Friday, November 16, 2012

swept away...whatever craft weekend THE BARN!

Kansas...oh how I've never really liked you before.  Hours and hours I've spent driving through your desolate parts, but this time you charmed me.  THIS time...I fell in love with your wide open fields.  Your windmills standing tall and shiny in the afternoon chill.

Okay so enough with the ode' to Kansas I guess.  It did really win me over though.  I've driven through many times heading to my sister-in-law's house in Colorado over the years.  It's barren along the interstate.  You could run out of gas between stations.  I've often wondered what in the world people do to live.  Why would they choose to be there?  Of course this is my perspective from a passenger side window and hours of nothing but tumbleweeds to look at. 

Obviously there's so much more.  Like views of this.

And with a little Lightroom magic there are barns that look ALIVE!!  And trees that make me want to cry they are so beautiful.

We were driving along and happened across this old abandoned farmhouse.  Megan was squealing...stop the car!!!...and before the van had even stopped rolling my soul sister friend was jumping out...snapping pictures like a crazy person.  And I know for a fact she's crazy because if there wasn't an entire van load of crafters waiting I would have jumped out too!  I know crazy

If left alone we would have stomped through broken glass, trudged up rotten stairs, pulling cobwebs out of our hair as we explored.  We have that similar adventurous spirit.  She's got wanderlust and I do too.  Now if we only had unlimited resources and all the time in the OUT!

She's gonna growl at me for posting this, but how awesome is this picture??  It looks like she's running backwards!!!  Oh my sweet wanderlusty friend;)

This was the day I was looking forward to the most.  I love creating, but a lot of that goes along with hunting for treasures.  Finding the perfect thing to decorate with.  It makes my mind go bananas.  So when we drove up to these buildings and all the stuff was laying out in the field...I seriously had heart palpitations.  

Before I could even get out of the car Megan had vanished.  I was yelling into the crazy wind...MEGGGGAAANNN!  She was gone....poof!  Like vapor;)  So off I went exploring.

There was almost too much rusty goodness to take in.  It was old things overload. 

See that door or whatever it is hanging by a thread off the building??  Well it was banging in the wind over and over again against the metal building.  Kansas didn't let us down.  It was exactly as you imagine.  I was just waiting for a twister to pop down from the sky and carry us away.  Wish my blog had sound effects;)  It was the Wizard of OZ in rusty technicolor.  Fabulous!

Finally we found each other.  We ran up and with bated breath in unison we were like "where were you??"... it was straight out of a sitcom or something. 

And when I say found each other I really mean FOUND EACH OTHER.  Before this weekend we had never even spoken on the phone.  I'd read her blog, but I didn't really know her.  It was a little risky running off to room with a stranger.  I'd done it before (remember this?) though, and I knew the payoff could be big.   
I'm so glad I jumped in with that adventurous spirit of mine.  What a blessing I would have missed out on if I hadn't.  Megan was incredible.  I didn't once feel nervous with her.  She's fun, down to earth...real!  She's the check in with you a couple of times a day friend.  That remembers to pray for you friend.  That has your back.  I know this about her and we only had a few days.  Magical days...

My MN Amy;)

So that was the barn experience.  Mind blowing! 

(Megan and Jill)

Then we headed to Sonic.  It's a tradition on Whatever Craft Weekends.  We were starving.  Or maybe I should say I WAS STARVING!  I'm always starving.  You need to know that about me;)  Anyway we ordered tons of junk food...mozzarella sticks, tator tots, popcorn chicken and my new coke with vanilla...YUM!  Thanks Kimberlee for that tip:)  Operation Zip Those Pants was takin' a back seat.  Yikes! 

Once we got home we spread out all our goodies on the table and took in everyone's treasures.  How fun is that?  This is what I got at a little antique store in Marion called Bearly Makin' It.  Just thinking about that store with it's stacks and stacks of quilts and bedding about makes a tear pop out!  WHY can't we have reasonable antiquing in VA?  Why God Why??  Shoot I'd settle for expensive antiquing with stuff as good as this!  It was crazy good.  I found so many good things. 

I got this quilt for $30!!!!!  I know.  Stop hatin'.  It's a little messed up, but I'm going to make pillows and a slipcover for my ottoman out of it.  It's gonna make my ugly brown basement couch look so pretty:)  Oh and that owl HAD to come home with me.  I've been looking for one that sweet for years.  It was meant to be.

