Alison’s favorite things (vol. 21)

I first discovered my next favorite thing, Mountain Ash Designs, on Etsy 2 years ago and I simply had to have an apron made from recycled and repurposed fabrics.  I love the shabby-chic style of  Sarah O. Green’s designs.  After my husband and I finished setting up a wedding at The Round Barn in Waitsfield this fall I found the cutest cargo apron (which has been perfect for my on-site wedding work and easily keeps my clippers and ribbon on hand!) and a beautiful skirt at Artisans’ Gallery which I simply could not manage to resist.  The other day I stumbled upon another skirt while checking out her website (that I also could not manage to resist!) so I went to the craft show at Union Station in Burlington to officially make it mine!  So…I guess you could say I have a nice little collection of sustainably handmade designs.

I’ve enjoyed Sarah’s work both on her blog and as I wear her designs in my daily life, but it was especially nice to get a chance to meet her in person the other day.  Sarah had seen my website so when we met at the craft show she told me a little bit about her experience with destination wedding guests.  As an artist at Vermont farmers’ markets and craft shows she sees firsthand how out-of-town guests seem to be, as she described it, “taking it all in” while they explore and sample their way through the weekend.  I think Vermonters tend to maintain an ability to “take it all in” and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us and it’s nice to see others taking time to enjoy the scenery, the fresh local products and the people who create and cultivate those items.  As a wedding vendor who is so proud of all that Vermont has to offer to our couples and their guests it is especially great to hear Sarah describe the blissful state in which she observes these destination wedding guests wandering around!

Click here to see an array of fabulous skirts, aprons, scarves, belts and quilts for yourself or as a gift for someone you really, really love!  I already got the first thing on my wish list this year!

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