The Farm Chicks Show

March 14, 2013

Hello Mailbox

Hello,

I'm a little card that would love to make my way to your mailbox.

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If you email me your name and address, I will be there soon.

Love,

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Email: mail at thefarmchicks.com

xxoo

March 13, 2013

The Printshop - Hearn Brothers

I've been working with Dale at Hearn Brothers Printing in Spokane for many years. His printshop has printed much of the materials for The Farm Chicks Antiques Show. This year, the printshop has been busy printing the show posters and postcard flyers. I thought you might enjoy seeing how they are made.

Before we begin the process, I always meet with Dale to go over paper options for my project. For these posters, I had one sort of paper in mind, but after consulting with Dale, I was convinced I needed to head in a different direction to make sure we ended up with the best possible poster. Once the paper is selected, the process of my materials being printed begins.

It all starts with the art file. The file is opened up and analyzed. Here is the postcard art shown on the left and then super-magnified on the right for color analysis.

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Once the file is ready to go, it's sent to this piece of equipment to make the film.

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Once the film is produced, it's analyzed to check that everything looks correct. The film is then placed on the machine that produces the printing plates, secured via notches in the film.

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A plastic cover is placed over the film,

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and the machine cover is closed. The platemaking process begins.

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Four plates are made, as there are four colors in the posters and postcards. The plates are then taken to the printing area and placed into the printing machine. Since the posters and postcards have only four colors, only four of the six printing chambers are used.

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Scrap paper from previous print jobs is taken from the shelf and placed into the feeder on the print machine for a test run.

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Standing on the platform of the print machine, and looking down into the chambers, you can see the posters run through black:

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Yellow (seen below), Magenta, and Cyan.

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And out they come, on the other end.

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The test posters are then very carefully analyzed to make sure the colors are exactly correct.

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This magnifier is used to check the colors.

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This is what it looks like through the magnification lens:

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Million of dots, completely unseen to the naked eye. These little dots are what make up the image that you see. Amazing, isn't it?

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Tiny adjustments are made and testers are run through a couple of more times until it's just right. Then, they're ready to print the posters. Fresh paper is brought out and taken to the cutting machine to cut down to the correct size for this project.

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Then it's back to the feeder with the fresh-cut paper and the process is started once again, this time with the final version.

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And here they are:

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Next, the posters are taken back to the cutter and are trimmed to size. Then the process starts all over for the postcards.

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Hearn Brothers Printing is located in Spokane, Washington. You can reach them by phone at 509-327-6308. 

P.S. I'm having a little Pop Up Poster Release Party in Spokane this Friday. I'd love for you to pop in for some flyers and I'll treat you to a cupcake! You can find all the details here.

March 12, 2013

Designing a Poster

The Farm Chicks Show poster holds a special place in my heart. A tradition started on the very first little sale in my friend, Meegan's barn, across the prairie from my house, more than a decade ago. The first two flyers were made by my sister and printed on 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheets of paper.

My love for beautiful signage and advertising began long ago, when my parent's incorporated it into pretty much every area of our life. You can say I was born this way. Old signs adorned the outside of our gypsy wagon home.

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Inside, the walls were covered in more signage and advertising, and my dad made a part-time living as a sign painter, painting signs and cars as a way to supplement his income. It was his true passion, honed by all the years he spent interning with Tommy the Greek in his hometown of Oakland, California.

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The posters and signage created for the show are more than just promotions for the show. They are artful creations steeped in a rich history that pays homage to my roots.

As the years have gone by, the posters have evolved and become more poster-sized. And for the last few years, I've begun to tie the theme of each year's show into the poster - a fun foreshadowing of what's to come. This year, I commissioned artist Isabel Reyes Feeney to create both the poster and postcard flyer.

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I chose Isabel because there was a certain look I was going for, which I thought she could capture, and I love her soft vintage, yet current color palate that she works in. We discussed different ideas and elements that I wanted to make sure and include. And then Isabel began to sketch and eventually came to this which we were both really happy with:

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And then, Isabel brought the sketch to life:

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Which resulted in this, the poster:

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Now you know, when you're looking at a poster for The Farm Chicks Show, you're looking at a little piece of my heart.

P.S. I'm hosting a Pop Up Poster Release party this Friday, in Spokane. Pop in for some flyers to pass out to friends, family and customers and I'll treat you to a cupcake! You can find out more about it here.

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Tomorrow I'm going to take you on a little trip to the printer to watch how my posters get made.

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The Farm Chicks Antiques Show is held just once a year in my hometown, Spokane, Washington, the first weekend of June.  This year, the show falls on June 1st & 2nd. You can find out more about the show here.

The images of Isabel Reyes Feeney and her work are courtesy of Isabel Reyes Feeney.

