Saturday, September 27, 2008

What A Day!!!! Part 2 (Story Time)

We have THE BEST customers (Friends of Barn House) in the world!!! They come early, wait patiently in line drinking coffee, laughing, hugging and catching up with new and old friends. AND, some of them even bring us home-made treats! This is Jan (left), Fran (right) and Kathy (camera around her neck), and many-many-many other wonderful folks.
Fran is a legend in our neck of the woods. She has a few very successful country cookbooks with another on the way...AND puts on a couple of shows a year out our way that shouldn't be missed. The next one is the same day as our Season Finale and we will definitely have directions from Barn House so you can pay her a visit. Oh, and it takes an army of people to ring her up once she is done shopping at you might want to change lines if you are ever behind her!! ;o)
We had great news to announce to everyone who came...a very special new member to The Barn House Family!!! She is gorgeous...she is lovely...she is our new BFF...her name is "Miss Honey-Money"...and she is our Credit Card Machine!!! She also has been sitting in the closet for several months because I couldn't pull my head out of my *%$ to get her set-up. My excuse?? Well, I always have saved this special task until the week before the shows when we are so overwhelmed with preparations and are on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The final straw?? A customer at the August show asked about using a credit card and I made the mistake of telling her that it was sitting in the closet because I hadn't figured out how to use it. Needless to say, she gave me a look like I was a total IDIOT! I did deserve that look, I really did.
BUT, do you know the troubles we've seen getting ready for our events??? It is enough to make a grown man cry. Joey is running around frantically pulling stuff out of the basement and hauling it to The Barn. Then he is running around frantically pulling out "the rejects" and hauling them BACK to the basement. THEN he's got to figure out what "The Magic" is going to be...what is going to amaze and inspire...what is going to make the event special, unique and different from any of our previous events. Sometimes this comes easily and sometimes it doesn't...
Sometimes he is done early and sometimes he is on the phone crying to Cindy (Queen of Tarte). This conversation goes something like this, "Oh Queen, woe is me...poor me...what am I gonna do...the chickens are laying eggs in the store...I haven't finished pricing...Jermonne is not helping me (aka Jermonne is at his other gig)...etc." Cindy being the sweet and understanding friend that she is, listens and then lovingly states, "Go tell it to The Mountain -- JUST GET IT DONE!" I love that Cindy!!
During this time of crisis, I am dealing with my own madness at The Torture Chamber. It never fails. If we have an event coming up, the sky is falling at my job! I think this is a conspiracy and last week had to be the worst. This results in TWO crazy people trying to get ready for a show. The most commonly used statement by both crazy people is "I have to do EVERYthing!" Can both crazy people really be truthful stating this with as much passion and conviction as we do? Probably not, but it sure is funny to us after the dust settles.
Well, once Joe is done "doing everything" and/or I am done "doing everything," somehow-someway, a few things fall through the cracks. Getting Miss Honey-Money set up, getting a few items priced, eating, sleeping...just some minor things like that. This week, it was setting aside some windows that Carrie (one of the very talented girls from Adorn) had scouted out in our basement from a previous visit. Yep, she had told us she wanted them and, YEP, we said we would have them ready. YIKES!!! In the early morning frenzy, we realized the windows were still in the basement and Carrie was already a little late for one of her kids soccer game. THEN, she was behind Mama Fran in line (oh goodness gracious!!)...boy, did I get a look (much deserved I will admit--well, really Joe should have got that look)!!!! Sorry Sweetie-Pie-Suga-Melon!!! The Boys of Barn House will make it up to you. :o)
One thing is certain, I seem to be the Barn House Representative present if something has "slipped through the cracks." One time I got cursed out at the counter because "apparently" someone had called for directions (the week leading up the event) and "apparently" the message wasn't relayed to Captain Correspondence. Boy did I get it!!! Poor little ol' me was ravaged and shredded to pieces and I still have the scars to prove it. If you look close, you can still see the tracks of my tears. Joe is planning to slip a little Shug Avery pee in her lemonade if she is mean to me again!
This is the lovely Sylvi and Debbie...two very special members of The Barn House Family. Debbie (right) caught me a little off guard the weekend before the event. (SKIP this section if you are skittish or easily offended) Joe had left to go visit Cindy last weekend for some inspiration and I was sitting on the porch relaxing with our cat and a couple of chickens (some of you may know that I am an aspiring Hillbilly). It started getting soooo hot that I decided since I live in the country that it would be appropriate to strip down to my britches and open up a can of my favorite tasty beverage...yes, on the porch - Barn House Style. Next thing I know the porch door swung open and there was Debbie and her husband!!!! We all were like deer caught in headlights. As you can imagine, the moment was a bit awkward to say the least. She saw a little more of me than she probably would have liked...and still can't look me in the eye. If it was any hotter that day, it could have been waaaay worse! This was NOT the first time I have been caught in my drawers on porch. Sylvi (also pictured above) has also had this unfortunate experience. But Sylvi ain't shy...she rolled right on in, gave me a big ol' hug and kept steppin' like she had walked in on hundreds of half-naked men sitting on the porch. She's a true country gal, ya know! HEE HAW!!!Even with a few glitches and a porch humiliation, everything came together beautifully! As usual, The Family pulled together and had an amazing day. There was even time to pull a fast one over on Natalie's husband Lyn...we sent him to Burgerville to order things with funny names that don't exist, like the "Clubalicous" sandwich with "Sweetalicious" fries. Poor Lyn!!
Only one more event...The Barn House Season Finale!!! The Queen is Coming!!! Queen of Tarte and Barn House will be collaborating for a very special event -- Gothic Harvest. More to come...

