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April 30, 2012

Giveaway Week! Let's Celebrate the Lead-Up to The Farm Chicks Show!

Hooray! I'm so happy to begin the celebration that is the lead-up to The Farm Chicks Show, coming June 2nd & 3rd in Spokane, WA! The show is just one month away, and to celebrate, I'm doing an entire week of super fun giveaways!

To start the celebrations, the first giveaway is a Party In A Box!


3 sets of party straws:


2 sets of long-burning skinny party candles in hot pink and red:


2 sets of cake candles in the sweetest colors ever:


8 festive party hats (You're never too old to wear one!):


My special handmade confetti:


AND and and and and... 4 tickets to The Farm Chicks Show. 2 Saturday tickets, and 2 Sunday tickets!


You have lots of ways to enter this week:

1) Leave a comment here on this blog post, telling me if you're coming to the show or not, and if so, where you're coming from.

2) Pin the show poster to your pinboard on Pinterest, then leave a comment here on this blog post, telling me you've pinned the poster.

3) Join My Favorite Find, then leave a comment here on this blog post with a link to your profile. For example, here's my link: http://myfavoritefind.com/SerenaThompson

4) RSVP for The Farm Chicks Show on Facebook by clicking this link here and clicking if you're going, then leave a comment here on this blog post, telling me you've RSVP'd.

Each day you'll have several ways to enter, and you're welcome to enter each giveaway. You have until Sunday night, May 6th to enter each of the giveaways that will be posted this week.

This week is all about celebrating The Farm Chicks Show! Let's go!

P.S. These giveaways are welcome to anyone, anywhere in the world. The Farm Chicks Show is for everyone and you're all invited!

April 26, 2012

Big News From My Favorite Find!

Great news!


My Favorite Find is now MOBILE! You can now connect on tablet devices and smart phones! Simply type in the web address (www.myfavoritefind.com) on your device and you're ready to go!

Here are some great finds I've seen on the site recently:



I absolutely love reading what you are doing with your finds. Like the vintage washing machine part (as seen above) as a drink dispenser.


I've discovered darling brick & mortar shoppes like this one on Mackinac Island, MI:


this one in Spokane, WA:


and this one in Chandler, Arizona:


These web-based businesses:



And these events happening this weekend:

Missoula, Montana:


Colbert, WA:


Portland, OR:


Post Falls, ID:


All via My Favorite Find. Have you joined in yet? Shared your finds? Posted your event? Added your shoppe? By Joining in, you're helping to grow this community where we can share, promote, and support one another.

Spread the word! Share the love! My Favorite Find is mobile!

My Laundry & Mud Room


I'm a big believer in wallpaper in the laundry room. I think it adds a happiness to the room and makes me want to be in there. Good thing, because we go through a lot of laundry each week!

Because I'm short, I needed to keep the counters as low as possible. Rather than build a countertop over the washer and dryer, I opted to simply use the tops of the washer and dryer as counter space. It works great.


The shelf on the left (shown above) doubles as a hanging rack for freshly ironed clothing. I can iron and hang each piece as I go along. When I'm done, I take the clothing off the hanging bar and into the closets where they belong. It also works really well for hanging items I need to air dry. The shelf is really high, so it's not practical to store things on top. I'm on the lookout for just the right decorative piece to place there at some point.


The shelves on the right began with a mistake. When the cabinet installers hung what was supposed to be the only shelf on that wall, they hung it too high, as I'd be unable to reach any laundry products up there. Rather than have the shelf removed, and have wallpaper damage, I had them hang another shelf, just below. I had originally planned on hanging artwork above the lower shelf, but now just use the higher shelf to hold rotating art.


The room doubles as a mudroom, as it's the entryway from the garage.


I made the bench out of an old wooden box I found at the Funky Junk antiques show. I use a standard pillow and pillowcase as the cushion.



Just to the left of the bench is a big closet which holds coats, shoes, hats, gloves, and the ironing board.


And to the left of that is the entryway cabinet, perfect for setting down armloads when we walk in the door.


It's also home to one of my favorite finds ever - this great old key rack I found at Hunt & Gather in Minnesota.


Tomorrow I'll be sharing the closer details of the room and my favorite features.

