Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Willow Nest and More...

Barn House & Willow Nest here in Battle Ground on August 15th!!! Linda & Ludmil of Willow Nest (Ma & Pa Willow) are in route from Texas with a wagon full of treasures!! Their legacy here in the NW is something we could only aspire to reach in the next 15 years or so...they have been published in more magazines than you can imagine, including Country Home. As a matter of fact, the only magazine BH has been in was last year at the show we did with them!! We are sooooo proud and honored to have them as our friends and mentors. They left the NW last year to move to Texas to party with The Big Dogs of our little industry/sub-culture. IF you know anything about this here business, the shows in TX are undoubtedly the best in the country (if not some of the best in the world). So for Ma & Pa Willow to come back to the NW to visit us AND to do a show with us for the 2nd year in a row is absolutely mind-blowing! Well, we can't take all the credit for their visit because there are a few other critical factors like also doing a show with our friends The Queen and King of Tarte, as well as visiting their other BFFs like The Withies (Julie and David), as well as taking a break from the TX heat (well not really considering it's following them all the way here to The Great NW). These are some pix of our show together last year...



This show will be our most intimate of the season. Just Willow Nest and Barn House. And if you are wondering why/how we could do a show with only the two of us after our flea market, click here and here AND here ANNNND check out our August 7th post here. OH, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, don't forget to check the link to their special slide show for the Willow Nest Inn in Burton, TX!!! Did we mention that they would be bringing their treasures from THE BEST place in the country/world to shop??!!???!!! Hmmmm, you might want to think about joining us for this Texas Style Party here at Barn House. AND, we sure hope Ma & Pa have brought us back a little Suga from our TX friends Debbie and Theresa (hint-hint)! Ma and Pa are arriving soon, and there will definitely be more to come on this very special show.

So in addition to trying to rest a little after The BH Flea Mkt, we have had a few irons in the fire. We really needed to take care of our somewhat neglected children during the chaos of this last show. Just imagine, being covered in WOOL when it's 110+ degrees in the normally rainiest/coolest place on earth. "Papa, please get it together and take care of us!" And guess what, on the HOTTEST DAY IN RECORDED HISTORY in our neck of the woods, we decided to shear our sheep ourselves (for the first time instead of paying someone else)!
In full crisis mode we bought apparently THE MOST expensive sheep-cutting-rocket-science-mechanism on the planet (b/c that's all the store had left) and started a completely new chapter in our lives. Shearing sheep in 110+ degree weather. Pay back is something else...

Without a doubt, we will certainly have to take this up as a side job to pay for those expensive a$$ shears! But, our babies were clicking their hooves after it was all said and done. Needless to say, there were a few BH glitches along the way. First, I took a tiny little notch out of Shug Avery's ear (our black sheep who was first in line), THEN took an even bigger notch out of my right middle finger causing me to just about pass out before ALMOST needing to be rushed to the hospital (maybe a slight exaggeration). Poor Shug and poor Jermonne! BUT, our babies look good (except for the one Joe finished when I was dealing with paramedics--see Odessa on the left). Next on the list are those sweet (sometimes spitting) Llamas--wish us luck with that one.

BUT, that ain't it!! We are ALSO getting ready for VERY SPECIAL show this weekend in Yakima! Y'all know we had a life changing experience in Yakima several months back that inspired a bit of BH Duck-Mania. Well, one of the big reasons we love Yakima so much is because of the American Primitives at Clayson Farm Antique Show.
We attended as shoppers last year and came home with our Suburban packed to the brim (including the roof rack was dangerously stacked with stuff). The hosts are amazing, the setting is breathtaking and the treasures to be found are out of this world!! We changed our entire schedule in 2009 so that we could be a part of two shows -- The Farm Chicks and Clayson Farm. Please be sure to check out the slide show on their site for pictures from last year's show!!! We know and love several of the vendors and it will certainly be a show you should not miss!!
Until we talk again...

