September 16, 2010

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old crow farm

September 16, 2010

Posted by in vintage finds

old crow farm

let’s just call it what it is: junk. and i’m addicted to it! what do they say, one man’s junk is another man’s gold? everytime i pass by a junky old shop or yardsale i get all excited inside, and it looks like i share that passion with old crow farm. all their ‘junk’ would give a home a story to tell, and i love all the ways these pieces can spruce up your decor! they have lots of old things to help organize your spaces (another addiction of mine), i see so much potential!

Posted by in indie biz

my dear friend and blogging genius, tara gentile of scoutie girl is at it again!  Do you remember her first book?  Well buckle up, as the sequel, 52 MORE weeks of blogging your passion, will get you blogging with intention in no time!

sometimes i blog with intention, whereas other times i have to admit that i get lost in blogland and lose my aim.  in 52 MORE weeks of blogging your passion, tara answers questions on how to engage your readers more thoroughly as she teaches you to inspire, lead and provide true value to them.  you’ll be setting goals, reaching them and creating a connected community through your blog in no time!

52 More weeks of blogging your passion

{blogs & tea by jen ramos}

tara is a true motivator and has a special knack for getting your bloggie bum into gear. her new book will guide you through 12 months of 12 intentions and 52 fresh writing ideas.  if you’re ready to step your blog up to the next level, this book was made for you!  

52 MORE weeks of blogging your passion is now available for preorder.  buy it today at a special discounted rate and take advantage of tara’s invitation to attend an exclusive webinar with her where you can ask questions, meet other bloggers, and learn a lot! you’ll receive the first 3 chapters at time of purchase (14 writing prompts) and receive the full ebook on september 22.  tara has done everything from help me get started blogging (many moons ago) to setting up my own e-course and e-book.  she is genuine, brilliant and so eager to help- and from my own first hand experience, i highly recommend her work to you. get started by clicking here!

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Posted by in bonnie forkner

today dear ones, i have big news for you..

flying the coop

{cotton washclothes, robin’s egg necklace, silver pillow necklace, beaded bracelet, peacock feather, crocheted hat}

what do all these things have in common? they are handmade right in colorado springs, co.

flying the coop

{ journey, textile art, colorado and utah, soar with your own wings, the path we take, birdcage necklace}

what do all these things have in common? they all have to do with flying the coop.

{colorado adventure}

so what does that mean? we’re moving to colorado!!

say what? during our trip to colorado springs, my dear david met with cycling company, carmichael training systems.  they called last week and offered him a full time job! cycling is his passion and to be a coach has been a long life dream for him, so there’s no way we could turn it down.  though it’s so very sad to leave friends and family, i feel so blessed that my job is mobile! i can keep right on blogging and etsying anywhere we go, an that’s exciting!  we’ll be living in colorado springs for 7 months (until next april) and then will be relocating to santa ynez, california to help them open a new facility (deep breathing).  having only ever lived in north carolina, you can imagine what this feels like! excited, nervous, sad, happy, thrilled, anxious.. that about sums it up.

even more nerve racking exciting, is that he starts on october 1st.  yes, october first! sooo, we’ll be massively busy packing up our house and having yard sales over the next few weekends.  anyone looking to buy a home? i know a great one!

so what does this mean for ghtr? well first off, things may be a little light around blogland over the next 3 weeks.  we’ll be settled and resume normal scheduling by monday, october 4th, i promise!  as you can imagine, i’ll be having a little less yard and will be pawning off giving my hens to friends and family.  the good news is, that all of you city slickers and apartment livers may have a little more in common with ghtr now! you know i’ll still be roosting wherever i am though, so still expect recipes, gardening posts and general ‘simple living’ goodness.  that will never change! so i hope you’ll buckle up and join the ride, let’s see what the world has in store for us!

love, bonnie

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handmade feminine accessories

ruffles and bows make up the feminine accessories over at no. 144, each to doll up your look.  colleen lemons is an interior designer with a heart for crafting, and women all over are looking better because of it!  visit her shop, blog and beautiful flickr page to see more.

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i had so much fun meeting some of my favorite artisans, and of course, i had to come away with some goodies of my own!  some were bartered some were bought, and all of them are my new favorites!


a beautiful new shoulder bag and wrap skirt from the sweetest gal ever, paige! her lightnest booth was just as pretty as her handmade bags and apparel, all made from vintage fabrics.  make sure to visit her beautiful blog, we three pilgrims as well!


oh how i love my new necklace from hawleywood! a bunch of fun girls and beautifully made jewelry made this booth a treat for the eyes.


i was so excited to meet the girls from sew few!  they make the prettiest handbags and clutches using upholstery fabric samples. eco friendly, lovely and so classy- they’re saving the earth one fantastic handbag at a time.


i’m certain that i was surrounded by the best neighbors (sorry everyone else) and on my right was one of my favorite shops, foundling.  my sneaky mom snagged me one of her gorgeous bracelets and it is absolutely my new favorite piece to wear.  clever, beautiful and oh so sweet- it was a joy meeting betsy!


on my other side was the sweet kina from joretta natural knits! she helped me stuff pillows upon my arrival, and i’m certain that there’s no way i could have pulled off my booth without her.  thank you for being so sweet!

three bad seeds

finally, i couldn’t resist this amazing (and oh so soft) fawn pillow from three bad seeds.  such a pleasure to meet the artist behind these fun pillows and produce bags, they are crafsters and farmers- a perfect match for ghtr! don’t miss the debut of their etsy shop coming up on wednesday!

p.s. sharing some big news on ghtr tomorrow! it’s one of my secrets, for all of you that have been patiently waiting. :)

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going home to roost’s booth!

September 13, 2010

happy monday lovelies! after a long weekend, i’m back from the indie craft parade! the show was wonderful, successful and full of amazing artists.  i was so thrilled to meet some of you in person, as well as meet and greet with some of my favorite artists.  i’m so thankful for my mom who went with me and helped so much, i couldn’t have done it without you!

going home to roost craft booth
going home to roost craft booth
going home to roost craft booth
going home to roost craft booth

for indie craft parade’s first year (and my first craft show), everything went perfectly.  they put on the show brilliantly, had a beautiful historic location and advertised the show to the limit.  there was a 30 minute waiting line down the sidewalk all day, both days! a big thank you to everyone who helped and all the artists who made the show unforgettable!

coming up next? all the fun things i got!

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right this minute…

September 10, 2010

Posted by in bonnie forkner

i’m off to the indie craft parade!

indie craft parade

i’ve got 43 pillows, 38 aprons, 40 tea towels and a mess of necklaces, bracelets and earrings, plus all my booth decor ready to go!

indie craft parade

i’ve even been spray painting. this morning. someone, please help me.


at least SOMEONE is excited!!!


ok, one more for good measure (he was being such a beeebie yesterday)!

hope to see you there!

indie craft parade

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