled in the northern United States. They came to Alabama hoping to raise fruits to sell and to use to make wine. The northern climate had proven unsuitable for growing grapes so Central Alabama was chosen as a good candidate for a new start. The idea of the festival to honor these early settlers began in the late 1980’s with the first event being held in 1988. It was called the Swedish Festival but it actually celebrates its truly Scandinavian beginning’s. Alongside those Swedish settlers were peoples from Norway, Finland, and Denmark as well.”
My family has attended as visitors and a vendor in years past. This year, I was just shopping! As I shopped I saw some of the most unique crafty items. I spoke with the vendors and artist at the Fest and asked if I could share their work with you guys. I made sure that each vendor I will mention in this post are able to ship their crafts because I promise, once you see these items you will want some of them!!!
I will show the beautiful creations in the order that I saw them on the day, sort of like taking you along with me as I walked around the park.
These beautiful creations are made by Handmade Wreaths by Janet and Kim while talking with these sweet ladies I learned that they also make live wreaths and they are gorgeous! They aren’t able to ship the live wreaths as they are too heavy to be affordable to ship. If you’re local, then you are in for a treat on the live wreaths. The prices in the pictures are subject to change.
How stinkin’ cute is this lighted halloween wreath? So cute with the geo mesh and deco mesh mixed together and the lights were purple spiders!
I have to say that my favorite wreath at the booth was this pumpkin, I think I like it because it is shaped like a pumpkin and not just a circle decorated like a pumpkin. Great job ladies, thanks for letting me share!
The next booth I visited had these amazing vanity mirrors. These were hand made by Jo Ann Coker and they are stunning, the photo does not do them justice! They are made using vintage pieces like buttons, broaches and earrings and the best part! That is a butter knife!!! Great work Joanna, she also does custom burlap monogramming and embroidery…
Can you believe how cute this is? I just love it! Jo Ann’s prices were great too! Look at this framed and embroidered piece she makes for wedding gifts…
The poor picture is my fault, way too much glare but how cute is that? You can contact Jo Ann at her Facebook page for more info. Another stunning crafter at work!
What about these gorgeous hand crafted pieces? These are from Jessie’s Jewels and they were super cute!
I have to say that this peacock necklace was my favorite, the colors were so beautiful and the gold it is set in was rich and antique feeling.
Another photo of Jessie’s Jewels, the colors were so rich and vibrant. Jessie, you do good work girl! Next I saw these adorable hair bows and these are created by Joanna Davis, Joanna doesn’t have an online store but she can be reached through her Facebook page.
I loved this ice cream bow, how cute is that! and all the bright colors. I have to tell you that her prices were the best I have ever seen, to the point that I told her they were too cheap!!
What little girl wouldn’t love a Nascar bow or a lady but bow? Really! Such cute bows for the little girl in your life. Contact Joanna and get your hair bows, she does really nice work! These pendants we stunning, they are created by Janet of Southern Sass on Facebook. I don’t have a link to her store just yet but I will update it when I have it.
I fell in love with these pendants! The little candy canes and holly leaves are all deep set in a clear epoxy with great Christmas backgrounds. Notice the Halloween one’s in the top left corner..so cute! These are created by
And then this happened! Reclaimed wood and burlap? Yes, please! Oh my, I fell in love with all the items in this booth. These photo frames were awesome, this company is called Burlap & Bows and I fell in love with everything!
Can you spot the pumpkins? I can, they caught my eye immediately! The chevron cross art was amazing as well! The colors in this booth were so inviting!
These ladies have a flair for design and you really must go check them out on Facebook at Burlap & Bows. I enjoyed this shop so much!
I even bought a few things from Burlap & Bows booth and a friend of mine had a booth at the festival and I got some goodies from her as well.
I have been looking for old box springs for quite sometime. Short of buying an old box spring and putting it in my yard to rust, I thought I was out of luck! Well, Burlap & Bows had them and for only $1 each! Y’all know that is my favorite number!! The bowling pin and tattered door knob were from my friends booth. She offers a lot of vintage items that she scours around and finds. That knob…$1! The bowling pin, only $3.
I would say I had a great day meeting new people and got to take home some soon to be great craft projects for the Christmas season! How did the rest of my crew fair on that day?
This is my littlest boy Joe, excited about going home to watch the ball game!! We stopped to wait for Vince to talk with some friends and I was able to snap this rare, smiling photo of Joe. All in all, a good day.
I hope you enjoyed coming along with us, go check these folks out that I showed you by clicking on their names or the photos of the items and tell them Maymay sent ya! I don’t receive any commission or anything, it’s just nice to let them know how you found them.
I have enjoyed sharing this little adventure with all of you!