What an amazingly wonderful whirlwind of a life I have been blessed with lately! While coupled with a bit of exhaustion and stress, this years show, “Pickin’ on the Prairie” was an amazing success.
The attendance increased dramatically, the weather was perfect (other than a few wind gusts that made vendors do some quick moves to save their merchandise from blowing away), and the atmosphere just couldn’t be beat. From the wonderful music playing throughout the day . . . a wonderful mix of bluegrass, gospel, folk and old time country to our lovely country views, everyone that came seemed happy and content to spend the day at the Farm.
The vendors were beyond amazing . . . not only do they have some of the most unique and creative booths around, but they also have “heart” . . . these are vendors that care about one another and always go the extra mile to help out. I was amazed during set up as I would watch other vendors jumping in to help a neighboring vendor set up their canopy. Our precious food vendor was widowed shortly after our show last year. She is a petite little gal that always amazes us with her strength and stamina, even though she is in her 70’s. At the end of the show, once again, vendors jumped in to help. One vendor, John, stayed by her side and helped her load up almost everything. The selfless attitudes and kindness and compassion we saw throughout the weekend was so moving.
There are several bigger shows in the area . . . set in larger pubic settings. They are enjoyable in a different way . . . but I still prefer our little country setting any day. You can’t enjoy the views of rolling wheat fields while inside a building. The rooster crowing, the chickens cackling and the barn kitties romping throughout the property. Our old dog Tilley does “visitations” to each booth. She is showing her age and often has to stop and lay for a bit in the booths, but our vendors and customers love our sweet old furry friend.
Throughout the day, we would constantly look up and see yet another family taking photos in our wheat fields . . . clearly seeing the beauty of our farm and the opportunity to have a great family photo in a beautiful setting. Several years ago we rented a nearby grange for a few years to do shows. They were successful and well attended. We even brought in a couple of wiener pigs to be show mascots, but all that said and done, I still so prefer our farm . . . fresh country air, beautiful prairie views, the sounds of nature and just a relaxed, happy feeling throughout the show. No one is rushing or pushing . . . the vendors are chatting with the customers and children are skipping down our drive. Please and thank you are heard throughout the show and words like “hurry up” and “now” are not necessary.
Sweet Ruth, our food vendor, serves up the most amazing pulled pork sandwiches ever and I was nuts over the fresh mango smoothie she made me. Her strawberry lemonade is also spectacular. So while I will still attend shows at fairgrounds, convention centers, warehouses and granges, I will always be thankful for our sweet little piece of paradise, “Past Blessings Farm” and know how blessed we are to be able to have our show, “Pickin’ on the Prairie” held here each year.
I am not sure if I have ever shared with you the rich history of our 115 year old farm . . . and the amazing people that have called it home . . . check back in a few days and we can have a chat over tea about it.
In the meantime, I want to share the blessing . . . while yes, I am a bit prejudiced to Past Blessings Farm, wherever you find yourself . . . whether in the country or the city, in the suburbs or the mountains, if you are surrounded by people who love you, you are blessed. There is a sweet saying I love, that truly speaks of how I feel about my family
I am so happy to finally be able to blog again! As many of you may remember I kept hiring website designers that for reasons unknown, kept dropping off the face of the earth. Finally, in frustration I got the world's thickest Wordpress book and taught myself enough to get my site up and going. But things kept changing and some plug ins would simply stop working. My blog wasn't letting me add the fonts I wanted. More and more issues kept creeping up. In January, when we ran an ad for one of our shows, a digital code was added to our website to drive traffic. Not realizing the power of Spambots . . . I hadn't even known what they were before this . . . this code now opened the world to these robots to place spam on my page. Before we finally switched over to this new site I had . . . get this (almost worthy of a drum roll!) 30,000 spam comments waiting to get on my blog posts!! It was so incredibly frustrating. Finally, we went to our team of amazing experts (Katie, Kelly, Melissa and Casey) and had them recreate things. There were certain things I wanted to remain. I am abnormally attached to my turquoise barnwood. I needed my pig logo. I wanted a similar look and feel to my old page . . . but cleaner and easier to use. They listened. They made changes that I wanted. And they created "captchas" . . . which is where you have to click a button declaring that you are not a robot . . . see apparently Spambots don't have fingers . . . or at least not coordinated fingers . . . so they can't click buttons. So today I am finally able to blog. So many changes and exciting things happening here . . . but for today I just want to say "I am back and I am glad you are here, visiting my page." And I want to say I am grateful. For something so simple as being able to blog again. The evil Spambots have been conquered! Life is good!
I recently chose to “Unfriend” someone one Facebook. She was no one I was close to and no one who ever did anything to personally “harm” me. It wasn’t over political or social differences. It was because she was unkind to those she should love the most and watching it felt somehow wrong . . […]
Pickin’ Grace & Pickin’ Post Falls What a long winter it has been. .. and most of us are bored and ready for spring. So we have the perfect cure for your winter blahs!! Come to Pickin’ Post Falls Vintage & Artisan Show!! We are so excited!! Our Pickin’ Post Falls show is almost here! […]
My last post, I hate to admit, was a bit whiny. I don’t go that direction very often, but on that particular night, I had let fear get the best of me. Looking back now, I see that God was always in control and always will be. Our show, “Pickin’ Christmas” was a great success […]
Tonight I just got home after setting up for our latest show, “Pickin’ Christmas”, which will take place at the Greyhound Event Center in Post Falls Idaho this coming weekend, December 3 and 4. We have the spots all marked off, the placement figured out for everything from decor to ticket booths . . . and my booth is done. I am pleased with how simple it came together and how nice I think it will display. But still tonight finds me anxious and stressed.
Today, as I sit in my comfy wing back chair, writing this post, the snow is gently falling and I feel the spirit of Christmas cheer coming as well. I love this time of the year and we are so excited to be able to add some holiday fun to the lives of those in the Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington area.
It’s almost here . . . our newest addition to our line up of “Pickin’ Shows” . . . Pickin’ Christmas will come to the beautiful venue, Greyhound Park & Event Center in Post Falls, Idaho December 3 and 4. This show will be fabulous . . . we will pack the venue with the most amazing, hand picked vendors . . . from vintage to handcrafted creations, there is something for everyone . . . and for everyone on your Christmas list. Furniture, signs, jewelry, candles, original design clothing, metal art, and so much more. Repurposed, upcycled and recreated treasures. Enjoy the lovely Christmas music playing in the background as you find one-0f-a-kind treasures and enjoy fabulous food from our food vendors. $7.00 gets you in for the entire weekend (with a stamp on your hand) and kiddos under 12 are always free. Free parking as well, at this conveniently located venue, just off of I-90. Don’t miss it!!