You can find more of Isabel's work and products for purchase in her Little Atae Etsy Store.

You can read more about my childhood history here.

March 08, 2013

Pop Up Poster Party!

Guess What? I'm hosting a little Pop Up Party to celebrate the release of the 2013 Farm Chicks Show poster and the soon-to-be-revealed 2013 Farm Chicks Show flyers and YOU'RE INVITED!

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I'll be giving out stacks of flyers for you to share with your friends, family, customers, and anyone else you'd like. And if you have a business where you can put up a poster, I'll love to give you one of those (shown above) as well.

And I'll treat you to one of these:

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Because what's a party without a treat?

Join me at Sweet Frostings in Spokane, Washington on Friday, March 15th, from 4-6pm:

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Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop is located at 15 S. Washington in Spokane.  You can RSVP for the Pop Up Party here. Hip! Hip! Hooray!

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February 25, 2013

The Farm Chicks Antiques Show 2013 Poster

I'm starting to get butterflies for the show. It's coming up in June.

Come forage for finds!

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You can RSVP for the show here on Facebook or invite your friends! 

January 11, 2013

The Farm Chicks Antiques Show - 2013

 

November 24, 2012

A Harry & David / Farm Chicks Giveaway!

The holiday season is officially underway and I am so excited to announce a very special giveaway sponsored by Harry & David.

Category-121121-gift-basketsThis exciting giveaway features two prizes:

1.) Harry & David Pear Medley Gift Basket, shipped right to your door, just in time for the holidays. These heavenly pears are grown in Oregon at the Harry & David orchards and are a bit of heaven in each juicy bite. Oh, and I should mention it includes some chocolate truffles too. Scrumptious chocolatey bliss.

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2.) A "Golden Ticket" to the 2013 Farm Chicks Antiques Show for you and up to 4 of your friends! I will meet you at the gate at 8am on the first morning of the show (Saturday, June 1st, 2013) and escort you in, as the very first visitors to The Farm Chicks 2013 Show!

To enter, leave a comment here on the blog, telling me what you would do with your Harry & David pears and truffles. Would you make a Pear Cake? Slice the pears and serve them with cheese? Or maybe eat them up as soon as they arrive? You have until Friday, November 30th to enter. One entry/comment per person, please.  This giveaway is now closed.

The winner will be announced here on the blog, on Monday, December 3rd. Congratulations to the winner, Kelly! This giveaway is now closed.

This exciting holiday giveaway is sponsored by Harry & David. Harry & David is a sponsor of The Farm Chicks Antiques Show.

You can like Harry & David on facebook here.

You can RSVP for the 2013 Farm Chicks Antiques Show on facebook here.

July 26, 2012

A Recent Story...

This morning I thought I'd Share a recent feature from Spokane Coeur d'Alene Woman magazine. Special thanks to the magazine and writer Judith Spitzer for their support by writing about women such as myself in small business.

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Farm Chick Serena Thompson

July 15th, 2012

It is 8:15 a.m. on day one of the Farm Chicks Antique Show and founder Serena Thompson props open a door to the entrance of the main County Fairgrounds Building in Spokane. Early admission ticket holders, mainly women, are waiting in lines, rain pouring down hard on this Saturday in early June. They don’t seem much bothered as they crowd in close together, three or four to an umbrella.

Clutching a cell phone and pen in one hand, Serena reaches down to push a wooden door jam under the door with the other hand, and pushes it into place with her foot. Dressed simply in a striped orange and white t-shirt, jeans and flats matching the bright tangerine in her shirt, she looks as calm as the proverbial cucumber. She is a little tiny thing, barely five feet tall, slender, with long, dark thick hair, parted on the side. She keeps tucking the hair on the right behind her ear to keep it all tidy and in place.

Minutes later 300 women stream through the doors. Some are soggier than others, shaking rain off umbrellas and jackets, most are smiling and carry at least one big bag. Excited and boisterous, these women are not quiet. The noise level in the entrance immediately goes up from about 30dB to over 85dB, roughly the same as a jackhammer at 50 ft.

They are here at this show because they are card-carrying members of a club that loves vintage, retro, recycle, re-imagined, reused, repurposed, handmade, shabby chic and junking. They also unabashedly love the Farm Chicks. It’s not just an antique show, it’s a happening, a gathering, a place to nurture themselves, other women and antiques used by other women (and men) back in the day.

Those who know Serena, and some who don’t, stop to get a “hi how are you” or a hug as she helps hand out flyers and quells any last minute conundrums via cell phone. The heavy lifting has been done over the past few days, but mostly over the past year since the last Farm Chicks Antique Show. This year officially marks the 10th anniversary of the much-beloved event.

