Denver County Fair

July 31st

Handmade dress -- amazing

so, so great

handmade clothing entries

The first ever Denver County Fair was fabulous — and not just because Fancy Tiger was a sponsor. But let’s be honest — this didn’t hurt. There was an entire wing of the fair dedicated to arts and crafts. I fell in love with the dress above that someone obviously spent a ton of time creating. The detail was spectacular — tiny hand embroidered buttons, the lining, the piping around the arms… Ah! Such great seamstress work and so far beyond my abilities, I examined the dress inch by inch.

I’ve decided it is time to start taking some classes at Fancy Tiger. I have so much to learn in handicraft; being able to read a pattern, finishing edges, knitting a sweater to size, etc. It was exciting to meet women who were equally excited about the same antiquated homesteading hobbies. But there they were — the Denver Handmade Alliance — my tribe.

my people

But then! Then I wandered into the hippie wing of the fair. An entire section was dedicated to green living, including some very well intentioned and completely wonderful folk who’ve created the Clothespin Brigade. Their “ten reasons to pin not spin:”

1. Saves up to 10% of residential energy

2. Non-polluting

3. Uses solar and wind power, not fossil fuels

4. Clothes last longer

5. Sunshine bleaches and disinfects naturally

6. Avoids fires. Dryers cause 17,700 fires in the US annually

7. Burns calories (I guess hanging the wash?)

8. Is relaxing and makes you feel good (ah, the self-satisfactory feeling of smug do-gooding)

9. Builds community — say hi to your neighbor (actually, I avoid my neighbors when hanging my line, but to each his own)

10. Join others in “right to dry”

Seriously — these are my people — freakishly happy about environmentalism and community, one little bit at the time. When was the last time you heard of someone sacrificing their weekend to sit at a booth at a fair to express his/her interest in encouraging others to be more environmentally friendly?

Yeah. I love them. Of course, one of the big perks of the current giant Heirloom Homestead backyard is the laundry line. I use it regularly, especially when drying my freak flag.

baby llama-like animal

And then of course, the warm and cuddly animals. They did not disappoint. There were so many cute little guys!

Giant rabbit

A few more sights from a great day a the fair:

pillow

whirly

such a great quilt

prettychicken

Love these

Happiness is attending a community event like this and walking away feeling like your values and interests were nurtured. I came home with literature on vermiculture, food preservation, backyard poultry and Slow Food Denver.

Yeehaw!

~K

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9 Responses

  1. That looks like a great fair. You seem to have found your element. I always hang dry as much laundry as possible, it smells so good, even in a polluted city like Phoenix. I hate ironing, though, so there are some things I just have to put in the dryer.

  2. My gosh, it’s been so long since I have attended a fair! Thanks for feeding my soul today, Friend!

  3. What great photos–very inspiring. I’ve been thinking about putting a clothes line up…it’s time to just do it!

  4. Vermiculture? I’ve been pondering it, I’ll be excited to hear about your experiences if you start!

  5. “Drying my freak flag” – ha! That fair looks really great, much hipper than my local Ozark Empire Fair. But I try to overlook the cheesy acrylic knit baby booties and appreciate the gorgeous handstitching and colorwork in the quilts.

  6. I love those silohuette pillows!!

  7. The quilts….. I love them!

  8. What an awesome dress! I love the quilt with the birds on it too. The Clothesline Brigade reminds me of a book I read for book club awhile back. Trying to remember what it was called.

    found it!

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5973041-the-wildwater-walking-club

    It doesn’t really look like it from the summary but there is a big thing about a clothesline in there. The gal that hosted the book club gave away a clothesline as a door prize 🙂

  9. Please tell me you hugged that baby alpaca/llama/whathaveyou.

    BECAUSE THE CUTENESS IS TOO MUCH.

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