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March 30, 2012

My Favorite Find Friday

Welcome to My Favorite Find Friday!

Several Fridays a month I'll be sharing upcoming events and great shoppes that I've discovered on My Favorite Find! (You can click on the image to be taken to the event/shoppe listing on My Favorite Find).

Vintage/Antiques Show/Sale Event - Newburyport, Massachusetts:

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Women's Vintage Day Out - California (Participants need to RSVP by March 28th):

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Classic Farmhouse Open House and Sales Event - Auburn, WA:

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Vintage Trunk Show - Beaverton, OR:

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And take a look at this shoppe, Tattered Tiques, in Lake Barrington, Illinois:

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Don't know about My Favorite Find yet? You can read more about the story behind it's creation on these blogs: (Of course, you can visit the site any time!)

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Drinking From My Saucer

Cathy Penton - Dare to Dream

Blissful Blooms

Vintage Grey

The Savvy Luna Bug

Homesteader's Heart

Alexa Lett

Rural Revolution

Ramblings from a Vintage Gal

Curious Details

The Grand Suprise

KXLY 4 News

Farm Fresh Therapy

Hampton Victory Garden

Mockingbird Hill Cottage

Finding Home 

Recraft Magazine

Tanya Smith

Sweet Peas and Happy Things

Homemade Renegade

SugarPie Farmhouse

Raffia Sisters

Sing and Don't Be Silent

Pots and Pins

 

March 28, 2012

Granny DON'T, Granny DO

With the return of some granny fashion, sometimes we can make big fashion mistakes. Take these cute little granny sneakers, for example.

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My fashion DON"T would be pairing the granny sneakers with ordinary jeans. Not only does it look dated, it adds weight to your frame.

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My fashion DO would be to pair the grannies with a tapered leg jean, which not only has a slimming effect, but is more current too. Isn't it funny how such a tiny variation can make such a difference?

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Even better? A little roll-up on the cuff:

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The trick when adding in a granny piece is to add just one, and mix it with something current. A little bit of granny goes a long way.

Shoes: Target

Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft (both pairs)

Pruning

I went outside to take in the sun and saw Bongo zipping towards me through our rain-bogged field.

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He'd been gathering pruned apple branches from across the way. Perfect for future summer bonfires.

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I love to see the pruning. It means spring is almost here.

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The strawberry fields that Bongo and Lukie helped to plant last spring will be coming to life soon too.

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Even the apple boxes are all stacked and ready to go.

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Come on spring, we're ready for you.

March 23, 2012

This Is My Team!

My Favorite Find is the biggest dream I've had in a long time. This vision resided in my mind and I wanted so much to bring it to life. I knew that finding the right team was key. I have to like the people I work with, trust them, and in a way, put much of my dream in their hands.

Eventually, my search led me to North by Northwest, an amazing Spokane-based digital studio, specializing in film, video, and web. I first met some of the NXNW crew when an old family friend, Peter Coyote, was in town shooting a film. Our oldest son Cody and I spent a few hours on set watching Coyote (yes, we call him Coyote... remember my hippy childhood?) bring his character to life, and getting to see the crew work their magic.

You know how when you meet someone and you know that they're right? Yeah, me too. And when we met to discuss My Favorite Find, at long last, I knew I had met my team.

Now, after all this time, I'd like for you to meet them too!

JasonJason Miller: He's always full of ideas and I like that even though he knows the developers will probably roll their eyes at some of them, he still shares. The day of the big MFF launch, he worked a 12 hour day, lost his wallet, had a family member get in a car crash, and son get a black eye at school. (And I thought my day was stressful!)

Shawn1Shawn Bendinelli: Shawn is creative and helpful and willing to tell me if he disagrees with something. That's important! And I love that he and his wife are entrepreneurs too. You can find his Evoke Apparel Company, a business on a social mission, here.


AlexAlex Cross: I think I make Alex wrinkle his brows in question, A LOT. Alex has been key in building the MFF site and making it function like a dream. Unfortunately, I don't speak techie but he's learning to speak Farm Chick. He's one smart cookie.

Anthony1Anthony Beran: None of the guys know this, but I secretly refer to Anthony as Wilson. Remember Home Improvement? All I saw of Anthony's face for several months was the top part of his head over the computer monitor. And sometimes his eyes. This guy is FOCUSED.

TyreilTyreil Poosri: I've worked with a lot of designers in my day and I know a gem when I see one. That's right Tyreil, I'm calling you a gem.

 


Stephanie1Stephanie May: Although Stephanie works out of the Boise, Idaho office, she was involved a lot in the early brainstorming stages of the project. Her insight was wonderful as she's a seasoned weekend junker and antiques enthusiast. Much of the mapping feature on the site is thanks to her insight.