While preparations for a show as big as Farm Chicks might sound like a crushing undertaking to the average entrepreneur, Serena says the show feels huge but not overwhelming. She works on the show every day from what she refers to as World Headquarters. “For the past two years we’ve been growing the business,” she says. “It was a challenge adding a new bay last year but now it’s really a well-oiled machine.”

The day of the show starts when she arrives about 6:30 or 7 a.m. “I just kind of get everything rolling for the day,” she adds. Two days earlier she and her crew, which includes oldest son Cody, 21, are at the fairgrounds working on displays, marking the floor for vendors and getting “the big pieces in place.”

“On Friday all of my vendors come in and set up; it’s fun,” she says with a smile. “It’s like a family reunion.”

Vendors come from Utah, Montana, Idaho, across the state and even as far away as Minnesota and Canada.

By Saturday morning, the day of the show, she says, “it’s quite calm and peaceful, all the work being done already.”

Serena calls herself a full-time mom but that’s kind of an understatement. She and her husband Colin have four boys ages 12, 13, 14 and 21. Which means when she started the sale over 10 years ago the boys were 2, 3, 4 and 11. “It was hard in the beginning,” she says. “We took the kids everywhere with us and at the show we would try to find ways to keep them involved. You always make do.”

Making do is something she knows only too well. She, her sister and brother were raised in the late 60s and early 70s by two “hippies” as she lovingly refers to her parents. “In the 60s they set out on a hippie journey traveling the country and doing what hippies did,” she says.

What they did was travel the back roads of the U.S., Canada and Mexico in a gypsy wagon where Serena was born, delivered by her father. Later they settled into a tiny cabin in the woods of Northern California.

“We were dirt poor,” she says matter-of-factly. She remembers going through landfills with her parents and collecting old toy trucks to use for storing onions or buttons or such. “My Dad would use old scraps of leather for hinges and my Mom would use old material to make our clothing,” she says.

Early on she was inspired by her parent’s thriftiness and style. “They were so creative. I gained a clever knack for thrifty creativity and turning ordinary objects into something useful.  And I dreamed of the home I would create for my own family someday,” she says.

As her family continued to travel she loved finding things others had thrown away and finding useful ways to reuse them.

At a certain age though, a girl just wants to be like the other girls. “When my sister and I got to be older and wanted to look like the other girls, my dad bought a converter, which is something you can attach to a car battery, and it takes a little of the juice and you could plug in a curling iron and have a few minutes of power,” she says with a laugh. “And then he rigged up something to hook up to the blower so we could attach a hose and dry our hair on the way to school.”

Although her early life was difficult at times, she now appreciates some of the hardships her family went through.

“I’m so thankful for that experience and I have a great appreciation for that because now I almost do better having less, and figuring out how I can make something out of nothing. I think if you’re born with everything you need, you don’t appreciate it as much,” she says.

“That’s how I was always raised. That’s how I got interested in antiques and being resourceful. For me it was something I really loved.”

Suffice it to say her gratitude didn’t surface immediately.

“The day after I graduated from high school, I moved to Barrow, Alaska to a tiny little village as far north as you can go,” she says. “There was a family there from my home town who ran an airline. I ended up being a ticket agent and thought I’d move there for the summer then come back and go to college.”

The summer turned into seven years. She ended up enjoying being self-sufficient and making a lot of money, a lot compared to what she grew up with.

Eventually she attended a “small vocational college” and met her future husband. She came to Spokane during a summer visit to “meet the parents” of her then-fiancée Colin. “I fell in love with the area and was so tired of no sun for so many months. Spokane is so beautiful in the summertime and we decided to move here,”

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Spirit of the Farm Sale

Before the Farm Chicks Show became the Farm Chicks Show, it was a little sale in a friend’s barn. Thompson asked her best friend Teri Edwards to join her in her venture of selling “funky old items” and within two years the sale was so popular they had to move it out of the barn to the Five Mile Grange Hall. They quickly outgrew that venue and moved to the town of Fairfield in 2004, where there were buildings as well as tents, erected at the town park for the growing number of vendors.

In 2009 there were two major shifts: Edwards retired from the business leaving Serena the lone Farm Chick to manage the business, and the show moved to the Spokane County Fairgrounds where it hosts more than 200 vendors and elbow-to-elbow shopping on the first day of the show. It is, according to Country Living and Flea Market Style Magazines, one of the best sales of its kind in the country. Both vendors and shoppers come from across the U.S. to attend the big sale. This year more than 10,000 visitors passed through the show in two days.

Husband Colin has always helped out in the business end of Farm Chicks, since he is a business manager and accountant; Serena relies on him to take care of the financial areas. “If a business doesn’t have sound financial footing you can really get into a bad situation,” she says. “I can’t do both things at one time. I can’t be creative (and do finances for the business) at the same time. It works out well for us so thank goodness,” she says.