J & J

Monday, September 22, 2008

What A Day!!!! Part 1

Again, something VERY special happened at Barn House! Again, we can't express enough how thankful we are to the beautiful folks that came out to abundantly support us. And again, we can't express enough gratitude to all of our dealers for their dedication, hard work and amazing talent. This journey has been more than we could have EVER imagined in our wildest dreams. Take a look...

There are many many more pictures to share...this event was truly spectacular in soooo many ways!! We are sending MUCH LOVE to our dealers, customers and friends who are helping make our dreams come true!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

We have LOTS much more to say about this event, but will save a little more love for the next post. :o) THEN we can get to the funny stories and dirt!! HAHAHAHAHAHA ;o)

Joe and Jermonne
Barn House

Friday, September 19, 2008

September 20th - Preview...

It's almost time...

Hope to see you!!!

The Barn House Family

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Before the September 20th Event...

Some folks have asked what the heck we do between each of our events. Well, immediately after each show, Joe takes off to far away lands to shop, shop and shop more than you could even imagine! He (all of a sudden) thinks that because we have had a great sale that he is Mr. Martha Stewart or something.This is an amazing old hutch he picked up for The Barn House Home Collection that has quickly become one of our favorite pieces in the house. With all of the shopping Joe does, and all the crying I do on the way to/from "The Torture Chamber" (while having my good eye on the bank accounts trying to figure out a good time to scream "STOP SPENDING!"), it seems like before we can blink an eye... the next show is right around the corner! By this time, there has been plenty of time to forget mostly everything we swore we would not forget THIS time...remembering peoples names is the worst for us. We are both notorious for this extremely embarrassing characteristic. Find it in your beautiful hearts to forgive us, please! But I recently did the unimaginable...I left one of our absolutely favorite people off "The Line Up" on the last post.Little Byrd (Rebekah) has been scheduled for months...we had been talking about all of the wonderful treasures she would be bringing to our Summer/Fall Harvest Show (yes, for months) -- lots of vintage finds, hats sewn from recycled westers, fingerless gloves recycled from old sweaters, woolen (vintage Pendleton wool!) totes, and a whole pile of cashmere sweaters and cute vintage clothing. YES, I knew ALL of this...especially because we were invited over to her house last weekend to visit before heading out on a very special excursion. Sorry Sunshine-Sweetie-Suga!! I blamed Joe for distracting me when I was writing the blog and she quickly forgave me! ;o) So where did we go????
If you weren't at the Grand Opening Celebration of Ink & Peat this weekend, you REALLY missed quite the party! Pam's blog is such an inspiration and must be one of the most popular blogs out there. Her store is absolute perfection...every detail is stunning!!