So now I'm wrapping it up.  It's almost time to officially end my most surreal weekend experience ever!  Oh and these girls made it even more surreal.  They knew me!  EEEEK!!  They either read my blog or followed me on Instagram (farmgirlpaints) before I got there.  Love that!!  They were so sweet and didn't stare at all... like I'm sure I did with Meg;) 

Here's all of us...the November 2012 Whatever Craft Weekenders.  Feeling all sassy in our aprons that we MADE!  And truly feeling blessed for an amazing, amazing weekend away.  Swept away... 

**If you haven't...go sign up:)  It's based on a lottery random draw. 
Everyone has the same shot at getting to go. SO FUN! 

Have a blessed day.

879.  windmills

880. cows

 881.  i made stuff

882.  i'm on the map!

883.  peanut butter i wish i had one right now!!

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  1. I know that the Barn would be my favorite part of Craft Weekend....I feel your pain about antiquing in Virginia. I have lived in Va for 99% of my life and if there is anything close to the Barn, it lives in the rural areas, off dirt roads with no signage or ads. If I ever run across a good spot, I will let you know! Love your quilt and your owl. Thanks for sharing all these yummy photos.

  2. I LOVE the Kansas photos! And I've never experienced antiquing (slash junking) like that; I would love it! ROAD TRIP, BECKY! You, me, and 6 kids??? hahahaha

  3. I LUV that shot you took of Megan by the ramshakle house! You girls. I can't even imagine the fun you had...

  4. O that picture of the gas pump and red barn . . . LOVE THEM. WANT THEM!

    1. the one of the gas pump and the one of the red barn*

  5. i'm so glad we found each other, too! well, THANKFUL God in His goodness chose to bring us together. SO THANKFUL.

    and, no growling here. i kind of love that running pic of me. now, if you would have posted that OTHER running pic of me, i'd be grrrrrrrrrrrrr-ing for sure!

    (@flower patch farmgirl, were your ears burning? we were wishing you were there with us!)

  6. so many fun and fabulous moments, memories and beauty captured. sounds like your heart is just overflowing. hooray for good-times and great friends!!

  7. Well... I'm sitting here trying to stop my own heart for it's pitter-pattering, cuz... I totally would have drug you through that ole house with me.

    I'm a lover of old rusty stuff, quilts, etc... "Overload" was a good way of puttin' it.

    LOVE - all your photos, as usual. I'm so glad you had a grand ole time.

  8. It looks like it was so much fun! Thanks for sharing and keep on sharing if you have more! I'm soaking it all in! Oh, and Old Navy has a cute sweater with an owl on it that made me think of you when I saw it :) (just a lil' fyi) And come to think of it- a fox, too :)

  9. this is just the most fun ever!! and yes, we're all hatin' on your for that quilt...what'd ya expect? :)

  10. WOW!!! You inspire me. I wish I could pull that creativeness out of me! I love it I just don't know how to tap into it. What a beautiful post. I just discovered your blog and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites!!!Thanks

  11. LOVE IT ALL!!! $30 for that amazing quilt? That would easily be over $100 here in New England. the pics of your field trip to the barn rock! God is using YOU to spread HIS word to us girlie! XO

  12. I have LOVED seeing and reading about your Craft Weekend! It looks truly amazing. Someday I hope to get there...I am currently saving every penny and digging in my couch cushions. ;) Oh, and I love that you met so many kindred spirits...God is good like that. HE delivers things to us, just when we need them. Thank you for sharing your trip!! (Huge smile on my face for hearing some Phil Wickham too! One of my favorites!)

  13. Oh Becky thanks for sharing (the trip I dream of) in such beautiful detail. I feel almost like I was there, almost ;) i' m with you sister on that whole affordable antiquing thing. Why or why are certain parts of the country selling antiques for crazy prices? So not fair! Just think everytime you look at your sweet owl you'll have a great memory to go with it, gotta love that! Enjoy your weekend girlie.

  14. Love it! That wind was freaky, and I really thought that piece of tin might just blow off while we were there, yikes! I still need to finish up my editing and posts of craft weekend. Can't wait to see Meg's pics on Monday!

  15. Becky! What a Fabulous post! ...& the pictures you've taken are sensational! *Wowza!* It's funny you mention that about Kansas, while you and Megan were going GaGa over wimdmills, cows, barns, wheatfields, etc... I was thinking to myself "ehhh" However. After seeing my every day Kansas life through the eyes of someone else, someone who finds the glory in it; I can honestly say I am seeing my life and all its surroundings in a new light. In fact, It took me a long loooong time to get home because I kept sotpping to take pictures!
    For that, I thank you!
    Have a great weekend Becky!