Today she says she’s the luckiest girl in the world and wouldn’t appreciate what she has if she hadn’t experienced a childhood without all the necessities like indoor plumbing, electricity and luxuries like dishwashers and television.

Her creativity abounds. She blogs about all things domestic, vintage, crafty and foodie. She is a contributing editor for Country Living Magazine has authored two books: one with her friend Teri called Country Living The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen: Live Well, Laugh Often, Cook Much, and Country Living The Farm Chicks Christmas: Merry Ideas for the Holidays, which she wrote by herself. Both books center around ideas for entertaining, crafts and recipes woven through with delightful stories of family and friends 

Her latest enterprise is a new website that’s a virtual show-and-tell for antique sales, tag shows, auctions and such. The website is called My Favorite Find and she loves to be able to gather people together to show off their latest “finds.” “You can search for great events, show-and-tell your (old and new) friends what you’ve found,” she says.

Because really, that’s one of the things she does best, gather friends around who love buying and selling vintage, and spread the word about the latest and greatest favorite finds.

What is a Farm Chick? A Farm Chick is a girl who sees the world through rose-colored glasses. She loves her family. She laughs a lot. She’s farmgirl meets Fifth Avenue and with a little style, she’ll change the world.

www.thefarmchicks.com and www.myfavoritefind.com

Note of Correction From Serena: Although the article states I was attending the vocational college in Alaska, I was actually an employee there, as was Colin.

June 06, 2012

The Farm Chicks Show - 2012

The week of the show is always a busy one for me.  This year was even more so with the addition of a photo shoot for an upcoming book by Jenny Doh that I'm contributing to. We spent Tuesday shooting in World Headquarters. Me, Ifong, and Alisa:

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(That's Ifong shooting and Alisa styling a shot).

Wednesday was full of what seemed like 9,000 errands. Last minute supplies for the show, Costco, the party supply store, dropping off signs to the crew at the fairgrounds, and working out the details on some new signage with my sign maker, Bob, at Thinq Visual. He's been making signs for the show for many years now.

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After a crazy day of errands, it was perfect that my last stop was at my friend, Barb's, who lives just down the hill from me. Living in the country is such a blessing in times like these. Even when I feel anxious, my surroundings calm me.

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Thursday started bright and early with our oldest son, Cody, and me at the fairgrounds. This year, Cody was responsible for bringing my entrance vision to life.

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Later, Hannah, the daughter of vendors and friends Lisa and Randy Souers, helped Cody with the installment. The display took two full days to complete.

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While Cody worked on the installment, I readied the fairgrounds for the vendors coming in to set up the next day. I hire a crew to mark out the spaces on the floor throughout the buildings and then I come through and place each vendor's packet in each space. It's a surprisingly time consuming process.

Next, The Attic and LCD Expo rental company bring in various items needed for the show such as tables, chairs, tents, backdrops, and props. Lisa and Randy help me get things moved into The Farm Chicks booth and my friend Erin works all day getting Farm Chicks merchandise priced and ready to be displayed. I call an end to the day at 5pm so that I can get home and prepare for my family coming in for the show and so that I can have dinner with Colin and the boys.

Friday morning when Cody and I arrive at the fairgrounds at 8am, the place is hopping with vendors all anxious to get in and get going on their displays. I remember one floor marker for a vendor space that had woken me up in the middle of the night, knowing it needed to be changed, so I zoom over to Bay 1 to fix it, and then we're able to open the doors and get the set-up underway. It's always hard for me to accomplish much after the doors are opened because I want to stop and talk to everyone I see. It feels like a family reunion.

At noon, my friends at Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop came with a delivery of scrumptious cupcakes for the vendors.

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Soon after, Colin called to tell me that he's arrived and he has my sister and mom and dad with him. I tell him I'm going to cry and sure enough, as soon as I see them I begin to weep. I hadn't seen my mom and dad in a really long time and they'd never been to the show. Having them there at that moment was sort of like an approval I'd always hoped to have. I always say that you can work hard and be successful, but unless you have your family, it really means nothing at all.

After I pulled myself together, we got on with finishing our set-up and all around us, the show and vendor spaces began to come to life.

This year was especially exciting to me as I was able to bring in a slew of wonderful new vendors after some unexpected cancellations. Most of them were new to selling their wares and had a refreshing excitement and optimism that was contagious. They were welcomed by my longtime established vendors and it was perfect. I work so hard at making sure each vendor is a good fit, and each time I bring a new one into the family, it feels a lot like bringing home a new baby and hoping the siblings accept them. Of course, it always works out because these are wonderful people. (Thank you, vendors! I love you!)

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Hannah and Cody working on the entry display.