The only thing missing was some chickens running around causing havoc. :o) Thanks Pam for the invite, we had a wonderful time!

Now it's back to work for us!!! Our featured dealers (Little Byrd, Worthy Goods, Second Childhood Girlfriends and Sparrow who FINALLY has an entry on her blog!) have been bringing the goods with lots more to come! We are so excited to have them all back--it's our second to last show for the season ya know!! Hope to see you this Saturday (8am - 2pm)...

J & J
The Boys of Barn House

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Playing Catch Up...

Whew y' can it already be September??? It seems like the summer flew by and after having TWO shows in August, we had a LOT of catching up to do! First, we had to tend to these "children" of ours...our poor babies waited patiently all summer to be sheared.This is Miss Shug Avery, the Black Sheep of our little family and one of the most loving and friendly sheep you will ever meet. She loves to be kissed and hugged and will wag her little tail with excitement when getting some extra attention.
This is Miss Sophia with the other girls in the background(Shug and Sophia's twin sister Odessa). Sophia and Odessa love them some Jermonne...but no hugging and kissing...just scratching and rubbing their bellies will do for them (Joe moves a little too fast and talks a little too loud for them unless he has a bucket of treats, of course).
Then there was a lot of much needed R&R on "The Wisteria Lane of Barn House"...just hanging out, enjoying the beautiful weather, sunbathing (Joe), and sitting on the porch in a coma-like state (Jermonne).
THEN we invited ourselves over to Cindy and Barry's house for Labor Day...HEE HAW!!!Their house is so beautiful, warm and the source of SOOOO much inspiration! Her exquisite style of infusing French home decor and her own unique creations is absolutely breath-taking!! She even made us an incredible dinner. Joe and Cindy looked at books and discussed the Barn House October Season Finale (YES! The Queen of Tarte will be back as our Featured Guest AND Co-Creator for the October Extravaganza!!!).
Barry and I sipped some moonshine discussing something that was really important at the time...I "think" we were giving Joe a big ol' guilt trip for not letting me get another dog!! Then a very "theatrical" banter began. ;o)This is THEIR dog Jake who is such a sweetie pie (did I mention WE don't have a dog???)!! He use to growl and bark at Joe (who is already afraid of dogs), but they have become BFFs. Who couldn't love Joe after he has invited himself over sooooo many times (not to mention feeding Jake all the delicious food we eat over there)???

Whew...back to work! The vegetable garden needed some love too...

OH...and some very special pink roses for the women in the SEPTEMBER 20th LINE-UP!!!! We know...all of that lolly-gagging when all you REALLY want to hear about is The Line Up...
Our Featured Guests and First-Timers at Barn House:
Second Childhood Girlfriends (Corrine and Karen) - You know them well from Expo, Monticello Antique Marketplace and Camas Antiques...they have a very classic and romantic cottage style of decorating. We were honored to be next to them when we did Expo last November. We have always been impressed with the continuous long line of customers they have in their space!!

Worthy Goods (Debbie and Laurie) - They were one of the featured dealers at our June show AND Flea Market! We LOVE them and are so happy to have them back!! They have been VERY busy collecting a great assortment of treasures just for you.

AND there couldn't be a Barn House Event without one of our all time favorites and top-sellers...Natalie (Sparrow). The pictures of her space from our previous posts say it all. Even though I said she couldn't be invited back after winning our Bake-Off competition at the Flea Market, we "kind of" really, really, REALLY love her AND her style (when she isn't stealing OUR awards). One of these days she is going to get that blog of hers together. One can only hope!!

More to come on our September show AND the blog awardS we just received...

J & J