I wish I could explain what it's like to get to work with so many creatives or just let you pop inside my world for a day or two, surrounded by these lovely people. I do believe in that - (surrounding yourself with loveliness). People, moments, surroundings, and things that speak to you.
Sometimes I'm asked to describe The Farm Chicks Show and it's impossible to fully explain what it's like. Yes, it's an event, an antiques show - but it goes beyond that because of the people who are there. It's the young mom who has been slowly collecting throughout the year when her toddler is in preschool or when grandma can lend a hand. The rural bus driver who spends her free time digging through neighbors barns and frequenting farm sales to stock her booth. The husband and wife who've decided to turn their hobby into a business - curating a collection to sell together once a year, the sisters who get one weekend where they can share their common ground, the brother and sister who live in separate states, yet are next door neighbors at the show. And mothers and daughters who have a bond that radiates. These stories, hundredfold and all of them, like patchwork, come together and this magical, creatively generous energy swirls around - inspiring and including one and all. All I can say is, it's one of those things in life that's understood when experienced.
Until I met Karen and her daughter Nicole at the show, I had only visited with them over email, but was touched by their spirit that came through crystal clear. Getting to meet them and have them in my circle was even better. This too is hard to convey, what I draw from these two, but best explained by saying that I hope in life that everyone can have a biggest fan, a cheerleader, a person who roots for you most of all. They have that in one another.
Each year, they bring us Magnolia & Twig.
I would say Karen's story is told through what she creates. And aren't we all lucky because of it? Whether you only see her story here, or get to see her at the show, it inspires nonetheless.
What if you were able to have moments where you could do what you love, like Karen, Nicole, and those spoken of here, even if for only little bits of time? Creating a beautiful home, baking a cake, collecting flowers to press, or following your dreams? I'm raising my hand to tell you it's the basis for a happy life and that I wish this for you.
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