By 6pm, we were done and ready for the show to open the next day. My family and I went home and enjoyed enchilada casserole and fresh veggies and spent the evening catching up.

Saturday morning came in like a lion with wind and rain and what looked to be a very blustery day. Luckily, it finally cleared up and all was well. And the rest my dears, is best told by you....

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Image by Katelyn Foutch, Kate Jennings Photography

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Erin Hudson Photography

Cary Burnett Photography

The Little Red Shop

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Dandelions on the Wall

Bennie Ray Photography

Elaine Tolson (Vendor!)

Gather & Hunt (Vendor!)

Four Corners Design

Living With Porteous

Meghan Rickard Photography

Sweet Peas and Happy Things

Junebug Furniture & Design (Vendor!)

Junebug Furniture & Design - Part 2 (Vendor!)

Holly Joy in the Morning (Vendor!)

Salvage 18

Forget Me Not Dreams - Part 1 (Vendor!)

Forget Me Not Dreams - Part 2 (Vendor!)

Trash to Treasure Art

Cutie Pie Cottage

Sweet Paperie

Happy Holiday Girl

Valley Girl

Perfectly Imperfect

Heads Carolina/Tails California

Jems & Jules

Past Blessings (Vendor!)

I Wish I Were A Walton

Moments With Michele (Vendor!)

Re-stock Vintage (Vendor!)

Grandiflora Home

Post Road Vintage (Vendor!)

Annette Monary

She Uses Her Words

Fiber and Fire

Wanderlux (Vendor!)

Who did I miss? If you have a post you'd like to share, please email us your link and we'll add it here! ([email protected])

A don't forget: our show sponsor, Harry & David is offering a special discount to everyone throughout the month of June! Check it out!

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Once you're ready to place your order online with Harry & David, type in promo code CHICKS when checking out.

When ordering from Harry & David by phone at 1-800-547-3033, ask for The Farm Chicks Blog 06-12 Show Discount.


June 05, 2012

A Lifetime in 48

The Farm Chicks Show has wrapped for another year and it all feels like a dream. It always feels as if there are lifetimes spanned within those two days.

Tomorrow I'll be back with a show wrap-up and invite you to email me ([email protected]) any links to posts you may have done on the show and I'll be sure to post them here for everyone to see.

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Image courtesy of Katelyn Foutch, Kate Jennings Photography.

I also want to let you know that our show sponsor, Harry & David is offering a special discount to everyone throughout the month of June! Check it out!

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Once you're ready to place your order online with Harry & David, type in promo code CHICKS when checking out.

When ordering from Harry & David by phone at 1-800-547-3033, ask for The Farm Chicks Blog 06-12 Show Discount.

May 30, 2012

Two Days and Counting

Hello friend,

I've been out of touch for a bit, haven't I?

The big show has had my attention for the last little bit, and it really is ever so exciting.

Beautiful things just waiting to unfold.

I do hope to see you there.

Love,

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Image courtesy of Katelyn Foutch, Kate Jennings Photography

May 27, 2012

The Campers

Each year, for The Farm Chicks Show weekend, lots of cute little vintage travel trailers pull into Spokane.

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Sisters on the Fly.

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And although I've never had a chance to scoot on down to Riverside State Park and pay them a visit during the show weekend (too busy!), I hear they have a hootin' and hollerin' good time. And who doesn't want to have a little bit of fun?

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But each night that weekend, after the show, I think about these ladies and their comradery and it makes my heart happy.

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Shouldn't we all have a chance to surround ourselves with the ones we love?

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All images courtesy of Karen Bates, The Vintage Bag Lady blog.

You can read more about their weekend last year here and here.

May 23, 2012

Meet Harry & David!


373047_107320312648019_1972596316_n-1Last year I was lucky enough to visit the wonderful folks at Harry & David in Oregon. Not only was my visit to their company fantastic (and delicious!), it was eye opening as well. I love the fact that this company creates so many jobs and has such a commitment to being green - from their sustainable farming practices to daily operations and recycling practices within their facilities.

You can read about my visit through their amazing kitchens here and my tour through their orchards and packing facilities here.

And now, I'm so happy to announce that Harry & David is a sponsor of The Farm Chicks Show

We have some delicious surprises in store for the first 500 general admission ticket holders through the gates both days of the show, courtesy of Harry & David. And, Harry & David will be offering a special promotion to Farm Chicks show-goers and Farm Chicks readers! (I'll be posting their special promotion here on June 1st).

For now, I thought you might enjoy seeing this tour through the spring blossoms in the orchards at Harry & David:

and this video on Harry & David's extensive recycling program:

Stay tuned for more from Harry & David!

May 10, 2012

The 2012 Map Release!

I'm so happy to share The Farm Chicks Show Map for 2012!

