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Layout of some PBR craft fair items 2012

Starting with box, and continuing clockwise: a pair of dress earrings, a cocktail ring, a tea light holder, a vintage-inspired PBR pendant, a small shell-based PBR pendant. All items are at least partially made out of an up-cycled PBR can.

PBR Tealight Holder

The tea light holder made completely out of a PBR can.

PBR tea light holder lit

The PBR tea light holder lit in a dim room.

PBR craft fair

Vintage-inspired PBR Pendant

Tomorrow I will be participating in a craft fair in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia!  I have entered along with two of my friends, Tara and Morgan.  We will be selling jewelry, fortune cookies (with pickup lines!), tea light holders, and beer can dress up magnets!  The unique part about this show is that everything must be PBR themed!  That’s why all of the photos from one of this week’s crafting sessions have a common theme–Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer.  All of our jewelry and tea light holders have been made, at least in part, out of recycled PBR cans.  In addition to local artists displaying their wares, there will also be live music, a chili cook-off, and plenty of PBR to drink from 3:00pm-10:00pm.  Sound interesting!?  Come check it out!  For further info, check out the Facebook Page for the event.  See you there!

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Besides cooking and photographing, I have a passion for event design.  When I worked at the boarding school up in Maine, I designed all of our major events including a Medieval Feast, a Medieval Festival, a Casino night, a Penny Carnival and also several formal dinners for the entire student body and staff.  I just absolutely adore being able to plunge people into a certain mood, feeling, or theme by the detailed choices I make in what will surround them.  And, of course, as is my M.O. for everything I do, I enjoy being able to do it all for less than anyone ever imagined WITHOUT the quality suffering.

Now, ever since I was very little I have been attending the Allentown Fair on an almost-regular basis.  This year was no exception!

The Great Allentown Fair!

It’s always a lot of fun and this year I had added incentive.  Every so often, I pick up the Premiums Book (you know the one that lists all of the contests they will be having over the course of the Fair) and tell myself I am going to enter!  This year, when the Premiums book came in the mail, I told myself  the same thing as always, that I was going to enter a fair contest.  But this time I meant it.  For the first time since we moved to Allentown in 1988 (okay so I wouldn’t have really be able to enter for probably those first 5 or so years I lived there) I entered the Allentown Fair.  And the funny thing is, I don’t even LIVE in Allentown anymore.

But the point is, I finally entered.  I had planned on entering two pieces in the photography contest but due to a printing mishap, I missed the deadline.  I had also planned on entering the Table Setting Contest, which I entered. I was so excited for the Table Setting Contest!  And, on a last minute whim I also entered a part of a coin collection.

My Proposed Photography Entry for "Country Landscape in Color"

My Proposed Photography Entry for "Country Landscape Black and White"

Well, it must’ve been beginners luck because I placed first in both the place setting contest AND the coin collection.  And, to top it off I won best of show for my place setting!  I’m sorry, did you just hear that?  I WON BEST OF SHOW!! So crazy!  I was afraid I wouldn’t even place, because, well, you know those fair people–it’s in their blood. Their great great great grandmother’s great grandmother entered and the tradition keeps getting past down the generations. What chance did I– the newbie traveling from Philly– have at the Great Allentown Fair?

Anyway, for me the experience was superb!  I can’t wait to go back next year. Oh– and did I mention that if you enter a contest you also get 5 free admission tickets!  It’s a great deal!  You can enter as many things as you want for small entry fee of $10!  And there are CASH PRIZES for the winners (okay, so my grand total winnings was like $29– but that’s not the point!)

So, check out an upcoming post for more details on my place setting for the theme A Garden Wedding!

The Place Setting Entries 2010

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