CarlosCarlos Rivera: I enjoyed working with Carlos and seeing his ideas for the overall look of the site, some of which were integrated in.

I've talked about this before, but will say again, you only have so much time in this life, it's important to spend it with good people. These are my people and I'm so blessed to have them helping me bring my dreams to life. And while you're clicking, sharing, and discovering on My Favorite Find, now you'll know who's working behind the scenes to maintain and improve the site to make it better for you.

P.S. A big part of bringing My Favorite Find to life was another group I assembled to test things out, and give good honest feedback. The site wouldn't be the same without them. They're my Focus Group and I'll introduce them to you soon.

March 20, 2012

Crashing The Party

Yesterday, aside from consuming a piece a toast, I spent the day at my keyboard, hands shaking, as the launch of My Favorite Find began to unfold.

In 10th grade, I was a short, chubby teenager trying to make my way through high school. I'd recently begun taking carrot pills to try and become tan, to fit into the California look that was popular at the time. Unfortunately for me, the effect was that I turned ORANGE. In fact, I looked very much like an Oompa Loompa. And we all knew it, but no one said a thing. Because that would have just been mean. But one day, as I walked into Social Studies class late, my teacher, Mr. B, announces to the class, "Here's Serena De La Luz, the girl who's gained twenty pounds in a year!" And in that moment, I died inside. It was publicly humiliating. And let's be honest, who wants to be seen as a failure with everyone watching?

I started yesterday as nervous as can be - wanting for you to like My Favorite Find, to join in, and to bring this virtual world to life. And then, there you were. You came! It was a party, and I was so happy. But just as the party was getting in to full swing, there were so many of you that the servers crashed. And for half a second, I felt like I was back in Mr. B's room, and that I had failed.

But I've learned a few things since being an Oompa Loompa. You just deal with it and you move on. And that's what we did. The servers were upgraded, and you were patient. You continued to join the party. And I love you for that.

My Favorite Find is now back in full swing. We want you there at the party, to continue to build the community, share your finds, promote your events and shoppes, and make it the most amazing resource for all.

If you haven't yet joined in, all you need to do is visit the site, request an invitation (we've had to do this to filter out spam and inappropriate content), and then wait a few minutes for your email invitation. (You may need to check your spam folder for the email). Once you receive the invitation, simply click on the link in the email, and you'll be taken onto the website to create your profile.

If you received an invitation via email yesterday, please disregard. The email contained errors and the link doesn't work. You'll need to start over by clicking here.

Thank you for your patience as we work out the kinks and the site evolves. We couldn't do it without you.

P.S. I'm not the only one following my dreams. Here are two dreamers that are special to me:

Heather Bullard's beautiful magazine has arrived. You can see a free preview here. (I'm so happy to be one of the contributors to this amazing new magazine!)

Our boy is making music. You can follow his band here . Here they are playing recently at EMP. You can catch them next at the Bumbershoot Music Festival.

March 17, 2012

The Best .10 Cents I Ever Spent

It was shortly after the birth of our fourth son, the last of three born 15 months apart. Our home at the time was an old schoolhouse built in the thirties, nestled in the foothills of Mt. Spokane. We were adjusting to life with a home full of young boys and struggling to make ends meet.

I'd recently begun making a modest amount of money selling yard sale finds on ebay and although it wasn't anything to write home about, I enjoyed it immensely.

One afternoon, my friend Teri called to tell me she'd just been to an amazing yard sale in Deer Park, which was about a half an hour from my home. Dishes, fun vintage purses, neat old scarves and so on. I was so excited about her finds that I dropped my yard work, hopped in the car, and headed on over to her house to check it all out. When I arrived, I was surprised to see how much stuff that she, her sister, and two girls had scored. I asked if there was much left at the sale when they'd left. "Quite a bit!", they replied.

And so we headed back to see what I could find.

We pulled up and all I could really see were several tables piled high with clothing. Not what I was hoping. But when I neared, I could see that the clothing was at least all vintage and I was intrigued. Digging in, I came upon an interesting old Hawaiian shirt.

    At some point leading up to that day I'd read an article in Country Living Magazine about vintage Hawaiian shirts and remembered learning that certain ones could actually be quite valuable.

I added the shirt to my pile and went to pay. "All clothes are .10 cents each", the lady said with a smile. Well, I thought, I can't go wrong.

Later that week, I listed my shirt on ebay and crossed my fingers that it'd be worth something. Maybe $50? And then something began to happen. The bids started coming in and the price began to rise. $50 - - - - - $85 - - - - $125... WHAT?!

