6.10.2010

farm chicks: the epic journey

I have nothing but wonderful stories to share about Farm Chicks last weekend. Hard to believe it's already come and gone, the weekend slipped by too quickly! The show and overall experience were inspirational beyond imagination. I am so grateful to Becca for letting me be a part of her booth. Just as I'd anticipated, I learned a ton and we met some pretty incredible people--vendors and shoppers alike. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

{Side note: With all of the vintage dishes and crafty goodness in my suitcase, there was not an inch of space to bring my SLR. Half of these pics are my point & shoot snapshots and half are Becca's. See the jackpot of brilliant pics on Becca's flickr. Btw, my entire stash of vintage goodies made it through 2 airports completely unscathed. Pretty impressive, huh!?} Above are a few pics of Becca's booth. We spent all day Friday setting up. It took so much time to bring all of the details together. I was so nervous we wouldn't be able to finish in time, but somehow it all worked out and we were ready just in the nick of time for Saturday morning's crowd. All of the colors were super eye-catching, especially amid all of the white, shabby-chic style booths. It was like a giant box of vintage Crayolas...Just waiting to be enjoyed!

Below are a few pics of some of my favorite vendors. Wait--they were all my favorite! I wish we had 3 extra days just to shop and enjoy everyone's beautiful things. The Wild Whimsy cowgirls were completely darling and put the perfect Western touch on everything. Like burlap+antique lace wall hangings. So creative! Tippy Stockton (Patricia) was our next door neighbor. She is so sweet and makes me wish we could be neighbors in real life! Her booth was so classy and charming, like stepping into a swank boutique. I love that shade of aqua blue (and clearly she does too!).

My friend Courtney at A Cottage Life had a seriously stunning display (below, left). I loved her antique window panes, filled with fabric and papers. She also had a sweet old freezer filled with beautiful fresh flowers and vintage dishes (not shown).
I loved the old milk truck and clouds that Serena (the farm chick queen) put together at the entrance. She is full of amazing ideas, no wonder the show is such a smashing success year after year. I must admit I was a little star-struck to meet her!Below, the icing on the cake: Saturday night, Serena threw a fabulous dinner party for all of the vendors at her sweet friend Celeste's restaurant Chaps, and new bakery, Cake. Imagine a restaurant and bakery filled with the most beautiful eye candy and vintage loveliness, then multiply it by 10. This place was completely dreamy. Desserts piled on an antique truck bed, live jazz band, delicious food, and all for a group of some of the most creative, inspiring people I'd ever met.This week I am still wallowing in the candy-coated memories. Can I let you in on a little secret? Being a part of Farm Chicks has completely inspired me to perhaps do a show of my own around here someday. Chalk it up to a list of lofty goals for 2011. For now, I am wishing away.

17 comments:

Leslie said...

I haven't even been to farm chicks... and Im currently full ahead scheming and scouting locations around here....

we so so need something like this.

oh thanks for the pics Jess I've been dying.

and wanderlux looks INCREDIBLE... way to go girls.. love it a lot.

{Jenna Lou} said...

SO JEALOUS is all I'm saying.

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

What a gorgeous set up! I wish I could have seen it in person.

Cottage Mommy said...

Let me just say how absolutely lovely it was to get to visit with you on Saturday night and to get to see bits of you at the show over the weekend! I'm so sorry we didn't get a proper goodbye. I don't know about you guys but it was not until 8:00 Sunday night that we were home for good from take down. Glad you made it home safely and hugs to you goodbye for now!

Karen said...

....thanks for all the pics...they were so yummy!

Amanda said...

So jealous! The Midwest definitely needs something like Farm Chicks!

Laura said...

WOW~I would love to go! You look like a 7th grader...teeny lady~!

A Touch of Country said...

Loving all the ideas! I too want to do a show in our barn sometime maybe next year. It'd be a great way to gain some midwest exposure.

Happy Decorating & Happy Summer!

Natalie

{something sweet} said...

oh my! all the pics are so beautiful. i can see how you were inspired for sure.

daniella said...

The last two pics have completely taken my breath away. I could live all my summer in that very spot. What city was this thing in? Yes, I think you should branch out on your own next year b/c you got it, girl.

Lynn Richards said...

What a great blog!!! I found you over at ArtsyMamma.
You must have had quite a blast at Farm Chicks...I can only dream!
xoxo
lynn

Jenny said...

you girls did such a great job!!! Your booth was amazing.

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Miss G said...

this makes me want to dig into my stash and start decorating right away! lovely! I *love* that orange dresser in Becca's booth and wish I had it in my nursery! Kelly

p.s. I did my first show this past Oct. and we couldn't set up until the morning of! I know your feeling of wondering if it will all get done! Kelly

Emily said...

This looks like a fabulous time, I love everything. Emily

rebekkaseale said...

Wow. Eye candy! Would have LOVED to have been there!!!!!1

Funky Junk Jennifer said...

I wondered in here today and LOVED it! I was searching for pics from last years Farm Chicks, you did a great post on it! I hope to see you at the show in June, I am Funky Junk Jennifer, see you there!