Well, I have had a solid amount of time to regroup, exhale, enjoy Christmas with the fam, clean our house and so now…I can blog! HA!
What a day it was! I can confidently say the 1st Sip and Shop at the Barn event was a smashing success! We braved an ice storm, my mother driving into a ditch, a power outage, a falling tree, a faulty internet connection, a blown fuse, no heat and falling chunks of ice to arrive at a glorious event…barely. Seriously though, by our teeth.
Once the disasters of the first few hours cleared, the sun peeked through, and as you will see…it was one of the more glorious days we can remember experiencing. People risked their lives to come (not really an exaggeration) and support us and our sale and we are so grateful. A HUGE and humble thank you to those who made it out for the sale or had the best intentions of doing so. Your support means the world to us.
The music finally sprung to life and “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” waltzed through the rafters, the blown fuse was fixed (Luke = hero), the twinkly lights, as promised, twinkled and once the power outage was “in” again, the hot cocoa started brewing and all was a-ok!
The extremely talented and giving, Katie, of Katie Kolbrick photography, came down from Seattle for the day (and when I say day, I mean like 1.5 hours, bless her heart!) to take pictures of our home in the dead of winter and our barn at it’s peak! We are so grateful for these pictures, for SO many reasons, mainly because we were too busy to take any ourselves AND they are spectacular! These are priceless.
Here is a smattering of photos from the event itself and the stunning surroundings we found ourselves in:
*All photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography
My dear friend, Jena, of Teacup Vintage was able to partner with me for the sale…and my gosh, if her space was not the most adorable, retro-chic set up ever!
Jena and I loved dreaming up what the barn would “feel” like to those who came. We chose Sip and Shop because we wanted it to be an experience for those who chose to venture out to “The Shoug”…especially as we neared Christmas, we wanted it to feel like an outing you want to take with your loved ones year after year. I think we accomplished that:)
The next few photos were taken by mine or dear Heidi’s phone camera…the quality is obviously not Katie’s level, but the memories are still in tact. I can’t really express how grateful I am to my mom and dad for their ENDLESS hours of work in helping to make my dreams come to fruition. You want to know what true, parental love looks like…it’s my dad, up on a 12 ft ladder hanging mini bulb lights, with no heat, while the power keeps going off…on his day off. And mom and I are kindred spirits in the “host a party” lane…I loved hosting this with you momma! Honestly, words don’t do it all justice.
And to top it all off, my BF, who moved across the country SURPRISED me with a visit. Tears were shed, hugs were had, mouths hung open in disbelief…and pictures were not taken. Waa waaaaaa. Michelle, just know that you made my month. I love you.
Thank you to all who came, pictured or not…most not, because quite frankly…I was just too busy running around! Just the way I like it.
Luke mainly works behind the scenes at my sales…but I promise you, without him, I wouldn’t be opening up a barn shop to begin with. He is the one who said, “enough talking, let’s do this.” I am so grateful for a spouse who supports my dreams and dreams with me.
Once again, how grateful are we that Katie drove all the way down here to take pictures of this beautiful day? VERY. Thank you Katie for the memories and see you again this spring for the next installment of The Blueberry Farm Series!
You can see the rest of her series on our year here.
Tell you what, we are already starting the finding and gathering process for new treasures for the Sip and Shop at the Barn: Spring Edition! What what! Stay tuned for details…we’re thinking early May. Cannot wait! In the meantime, be sure to “like” our FB page for updates!
God bless you all as we head into the New Year!