  16. I agree with everyone!
    Wonderful post!
    And being that I spend 10 years in Kansas I don't find it beautiful, but your pictures show the better sides of it.
    I only hope that I can someday go back for a #WHATEVERCRAFTWEEKEND! :D

  17. well done for going, it looked brilliant! Heather x

  18. I had to laugh because we drove through Kansas this summer on our way to Colorado and blew a tire on the trailer we were pulling. It was in the middle of nowhere and I took pictures that look like yours, lol!! All I can say is thank goodness for cell phones and reception!

  19. Whatever!... So much fun what beautiful pics and I love Mr Owl.

  20. I agree with you that antiquing in VA is expensive! So glad you found such cool stuff!

  21. Man oh man that looks like a blast!
    Love all the photos full of life and love and laughter and most of all...friendship.
    Colour galore you!
    Hugs! Oh don't you look cute in that ruffled apron ;)

    Deborah xoxo

  22. Hey sweet girl! Looks like you had a blast! So glad you met a soul sister. We need those!:)

  23. So much I want to comment on then I saw those peanut butter knots and my heart skipped a beat! $30.00 for a QUILT ~ you have got to be kidding me! Even if it was messed up it would go for triple that here. I want to get a truck and go junking somewhere where I do not have to mortgage my house to buy something. That is incredible Becky. Love all those shots ~ that barn is amazing ~ I kept thinking of Donna at Funky Junk (do you read her) she would have gone ballistic there. Remember to beware of abandoned farm houses ~ some have critters living there now. Happy week-end sweet friend. xo

  24. Oh that sounds like so much fun! Where do you go to sign up for the luck of the draw craft weekends?

    You are so cute Becky! In your photos you always shine out JOY and fun and a down to earth presence. No wonder everyone feels right at home the moment they meet you either in person or through your blog (like me). When I saw the photo you took of Megan in the wind in front of that abandoned house I immediately thought of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. After all, you were in Kansas. I want to be brave like you and take some risks in going on these kind of adventures. I'm proud of you.

    ♥Lee Ann

  25. Oh my goodness, girl, these photos are amazing! I feel as if I'm there again. I had so much fun meeting you in person - now I won't just be a lurker on your blog. :-)

  26. Guess what Becky?! I have a quilt almost exactly like that!!! We found the top after my Grandma passed away several years ago.(We're not sure who made it, but sure it wasnt my Grandma) My mom took it to the Amish and they finished it into a beautiful quilt. Im going to go look again, but Im almost positive it is the same pattern!Im so glad for you that you had such an amazing weekend, and glad to hear that you're a lurker on others blogs as well :). Have a great weekend, friend.

  27. I love how much fun you had....and the pictures are beautiful.

  28. What a fun,fun weekend and look at all your new friends! The pics are awesome and I love owls too and that one is so cute!

    Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. Amen sister! WHY dear Lord above do we not have that kind of antiquing in VA!?!? 30$ for the quilt ?!?! Amazing deal! My heart hurts. This post did me in, now I have to go convince my husband to move us to Kansas. ;)

  29. Gorgeous photos and I am just sitting over here soaking up your energy- man you are infectious in all the right ways!

    That barn was amazing, so much stuff but my mind just doesn't work like that, I would be completely overwhelmed. I can't create, I need to be shown what to do. I'm so impressed by you artists!

  30. Okay I am laughing so hard at the look on her face when you're beside her doing the foot pop... I have that EXACT same photo of the two of US!!!! Dying of laughter here!!! :)

  31. So did you buy the vintage quilt that you were holding??

  32. Wow awesome pictures, loving the windmill photos. You should total sell some prints of those. Loving the barn shots too :)

  33. Your photos are phenomenal! Loving your HUGE lens, girlfriend! I am SO happy I got to meet you sweet thing. I only wish I had more time to hang out with ya. We have so much in common. {except I'm older...:( boo!} I hope you know I was giving you a hard time about you not following me on IG. I only give my friends/people I feel comfortable around a hard time. I realize you don't know me that well so I want to reiterate that. I was a little star struck upon first meeting you, but you quickly made it easy for me to feel comfortable. Thank you for being you, making me laugh, making me are a blessing and inspiration. I really hope we have a chance to spend time together again in the future. Hugs! Shan

  34. Your photos are phenomenal! Loving your HUGE lens, girlfriend! I am SO happy I got to meet you sweet thing. I only wish I had more time to hang out with ya. We have so much in common. {except I'm older...:( boo!} I hope you know I was giving you a hard time about you not following me on IG. I only give my friends/people I feel comfortable around a hard time. I realize you don't know me that well so I want to reiterate that. I was a little star struck upon first meeting you, but you quickly made it easy for me to feel comfortable. Thank you for being you, making me laugh, making me are a blessing and inspiration. I really hope we have a chance to spend time together again in the future. Hugs! Shan


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