I called Colin, heart pounding, "MY SHIRT IS AT $125!" Then I'd call Teri. MY SHIRT IS AT $125!!!  No, Wait! It's at $135!

And so it went for seven days. Eventually, Colin's co-workers were watching the auction too. Who could believe this shirt was going this high?

When the final minutes on the auction ticked away, and we continued to click refresh! refresh! refresh! with the mouse, the price ticked on up to a final bid of $860!

$860 dollars!

It was my favorite find.

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Yep! That's the shirt, and the $860 check.

But the fun didn't stop there. Ebay loved the story so much that years later I shot a commercial for the company, re-telling my story. I don't think the commercial ever aired, but it was a fun experience none the less.

Do you have a favorite find? I have lots more as well and nothing is more fun for me than sharing the stories of what I've found with others who understand. I bet you love that too.

I hope you'll come join me on my new website, My Favorite Find, and share your finds there too. And while we're at it, let's discover some great places to find more of what we love. It's all there and I hope you will be too!

P.S. You can read more about the story behind My Favorite Find on these blogs:

OC Cottage

Drinking From My Saucer

Cathy Penton - Dare to Dream

Blissful Blooms

Vintage Grey

The Savvy Luna Bug

Homesteader's Heart

Alexa Lett

Rural Revolution

Ramblings from a Vintage Gal

Curious Details

The Grand Suprise

KXLY 4 News

Farm Fresh Therapy

Hampton Victory Garden

Mockingbird Hill Cottage

Finding Home 

Recraft Magazine

Tanya Smith

Sweet Peas and Happy Things

Homemade Renegade

SugarPie Farmhouse

Raffia Sisters

Sing and Don't Be Silent

Pots and Pins

March 16, 2012

The MFF Reveal, Homegrown Style

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When I was thinking about how I wanted to first reveal My Favorite Find to the world, I decided there'd be no better way than to give the scoop to my readers first.  In a homegrown sort of way. After all, My Favorite Find is really all about you. I'll be posting the links to the interviews here, and you can click the links to these blogs to learn all about My Favorite Find.

OC Cottage

Drinking From My Saucer

Cathy Penton - Dare to Dream

Blissful Blooms

Vintage Grey

The Savvy Luna Bug

Homesteader's Heart

Alexa Lett

Rural Revolution

Ramblings from a Vintage Gal

Curious Details

The Grand Suprise

KXLY 4 News

Farm Fresh Therapy

Hampton Victory Garden

Mockingbird Hill Cottage

Finding Home

Recraft Magazine

Tanya Smith

Sweet Peas and Happy Things

Homemade Renegade

Sugar Pie Farmhouse

Raffia Sisters

Sing and Don't Be Silent

Pots and Pins

March 15, 2012

My Favorite Find - The Launch of My New Frontier

I'm so excited to announce the launch of My Favorite Find is coming on Monday, March 19th!

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Have you signed up yet?  I've been doing interviews with lots of Farm Chicks blog readers about my new venture, and I'll be posting the links to those interviews here, as they'll be revealing what My Favorite Find is all about. And then Monday, I'll be here to tell you the story behind My Favorite Find.  I can't wait! Stay tuned!

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March 14, 2012

The Big Souvenir Release!

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The new issue of Souvenir Magazine will launch next Tuesday, March 20th, which happens to be the first day of spring!

I'm so happy to be a part of Heather Bullard's group of contributors for the magazine. Above is a small sneak peek of just a few of the stories you will see. The pages of Souvenir will be filled with fresh features and beautiful images that celebrate the spring season.

To meet the team of contributors you can hop on over to our the Souvenir FB Page. The countdown is on!

 

March 13, 2012

Personal Favorites

Do you remember the Business Card Contest I held recently? That was fun! I thought I'd share these cards that I've saved from my travels and Farm Chicks business. I do love a great business card!

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Gather and Hunt, a Farm Chicks Show vendor.

Marguerite, one of the most beautifully curated shops I've ever visited.

Hello!Lucky, I adore the business and their goods.

And speaking of Hello!Lucky Stationery, look at these darling cards I recently received from them. Letterpress is just so lovely.

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March 12, 2012

My Color of the Season

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My color of the spring and summer season this year is Coral. Coral feels like 1960 to me and I love it - in small doses. On my toes, or perhaps a summery scarf, or a cute little clutch.

And Coral is perfect paired with summer favorites such as White, Navy, and Bright Pink.

This season, it's all about color!

Polish shown above: Tangerine Crush and Versailles Romance by Loreal.

March 02, 2012

Flower Purse

My website has moved. You can view the Flower Purse post on my new website here.

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