We spent hours visiting with special friends and discussing each others plans for the new year. One thing seemed to be universal in these conversations -- although we didn't have the plan completely defined, we all seemed to know exactly what we did NOT want to do in 2011. We all seemed to want to take a leap of faith and switch things up. For us (J&J), it was really difficult to come to terms with our decision. With so many wonderful experiences over the past the years, our decision was even more challenging.
I woke up in the middle of the night recently with tears in my eyes thinking of all of the things I did NOT want to repeat in 2011, as well as all of the things Joe and I DREAM of accomplishing. When I woke up, I immediately started writing an email that captured everything that was going on in my head -- honest and unfiltered. Now, I wouldn't recommend everyone to hit send right away when making a decision to just let your head explode onto an email. It was filled with a bunch of stuff we did NOT want to do in 2011 and a bunch of more rewarding stuff that we REALLY plan to do. I needed to put it all out in the universe - everything that was in my heart right at that moment. So off I went, hitting send to 30 or more of our dearest friends and colleagues.
To make a long story short...
We are only scheduling ONE event in 2011!
The Barn House Summer Outdoor Marketplace - July 30th
We will host 30+ of the most amazingly talented, creative, loving and FUN artists, collectors and hoarders who we know and love from The Pacific Northwest, California and Utah.
This doesn't mean we are not going to host any other events at our place! We are leaving our hearts and calendar open to some great ideas that will continue to evolve organically. These events will be smaller and more intimate. Please be sure to email us at TheBoys@BarnHouseBH.com if you would like to be added to our email list for updates.
The Reinvention of Barn House includes much more than our special events. This year, we will share a lot about the adventures on our new journey. We intend to be more "unfiltered" on our blog. We will be discussing things that we have not in the past. There might occasionally bit a bit of adult language. The "Unfiltered" Boys of Barn House perspective may lean towards being Deliciously Tart VS. Sugary Sweet. We hope that you will continue to follow us on our journey, but if not, we sincerely thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for the time you have spent with us.
After reading the "Unfiltered Novel" I emailed out yesterday morning, our Auntie Joy sent us the following two quotes from Dr. Seuss. It was a special sign telling us to follow our hearts and that IT's all going to be good. Life is too short to do anything else!
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."
Much Love - J&J
P.S. - Please be sure to stop over to our friend's Isabel (Maison Douce) and Robin (Bird Tweets) blogs! They both are featured in the latest Somerset Life Magazine!!!
Barn House Marketplace Update: This month we are featuring treasures one of the few "Roosters in the Hen House" in our neck of the woods -- Randy of Madison Park Antiques in Portland. He undoubtedly has one of the most beautiful antique stores in Portland! Our favorite Portuguese Beauty did a blog post a while back. See Madison Park Antiques here!! We will have Randy's treasures loaded this week at BarnHouseMarket.com.
The Boys will also be loading some treasures from one of our BFFs, Natalie of Sparrow. Oh, and we have a HUGE collection (110 pieces) of Jadeite that will be available soon. Please let us know if you are interested in the entire collection and we can provide details - email TheBoys@BarnHouseBH.com.