Sunday, September 30, 2007

A Day at the Festival

Yesterday was a gorgeous day....temps around 75ยบ, sunny and warm with a cool breeze. It was the perfect day for the festival. This was our first time at this one and I can say with confidence it won't be my last! This was far superior to the Fall Festival that Palmdale has each year! That one has become an importer's showcase!

We arrived at St. Andrew's Abbey Fall Festival, near Pearblossom, at about noon. It was a pleasant drive through some beautiful high desert scenery. Everything about this festival was well organized and enjoyable. They even provided free shuttle buses to take you from the parking area to the festival!!

The grounds were so pretty and I wish I had more, and better, photos for you but I was just so caught up in everything that I usually forgot to take photos! Here are a few overall views of the crafter's area....

It was well laid out with plenty of room to walk and to view booths. And the things we saw seemed to be handmade items. My favorite purchase of the day was from a wonderful woman who makes the most gorgeous clothes and hats. I bought this jacket....(the turquoise tee-shirt is just to show the jacket better)

I wish you could see it in person....and feel it!! The material is as soft as a cloud and drapes so beautifully. I was in heaven looking through her booth. I first tried on a full-length jacket/coat that was to die for but I'm just not tall enough to pull that off. It was beautiful though. And she was a delight. Her name is Dale Tabrizi....Tabrizi Designs....and if you ever see her booth at a festival be sure to take a look. I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

HB and I had lunch at an outdoor cafe on the grounds. Very good food, terrific atmosphere with a bubbling fountain nearby and soft music in the background....the perfect setting for a leisurly meal.

After lunch we walked to the Artists' Alley where they were having a raffle for this quilt....

It was difficult to get a good photo because it was pretty much in the shade. The hand work on this was gorgeous.

But my big downfall came as we were leaving! They had a huge used book area. When I asked what the prices were they told me it was all just a donation....whatever you wanted to give! By late afternoon when we were there it was fairly picked over but I managed to find some interesting things to use in art. And if you're reading this, Pam, I got an old book from 1960 with photos of Paris!! I thought of you immediately!!

All in all it was a great day for a great festival and we had a wonderful time. Here is an over-all map of the festival.

This is clickable if you want to see all the map.


And then here's my art for the day....another doodle!


Happy Birthday to my cousin, Mary Anne....and to Gemma!! Hope you both have a fantastic day.


  1. Janet,

    It sounds like you had a perfect day. I'm glad you found your jacket. Some clothing is so special that it makes you feel special when you wear it. I'll bet you'll have many special days when you wear it.


  2. I leave for a few days, off galavanting around and you buy that yummy, beautiful jacket and make art like crazy. Oh, thanks for taking us to the festival.

  3. your doodle looks Parisian-coincidence...I think not! The jacket is really beautiful and, of course, the perfect color!

  4. Hi Janet,
    Looks like a lovely way to spend a Saturday. Love your jacket!

  5. Sounds like a wonderful day. That jacket is gorgeous. I hope you win the quilt. How great would that be!

  6. I LOVE this doodle!! Swirls and circles are my favorite thing! :)

    Sounds like a very fun day - and what a beautiful jacket!!

  7. I hadn't heard about the fair in Pearblossom - when we used to go to Palmdale to visit my uncle and cousin, we'd always stop at Charlie Brown's along through there. The fair looks and sounds pretty neat - thanks for taking us along. Glad you had a good weekend.
    I'm loving your cool doodles, Janet.

  8. Wow Janet that sounds like a great often these things are all the same. that purple jacket is SO you I bet it whispered "pssst, Janet, check me out!" lol!
    I had to laugh you bought books but hey, some just work for art!
    I adore the fluidity in your doodles!
    So glad you got out and about and the weather beckoned it!

  9. LOVE everything!!! Your purple jacket, the turquoise T*wink*, the Quilt! and most of all your doodles! SWEET! ps. I can't pass up books either! hehe

  10. The festival sounds fabulous Janet! And the jacket is perfect for you. Wish I could feel the texture.

    And what a ' Janet' color:)

  11. I love your doodling, theone on the previous post is great too

  12. What a fun festival...I am a jacket freak....especially if they go over the bum!! Love this doodle, it looks like two people in a circus romping around acrobatically! Good job, I love the movement in it!

    Hugs Sherrie


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