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(Once you click on the map, it may take a few minutes to load). And as always, we'll have plenty of maps available for you at the show).

The Farm Chicks Antiques Show is coming soon - June 2nd & 3rd at the Spokane County Fairgrounds. You can find more details here.

February 09, 2012

The Lesser-Known Facts About The Farm Chicks Show

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Did you know that the show has its own special theme each year? Can you guess what this year's theme is?

Did you know the show always falls on the first weekend of June?

Juli.grace.fayeDid you know that The Sisters On The Fly Cowgirl Caravan come and set up a huge campsite at Riverside State Park, all traveling in for the show? I love these girls and their amazing campers and am so happy they gather each year to come and celebrate the show with me, and you!

Did you know the parking lot becomes a party, with everyone waiting for the show to open up? Tailgating, visiting, sidewalk chalking, and best of all... kinship.

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Hey look! It's me! I snuck into the picture. Can you see me? :) hee hee

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Did you know that the show is my family's second favorite time of the year? (right after Christmas!) And you know how they say that everything that's baked with love tastes so much better? This show is baked with love. From my family to you. (And all my friends/vendors too!) I really mean it.

This year's Farm Chicks Show will be held June 2nd & 3rd in Spokane, Washington.

Click here to read what visitors had to say about last years show.

Click here for more information on the show (including lodging and ticketing).

Click here to RSVP for the show on facebook.

Think Spring! Think Farm Chicks!

Special thanks to Katelyn for images 2-5 seen here. (You can visit her blog by clicking here).

Special thanks to Grace for her little image of the Sisters On The Fly Group. (First image) (You can visit her blog by clicking here).

January 08, 2012

What Do You Love?

Chances are, you'll find it at The Farm Chicks Show!

Have you ever been? Come on, I'll show you around! It's set-up day (2011) and all the trucks and trailers have come pouring in from all over the United States, packed to the brim with what you love.

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It's dirty work, but these vendors are all ready to put together the most beautiful booths and displays around.

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The goods are all coming in now, and it's beginning to look like an extravaganza. Piles of wonderful things abound, just waiting to be displayed.

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Slowly, the spaces are coming together as these amazing vendors whisk all around, doing what they do best - DISPLAY!

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And before we know it, it's here. The show. The show that I love.

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And I think you that will too.    * Sigh *

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The Farm Chicks Show is held just once a year, the first weekend in June, in my hometown of Spokane, Washington.

I'm crossing my fingers that I'll see you here!

Click here to find out more about this year's show - June 2nd & 3rd, 2012.

Click here to RSVP for the show.

Images by Samantha Cabrera.

December 09, 2011

Mark Your Calendars!

What do you LOVE? Find it at The Farm Chicks Show!

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For more information on The Farm Chicks Show, including travel arrangements, click here

November 16, 2011

The Farm Chicks Show 2012 & An Early Admission Surprise!

Hi everyone!

Today I want to tell you some exciting news about The Farm Chicks Show, my antiques show that is held once a year in my hometown of Spokane, Washington - The first weekend of June. This year those dates are June 2nd & 3rd.

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The show is host to over 200 vendors and has been named one of the best in the country by Country Living Magazine. Here's Jourdan, a Country Living editor, signing free copies of the magazine for show-goers:

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I always brag that the vendors are the best. Because they are. This is Lisa. She's been a vendor at the show since 2003!

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And one of the things I love the most, is the girlfriends and families that make it an annual event, meeting here from all corners of the globe. That's magical to me.

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This year, the early admission tickets went like hotcakes, selling out in less than 24 hours. (Don't worry, unlimited general admission tickets are always available!)

But I have some sweet surprises up my sleeve.

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I want to give away two early admission tickets for you and a friend to join me at the show. It's true!

You have two different ways to enter for a chance at my giveaway. (Yes, you can enter twice!)

1.) Leave a comment here in the comments section of this blog post, telling me if you've been to the show or if this year will be your first.

2.) RSVP here on the Facebook event page for the show. (All who have RSVP'd, will be entered).

You have until this Sunday night, November 20th to enter. The winner will be announced here on Monday morning. Thank you for your entries! This contest is now closed. Stay tuned for more show fun to come!

For more information on the show, as well as lodging and showtimes, visit The Farm Chicks Show Website.

To read more about the show from those who've attended, click here.

To watch a short film about the show, click here. It's a party! You'll see. :)

And stay tuned! I'll have many more exciting posts about the show to come....

All images by Christina G.

September 18, 2011

The Farm Chicks Show 2012 Early Admission

Good news! The Early Admission tickets for The 2012 Farm Chicks Antiques Show are now on sale! UPDATE: The Early Admission tickets have all sold out. Just a reminder that as always, unlimted general admission tickets will be available at the show, June 2012. Thank you for your tremendous response, with EARLY tickets selling out less than 24 hours after they went on sale!!

