Monthly Archives: August 2012

Head Out On The Highway

You all know I love a good road trip!!!  My Junkin’ Travels would take me clear across the Midwest if my hubby would let me!!  My boys have learned to love the art of treasure hunting with no choice of their own!!!

I have put together a little Road Trip Love for all you Dirt Road Dreamers & Gravel Travelers that just so happens to coincde with our lovely little event; The Gathering.  So don’t say it’s too far away. Make a weekend of it. And if you grab a couple of girlfriends you can split the cost of gas and hotel.

Hotel you say?  Why yes I did.  St Joseph is one of the few towns in the Midwest that boasts the home of Stoney Creek Inn.  My family & I love this sweet spot not only for the rustic decor & indoor pool but it’s friendliness of the staff and cleanliness.  And it’s got great rates.  In fact!!!!  If you mention The Gathering you can score a room for under $100!!!  For just $99 buckaroos you can enjoy a lovely room.  Give Shawn a call at (816) 901.9600 * 1.800.659.2220.

Now we know that you’re coming to The Gathering on Saturday September 29 between 9-5 (since you’re probably taking a class you’ll be here all day loves!!!) but on your way over you’ll want to stop by the Trash To Treasure Flea Market that opens up at 8 a.m. and supports our local museums which I happen to LOVE.  You will find this event at 3406 Frederick Avenue.

Rewind to Thursday evening & Friday September 28.   One of my favorite shoppes, Artistic Works by Lu, is hosting a fabulous soiree.  Lu’s “Autumn Affair” is September 27 from 4-8 p.m. with a debut of her fall jewelry line and chic fashion trends. You don’t want to miss this event and all of the charming shops in downtown Leavenworth like The Candle Queen Boutique.  On Friday swing by Weston, MO (all about 30 minutes from Saint Joseph), Parkville, MO and Platte City, MO for even more unique shopping.  Saint Joseph also boasts great shopping that will be represented at The Gathering like Chic Boutique, Kat & Co & The Rusty Chandelier.  Savannah, MO (another stone’s throw away) has sweet stores like Heavenly Treasures & the Ivy Cottage.  No shortage of goodies to purchase ladies.

After your awesome day on Saturday at The Gathering….Sunday morning you’re ready to go home but not before you hit the Antique Stores along 36 Highway and in Cameron, MO.  Right outside of Cameron in a rural community called Hamilton you will find the Barn Gypsy sale which you do not want to miss.

Shop Til You Drop is what gals do best and this is one weekend you can do just that!!!

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Down on the Farm

I had a date with my pruners today.  It was long overdue.  The cooler temperatures have allowed me to get back outside and get some work done around the farm.  Unfortunately we have had some disappointments.  Like the huge increase in chicken feed prices.  The death of 3 Turkeys in 1 week (long, gruesome story…ugh!) and 1 chicken.  The realization that Miss T is not pregnant just a healthy, voluptuous goat.  On a happier note the weeds have never looked hardier and the rain gauge is still empty!!!  (forced smile).

 

Really I am very blessed; we have enough hay & water for the winter to come and that in itself is reason to celebrate after this long summer.  Some of my plants are still alive and the okra & eggplant are still producing!  We planted some extra wheat seed & extra large beets in hopes of rain that may possibly come through (please Lord!) which will be like exotic sushi & chocolate for the cows & goats to munch on this winter.

The boys have started back to school and in between my random bouts of teary nostalgia (like on the phone with my mother in law at the grocery store) I have survived.  The house looks messier than usual as I am trying to ‘deep clean’ & purge without interruption.  Candles have been poured (Cherry Almond, Farmhouse Cider, Hot Apple Pie….the house smells amazing!) and on one day I let myself take a lunch break in front of the tv and watched Junk Gypsies.  At that moment there were tears of joy.

one of our friends; Joyce!

 

Blue Luna & I just wrapped up a weekend of fun at Trails West where we received a blue ribbon for best booth in the craft division.  We had not even known there was a contest and neither one of us had ever received a blue ribbon before so it was very exciting!  I have the ribbon at the moment and April gets to keep it on holidays and every other weekend.  It was a successful show and we were so happy to get to visit with some of you and share our passion for candles, jewelry, decorating and crafty goodness like The Gathering.

The Gathering.  We have been scheming and molding this little baby and I have to say I am sad that it is almost here because I don’t want it to grow up and move on just yet.  It has been the most fun and we have met the most amazing people through all of the planning and I kinda think I’ll be meeting more of you fabulous ladies that day!  Be prepared to have loads of fun is all I can say!!!

If you’re out and about tomorrow go see HomeGrown Junk she is having an awesome sale and I’m trying really hard to convince myself I don’t need to drive 3 hours to go to it……….Also the Rusty Chandelier in St Joe is having a fun Pop Up Flea Market tomorrow….stop by our booth downstairs and look at our goodies.  Oh & if you haven’t signed up for a class at The Gathering or emailed me to participate in the Building Your Bliss Swap please do so I’d love to have you!!!

Junk Hugs,

Jen

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l’automne

The french word for Autumn is l’automne.  Although it is usually an ending to the cycle of the year it is like a new beginning when school starts back up.  I am a goal girl.  Lists, usually outlined with roman numerals and very specific A.1.a etc.  I love writing out plans it makes it so much easier for me to stick with.  I am working right now on this new school years plan for both the whole family & me personally.  It is fun to dream and plan out what goals we have.  Thanks to my BFF Pintrest I have lots of great ideas for meals and the boys new TV schedule (I’m sure they will be estatic!!!).

