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Nada Farm Sale May 2013

I’m sad it’s over!!!  I had the BEST time this past weekend at the Nada Farm Sale!  I had so much fun preparing for the show and traveling with BLUE LUNA!  We cruised down the highway singing and laughing.  I told my SIL it was so nice traveling with girls when we could stop for a garage sale or for restroom breaks.  We saw some darling towns and searched high and low for my constant supply of sWeeT tEA!!!!!

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Blue Luna (SIL April, niece Lauren, & I at the sale)

 

There was a FORD tractor inside one of the grocery stores we stopped at!

There was a FORD tractor inside one of the grocery stores we stopped at!

these awesome tomatoes were the first items to sell

these awesome tomatoes were the first items to sell

 

April holding down the fort.  Literally.  Friday night was SO windy!!!

April holding down the fort. Literally. Friday night was SO windy!!!

 

candles!!!

candles!!!

 

 I first heard about Anne Marie’s blog, Nada Farm, from my sweet friend Sheila Rumney.  Sheila is my encourager and inspiration so much of the time.  She always brings me joy and her amazing designs inspire me so much!  I am so glad she introduced me to Anne’s blog.

some of Sheila's goodies we had for sale

some of Sheila’s goodies we had for sale

I just love Anne Marie and her blog, her farm and her family.  Talk about genuine.  And true.  And beautiful.  Everything about her and her family & farm is full of natural beauty.  It was almost magical.  Every detail was thought out.  From the fabulous balloons, to the wanna be unicorn.  From the amazing bakery and the treasures it held, to the art painted on the walls of the barn.  From the sweet laundry line, to the amazing face painting set up.  Even the bathroom area was displayed cutely!  It was everything I imagined it would be and more!

Jordan the wanna be unicorn

Jordan the wanna be unicorn

 

 

part of the face painting station.  all of the kiddos were precious!

part of the face painting station. all of the kiddos were precious!

 

what a lovely vignette

what a lovely vignette

 

Anne Marie herself inspires me to no end.  The photos on her blog are full of beauty and the words as well.  She inspires me to be a better mother and cook.  To keep a better home and spend more time learning to be a better photographer.  A better friend and a stronger believer.  I felt such a connection when I met her and I wished we could have spent the weekend talking, as we have much in common.  I just may have to make the 450 mile trip again someday!

Anne Marie was the food stylist for PieOGraphy. Isn't she lovely?!

Anne Marie was the food stylist for PieOGraphy.
Isn’t she lovely?!

 

what was left of the delicious chocolate cake we had!

what was left of the delicious chocolate cake we had!

 

Another fun part of the weekend was the wonderful people I met.  Each vendor was so sweet and had gorgeous booth displays.  It was AmAzInG to meet the lovely and talented Traci Thorson who is an accomplished photographer!  She signed my PieOgraphy book:  Love, Peace, Pie!  How cute is that?!

She's so pretty!!!

She’s so pretty!!!

If you ever get the chance to go the sale I strongly encourage you to do so …. you won’t be disappointed.  And the moral of this blog is:  Life is short.  Life is beautiful.  You are worth the time and energy to make your dreams come true.  As much work as doing a show can be for this one I was able to enjoy every minute of. I got to spend time surrounded by all of my favorite things (I love junk!) and eating delicious food (oh the raspberry croissant from Java Jive…) and hanging out with wonderful people in a lovely setting.  So very worth it.

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Weekend Wanderings Nov 8-10

I’m keeping it short & sweet since I’m headed out the door to the Sugarplum Festival!!!  I hope to see you there!

Some of Blue Luna’s new designs and necklaces by Metal Artist Clay

 

 

Also this weekend there is a holiday open house at Garden Gate, a little shop I LOVE!!!

We have an amazing selection of vintage inspired, hand painted tote bags (including exclusive Sugarplum ones!), gorgeous scarves knitted by our friend Jamie from Bon*Fiber, and darling boot socks which are almost sold out!

 

Minnie Cline PTO is having a holiday vendor show on Sunday.

Brand Spankin’ New! Necklaces from Vintage Ceiling Tiles & Glittered 7 oz. candles in Holiday Scents!!!

Comment anything I’m missing below!!!  xoxo, Jennifer

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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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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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