Wallpaper: Wallflowers, Spokane, WA

Farm Painting: Forget Me Not, Coeur d'Alene, ID

Small Basket near window: Funky Junk Jennifer, via the Funky Junk show, Sandpoint, ID

Towels: Walmart

Washer & Dryer: Bosch

Large Laundry Chute Basket: Silver Suitcase, via Roost, Spokane, WA

Wooden Box: Funky Junk Hollie, via the Funky Junk show, Sandpoint, ID

Cowboy Boots: Forget Me Not, Sandpoint, ID

Entryway Rug: Ikea

Keyrack: Hunt & Gather, Minneapolis, MN

Countertops: Fabricated by Carlson Sheet Metal, Spokane, WA

Beadboard Wall Tile, Tile Trim, and Tile Design: Dirk Elliot Tile, Spokane, WA

Our home was designed by Nancy McKennon.

Our builder was Craig Powell of Powell Custom Homes. (509) 994-2831 (He doesn't have a website).

A note about my sources: I try and identify my sources as often as possible and love promoting other businesses. My policy is that if I love something or have had a good experience with a product or service, I try to promote it, when possible. Sometimes, I'm disappointed with a product or service and won't provide that source. I understand that thousands of readers visit my blog every day and I realize that if I were to say something negative about a product or source, my opinion could have a negative impact on a business, and that's not what I want. If I don't list a source, it's not because I'm stingy, I just choose to keep it positive here. Thank you for understanding.

April 25, 2012

The Magic Lantern

We in Spokane are so lucky to have an independent movie theater - The Magic Lantern.


This theater holds so  many happy memories for our family. Like the time Colin took me on a surprise date to see El Bulli, the time Lukie and I saw Being Elmo,


and many more dad/son, mom/son nights at the theater.


Want to know my favorite thing about The Magic Lantern?


The service. I can't remember a time when the little control room window didn't open and we're greeted with a welcome and a check to make sure the temperature in the theater is okay. See above? Isn't that the greatest?


But that's the beauty of a small mom and pop business isn't it? Spokane is so lucky.


Looking for other great things to see and do around Spokane? Find some of my favorites here.

Traveling in for The Farm Chicks Show? You can find lodging and dining information on my website.

Note: I have no affiliation with The Magic Lantern Theater. I just enjoy sharing the places I love.

April 24, 2012

Spring on the Palouse

Spring has come to the Palouse. The other night, we took a drive to see.




Each year as the crops come in, it feels like a new beginning.



With every spring, a fresh start.









And that's a beautiful thing, isn't it?


April 20, 2012

My Favorite Find Friday

The weekend is here! Here are the events I've found happening this weekend via My Favorite Find:

The Grassroots Wedding Fair - Vancouver, BC - April 21st  Mini spring 'pop-up' wedding fair. Vintage inspired, eco-friendly and handmade wedding fair in Vancouver. All businesses has a commitment to sustainability.

Custer's Antique & Collector's Sale - Spokane, WA - April 20th - 22nd  Over 200 dealers from all over the west coast selling thousands of antiques and collectibles including.

Mes Amis Vintage Antiques Show - Roseville, CA - April 21st 40 vendors/vintage designers with vintage furnishings, inspired art, and jewelry, live music and food.

Girls Night Out at Wigget's Antique Marketplace - Coeur d'Alene, ID - April 20th Two hours of storewide sales, prize drawings every 10 minutes, and hors d'oeuvres in the antiques marketplace.

Monticello Home & Garden Show - Portland, OR - Ongoing Vintage Home & Garden Show set inside a 5,000 square feet garden room featuring 16 vendors offering home, garden and outdoor living finds.

Have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to show-and-tell your finds on My Favorite Find!

April 19, 2012

Organization For Your Home Office

HGTV recently asked me to participate in a project for decorating home offices.


I think it's always great to try and use what you have to help organize your life - especially your office space. You can see lots of great ideas by visiting the HGTV site here.

April 17, 2012

Happy Trails to You

The day after I graduated from high school I caught a plane to Alaska to work for the summer. Turned out that summer would turn into seven years.

I needed to put my little town in the rear-view mirror. Our family had always struggled to get by and the feeling that I could never get ahead felt claustrophobic to me. I didn't understand it at the time, but that feeling was much like what my parents felt when they set out on their journey as hippies, long before there was a me.

After I'd been living in Alaska for about two years, my parents sent me a video tape - a documentary about the sixties - which was their way of explaining why they'd chosen to live the way we did - first in the Gypsy Wagon, and then eventually off the grid, in the mountains of Siskiyou County. And after watching it, I understood we'd all been seeking freedom from the lives we'd been living. It made more sense to me.