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The Farm Chicks Show is held once a year, the first weekend of June, in Spokane, Washington USA.

Early admission begins at 8:30 am on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012. Early admission applies to Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 only. General admission (10am-6pm on Saturday, and 10am-4pm on Sunday) is granted to the ticket holder for the remainder of the weekend.

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Early Admission tickets are limited, and once they're sold, no more will be offered. As always, unlimited general admission tickets will be available for sale at the show.

Click here to buy your Early Admission tickets. Sorry, the EARLY tickets have all sold out.

You can learn more about The Farm Chicks Show here.

To follow The Farm Chicks Show and RSVP on Facebook, click here. (You can visit with other attendees on the FC Facebook page as well!)

I look forward to seeing you at the show!

Logo-6 Images by Samantha Cabrera.

P.S. Samantha is taking reservations for her famous fall mini sessions now. Click here to learn more.

July 06, 2011

Cotton Candy Balloons!

Every year, I love creating a fun photo opportunity for visitors at the entrance of The Farm Chicks Show. This year, I constructed a big bunch of cotton candy balloons.

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For me, cotton candy is fun. And happy. And wouldn't this be fun to make for a photo op (or decoration) at your next party?

To construct:

  1. Hot glue paper cones to bags of cotton candy.
  2. Affix long strings to the cones.
  3. Hot glue bags together to create a huge bunch of "balloons".
  4. Hang bunch from ceiling with several pieces of clear heavy duty fishing line.
  5. Once hung, tie all the loose strings (hanging from the bottom of the cones) together to create a knot, just as a balloon peddler would.

Tip: I repackaged my bags of cotton candy using clear bags, rather than the clown themed bags they came in. (It just fit better with what I had in my mind).

Special thanks to the wonderful Samantha Cabrera for these images from the show.

June 26, 2011

World Headquarters

The original Farm Chicks office was located in the corner of my laundry room.

It was October of 2002 and Teri and I had just held our very first sale, in my friend's barn, just a short walk from my house.

I had a strong feeling that The Farm Chicks needed to have a website and set my mind to creating one. I had no idea what I was doing, but really wanted a way to grow the business and anticipated that the internet would be key in doing so.

So, I set up my family's terribly old computer and set out to create the website, using a dial-up connection in my little corner. I worked late at night after the family had all gone to bed, and during the day, whenever I could squeeze in a minute or two. And I'm going to tell you it wasn't the ideal way to hatch the business, but I was working with what I had at the time, which was something I was used to. Making do.

Eventually, Colin and I saved up enough money to buy a desk from Pottery Barn that fit perfectly into a little niche in the hall between the living room and bathroom. The size of a closet. So, I moved the computer out of the laundry room and into my new space. And I began to dream bigger than ever before.

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Whenever I'd have an important call or exciting development, Colin and I would laugh about who I was talking with, and the fact that it was all taking place from that little desk. And he began referring to it as World Headquarters. Because it all seemed so crazy, that all that was happening from that tiny little space.

Now that we've moved to our new home, and I have an actual office, I'm still in awe of my new space. The new World Headquarters. And that's what it will always be to us, because it reminds us of where this little business began. And makes me excited about what lies ahead.

And in this space, I feel more inspired than I've ever felt before. But it's still quite a mess. So, before I start moving ahead, I need to get moved in.

And I'm getting there. Box by box.

Right now, I'm getting my paper crafts cabinet organized. Drawer by drawer. And I'm taking my time.

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Because, you can't rush these things and I want it to be just right.

After all, it's taken me nine years to get here. World Headquarters is a happy place to be.

June 24, 2011

I'm Here!

Hi! It's me! It's been so long, thank you for understanding my little break. I'll be back on Monday, but until then, I thought I'd share more fun from The Farm Chicks Show, as presented by Seattle's Evening Magazine television show:

P.S. I'd like to recognize Deb Burton, a vendor at the show, who is shown quite a bit in this clip. Deb's "Ormolulu" space was wonderful this year (as always!). And thank you to all the vendors, and shoppers who participated.

Happy weekend to you.

