Friday, May 22, 2009

Off to The Land of Tarte...

We are off to one of our favorite places...The Land of Tarte!!! The Queen and The Twins (Donna & Diana - Annie, Fannie & Abigail) have again created something magical, beautiful and special. The Boys of BH will be there shopping and lolly gagging. We hope you can join us for a lovely adventure in The Land of Tarte! These are a few pix we took from their show in April...

Oh, and don't think I have forgotten about dishing "The Dirt" on the behind the scene drama before our opening. It's coming! There is also some other news we can't wait to share about the new additions to our little familia...we are a bit out of control!!! HEE HAW!!!!!!

The Boys

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Barn House 2009 Season Opening - The Love!

The preparation for our 2nd Season Opening was certainly the most difficult of any show we have EVER done. To say the stress was intense would be an understatement. But even in the most challenging times, an undercurrent of love was at the core of the experience. "Enjoy the journey! Yes, we MUST enjoy the journey!" Without a doubt, the journey was worth the end result. "Love, Friendship & Family" was the theme of the day and it was so dense in the air, you could cut it with a knife. There is something amazing about this community we have stumbled upon in the Pacific NW. So far away from our own families, we have been embraced in ways we could have never imagined by so many wonderful people here. It is absolutely AMAZING! We feel very honored and privileged to call so many of you friends and family. Thank you for taking us in...

As most of you know, this show couldn't have happened with the talent and hard work of many, many folks, aka The BH Family. We had almost TWENTY people working hard before and during the show to pull this all off!! The Boys of BH must first thank our dealers & friends for all of their hard work and dedication: Natalie (Sparrow), Slyvi (Little Cottage), Cindy (Tarte), Debbie & Laurie (Worthy Goods), Julie (The Withies) and new to the BH familia is Leah (Art by Leah -- weren't her paintings beautiful??).

And then there were all of the additional Friends/BH Angels that ran around like crazies with the rest of us - Diana & Donna (Annie, Fannie & Abigail), Rebekah (Little Byrd), Robin (Bird Tweets), Kathy (Katherine's Folie) and her lovely sister Carrie (aka, "Bertha"--lol), Florence (Essences of the Past) and our 4 Road Warrior Parking Gents (Patrick's Parking Crew). Oh...and I MUST thank Sylvi's husband Wade for coming through on all the extra lighting for us (we owe you big!). The only person not able to make it was The King of Tarte...we missed you B!!!
Have you ever just been just filled to the brim in your heart with so much love that you just don't know what to do with it all?? That's how I have been feeling lately. It typically overflows out of my eyeballs when I think about how lucky we are, or when I look at, hug or talk to certain people. For a while I thought maybe this whole BH Experience was causing a few screws to come loose in my head (which may really be the case)...but I truly feel so much L-O-V-E all around us that I just don't know what to do with it all, resulting in my new nickname "Cry-Baby J."
Saturday was incredible!! We are so thankful to EVERYone who came out to support us...even the people in the hills who just came down to eat our cake and leave. We appreciate you from the bottoms of our hearts.
Thank you for the hugs, kisses and well wishes.
Thank you for waiting patiently in the warm sunshine for us tally up your treasures.
Thank you for smiling and shining your light upon us.
Thank you for being here with us when you really didn't have to be.
Thank you for being apart of The Barn House Experience -- even when it gets a little crazy.
Thank you for your generosity.
And we must thank those of you out in blogland for sending your love and positive energy our way. We don't know all of you, but we feel you here even though you can't make it!
We love our lives!!! This final picture is one that our friend Robin took that I feel really captures a very special moment...a moment that was happening it seemed like every minute of the day with our customers/friends/dealers...she appropriately named the picture "BH Sisters"--yes, it makes the love spill out of my eyeballs! Thank you, Robin!!

The Boys of Barn House and The Barn House Family

P.S. - Once I dry my eyes, I can't wait to share some stuff that really shouldn't be shared (The BH DRAMA!). "What goes on in this-here house, needs to stay in this house!" BUT, since I cancelled my subscription/prescription to US Weekly, I look forward to our BH Friday Moonshine Happy Hour and spilling the beans about Natalie's meltdown, Sylvi's tirade about "The Boys" stealing her light bulbs over-and-over, Joe's "Big Talk" with Debbie & Laurie, our big "trick" on Kathy & Carrie (including Carrie's horrible job the day of the event) , Cindy (they don't call her The Queen of Tarte for nothing) painting signs at 2 am a few hours before the event in her new line of NW Junkers Lingerie...and you won't want to miss what I am pretty sure I heard our Auntie Joy say as she was walking out the doors--did anyone else hear it or am I crazy??) WE LOVE OUR LIVES! HEE HAAAAAAAAW!!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Barn House - 2009 Season Opening (Sneek Peek)

Lordy...If we look a mess in the morning, you will know why...we are just going to bed...

Friday, May 8, 2009

May 9th - Peek and Directions...

YES, IT'S 2 AM AND I AM BLOGGING!!! We just came in from The Barn. Our hearts could have exploded this week from all of the love and positive energy being sent our way. I was actually at my other gig today thinking of seeing everyone this weekend and had to pat my eyes dry. I HAVE NO IDEA at what point I became so emotionally unstable with this-here cry baby syndrome -- but I am sure it has everything to do with BH...and why I would be up at midnight building our new check-out counter and then coming in and loading a few pix to share...
Our dealers are amazing!! We really love them. Although there were a few meltdown moments that I can't wait to share (especially b/c it wasn't me or Joe having the meltdown - hahahahaha), everything is coming together beautifully. It IS really worth all of the blood, sweat, tears and blisters (and potty-mouth-meltdowns).
OK...the clock just struck 3 to run...but will do my best to post more preview pix tomorrow night (i guess in reality that is really tonight).

Y'all best come and see us!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Under Construction - Part 2

(photo courtesy of Rob "JA" Kennedy)

We use to have two barns...but now there is only one. Last November during the first crazy storm of the season, the original barn on our property completely collapsed. So we decided to do a little recycling/reusing for our "big elaborate structures."
Well, I am normally a pretty nice guy...and so is Joe. BUT, I have to admit that the stress of building these structures (and everything else we have on our plates) got the best of me this week. At times, my mouth overflowed with so much "potty" that if Sylvi was here she would have certainly washed my mouth out with soap. Poor, poor, poooor Joe...he deserves an award for putting up all of my "stuff" this week. I HAD ISSUES, to say the least! BUT, all is good now. We didn't kill each other. The weekend was VERY productive. The Big/Elaborate structures are awesome! The Barn is ready for Sylvi, Natalie, Laurie, Debbie, Cindy, and Julie.

This is is our clean it's time bring in all of the treasures and put all the pieces to the puzzle together. The mantra for the weekend was, "Enjoy the journey. Yes, enjoy the 'gosh darn' journey!" Although there were a few rather challenging moments, the hard work has definitely paid off. We are so excited and honestly feel this will be our best show yet!! There is soooo much to share, and still LOTS to do. But I best get to bed so I can be as sweet as pie at my other gig tomorrow.

We hope you can join us next Saturday. Are you coming???

J & J
Barn House

P.S. - Aren't our babies getting so big?!