J & J
The Boys of Barn House

P.S. - Thanks Calamity Jane for the wonderful gifts from Curious Sofa on your recent vacation. We LOVE you...and the gifts too. :o)

33 comments:

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

Your his and his towels are the cutest thing I've ever seen....and the sheep sheering! Too funny! Well-done.
Always so great to see what you two are up to. So glad your fabulousness is in Clark county.

Jeanneoli said...

Injuries and all you did a great job! I would be scared to see what I would do to myself and the sheep. They must be so happy and cool now;-)

junkrescuerbeth said...

Loved this post! Well I love all your posts is what it is. I have trouble combing my long-haired cats, so I am really impressed with your shearing skills!

Beth of Salvage Studio

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Ya'll are making me want to cry that I can't be there, boo hoo...I'm coming your way, if it takes me 4 years to get there (hint, that's when I retire!!)

Florence said...

Shearing sheep and lamas yikes, I know my first experience trying to give my husband a hair cut with shears and I nicked him and gave him a little bald spot. Needless to say he is going back to the barber. Yes Jermone I knew you were there at the Tarte sale in spirit. I can't hardly wait until Linda and Ludmill get here.

Lissa said...

I'm impressed with you caring for your sheep like that! And is that your dining room? GORGEOUS!

Tamara Jansen said...

Next show in Yakima? Now how can I arrange myself so I can be there?! It sounds like TONS of fun.....gotta find a way :)

Riverwood Primitives said...

Love the sheep. You guys are the best!

Tara said...

Do you ever sleep? Just wondering! You make me want to pack up my bags and my punk and head over to the show..and I am being serious, do you allow little punks in?
Great job on the sheep and I just have to tell you that your love for animals is infectious, it makes me smile that you take so much time to care for them, it really says something about your character! Love reading about your adventures...now best go plan how to pack the punk in my suitcase! :)

Barking Dogs: Jennifer Burris said...

Love the sweet little faces of your flock!

Have a great weekend in Yakima at the Clayson Farm.

Jill said...

It never ceases to amaze me what is on your "to do" list! I see Barn House's near future in a magazine.....????? I can't imagine the scurrying around to prepare for that! The hubby had given me permission to head to the Pac NW for your show but alas life is just too busy. I will schedule a trip out there around your 2010 season, I promise.

trash talk said...

A little sugah? Honey, I don't do anything little...go big or go home I say! I would have loved to be the one delivering said sugah, but since I'm stuck here in this blasted heat, get lots of kisses from Linda and hugs from Prince Charming from me to y'all.
Y'all better slow down...you are bound to meet yourselves coming or going! How do you ever find enough great merchandise for that many shows and y'all always have the BEST!
You're cracking me up Ducky, with the shearing business...as if you don't have enough to do. If I send Cat Daddy up y'alls way, could you just give him a little trim around the ears?
I'm still looking at all the great photos of the Barn House Sale. Texas ain't got nothing on y'all!!!
Debbie
P.S. Y'all know you're the buzz of the blogging world. Barn House is the next BIG thing!!!

The Kramer Angle said...

I have a barn sale here in Maryland you guys are an inspiration to me and I aspire to be at your level someday!

sue said...

OK, I'm a total lurker, never commenting because I'm always slinking away from my computer after reading about your fab shows. In SHAME, for whining about trying to do all I do, and then you pull off these monthly BOMBSHELLS.

Couldn't resist after I saw the sweetest photo of Jermonne and the black sheep. Come hell or high water, someday I'll make it clear cross-country to visit. OR maybe y'all need to get your butts down to Warrenton in April????

Halo Hill said...

Good Heavens! You make me dizzy! Hurray for you and Joe. Best of the best to you! So WHEN is the show with you and Willow Nest? If it was there, I'm tired and old.

Love you,
SHeila

Amy'svintagecottage said...

