Throw Back Thursday with An ANNOUNCEMENT

That's me when I was little next to Mom's Irises when we lived in Greeneville.  Photo is from about 1970.

That’s me when I was little next to Mom’s Irises when we lived in Greeneville. Photo is from about 1970.

A bearded Iris is my favorite flower. It has been for as long as I can remember. I think this is why. I loved it when the irises next to our driveway in Greeneville, Tennessee in were in full bloom. It was a riot of color and scents just my height. One of my fondest memories of living in town (besides having playmate just across the street) was the bloom of the irises followed by the big old lilac bush at the corner of the house. All are gone now.

When Greeneville started hosting the Iris Festival back in 1994 it was the right choice in my mind.

You see the green strip there from the telephone pole down by the driveway - that's where the Irises were.

See there by the phone pole the green strip by the driveway? That’s where they were. The Lilac bush was up in the front yard by the corner of the house. Yeah, photo is from last summer, no snow and green is a sure give away.

I mean my childhood when we lived there is very much tangled up with memories of Iris bouquets. Crying when after the season they had to be mowed so they’d come back full and beautiful next year. A YEAR seemed so LONG to wait back then, a whole fourth or fifth of my LIFE!

One of the features of the festival, besides the irises, is craft fair down Depot street. Well, for the last few years when I’ve been selling my jewelry at craft fair, I’ve been toying with the idea of going back there for the festival and having a booth. It’s right where my folks are and near Mike’s folks so we could make a week of it, do the festival and see the folks.

Well this year is the year. I took the leap (after I took the other big leap in my Jewelry I told you about Tuesday). I applied.

An Iris from the Anderson Farm in Green County, TN.  2014.  Photo by me.

An Iris from the Anderson Farm in Green County, TN. 2014. Photo by me.

It’s the first juried fair I’ve done by myself. A juried fair is where you send in photos and descriptions of work for the judges to review. They determine if your work is of sufficient quality to be in their fair. Mine was determined to be good enough! YES I WILL HAVE A BOOTH AT THE GREENEVILLE TENNESSEE IRIS FESTIVAL!

The festival this year is May 16th & 17th.  I’m not sure where my booth will be on Depot but I have one.  I’ll be there so stop by and say hi.  See my jewelry first hand.  I’d love to meet some of my readers there.  Until then there’s lots to do to get ready.  Keep an eye here for more on my preparations and previews of some of the items that will be coming with me!

I’m so excited!  Can you tell?

 

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