Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holidays in the Vineyards

I had such a good time this past weekend for Holidays in the Vineyards, a Livermore Valley Wine Country annual event.  Several of the local wineries showcase their tasting rooms and invite local arts & crafts vendors to join the festivities.  This was the third year I participated at Big White House Winery and John Evan Cellars.  Fun, fun, fun!!  What a wonderful way to spend the weekend.

A large tent was set up on the front patio to accommodate the vendors.  I ended up inside the tasting room with one other vendor on Saturday, and the other two vendors were outside under the canopy.  The plan was to switch places with the outside vendors on Sunday.  The forecast for Sunday wasn't looking too promising, so three of us managed to fit inside.....

You can see that there's not much room inside, but the atmosphere was real cozy and friendly.  My jewelry table is on the back right wall.

Kathryn at JK Naturals has wonderful natural soaps and body care products.  She specializes in custom wedding and event favors.  This corner of the room smelled so good!!!

This was outside on Saturday when the weather was still something to smile about.  Christine Dowell (left) creates beautiful pieces made from recycled glass and vintage jewels, and Dianne Pierce specializes in large and small bags made with upholstery fabric.  I wish I had close up pictures of their work.

Stephanie and everyone at Big White House did a great job with the
 holiday decorations.

No, this isn't upside down and I can't remember the story behind hanging it this way.  I love the wine glasses used as ornaments.  We joked about getting a hose and doing a little barrel tasting.  I'd be giving everything away.

This is a view of the vineyard from the side patio.

The sky was black and ready to open up by early Sunday afternoon.  What seemed like a mini tornado had everyone from the tasting room running outside to rescue Christine and her glass.  We all managed to fit inside and enjoyed the rest of the day with good sales, good wine, and very good company.  I was hoping those barrels wouldn't start rolling around.

This is a picture from last year when we arrived Sunday morning.  Thank goodness everyone brought their merchandise inside the night before.  Wind is not good, it is not a vendor's friend, it is not allowed during any event!!!

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