Striving to offer "jewelry with a purpose," Petals to Memories will be one of many vendors at the Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair that will feature unique keepsakes.
Established five years ago, Patty Corey's Adairsville business specializes in magnetic jewelry and creating pendants and earrings with dried flowers.
"In 2013, my mom passed away," 79-year-old Corey said. "To start Petals to Memories, I took flowers from the gravesite, preserved them and put them into jewelry. ... I do jewelry resins that I incorporate the flowers in, and I make jewelry out of it.
"[Customers] are just absolutely thrilled that they had found somebody to do that for them," she said, adding while the majority of flowers are from funerals, some are from more celebratory occasions, such as weddings and graduations. "I have met people … that have mailed me their flowers, and I've made jewelry out of it and given it back to them. They were just elated at what they got. … [The jewelry] can preserve any kind of flower that they would want to keep the memory of. It was important to me that I preserved my mom's flowers, and I think it helps other people to remember a lot about their loved ones that have gone on."
To be presented on the Pine Log United Methodist Church’s campground, the annual event will take place Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"I've been there for four years, I think," Corey said, referring to the upcoming festival. "I enjoy meeting the people. I meet new people every year. I have people coming back to me getting stuff. … All my jewelry has got a purpose to it. That's what it is — jewelry with a purpose."
Expected to draw 2,500 patrons, the Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair will feature 50 vendors selling various items, such as pottery, quilts, honey, handmade clothing and photography.
"I have been coming to the craft fair since I was in elementary school and my parents attended church at Pine Log United Methodist,” said Kinsley Nally, the event’s coordinator and organizer. “The thing I enjoy most about the Arts and Crafts Fair is that, for me, it means fall is coming and I love being able to shop for one-of-a-kind items and visit with people and enjoy the entertainment and good food.
"The Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair is unique from other arts and crafts [shows] because of our location. Visitors are able to explore the church campground while shopping. We have vendors set up ... not only in open spaces with tents but also on the porch fronts of the tents — cabins — on the church grounds as well as in the open tabernacle. Visitors are able to walk around and shop, learn about the process that the [artists] use in their work, as well as socialize and enjoy good food and entertainment throughout the day."
As in past years, the event also will conduct history-related discussions Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. The gatherings will provide guests insight into Pine Log UMC’s past, including events surrounding an 1886 South Carolina earthquake.
According to www.pinelogumc.com, “Pine Log United Methodist Church has a long history, which has been chronicled by newspapers and books. One of the most significant historical moments came in the summer of 1886. Reverend J.N. Sullivan appealed to God at the closing of one of his camp meeting services with the following prayer: ‘Lord if it takes it to enter the hearts of these people, shake the grounds on which this old building stands.’ At the completion of this prayer, the grounds actually shook due to a violent earthquake that struck Charleston, South Carolina. From this point on, Pine Log United Methodist Church would be known as the praying church where God answered prayer by shaking its grounds.”
While children 12 and younger will be admitted at no cost to the fair, adults will be charged $3. For more information about the event, call 770-548-5682 or 770-386-2736 or visit www.pinelogumc.com.