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Crafty Shopping at Sugarloaf

Today we went to the Sugarloaf Craft Festival, one of my favorite ways to spend too much money!

But before we did that, I went to the eye doctor for a checkup, particularly a check on the pressure in my eyeballs. The doctor wanted to see if my chemotherapy was affecting my eyes, especially given my diabetes. Happily, all is well!

Then Joe and I went to lunch at a very nice tavern. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I actually drank a Half and Half, made up of Guinness Stout and Harp Lager. Yum!

So, we were feeling mellow when we got to the festival. It definitely helps to be mellowed out, especially when the hall is crowded with people jostling and surging to and fro among the vendors.

When we go to this craft festival, we could easily spend every last dime we have or ever will have, so we limit ourselves to one present each and one present for both of us. We also have a spending limit, so we don't go completely crazy. (For example, check out this amazing jewelry. If I had a mint of money, I would immediately hand it over to this artist. Alas, I do not.)

We did a quick circuit of the hall, then zeroed in on our target: Berkshire Sweet Gold Maple Syrup. This stuff - our joint present - is the real deal. We bought some last year and definitely wanted more. This year we bought two bottles: a light amber syrup and a black amber syrup - a liter of each! That's pretty much a shitpile of pancakes, but oh, so worth it. 

Even LIttle Bits agrees!

My present was this pretty set of beaded, stretchy bracelets by Kara Raymond. I was only going to get one, but the artist had a "three for" deal. How could I not take advantage of that? So I got one in lapis, one in African turquoise, and one in something else that I wish I could remember. Anybody know?

Lapis, African Turquoise, and I Forget.

Joe was in the market for a suncatcher and found the perfect one, especially given the day. This beautiful trinity knot is by Robert Cory. Joe had spied a different version in all clear glass, but Bob showed us two others. Joe immediately fell for this one with the lovely green glass.

Just the Thing for a Flynn on St. Patrick's Day

 Once we had our things, we got out before we could be tempted by anything else... until next year, that is.