Fair Statements (and DIY Replies!)

Baby, you're a star!  The Texas Star at The State Fair of Texas.

Baby, you're a star! The Texas Star at The State Fair of Texas.

Who doesn’t simply adore a crisp fall day at the FAIR?! Last Thursday, it finally stopped raining and I had the opportunity to attend one of the final days of the 2009 State Fair of Texas: Home of famous fried cuisine that includes Fletcher’s Corny Dogs (my true love!), fried cookie dough, fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches…and *gulp* fried butter (!!!). Also home of thrilling rides (see the 212 ft. Texas Star, above), expansive auto shows, tons of livestock, and games that I will never, ever win, but get a kick out of watching others try!

And synonymous with fairs everywhere, the Creative Arts pavilion is where to find ribbon-winners in more than 1,100 categories, including canning, fibers, photography, jewelry, vintage collections, and crafts. I took a stroll through the building and found so much inspiration that it got me thinking: I could/should make this, and that…and THAT!

…which got me snapping photos in the pavilion and when I got home I started clicking through online blogs for similar hip and fashionable DIY projects. Check out some of these little gems!


State Fair Statement: Lace Doilies

One of the first things that I saw when I walked into the Creative Arts pavilion was this amazing red lace heart. It was tiny, and I was excited to see it (you’ll see why), so forgive the blurry photo.

tiny, handcrafted red lace heart

tiny, handcrafted red lace heart

DIY Reply: Lace Necklaces

Once I saw that intricate red lace doily, I just had visions of amazing statement necklaces like these:

Beaded lace necklace.  Photo:  mypreciousconfessions.blogspot.com

Beaded lace necklace. Photo: mypreciousconfessions.blogspot.com

Black lace necklace.  Photo:  beadinggem.com

Black lace necklace. Photo: beadinggem.com


State Fair Statement: Chain Jewelry

I really loved this chain bracelet from a collection that had been submitted. There were a lot of vintage collections showcased in the creative arts section, and this one was actually something that I’d love to wear today (how great would this look with a simple tee and denim?).

Vintage chain jewelry showcased at the 2009 State Fair of Texas

Vintage chain jewelry showcased at the 2009 State Fair of Texas

DIY Reply: Boot Chains

One of the most fabulous details we’ve seen on boots this season is chain detail, and how cool is this idea? Fabsugar shows us how to create the look on her website!

Add some metal to your pedals!  Click photo for details.  Photo:  fabsugar.com

Add some metal to your pedals! Click photo for details. Photo: fabsugar.com


State Fair Statement: Art Deco Exterior

I absolutely love the Art Deco style of all of the buildings on the fairgrounds. Fair Park is a National Historic Landmark and boasts the largest collection of art deco exposition buildings in the United States. Look at these beauties:

An expo building that now houses an auto show during the State Fair.

An expo building that now houses an auto show during the State Fair.

One of the Art Deco sculputures that highlight the expo buildings.

One of the Art Deco sculputures that highlight the expo buildings.

DIY Reply: Art Deco Interior

This link will tell you step-by-step how to make this beautiful Art Deco style table.

Handcraft a mirrored Art Deco style table.  Photo: decorpad.com

Handcraft a mirrored Art Deco style table. Photo: decorpad.com

Bonus DIY Reply! Art Deco Headband

The crowning moment! Check out this sparkly-fun and very deco headband, found on P.S. – I made this… (crafty little site!). Easy as 1…2…3.

Click pic for more how-to information.

Click pic for more how-to information.


Well, I need to get going. So much to do! Those glue guns aren’t going to heat themselves. And I can’t wait to do a follow up entry to show you all of the amazing things that I’ve created *fingers crossed*.

Happy DIY-ing!

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2 Responses to “Fair Statements (and DIY Replies!)”

  1. Lila Says:

    P– LOVE the blog, and I was there at the fair on Thursday too– sorry we did not bump into each other. Way to keep TX and fashion on the MAP!!

  2. Makita Cordless Screwdriver Says:

    I appreciate your effort and the quality of the information you provide. I certainly will follow these recommendations!

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