Sunday, June 20, 2010

Coming up for air...The Boys of BH are back!

Whew...our Spring Show was something we could have never imagined!! Especially considering that leading up to the show we had decided to NEVER-EVER have another show in May. If you don't live in the NW, you may not know that we have had the coldest/wettest Springs on record. The weather has been absolutely miserable. Getting ready for the show in the cold and rain was less than desirable to say the least (especially when building a new structure was part of the plan).  

The Mother's Day Tribute was a little bitter sweet after losing Joe's mom recently.  We also use to host my family and our family of friends in CA for a special Mother's Day celebration at our home.  All we really wanted to do was spend time with family/friends, work in our gardens and charm the turkeys.  We loudly proclaimed that next year there would be only one show and that would be our Flea Market.  It was time to trim the was time for Part 2 of the Big BH Cleanse.  We had way too much stuff cluttering our lives.

We pulled out stuff from every nook and cranny, priced it to sell and waited to see if anyone would show up for what we thought was our final Spring Show. And even though we had proclaimed it was our final Spring event, the Universe expressed something a little different. After weeks of rain, the clouds cleared and the Sun shined brightly on our faces the morning of our event.

 The line started about an hour before we opened.  

15 minutes before the show, the line was already down to the far end of The Barn. 

We said, "Uh Oh!"  And just when we thought we we would never do another Spring show, we had the biggest/best Barn House event to date.  At a certain point in the morning I looked out from my post at one of the registers and was torn between feeling giddy and terrified.  Apparently, we will be having more Spring Shows!

We are so honored to have friends like Katie, Robin and Leah who saw things getting completely out of control and stepped in to assist at the registers and with crowd control.  We are also every honored to have some of the most talented and hardworking featured guests (BH Familia) present to help pull together such an awesome event.  They brought their A-Game and worked their fingers to the bone and we will forever be thankful!!  We also must thank the five smiling BH Parking Boys (+1 Girl) for guiding our customers safely through the somewhat mushy pasture as well as helping carry treasures to the cars of the happy buyers.  The parents of these kids should really be proud!!  And certainly we must thank the many-many customers who came out and generously shopped until they almost dropped!  HEE HAW!!  :o)

We have been getting lots of calls/emails from friends wondering what the heck we have been up to lately.   After riding the crazy train all Summer last year (with our home/gardens suffering from a lack of attention), we decided we were going to slow things down a bit this year to focus on what is most important to us -- home, friends and family.  So while a lot of our friends were partying it up with Serena (Farm Chicks) and our lovely friend Celeste (Chaps/Cake) in Spokane a few weeks back, we were here supervising one of the most meaningful and eventful projects to ever occur at our home  -- A HIGH-TECH IRRIGATION SYSTEM!  

This may not be thrilling to most, but if you have ever had to fight with 100 feet of a water hose in the hot/dry Summer for 3 hours a day trying your best to keep your favorite plants and flowers alive, you will understand. 

It will give us back hundreds upon hundreds of hours this Summer/Fall!!  We have talked about it for the past 3 years, and finally made it happen this year!!  NOT that we have been able to use it yet as it has rained pretty much everyday since the beginning of the month, but one day it will be very useful!  LOL

Other than that, we have just been loving the turkeys and baby chicks, editing, fine-tuning, gardening, visiting special friends and getting ready for The Big Daddy of BH events - The Flea!!   The lineup of 30 or so invited guests is amazing!!!!!  They are talented, positive, fun, loving, hardworking and incredible folks who we are privileged to know.  We will be sharing the details soon, but please save the date - July 31st. 

OH, and Barn House Marketplace (our online store) will be back up and running very soon.  We have two very special invited guests - Maison Douce and Retreat!  More to come this week...

Much Love!
The Boys of Barn House / BH Marketplace


Vintage Market Place said...

Congrats on such a wonderful show. It looks like a lot of work but how it must make you feel when that crowd shows up.
Have a great slow going summer and good luck with the upcoming Flea!

CoopDeVilla said...

Ya-Hooowee! I am so glad to see you guys back. You absolutely make my day with your beautiful blog. I love hearing about your events and successes. So let me tell ya, it's been raining here in S.E. Idaho too and without you for such a long time... I have been less than pleasant... many a day. Thank You and have a great night.

The Green Pea said...

So glad to hear that your Spring Show was successful. I always enjoy all of the photos of your shows. Someday I am going to make it up there for your show. Have a nice Summer. sandi

Lisa said...

