Monday, May 13, 2013

May Market at the Hillstead Museum

I was busy on Friday preparing dinner for eight guests for Shabbat but managed to slip away and enjoy a few glorious hours at May Market at the Hillstead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut.
The Hillstead is a treasure of beautiful art tucked away in a gorgeous country home. Once a year is their annual May Market which includes 65 exhibitors with a wide variety of home and garden items. This year the guest presenter was Carolyne Roehm. If your not familiar with Carolyne she is the author of 11 books and a leading taste maker, trendsetter and lifestyle expert. I was excited to see her demonstrate how she creates her gorgeous floral arrangements and hear what she had to teach us about flowers.

Here are a few tips Carolyne spoke about: 
*To keep cut flowers fresh, add a splash of bleach and a teaspoon of sugar to the water.
*A copper penny will also help keep flowers fresh longer.
*You can incorporate fake and real flowers in your flower arrangements (but not the plastic ones from the dollar store!) There are many beautiful fakes out there today like these, that were for sale at the May Market...

There was so many spectacular things to see including the gardens...
and the beautiful architecture...
There were plants for sale...
and fabulous crafts made locally in Connecticut and New England. Here are a few of my favorites...
hand carved spoons and treenware from Maine by Raymond Medeiros. He said he's still working on a website but here's his e-mail: rjmjman@hotmail.com.

vintage book purses by Kathleen Scranton...
re-purposed vintage hardcover books fashioned into one-of-a-kind purses! BeeZbyScranton.com.

and so many other beautiful handmade and found items for the home...

The rustic wood furniture is made in Guilford, Connecticut by Nancy Lou Riccio and Dave Sayad--east/riverroadstudio.com. The antique chicken print is from AnneHallAntiquePrints.com in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. I wanted one of everything!
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