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My family and our Gypsy Wagon

My parents journey was one of peace and happiness as we traveled about North America. They named it Happy Trails. And everywhere we went, that was their message: "Happy Trails to You!" They had found their peace and love and wanted to spread it around the world.

We made our income from donations people would give us for getting a tour of our little home on wheels and by selling postcards with the image of our Gypsy Wagon and the happy trails message that my brother, sister, and I would handstamp on each one.

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When I grew up, it was a message that stuck with me and that I try and pass along whenever I can. My happy trails message is be happy! Spread joy in what you do. Lift up others whenever you can. Shine a light on the good that exists in the world. And we will all be better because of it.

Happy Trails to You!

P.S. Now you know why this Happy Trails to You message bids you farewell as you leave The Farm Chicks Show each year. ♥

April 13, 2012

The Week In Review

I returned from Arizona full of sun. It was the perfect way to head into Monday.

Monday morning I had another surgery. As I lay in my room waiting, I couldn't help but overhear all of the sad stories of the patients in the rooms around me. It was a good reminder that I have so much to be thankful for. I decided that every day I want to tell a few people (other than my family) how much they mean to me.


My bulbs are all coming up. The first spring in our new home means seeing all of my plantings coming to life. I'm so excited about that.

Colin planted a whole slew of Christmas trees on the back of our property. (If you've read my Christmas Book, you understand this is a big deal for my guy). I can't wait for our future Christmas parties where our friends and family can come and get a tree.

I started reading this book.

We watched Bill Cunningham New York. I was inspired. Creative, lovely people affect me in that way.

I made plans for a super fun event with my friend, Samantha Cabrera. We'll be telling you all about it and inviting you soon.

I'm feeling better each day. Today I'm looking forward to having lunch with Alisa at Mizuna. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Spokane. (You can see my list of favorites here).

I spied these events for this weekend on My Favorite Find:

Clover Market - Ardmore, PA

Junk Drunk Antiques & Craft Market - Colville, WA

Monticello Home & Garden Show - Portland, OR

Funky Junk Antique Show & Craft Market - Spokane, WA

2nd Saturdayz Flea Market - Seattle, WA

What did you do this week and most importantly, what made you happy?


April 11, 2012


My family and I just returned from spring break in Arizona. I love it there. We started out with several days at the Arizona Grand Resort where we played in the water park, relaxed by the pool, and went for occasional hikes.


Colin get up extra early every morning to go mountain biking on the trails behind the resort. I love how he likes to squeeze every moment out of the day.

We watched the Mariners get ready for their season on a beautiful warm evening in Peoria.


And then awoke the next day to take in the desert and all its beauty.

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We watched climbers reaching for the sky.


Then we road-tripped North to see something grand.


The Grand Canyon.

Something so majestic it makes you catch your breath. Greater than anything you can imagine. I can still close my eyes and feel the air that swirled around me and gave me the feeling of forever.

You can feel forever there.


April 10, 2012


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


April 06, 2012

My Favorite Find Friday

The weekend is here and look at these events I found on My Favorite Find!

April 7th - Summerland, CA (Summerland Mercantile):


April 7th - Redding, CA (Roses & Rust):


April 6 - May 28 - Portland, OR (Monticello Antiques Marketplace Spring Event):


April 7 - Newbury Port, MA (Flukes & Finds & Friends Eggstravaganza):


April 2 - April 30: Art e-course (Hosted by Teresa Sheeley):


A shoppe in Lincoln, NE (Simply Bungalow Antiques/Vintage):


And take a look at this great find from a salvage yard in Nebraska:


What have you found lately? Come show-and-tell it! We want to see!

April 03, 2012

Once Upon A Burger

Once upon a time, there was a boy who woke up bright and early. He grabbed a leftover hamburger patty and made himself a burger deluxe. Then he took some lovely potatoes and sliced them up just so. And sizzle went those potatoes until they were fries.


Then he set his amazing creation down and marveled at his work.


And he proclaimed it the tastiest in all the land.

April 02, 2012

The Old Cabbage Farm

The old cabbage farm next door looks so quiet today.


She's waiting for her lilacs to bloom and the bees to come and play. Bzzzzzz Bzzzzz, she can almost hear them. Don't worry, sweet girl it will all be here soon. Just like last year.


And then we will sing our song of spring.

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