10 June 2009

Welcome to the Big Top






Because yes, it was a bit like a circus~

Where does one begin to describe the bliss that is the Farm Chicks show?  How about at the beginning?

The party started in the line-up.  Melaine, Trina, and I met a few of our linemates, and everyone was in such a festive mood.  Soon Rebekah and Brooke joined us and we were in full party mode after that!


One of my very favorite photos of the show (and I took a LOT of photos...)~




New friends~

And then the line began to move...

When I first walked into the show, I will admit, I was completely overwhelmed.  It was so much bigger than I had imagined and there was SO MUCH TO SEE! I immediately began shooting with Francis as I didn't want to miss a thing and it was still easy enough to get into the booths as the crowds really hadn't descended yet...  All of the girls went their own way, drawn to different booths, looking for various treasures. 


The first photo I took~


~how I would have loved to bring this home with me to use as a cubby for the boys things~



I met the "real" Mimi of Mimi's Vintage Goods in Spokane, who was selling these fabulous boots at the Chaps booth~




And then I ran into the girls themselves!  I began to gush, and they were so gracious about not exchanging looks and rolling their eyes.  I do hope they know how much their hard work is appreciated by so many of us~




Cindy really is the Queen of all of this - she puts a booth together like no one else can!  We went back so many times, I am sure they were ready to kick us out!  However, I did get some of my very favorite things there...







Deb and Bob of the endlessly divine Retreat Design had yet another incredible booth and the piece de resistance?  This incredible "Piano Bar" which I think Kasey could have purchased and brought home on the plane, if she had really wanted to that is...







I can't tell you how many times I saw Lisa of A Thing for Roses!  She sold me my crinoline, which became a staple of my wardrobe that day... (along with my fabulous smock apron and headpiece from the Queen!)








One of my favorite booths, for so many reasons...




Kasey and Melaine had a wrestling match over this pillow.  Kasey was clearly the victor, although she then had to guard the damn thing the rest of the day...




She also found this perfectly appropriate head piece and I really wish she had bought it.  I can see her now, vacuuming the house while wearing it, little children playing at her feet...




Dawn of Great Findz had a wonderful booth with this pillow-filled bed that we all wanted to take home.  She also did the flag garland at the top of the post, which I am somehow going to get from her..





Beth and Heather looked marvelous in their matching outfits, which also matched their booth. * Loved * their booth!




I met the girls of Bella Country~
It was really special to meet people you had read about!




And then there were the hours of looking at divine treasures, many of which I am kicking myself for not buying...


  




And although we could have stayed for another couple of hours, it was getting late and there was a party to go to!  

And some of us were just plain tuckered out...

So yes, it was like a circus~  the best circus I have ever been to.  I am already counting down the days until next year...

xo

35 comments:

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

That looks like it was so much fun! Ohhh, I wish I could have been there. Seriously, fun gals, amazing eye candy...puhlease!

I'm glad you had fun, and thanks for the great photos.

AnNicole

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Awesome and amazing post and photos. Thanks so much for sharing them. I've enjoyed each and every one.

Allegra said...

Gosh I wish I could have gone!!!
By the way, YOU WON our giveaway at Frenchie&Flea! :) Thank you so much for stopping by our blog!

Beth Quinn said...

ohh girl !! i am sooo glad i got to meet you all , i just LOVED your outfit on saturday !! anyways i just wish i could have bottled all the time up so we could have had more time together to hang out!!! anyways we will have to do it again sometime !! keep in touch !!!!
xoxoxoox,
beth

Jackie said...

Such beautiful pictures! Takes me right back...can't wait till next year!

Melaine Thompson said...

You put a wonderful post together! It was great to see MY pillow again, even though it was in Kasey's arms. (I am weeping a little right now) Love ya! Melaine

manon 21 said...

vus êtes super les filles!!!

manon

blondiensc said...

