Throwback Thursday: Good Times at the 2008 LNHC Fair

Each August, you’ll find amazing, beautiful, handmade crafts at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair: works of clay, blown glass, fiber art, jewelry in silver, jewelry in gold, fine woodwork and so much more.

League of NH Craftsmen artists, from L-R: Carrie Cahill Mulligan, Laura Chowanski, Kristin Kennedy, Deirdre Donnelly & Natalie Blake at the 2008 Craftsmen's Fair, Newbury, New Hampshire.

My amazingly talented LNHC peers, at the 2008 Craftsmen’s Fair.

What’s more, you can attend daily live craft demonstrations throughout the 10-day fair. You can even sign up for a workshop to create your own.

League of NH Craftsmen artists, from L-R: Carrie Cahill Mulligan, Laura Chowanski, Kristin Kennedy, Deirdre Donnelly & Natalie Blake at the 2008 Craftsmen's Fair, Newbury, New Hampshire.

Besides being talented & lovely, these women were a joy to spend 10 days with!

Best of all, fair-goers have the chance to personally meet the makers & artisans themselves, ask questions & learn about their techniques, inspirations & personal stories.

League of NH Craftsmen artists, from L-R: Deirdre Donnelly, Laura Chowanski, Carrie Cahill Mulligan, Natalie Blake & Kristin Kennedy at the 2008 Craftsmen's Fair, Newbury, New Hampshire.

It’s the wonderful craftsmen who make the League Fair such fun!

In my 11 years as a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, without a doubt, it is the fine crafts folks who make this excellent fair as fun as it is.

This year, I’ll be in Tent 7, Booth 708. I hope you’ll join me and visit the Mount Sunapee Resort from August 2-10, 2014 for the 81st Annual Craftsmen’s Fair.

Jennifer’s Rhubarb Tea

Just when I was nearly out of rhubarb recipes, my friend and fellow League of New Hampshire Craftsman, Jennifer Allen came to the rescue!

Jennifer is the organic gardener and creative force behind Botanical Lampshades.

Jennifer Allen of Botanical Lampshades

Besides Botanical Lampshades, Jennifer also makes custom MapShades, and is an avid rhubarb enthusiast (did you know there is a Rhubarb Triangle in England?).

Jennifer left this tantalizing recipe on my Facebook hats page:

Jennifer’s Rhubarb Tea

8 cups cut up rhubarb
8 cups water
juice and rind of one lemon or orange
3/4 cup sugar
1 pint mashed strawberries

Cook rhubarb in water til soft. Shut off heat. Add mashed berries, citrus, and sugar, and stir til dissolved. Strain through a fine sieve, and chill. Serve on ice with a stem of fresh mint.

YUM!

Fresh, Juicy Strawberries

Sun-ripened strawberries are a natural pairing with rhubarb.

“Yum” is right! I can hardly wait to try this out myself. Thank you, Jennifer! Full-fledged rhubarb season is nearly upon us, and you can never have too many rhubarb recipes.

Anyone else out there with a yummy rhubarb recipe you’d care to share? I’d love to hear from you…

And, the 2011 Dorr Mill Award Winner is…

Embroidered felt hat, Jungle Flower!

My felted knit hat, "Jungle Flower" won this year's Dorr Mill Award at the Sunapee Fair.

Each August, visitors to the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Sunapee Fair can visit CraftWear, a glorious collection of fine, handmade art-to-wear.

The LNHC CraftWear boutique offers one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing and accessories.

The CraftWear Exhibit at the League of NH Craftsmen's Annual Fair, 2011.

Many thanks to Dorr Mill, for the award. I’m delighted by the recognition, especially considering the talent of my fiber artist peers.