Can't make Leslies show, we have Sumner Arts Festival that weekend and I guess one should stay home and MAKE some cashola instead of always spending! Ha what fun is that? Will however do my best to get down to see Linda and Ludmil, back in the day they did wander through the Ol' Country store wayyyy northhh of Battleground!
xoxo
Amy
www.todayscountrystore.typepad.com

Karen said...

I'm FINALLY getting to go to a show! Can't wait to go this weekend to see all the great things. I'm smiling, thinking of the sheep-shearing adventure. I've done some handspinning and you didn't mention how the wool came out. Now, if it were MY first experience, I'd probably have it all hacked up! I don't know how you stay on top of things like you guys do!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Just wanted to pop in and let you know that I adore your blog.

littlebyrd said...

Miss you! Loved the pictures of you and the sheep - super cute ;)

Maison Douce said...

I don't know how you do all you do, either!!! And you do it so well!! Can't wait to come and see L&L, I know it will be a magical day!! Good luck at Clayson Farms (you don't really need it!), this weekend! Take lots of pictures! Big hug,
Isabel

Laurie said...

Oh man, have you ever seen cuter sheep in your whole life!!! Way to get in there and do it yourself, a few minor injuries make you feel like you've earned it :0)...

Have a great show this weekend!

Love you,
Laurie

THE VERANDA said...

I just love reading your posts. Makes me smile. Good luck with the big sale. Will be waiting for pictures of all the wonderful treasures and displays. Be sure you send Linda & Ludmil back to us..... Maggie

CLAYSON FARM said...

AND JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I WAS TOO TIRED TO LAUGH........THOSE FACES!! I GUESS BEING "COOL" HAS A PRICE!!

CAN'T WAIT FOR TO SEE YOU GUYS IN A COUPLE OF DAYS! THANKS SO SO MUCH FOR THE KIND WORDS & PLUGS FOR THE SHOW!!

SEE YOU THURSDAY DRIVE SAFE!

Celticlass said...

Travel Well, keep those fingers safe (I sliced 2 of mine tiling last year and almost passed out)and watch out for the green spit(those Llama's can be brutal) Many Blessings to you both,
Erin

KatCollects said...

The picture of you with the sheep is adorable. They are all cute, and worth all the work I am sure. You are lucky to have all of your sweet animals, and they are lucky to have you. I hope you have another great show!
Kathy

robin bird said...

oh my god! poor shug :( poor jermonne! i swear boy you need to have a class in basic mental health self-care as well as one on first aide! i have one opening left in my on-line Dr. Bird class for neurotics.... come on....i'll give you a deal, two-fer-one ;)
XOX

Queen B. said...

great post :)

Julie said...

I have hit a snag with leaving a note here. LOve your fuzzy family. missed you. see you soon. Julie

shabbyscraps said...

ahhhh, sheep shearing, brings back fond childhood memories....don't know about the llamas though! Keep cool, can you believe 110 one day, 59 the next What the heck?!?!?!
xoxxo, tiffany

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

I can't wait for the next show! :-) I am sure it is going to be amazing as always!! I am excited to see willow nest. That story about your poor animals was hysterical. Sooo glad it is cooler here now!! Us northwesterners sure can't take that kind of heat!! I had to escape to the beach with my two little kiddos to cool off. Poor hubby had to stay here in town for the week or two while we were gone. Hope you have a great night!! Hugs!! Britt

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

This looks like so much fun..., wish I lived closer!
-Kelley

pinkychong said...

I love sheep and I love antiquing! What a combo! In college I worked at a historical farm and learned to trim the hooves on the three sheep and two goats that lived on the farm. One of the girls kicked up a bit and I stabbed my top lip line with the clippers and still have the teeniest scar to remind me of her feistiness. Oh the pain! But it was worth it, as the girls felt so good cleaned up. Wish I had learned to shear them...but I so can see how dangerous a job that would be. Hope you're healing fast. Will dream of their lanolin sweetness and mysterious eyes. You've got a great blog. Thanks. I linked to you from housemartin for the first time.

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