June 08, 2011

The Show Re-Cap 2011

Who better to talk about The Farm Chicks Show than YOU? Here are your posts:

On The Green Farms

The Foutch Coutch

The Maternal Lens

Creating the Life I love

The Fancy Farmgirl

Bungalow Bling

Heads Carolina / Tails California

Funky Junk Jennifer

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Home is... What you make it

Fresh Photos

One Girl One Camera

Blissful Blooms

Kelly Harper

Junebug Furniture & Design

Heather Bullard

That's What She Said

May Flower Mama

The Little Red Shop

Forever Cottage

The Farm Chicks Show Flickr Page

Megan Cooley (About.com)

Dress For Success Inland Northwest

Retreat Design

Hummadeedledee

Susie Harris

Tinkerverve

Crescendoh

Sue Bee

Spool No. 72

Into Vintage

Hudson's Holidays

Twig Home

Lisa Souers

Colorful Moments

Joyworks

Bella

Wild Whimsy

Starview Sonnet

Frantic and Fantastic

Salvage 18

Will Work for Decor

The Moores the Merrier

Junk Fairy

5 Little Monkeys

Eight Lil' Hens

Cherished Vintage

Garden Party

Hennigar Brand

Pollyanna Reinvents

Trisha Brink Design

The Little Red Shop

One Lucky Day

Maison Douce

A Thing For Roses

Studio D

Two Women

Vintage Maid

Tumbled Trinkets

Flea.o.logy

Just Good Clean Living

Jody Carlson Cain

Vintage Mommy

The Hemline

Today's Country Store

Forget Me Not Dreams

Sweet P Paperie

Hudson's Hoidays

Home is... What you Make it

Ormolulu

Seabold Vintage Market

Dear Darling Vintage

Lambsworld

Architect Mom

Trisha Brink Design

Leaving a Mark

 

June 01, 2011

Sunday Sunday Sunday *SuRpRiSe*

Are you headed to The Farm Chicks Antiques Show this weekend? Well, I have a little surprise in store...

... a sweet little gift for the first 1,000 shoppers on SUNDAY!

Last year, I surprised 1,000 shoppers with a cloth grocery tote bag.  What will it be this year?

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P.S. It's not candy :)

I hope to see you at the show!

P.P.S. If you'd rather avoid the crowds, Sunday is the very best day to visit the show. And the best part? Vendors re-stock for Sunday, many times with entirely new displays. Less crowded and a free gift? You don't want to miss it!

May 27, 2011

The Map!

Hip Hip HOORAY! I present the 2011 Farm Chicks Antiques Show MAP!  Simply click on the map to enlarge.

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May 26, 2011

Let's Talk About Antiques

For some reason, I have a real hang-up with the word "antique". I know what you're thinking.... She's the promoter of an antiques show. I know...

Let me explain.

I love old things. I find comfort in bringing them into my home. And I've always lived surrounded by them. For some reason, the word just seems so stodgy to me.

When thinking about what I wanted to name my show, I struggled with calling it an antiques show. But that's what it is. And antiques aren't stodgy. In fact, they're cool.

Antiques are actually the best way to add your own unique, one-of-a-kind style to your home. And they can be used in cool and unexpected ways.

I think when many people hear the word antiques, they think of treadle sewing machines, high-laced women's boots, and old dolls. (Don't get me wrong, I learned to sew on a treadle sewing machine). But to me, those are my grandma's antiques.

These are mine:

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And at my show, The Farm Chicks Antiques Show, these are not your grandma's antiques. They're yours. Because it's all about what you love and what you do with it. Antiques are cool like that.


Don't miss out! The Farm Chicks Antiques Show runs June 4th & 5th at the Spokane County Fairgrounds, in Spokane, Washington.

Inspiration abounds. And you don't want to miss out. I promise.

The first six images are by my friend, John Granen, from my first book, The Farm Chicks in The Kitchen.

The ice-cream image is by Ray Kachatorian, from one of my stories for Country Living Magazine.

April 25, 2011

After Show Party Dinner!

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April 18, 2011

Early!

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March 18, 2011

The Farm Chicks Show: Inch by Inch

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March 03, 2011

Just Plain Fun

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February 24, 2011

The Spirit of The Farm Chicks Show

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January 04, 2011

The Farm Chicks Antiques Show in Spokane Washington

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June 08, 2010

The Way It Is

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June 07, 2010

The Week That Was

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June 04, 2010

Sneaky Peeky

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June 03, 2010

Cloud Nine

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June 01, 2010

Show Week

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May 29, 2010

Honey... But Not Just Honey

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May 25, 2010

The Map

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May 21, 2010

Farm Chicks Show Vendor: LuLuz

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May 17, 2010

Just - Get Here if You Can!

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2010

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May 12, 2010

Farm Chicks Show Vendor: Retreat

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May 06, 2010

What's Brown & Pink and Read All Over?

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May 04, 2010

Only One Month to GO!

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May 01, 2010

Farm Chicks Show Vendor: Cat's Pajamas

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April 21, 2010

Farm Chicks Show Vendor: Lisa Souers

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April 16, 2010

Farm Chicks Show Vendor: JohnBob Cool Junk

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April 13, 2010

Did You Know....

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March 18, 2010

John and Carla, Part 2

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