Cute post, I love all of these photos and the stories...I never saw Kasey's pillow, but I am a little jealous right now! and my dear you looked adorable at the show and I loved your apron/dress! :)

LuLu said...

It all looks fantastic! Oh my word you guys are all so adorable!!! You have a lovely blog so glad I found it.
LuLu

Rebecca Frame said...

Everything looks so fabulous.
I will most ceratinly be in attendance next year...glad you had such a wonderful time!!

Kimberly said...

Oh it looks fantastic!! Thanks for so many wonderful pictures. Now I know I really missed out. Next year??!!! :) KIM

overthetopstudios said...

Oh my Goodness. With each day I grow more and more envious. I must have that "Queen" crown. Thanks for the pictures Kim.
Amada

Kasey said...

tell melaine...i will see her the pillow....it won't be cheap though.
xo

Susan said...

Ooooh! I want the pillow too! And the letters that spell out vintage!

susan @ www.peanutpetunia.blogspot.com

littlebyrd said...

Your pictures turned out so wonderful! What an eye you have! It was so great to spend the weekend with you and all the other girls :)

Alicia said...

Your head must still be spinning & giggling!!!
Love your images & your crinolines!!!!!

Joyce said...

Oh my friend I would have been like a child in a candy store! I saw some wonderful things I would have liked to get my hand on too. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful event. xoxo

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

What a fabulous time, you lucky girls! All the pictures were of such great treasures & finds. Wish I had been there. If Mimi's of Spokane was Spokane WA, so great! I'm a WA native & have a child at college in there parts!

Great blog :D

Chez Zizi said...

Ummm, I need to come with you next time. I just have to, some many gorgeous finds there. I am totally not an apron girl but I LOVE the one you got there. I especially love the color.

paige said...

kim you got some of the best photos!!!
you girls are all just too fun---
big hugs

Jen r. said...

Ahh.. I keep reliving it and wish i was there! jen

C Maisy said...

oh dear.....i want to go back..actually, what i really want is more time with the girls.
missing you tons!!
xoxo

FrenchBlue said...

mimi,
oh i know you are counting the days until next year! you all look like you had so much fun!
Janet

Karen Mowrey said...

Oh what a delicious post! So much great stuff and inspiration!

Queen of Tarte said...

Such lovely photos...and you my dear in that apron...divine!! Until next time...xo Cindy

~Amy said...

Hi! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog and visiting! I found yours and adore it! Thank you for sharing your Farm Chicks pics! I so wish I could make it there...Texas is a bit too far! But, maybe one day I can make the trip up there! You pics and blog are the next best thing!

Blessings...
Amy

Queen of Tarte said...

Thank you once again for my lovely shopping bag...still unpacking from our trip!! xo Cindy

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh it looks like so much fun. I can feel the excitment of the day and all the goodies to be had. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us.

Anne Marie said...

just found you through Lola B's boutique....how fun! you guys had....between all the shopping, women and men's creativity....
and the parties!
just so great
very nice to "meet you"

Gigi said...

The whole weekend looks positively delicious! Thanks for sharing the great photos. It's been fun to experience it vicariously through your wonderful eye!

thefarmchicks said...

Such a pleasure to meet you! Thanks for visiting our show!
xo,
Serena

Kim G. said...

Really a wonderful weekend, Love your photos, you girls look like you had such fun! I saw you at the show and thought "those girls must be bloggers!" Hope to meet you next year!

Junebug Furniture and Design said...

It was an absolute pleasure to meet you.. and your photos are beautiful... we thought you were adorable! Glad & Celia/JunebugFurnitureanddesign

Allison said...

I think we met at The Farm Chicks. I was with my little girl who is 5 - whe was mesmerized by your crinoline and the bow in your hair. We stopped to talk and you explained that you had all boys and were taking the opportunity to really girl it up for the weekend. I think it's so amazing to find connections with people I saw or met while there. I hope you had a wonderful time. We had SO much fun that weekend!

allison
www.mycozyhome.typepad.com

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