YIPPIE! You're back. I was beginning to wonder if Iwould ever see a new post from you guys. I started following you at the end of April and went as far back as I could go. I checked your site EVERYDAY with no new news. BOO... I so enjoy your blog. I wished I lived closer so I could attend your sales, but I am on the Florida Gulf Coast, a wee bit too far for a day drive. So visiting you here is a treat. ZUntil next time....
Lisa at Pix Up Stix

Unknown said...

Congratulations on a great show and I'm so glad the weather was good! Someday I will get to one of your shows. I live in Florida so it's a long way and then how do I get my stuff home. I can dream!

The Little Red Shop said...

Oh, what fun! I had hoped to see ya'll at Farm Chicks again...(I bought some cool old light fixtures last year)..but did get to meet some of your lovely "family."

Have a gorgeous summer!

: )

Julie M.

Petie said...

How funny, I just posted on the watering situation in my garden here in Arizona. I cannot believe that you have to deal with it too. I cannot wait for the day that I get to visit your barn. You two are incredibly talented and have obviously touched alot of lives.

Kristin said...

so glad your show was smashing success...although i wouldn't have expected any different from you two!! :0)
i am planning on coming for the flea the end of july...can't stinkin' wait! i promise i will try and temper my squeals of delight upon meeting you so as not to scare your turkeys and chicks

faded prairie

Andy's Attic said...

Yipee!!! You're alive and well. So glad your show was so great!! I totally understand about the irrigation system and one of these days when we are once again blessed with will be soooo happy you did it. Hope to see you in July,

Unknown said...

It made my day to get updated on you guys! Saw you for the first time in the Flea Market Style Magazine, and been keeping up with since. It makes me sick that I live in Louisiana and can't just come shop when ya'll have a show....but I did join the blogging world a few weeks ago-and feature the Barn House as one of my favs! Thanks for your inspiration and ideas.
LOVE your place!
Becky C

Unknown said...

Welcome back Boys! Glad that all is well and your sale was a success (was there any doubt, really?). I'm happy you've decided to continue. I have to live through the photos and blog stories about it. Nice to hear from you again...don't stay away for so long next time. **Tami
PA...good news about your online shop reopening...I miss checking for new stuff to

Anonymous said...

So nice to see you!
Look at those turkeys - they've gotten so big. Are they still flying up and sitting on your shoulder? lol
I'm sooo looking forward to the flea and seeing you 2 again.
Take care
Sue and Joe

Liz Bradley said...

I am so glad to see you posting again! I crush on your blog!

Kathrine said...

I so missed you blogging!!

Can't wait to see the two of you next month. I am working like crazy to come up with some delish menu items and desserts for the extravaganza on the 31st. Bertha (aka my seester Carrie) will be there!


Anonymous said...

I was just reading your article in Flea Market Style and logged on and saw your blog post..Love, love, love your home and style..Wish I lived closer because you boys would become my newest best friends..So glad everything worked out for the sale..Have a great summer and can't wait to see what you boys are up to next..

kmarie said...

Love the picture of the two of you with Queenie! Delighted it was such a great success. Welcome back...hope to meet up with you again for "bubbles" and tots! Cheers!

Cheryl Ann O'Donnell said...

Hey boys, I missed you~ I really needed my "Barn Fix"......

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

So glad y'all are back, but so sorry to hear of Joe's mom. My sympathy to you Joe.


You guys are soooo fabulous! Looks like you had a wonderful sale, see you at the flea. John and Brenda

pam q said...

The show looked great, but LOVE the turkeys!!!

There are wild turkeys living in the woods around me and I really, really get a kick out of them---they are truly an awesome bird.

Rock on.

Florence said...

So glad to hear from you, lots of us have missing you both soooo much. I am so looking forward to the Flea Market, it is on my calender. I have heard lots of comments from people asking about you special guys. Did Joe try the pie filling yet? Hugs to you both! Florence

Anonymous said...

I'm so exicited at all the changes and just how smoothly everthing is going for you boys! Well, it might be as smooth at times.. but with Grace you've managed to come out on top!

You're so going to love that water irragation system!

Blessed be you as I send my love to all there.


Unknown said...

So nice to see what you are all up to! I missed you so at Farm Chicks!!! Thought of you two often that weekend...


My Shabby Passion said...

It was nice to run into you last week, and thanks again for sharing!
Loving your fancy irrigation system. Is there anything that you guys don't do?! Ah, the charmed life as a farmer! You guys rock!

FairfieldHouse said...

They were there to see those adorable turkeys -- no not you, the REAL turkeys! :/

What a wonderful day! I think you had a special angel smiling down on you. What wonderful things! I so wish I was closer! I think your flea market should be interactive live stream -- the voice you'll hear screaming from the lap top will be me: No don't touch that, I just bought it!