Obviously I loved the part of school when we got assignments.  You know in college when you get your syllabus at the beginning of the semester?  I would start working right then on that big essay paper or figure out how many pages a day I needed to read to get done early.  I can’t help it….it’s how God made me.  Preparation is HUGE for me so I can arrive on time and ready to go without stress.  Now I do love summer where I let the reigns loosen and the rules fly out the window.  This time of release is a tonic for my household.  But after purging our house this past week and trying to get the boys back on a normal sleeping routine I wonder if it really is worth it.  But I suppose it is.

Because of my love of goals, lists, assignments I have been seeking out classes I want to take that actually interest me!  I almost wish I had been older when I went to college so I could have done that rather than take what I needed to get out of there. And now that I have my own childrens’ college funds to save for it’s very unlikely I will spend the small fortune they want for one semester of French.  However, in honor of Julia Child’s 100th birthday today, I will be seeking out a French class so if you hear of a Non Trad one in our area let me know!  I want to take a cooking class from JC Wyatt House, a cheese making class and croissant class from my dear friend Christy and a photography class.  I also enjoy creative classes online or at a retreat (Ahhhemmm… The Gathering girls!!!!) like those that the lovely Karla Nathan offers.  Karla has graciously donated a lovely nest she’s made and a code for a creative tutorial online that will be given away at The Gathering.  I am currently participating in her Fairy Pages swap that has been so fun to work on!  I also participated in a swap hosted by The Speckled Egg over the summer.  It is so much fun to make time to create and then make new friends and get goodies when you’re done!

Karla’s Giveaway Item

 

So in honor of the new school year, new goals, new schedules and of course The Gathering!!!  I am hosting a swap of my own.  This swap is called Building Your Bliss ( to tie into our themes at The Gathering on Finding Your Bliss and as a cheers to all of those ladies participating who are Living Their Bliss).

1. As a participant you will CREATE a bookmark.  It can be as simple as using old wallpaper scraps glued on cardstock or you could crochet one….the possibilites are endless!!!  And Pintrest has some great ideas!

2. Place the bookmark inside of a book somehow related to CREATING.  The value must be $14.95 or higher so can include any of Somersets amazing books/magazines such as Where Women Create (which printed on p. 83 The Gathering!!!).

3. Email me at amusingprovincial@yahoo.com by September 1 to let me know if you are participating.

4. Then purchase your book and make your bookmark.

5. By September 15 you must mail it to me with the address you will receive in your confimation email.  I know it may cost some postage but this will allow people from anywhere to be able to participate and to ensure no one gets their own Swap back.  If you do want to get it to me personally I will come up with a date/time to pick them up in St. Joseph, MO around this date.

6. Swaps can then be picked up at The Gathering on Saturday September 29, 2012.  If you are not coming to The Gathering (worth a road trip….more on all the area events coming soon) please include an extra $5 in your package for shipping for your new Swap item.

 

Sound fun?  I’m excited!!!  I’m sure everyone will do their best to ensure high quality items.  It is ok to give a used book that is of $14.95 value but please make sure it is indeed worth that much and in LIKE NEW condition, something you could resell at Hastings or Amazon for $14.95.  I apologize in advance if you do not receive a subject matter that you enjoy or if you already own the book there it’s just part of the risk.  Thanks SO VERY MUCH for participating and I cannot wait to meet you all at The Gathering!!!

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Pick Me Ups

I’m in need of a little pick me up today how about you?  What brings joy to your heart?  A smile to your face?

New life? Hope? A sweet face?

 

A cup of your favorite drink? A new sweater? A moment to relish.

 

A season? The great outdoors? A certain color that calms you?

 

Creating? Connecting with a friend? Shopping?

Sometimes when life doesn’t give me a choice in what I want to persue or how I want to spend my time I NEED a pick me up.  As silly as it sounds I find that in my own online journal full of things I want to do, places I want to go.  Where if time & money were no object I could create this dream world full of all that inspires me.  I updated my facebook status the other day to say:  “I wish I lived in my Pintrest world.  Ate my Pintrest food.  Lived in my Pintrest house.  On my Pintrest farm.  Made all the little Pintrest crafts.  At least I’m inspired!!!  : )”  And it’s true.  When I’m feeling down I can look at my Boards and see where my heart really lies.  The things that bring me joy.  That inspire me.  How I dream.  My little Pick Me Ups.

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The Gathering Sneak Peak in Pictures

The Gathering is going to be amazing.  PLEASE make sure to attend this event.  Not just to support me (I love you all & appreciate your support; thank you!) but also to support all of the AmAzInG, lOcAl, BeAuTiFuL, cReAtIvE wOmEn who are making this possible by being a vendor, an instructor, a chef, a volunteer, a sponsor, an advertiser, a friend, an artist, the list goes on.  There are not a lot of events out there like this one in our area and one that is so passionate about supporting women and their local businesses.  Y’all know I think women are amazing and I applaud each of you out there reading this and I thank you.  No matter where you are in life and what you are doing – YOU are amazing.  YOU are worth it.  YOU are loved!

Here is just a sampling of the talent you will see at The Gathering.  Just the tip of the iceberg.  I cannot wait to see you there!

Luminous Layers Class

 

Blue Luna

 

Journal Class

 

Carol Spinski – Guest Speaker

 

Tarnished Royalty

 

Jewelry Class

 

All That Jazz

 

Pottery By Laura

 

Just Claudia

 

bon*fiber

 

Housecat’s Hats

 

MockingBird Heights

 

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