Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bittersweet Saturday ~

Bright and early Saturday, Eema and I headed for SkunkFest in North Ridgeville, Ohio. (I failed to get any pictures of the many skunks that were there. Not to offend any skunk lovers, but skunks just aren't too appealing to me.) I dropped Eema off at the Ohio Pug Rescue booth and headed south...

... to the herb fair at Quailcrest Herb Farm in Wooster, Ohio, where 70+ artists and craftsmen were set up amongst the gardens.

This plant looked like an iris but it had...
...the most unusual seed pods. They looked like blackberries.
This guy's work was fantastic. If you enlarge the picture, you can get a better idea of what he has done. He takes photographs of everyday objects, architectural elements, etc. and sees letters in them. You put together a word and he frames them for you. Very cool!
The gourd wagon.
This one room brick building was so quaint.
Take a peak inside. It was filled with wonderful antiques.

(OOPS! My pictures are a bit out of order. I will show you some of my purchases later.)
I made a quick stop at an antique shop on the way back to SkunkFest, but I'm not sure I saw any antiques in the shop! However, I did make a couple small purchases that will be Christmas gifts.
Upon arriving back at SkunkFest, I found this little guy sleeping in his foster mommy's arms. His name is Kashi, he's about 12 weeks old and weighs just over a pound. What a cute little thing. It's not often they are already in rescue at such a tender young age. He is even too little to get microchipped or neutered!
After waking, he wandered over to the pug pen to check out the "big dogs".
Look how tiny he is. That's Eema on the left in her Ohio State Buckeyes shirt. (Oh! That pug puppy makes my butt look fat!)
The big guys ~ and gals.
Eema. She's the bittersweet part. Today she found her forever home. Her new mommy is going on vacation next week, so if all goes as planned, she will leave me by the end of the month. I know you are all scratching your heads wondering how I can give her up. Let's just say it will be very hard, I will cry and she will take a piece of my heart with her, but it's the reason I foster. I know in my heart I am doing what is best for Eema!
Here's a couple of my purchases. I bought the little carved pig as a gift and another basket that SOME DAY I will hook a rug for. It is a smaller size than any of the others that I have. Someone painted a picture on the top, but I think I can sand it off.
Some luscious wool that I bought from Alice. Her booth was eye candy to any wool aficionado. I took a picture of her booth, but somehow must have deleted it. Sorry Alice :(
I think my OCD came out when I started buying gourds. They were such a great deal (lol) that I had to buy a huge bowl full.
Some of them need cleaning and I may try to find some leather dye (I think my son has some) and try dyeing some of them. Some of the gourds are as little as 2 1/4 tall.
To end the evening, my DSO and I headed over to the Jenne Art Gallery at the Sandstone Museum in Amherst, Ohio, for wine and hors d'oeuvres. The gallery has been open since 2005, but with many new artists, they decided to have a grand re-opening. Sandstone Museum is a growing complex of 19th century local structures that have been saved from destruction and moved to the complex. An octagonal barn that was once located down the road from where I grew up is now there. You can learn more by visiting If you are ever in northern Ohio, it is a stop worth making.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog!
Pug hugs :)


moosecraft said...

Hurray for Eema and hugs to you! I know it will be difficult to send her on her way... Kashi is a cutie too! I really like how skunks look, just don't like the way they smell... so as long as the pics aren't scratch and sniff, it would be fine! LOL! That one room brick house is very peaceful... it's contents are nice too!

A Quilter Awakens said...

I love your pictures. The little sleeping baby is adorable. The plants with the black seeds are Blackberry lilies. You can see them on my blog at this address:
They are very easy to start from those seeds; that's how I got mine. Karmen

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Lauren, I'm so glad Eema has a new home ~ I know it's a relief to you and sad at the same time!! That little puppy pug is soooo cute!!! Glad you liked your wool ~ don't worry about deleting my picture ~it's probably for the best!! You had a very full day for sure! I've never heard of that museum ~ sounds like a place I'd like to go! See you next week!!

weaverpat said...

Hi Lauren,
What a grreat post!!! From Skunkfest to herb fair, it sounds like a wonderful day! Love the little building with the antiques.

Glad Eema has found a good person to adopt her. I know it will be both happy and heartbreaking for you to send her off to her new home. I hope all goes well for her!

Plumruncreek ♥ said...

I was at Quail crest, we were there in the morning though. I bought wool from Alice also.

Kim said...

You have had a fun, activity filled weekend. Best of luck to Eema. I am sure you will be heartbroken as she leaves you, but it opens a new opportunity for another little one who needs your love and attention temporarily.
Bless you, Kim

The Barn Door said...

Oh Lauren what a cute baby pug that is!!!! And what a wonderful day you had, I'm jealous!

Andrea said...

I've lived in this area all my life and never knew about that gallery in Amherst. Now I'm going to have to go. If you cost me money I shall never forgive you!

Doris said...

Oh Lauren, Eloise and I will miss pictures of Eema. Our best wishes go with her with love and kisses.

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Great post Lauren! I'm not a skunk fan, but do look for them near Spring. I hear when you see them, it's getting close to Spring. not sure how true that is lol.
So happy to hear Eema has a permanent home. What joy she will bring to the new owners. How hard that must be for you, but as you said this is what you are meant to do. God Bless you for it!! And nothing has to be more rewarding that to have saved one, spend time with it no matter how long or little, and then place them with a loving family. I think it's awesome!! Kudo's to ya!!

Orange Sink said...

Eema will adjust to her forever home! I am going to miss seeing the photos of her! I hope your heart heals quickly! Are you going to get another new rescue? You are such a good dog momma!
Cathy G

Tamera @ the Stone Fence Cottage said...

aaahhh--happy and sad for you and EEma!! I just know there is another foster pug that needs your love waiting for you!

Robin said...

I love that one room brick building...and that puppy pug is too cute. I can see why you rescue them. Have a blessed evening