I'm so happy you are spending time doing what you love most (and what needs doing) I envy your underground watering system and plan on installing one next year.

Will be back again and again looking for more wonderful posts and your online shop.

Your Friend,

Anonymous said...

You guys have the best pic's!!!! I love all the farm scenes=) Keep it up and congrats on your sale.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Welcome Back! Always Happy to see you Boys.Great spot in the Sunset Mg I was excited to see you two.I miss seeing you two at Tarte Sales.
Your Home is amazing and should be enjoyed! So please do so~Cheers Kim

gretchen said...

Congrats on the sprinkler system! dragging a hose around, trying to get the water to hit all the dry and needful places needed is never fun.

The show photos were wonderful, you make everyone not attending think/know they really MISSED a big one.

LOveD your turkey pictures!

sf said...

Looks like a great show! I have got to get out there, it looks like such fun.

Unknown said...

I understand about the 3 hours in the garden just for watering . . . congrats on the irrigation system!!
Love the turkey photos - very cute!! :)

Sooooo excited for the Flea!! Can't wait!! xoxo - liz

AZdesertflower said...

I am so proud of you Tio's...Everything looks like its going great!! I have been spreading the word over here in Arizona about your online store...when is it going to be up and running? Hopefully someday I can scrounge enough money to visit you guys...I am keeping my hopes up high for that to happen...until then God bless...Lots of Love...Theresa Chavez

Ramona said...

On this first day of Summer...I am sending you guys a couple tall glasses of virtual lemonade...cheers and here's to a warm and sunny few months...we here in the great Northwest have earned it!

Have a splendid week.

Smiles ~ Ramona

Rita Finn said...

The show looks like it was fabulous. Any chance you're coming to Columbus, Ohio for the Country Living Fair in September?

Prudence said...

hoping to make it to the next sale with my girls!

Monticello Staff said...

Joyce said;
Soo happy you're back writing the next chapter. We all miss your stories. Greatttt article in Sunset magazine! You guys are so damn cute! See ya'll soon! xo


Mindy said...

I'm so glad you are revived. I have missed your shop and reading your blog. Can't wait to shop again and will definitely come to your next show! I'm so jealous about your irrigation system. I would love one too, but sometimes watering is such a mind clearing event!

Kindred Roses said...

Missed you boys!!!
And so impressed with the new system. A perfect investment for you>
Cant wait until the Flea!!!
Blessings and Lets here it for the sunshine...wa wa wa

Amy'svintagecottage said...

Missed you at Farm Chicks, but totally understand the choices you've made. I'm still recovering and keep telling myself "got to work smarter, not HARDER!"
Have a GREAT summer and hope you will get to use that irrigation system soon!

Rock River Stitches said...

Yay!!! Glad to see you guys back! Just loved visiting your blog! So wish I could visit one of your sales!


Gracefully Vintage said...

So As always i love your blog- and so thinking about the long haul up from Sac-Ca to visit in july- but oh would i get a chance at any of that awesome stuff- hmm.maybe?
YOU guys are GREAT! Karryan
Congrats on so much great luck & SUccess..

Auntie Joy said...

I am thrilled about your irrigation system, for the longest time I had only 2 faucets for the whole property. Then we got 2 more and I thought I was living the big life... I seriously am so happy for you! Can't wait for the BH Flea, Cindy and I are doing our part for the economy and restocking for the show!!!
See you soon,

Anne Marie said...

I heard it went well from many people! The lines looked huge!!! and your comment totally resonated with me when you said "giddy and terrified" at the same time - I understand completely!
your turkeys look great! and we buried our water lines last year - totally tore up the garden, was HARD work, but SO worth it - and you'll be thanking yourselves in the winter for sure.
glad to see your post!!
have a great summer!!

Into Vintage said...

I'll be driving in from Hood River on the 31st and looking forward to it! Congrats on all of your well-deserved press lately - glad to know you've rewarded yourselves with the irrigation because it's SO TRUE about the hours of dragging hoses and sprinklers around. :-) Have a beautiful weekend.

Alyssa said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I just found your blog and I'm in love with it! Awesome displays of some great treasures. Wish you lived closer! ;)bb

June said...

You have no idea how bad I wanted to come to this show. I heard about it at Farm Chicks. It was eleven hours for me to get to the FC show and I can only imagine how far it would have been to your barn, but I know it would have been totally worth it. You guys rock!

Sibel said...

Argh, this sounds like fun. Pretty, pretty please lets organize this in Germany ;-)
All the best from Stuttgart,