This last month has been so much fun . . . hectic and exhausting, but so wonderful. Since my last post, we have enjoyed our third, and fabulously successful "Pickin' on the Prairie" here on Past Blessings Farm. We had over 40 vendors this year and everything went nearly "picture perfect" . . . just a couple behind the scenes "oops" and "oh nos!" but nothing major. Our vendors were amazing and the variety was spectacular. The positive feedback was amazing. I will post more pictures of this great event soon.
Three days after our sale, in the wee hours of the morning, we boarded a plane, bound for Nashville. Ron and I have never done a big trip with just the two of us, so this was our little present to ourselves. I chose Nashville because it seemed like the perfect blend of history, music and antiques . . . all the things we love. It did not disappoint. If you ever get the chance to visit Nashville, you will agree. It is a beautiful area, the people are kind and friendly and there is so much to do. We were gone for 9 days and we still didn't see it all. I will do a separate post on this trip of a lifetime soon.
As we are settling in to fall, we are now getting ready for our "Happy Fall Y'all" weekend sale here at the farm. I did a bit of buying in Nashville and have been scouring the countryside since our return, finding all sorts of amazing treasures. I also have been making signs, redoing some fun furniture and so much more. Our barn is busting at the seams . . . I am hoping the weather will allow us to open our doors and let the bounty of treasures spill out. But if not, we may be a bit squished, but it will be worth it, I promise. This sale is Friday and Saturday, September 26th and 27th from 9 am to 5 pm. Hope to see you all there.
|Don't miss our Happy Fall Y'all Sale here at Past Blessings Farm,|
Friday & Saturday, September 26th & 27th from 9 to 5.
And now . . . drum roll please . . . the most exciting news . . . Past Blessings Farm was voted #1 for Best Antiques in KREM TV's (our CBS affiliate here) "Best of Spokane." We are honored to be selected and so thankful to our loyal customers. Without you, we wouldn't be here.
If you recall my last post was about a life that had grown too big . . . we simply had too many irons in the fire. So while simplifying our life seems to be more of a process than an instant fix, we have moved forward a bit. The hardest change we have made was re-homing our sweet plott hound, Paisley. If you remember, we were blessed with her unexpectedly . . . our son had brought her home, telling us she would be shot by her owner if we didn't take her. She was a year old and had spent her entire life on a chain. She had no training or discipline. We fell in love with her and began the process of trying to train a dog that was now past the puppy stage. She was sweet and loving and fabulous on a leash. I loved my morning walks with her. But we were not making the progress we wanted on potty training and she was an escape artist. After yet another day searching the prairie for her, I found myself bailing her out of the dog shelter for a hefty $84. We finally had to accept that while we loved her, she needed a fully fenced yard and someone who could devote more time to training her than we could. We gave her to a sweet family that was beyond excited to get her. We know she will be happy and she left with a big doggy smile on her face and a wagging tail. I shed a few tears and still miss her on my morning walks, but we know it was a good first step in simplifying.
We also wanted to focus more on doing the monthly sales here at the farm better . . . which meant doing less other things. So I pulled out of a local shop I was a vendor in and have eliminated doing other antique shows for now. While we love doing the shows, they are a lot of work and we find ourselves moving in too many directions. We are also setting up an online store, which we hope will be up and running within the month. While I know this sounds like more work, it is simply an extension of the sales we already do here on the farm and can be pretty much done from home, so it does make it simple.
We will still continue in our pursuit of simplicity . . . both in our business and in our personal lives. Our home has been and is continuing to be greatly pared down from what it once was. Stuff seems to have lost it's luster for me and has instead been replaced by a love of simple, organized and calm. This means as I go deeper into my need for simplicity, more and more things get eliminated from my home . . . making me one of my own best sources for "pickin". I have had more than one customer ask, "What's new from your home?" , , , and then they enjoy shopping the treasures that once graced our home.
But I have concluded that simplicity is more than just paring down. It is a chosen lifestyle. It is saying no to all the wrong things so you can say yes to the few chosen right things. Sometimes the wrong things still have value . . . they may even seem good or noble. But if they are keeping you from spending time with God, keeping you from focusing on your family and those you love most, they are tethers that need to be cut loose. What is it in your life you need to cut loose?